Plans are underway for sidewalks, road projects and a new fire station in Mountainburg.

At their June 13 meeting, Mountainburg City Council members approved the to accept a $135,940 federal Transportation Alternatives Program matching grant from the Arkansas State Highway Commission for the Mountainburg Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure project.

Mountainburg’s SRTS project will provide a sidewalk from the junior and senior high schools to the proposed new Mountainburg Public Library that will be constructed at the corner of U.S. 71 and John Wright Lane.

"The sidewalk route will pass the city hall, community center, fire station and Dinosaur Park, making a safe route for pedestrians to all these facilities," said Mountainburg Mayor Neal Moon.

Total estimated costs for the project is $181,925, with Mountainburg paying $27,188, or 20 percent, toward the grant and $45,985 for engineering expenses, Moon said.

Council members approved the city’s 2016 proposed street improvement plan, which included the SRTS project and plans for chip and seal paving for several roads.

Rumpas Ridge Road and Cedar Street will receive the chip and seal, along with gravel base on a portion of Pigeon Hollow Road and Maple Street, Moon said.

This road work is estimated to cost Mountainburg $17,260 in materials with most of the labor being donated, Moon said.

Also approved was Mountainburg Fire Chief Rick Kimes’ application for a $150,000 Rural Services grant to construct a new fire station on property previously purchased for that purpose.

Monthly planning committee meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month just prior to the city council meeting at 7 p.m.

"All interested parties are invited to attend this meeting and voice their opinions and engage in the discussions," Moon said. "We are seeking a few motivated people that want to join with us in planning the Mountainburg area of the future."