Press Argus-Courier Staff

Alma City Council approved a contract renewal and other routine items during its monthly meeting Thursday night.

City aldermen approved an ordinance to renew a contract for Glen Holloway to perform janitorial services at the Alma Aquatic Park and Alma Community Building.

Holloway has been performing the clean-up services for the city, and as Holloway provides what Mayor John Ballentine said was the "best price" for such services, city officials wanted to continue to keep him under contract.

An ordinance was necessary to approve Holloway’s contract, as his wife Regina Holloway works in the city clerk’s office, Ballentine said.

Holloway performs janitorial services at the two locations at a rate of $50 per day during times of use - particularly summer when the Aquatic Park is open - except for Sunday when he receives $100 for the day for extra clean-up services.

Also during the meeting, city aldermen approved the renewal of the city’s millage rate. No change was made to the rate, which remains at 3.5 mills on personal property and 3.5 mills on real property.

Of that amount, .4 mills from each go toward the Firemen’s Pension and Relief Fund.

An ordinance dictating the use of the Alma Senior Center exclusively for senior citizens was approved during the meeting.

Exclusive use is required for the city to apply for an Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program grant, which city officials hope to received to help with costs to expand the senior center.

Alma aldermen approved the necessary resolutions to apply for the grant during their September meeting.

Ballentine said at that meeting that the city will apply for a Community Development Block Grant from the ACEDP for about $240,000, with the construction costs being about $189,000.

Plans for the expansion are not complete, but a south-end wall will be taken down to extend the dining area to accommodate 35-40 more diners, Ballentine said. Windows and a covered driveway will also be part of the expansion, he said.