The district engineer for the Arkansas Department of Transportation has been named to the Van Buren Municipal Utilities Commission.

Members of the Van Buren City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to appoint Chad Adams, a long-time resident of the city, to the commission.

Adams will replace C.E. Dougan, who is stepping down after 39 years, according to Steve Dufresne, VBMU director.

“Van Buren Municipal Utilities is 125 years old this year, and C.E. as chairman has served us honorably for 39 of those years,” Dufresne said.

Mayor Bob Freeman also praised the tireless effort of Dougan’s service.

Dufresne said a retirement reception for Dougan will be scheduled in the near future.

Jim Williamson will replace Dougan as chairman of the Municipal Utilities Commission.

Council members unanimously approved the final payment of $134,204.55 to Silco Construction Inc. for a drainage improvement project at Mike Meyer Park along the Arkansas River at the south end of Main Street.

Freeman said the project replaced a pedestrian bridge in the park with a double-box culvert for drainage improvements while seeking to to improve access to the park while avoiding the street behind the Simmons Food plant.

He said the construction and the $30,000 engineering services for Hawkins-Weir were paid with a 50-50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Freeman also received approval from the city council to appoint a seven-member commission to review the Van Buren’s animal control ordinance, which presently bans hogs, goats and sheep from being housed at residences in the city.

Council members also voted to allow Becky Harris to keep her mini-pig at her home until the commission has a chance to consider permits for animals, such as her mini-pig.

The council voted 6-0 to:

• Renew the annual software subscription and support for the police department with Information Technologies Records Management LCC at a cost of $31,329.

• Purchase a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab truck for $23,524.80 from Bale Chevrolet via the state purchase contract for the parks department.

• Purchase 14.7 acres of land on Durango Drive next to Fire Station No. 4 for $120,000 to be utilized for parks and trails.

• Allocate $238,762.52 in insurance proceeds for roof repairs to the Van Buren Municipal Utilities building.