Members of the Van Buren City Council have approved an engineering contract with Hawkins-Weir Engineers for street improvements.

Aldermen voted Tuesday night to approve the contract, not to exceed $74,000 plus reimbursable expenses, for the development of plans, designs and cost estimates for the street projects.

Mayor Bob Freeman said the budget for the project is about $900,000.

Streets, in order of priority, are North 20th Street from Main Street to Alma Boulevard, Poplar Street from North 20th Street to Arkansas 59, Northridge Drive from Arkansas 59 to Highland, North Ninth Street from East Pointer Trail to Hynes Street and Alma Boulevard from North 28th Street to North 20th Street.

The council also approved the purchase of $200,000 in asphalt from APAC Central Inc. to overlay interior streets.

Freeman said the street department will use the asphalt to repair shorter interior streets. The streets to be repaired will be announced at a later date.

"With all the recent rain, that list might have to be revised," Freeman said.

The council also:

• Authorized the transfer of a radio tower at the old police station to Crawford County Emergency Management, whose facility is designated as an alternate facility for city operations in case of disaster. The council in November purchased a new tower that was installed at the city’s new police station and the older one was no longer needed.

• Accepted the bid of $32,886.14 from Municipal Property Program of North Little Rock for property insurance.

• Rezoned property at 820N. 24th St. from Residential 2 to Residential 3 for the construction of three duplexes.

• Reappointed Jay White and Andy Dibble to the planning commission, Cathy Gifford to the Historic District Commission and Robin Holt to the Crawford County Library Board.