The Van Buren City Council voted to enter the city into a contract with Hawkins-Weir Engineers, Inc., for engineering services.

The unanimous vote came in the council’s Monday night meeting.

According to the approved resolution the contract is basically for “on-call services for conceptual planning” and “shall not exceed $25,000 including reimbursable expenses.”

“It’s for conceptual planning for projects that we’ve done for at least the last three years,” said Larry Yancey, who represented Hawkins-Weir at the meeting. “Some of the projects we’ve done under this program in the past include a partnership with the Van Buren School District for Central Elementary, some hazard grant mitigation funds for the Mike Meyer Bridge and various other projects throughout the year.”

In other business the council approved the reappointment of Karen Pharis to the Civil Service Commission for another six-year term and passed a resolution authorizing the removal of assets from the city’s fixed asset inventory.

Those items include a Watchguard DV1 Mobile Video System, purchased by the police department at an original cost of $5,421,60, and a Tapco Sign Machine Graphtec Pro, purchased by the street department at an original cost of $13,523.00.