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Magnolia Awarded $20,000 Grant for Improvements to City Hall

The city of Magnolia has been awarded a $20,000 grant for improvements to be made at city hall. 
Mayor Vann will request that the improvements include a new air conditioning unit for city hall in order to lower the utility expense.  This is a General Improvement Funded Community Enhancement Grant (GIF) from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and can only be used for the purpose of improvements to city hall.  The mayor would like to thank Sen. Bruce Maloch for his efforts in this grant process. 
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Magnolia Wins for Main Street Preservation

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Courtesy of Magnolia Reporter

Magnolia has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Arkansas Business City of Distinction in the Main Street Preservation Category for cities with a population of 5,000 - 20,000.                                                                      

Presented by Crews and Associates and in partnership with the Arkansas Municipal League and Crafton Tull, City of Distinction awards honor outstanding work in cities across the state.                                                        

The application was sent in on behalf of the sidewalk project to downtown Magnolia which was completed in 2013.

Mayor Parnell Vann extended his appreciation to the city employees and collaborators that worked on the sidewalk project.

Magnolia will be recognized in an Arkansas Business magazine special supplement in December 2014. Awards will be presented at the winter meeting of the Arkansas Municipal League.

In 1999, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department issued an 80/20 grant to the city of Magnolia for funding of the sidewalk reconstruction. In 2011, most of the money provided by the grant had been used but only three of the four phases of the project were complete.

In 2012, the City Council voted to budget $25,000, which was 20 percent of the funding, to complete the sidewalks. The project was officially complete in May 2013.

Maintenance of the sidewalks has not been a nuisance or major expense. City employees are able to power wash and seal the sidewalks to restore the color.

The project was the first of its kind in Magnolia since the original sidewalks were constructed. No repairs or reconstruction work is anticipated for at least 25 years.

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Verizon Boost in Coverage Throughout the City

Mayor Vann and Robert Baxley, manager of the Magnolia Water Utility, had a meeting with Verizon Wireless engineers regarding Verizon’s tour of Magnolia in search of locations for small cell sites.  A small cell is a small box that will be attached to a structure to increase cell coverage.  They are more cost efficient and a lot less application than a tower. Magnolia will be the first town in Arkansas to receive the small cells.  The sites will act as capacity relief for the local Verizon tower.  
 
The Verizon engineers are looking at four sites in Magnolia.  Those sites are the water tank on Joy Street, an antenna located at the Magnolia Fire Department, on the street light at Main and Vine, and on the old water tower located at the Magnolia Water Maintenance Plant on West Union.  
 
After installation of the small cells, Verizon customers will notice an increase in their coverage.  Chad Tarver, one of the Verizon Wireless engineers, stressed that Verizon is only in the preliminary phase of implementing the small cells in Magnolia.  He said that a date has not been set for completion but hopefully it will be this year.  After the new cell sites are in place, Verizon will evaluate the coverage and more can and may be added to Magnolia.  
 
Mayor Vann has signed a contract with Verizon for the small cell project.  He is excited about the new small cells not only because Magnolia will be the first in the state to offer the extra coverage, but also because of the extra revenue.  Verizon will pay the city $2,500.00 per site on an annual basis.
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3rd Annual Keep Magnolia Beautiful

The 3rd Annual Keep Magnolia Beautiful will be held on May 3rd beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Magnolia Fire Department.  There will also be a drop off of all old household paint.  Please bring all of your old paint to the fire department to be disposed of.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided.  Everyone will meet back at the fire department for a free lunch!  All organizations, clubs, churches, and individuals are invited to attend!  Help us clean up the town before the Blossom Festival.