Cedarville is expected to have a new street department maintenance shop by the end of the month.

With help from a $25,000 general improvement fund grant, the City of Cedarville was able to contract Wimberley Construction to build a new shop to house maintenance equipment, said Cedarville Mayor Mark Isenhower.

Isenhower has been working to get a new shed for the city for some time, he said.

“Right now all of our equipment just sits out in the weather,” Isenhower said.

Costs for project construction total $107,950, Isenhower said. Wimberley submitted the lowest of five total bids for the job, which went up to $195,591, he said.

Equipment that will be housed in the shop include the city’s lawnmower, backhoe, truck and trailer, tools, and the leased road grader.

Bathrooms accessible to the public also will be included in the building, replacing two portable toilets that the city rents for a total of $150 a month, Isenhower said. The bathrooms can be used by city park visitors, he said.

“The shed is being built by the park and the bathrooms will be on the park side,” Isenhower said.

Cedarville City Council members reviewed and approved final plans for the 40-feet by 60-feet shop on April 25 from civil engineer Al Prieur, according to the minutes from the April 25 special city council meeting.

Prieur was contracted to draw plans for the maintenance shop, be the bid contact and oversee the project for a total of $2,050 in March, according to the minutes from the March 21 regular monthly meeting.

Work on the shop began May 31 and is expected to be completed by the end of June, Isenhower said.

Cedarville also recently purchased a $7,000 used brush truck for its fire department with a 50-50 matching Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant of $3,500.

“Right now we don’t have a brush truck, and most of our fires are grass fires,” Isenhower said in the June 12 interview, adding that the truck was expected to arrive by the end of the week.

Isenhower expects the addition of the brush truck to improve the city’s ISO rating for home insurance, as the heavier and more cumbersome pumper trucks are difficult to maneuver off road.

Cedarville also received a third grant - a $3,500 state administered federal grant from the Edward Byme Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. It is a local law enforcement block grant.

Isenhower said the money already has been used to put a repeater in the police chief’s city vehicle so that he can more easily contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department dispatch from his hand-held radio.

Total cost of the repeater, purchased through Arkansas Valley Communications, was $3,746.81, leaving a total cost to the city of $246.81, Isenhower said.