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Carlisle named City of Distinction

 

Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover was presented with a City of Distinction award on Tuesday night during the city council meeting.

Marshall Hughes director of Capital Markets Group for Crews & Associates made the Quality of Life presentation. According to Hughes, Crews & Associates is the main sponsor for the City of Distinction awards.

Hughes said the city council and residents of Carlisle should be very proud of the work the city has done to improve the town.

“I can’t imagine all the hard work it took to get a seventh eight of a cent sales tax,” Hughes said. “You can tell there is a since of pride in the [Carlisle] community.”

In December, Carlisle was named the Arkansas Business, Quality of Life winner for cities with a population fewer than 5,000. The City of Distinction program is designed to honor outstanding initiatives in cities across the state. It serves as an opportunity to thank city employees and collaborators, gain the appreciation of city residents and to feel proud of the outstanding contributions made to better the city. As a finalist, Carlisle was featured in the December 2013 issue of the Arkansas Business magazine.

The Carlisle city jail should be opening with in a few weeks, according to Glover, who said work on the ceilings will be finishing with this week and lights will be put back in next week. He said once the doors are painted and the city receives approval by both jail standards and the Fire Marshal, the jail will be open for occupants.

A new T-hangar has been approved for the Carlisle Municipal Airport. Glover said the city has received funding for a new eight bay hangar. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

Parks and Recreation director Ronnie Ashmore said basketball will wrap up its season with its last game on Saturday in England. Ashmore said registration for baseball and softball is now in full swing. Cost is $65 per child and the first game will be in the first week of April. Ashmore said although there have already been 128 kids signed up this year, there is a shortage in the 13-14 boys and 13-15 girls, age groups. Registration forms are available at the Carlisle Elementary School, at the Parks and Recreation Office located at the Civic Center or on the city website, www.carlislear.org.

City Public works Director Jeff Ward said with the nice change in weather, the city workers will start digging ditches around town soon in hopes to improve drainage. He said they are also looking into changing out a few water meters each month, that are in need of replacing in the Eastwood addition. Ward said the new stainless steel meters will be equipped for the satellite reading system, in the event the city changes to the satellite reading system in the future.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the authorization of changes to checks to allow electronic signatures.

Also during the meeting, aldermen W.H. Kittler and Ann Anderson were presented with certificates for completion of 21 municipal training hours. Glover also read his 2014 state of the city address.

The next city council meeting will be at 6 p.m. on March 17 in the Civic Center.

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