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.
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.
Magnolia's fire protection rating has decreased from a Class 5 to a Class 3. Please go to the link below to listen to the press conference.