Land purchase, annexation possibility discussed at Cave City Council meeting

Land purchase, annexation possibility discussed at Cave City Council meeting
The city council had a full agenda at their June meeting, which included a land purchase by the city and talks of annexation.
The city purchased property that connects to the land their current city hall sits on. (Source: KAIT)
The city purchased property that connects to the land their current city hall sits on. (Source: KAIT)

CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) - The Cave City City Council had a full agenda at their meeting Tuesday night, which included discussion about changing traffic flow on a city street, a new property owned by the city, and possible annexation of land into the town.

Mayor Jonas Anderson discussed a piece of land the city recently bought that connects the city-owned land along East Spring Street.

The parcel is on the south side of Union Street.

The council voted 7-1 to submit an offer to the Green Family, who has owned property for many years.

"This is a big step for our community," Mayor Anderson wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "It gives the city room for future growth and development and gives us a great starting point as we think about ways to reinvent and reinvigorate our downtown area."

The mayor said the land will eventually be cleared and prepared for future development.

The city was able to purchase the property without the need for financing, which the mayor credits to good financial management of past mayors and aldermen.

The street that property sits on, Union Street, will soon be changed to a one-way.

Union Street runs east from Main Street to Blackstone Street.

"It is extremely dangerous to pull onto Main Street from Union Street," Anderson said.

He said there was a recent crash at that location for that very reason, so they hope making it a one-way street will eliminate that danger.

The mayor also believes it could work for the benefit of future development there.

The one-way signs will be ordered soon and the designation will go into effect one week after the signs are installed.

The topic of annexation was also discussed at the meeting.

It's a topic that has been brought up multiple times by the city council over the past few years.

The mayor said this week the aldermen had a lengthy discussion about one of the proposed areas to the south of the city.

"It roughly runs from our current southern city limits southward to Forest Lane," Anderson said. "It would run eastward to the vicinity of Welcome Lane and westward across Highway 167 for a currently undetermined distance."

He said nothing is decided yet, though, and several locations of possible annexation are being discussed.

"These lands don't currently contain much in terms of populations but it would give the city room to accept new growth and development along the much improved Highway 167," Anderson said.

Another point of discussion was cemetery guidelines, which the mayor and city council have been working on for several months now.

The mayor said the list has been revised and reviewed again by the council, who suggested that they should include a variance clause, meaning some guidelines would not apply to a family who actively maintains the grave a family member.

So, the list is being reworked again and will be discussed further at the July meeting.

Another project that continues to move forward is the plan to construct a memorial for veterans.

It will be built in the green space around the welcome sign near city hall.

The city has pledged $15,000 toward the project. Other money will come from donations and purchases of spots on the monument by those who want a family member's name added.

If you would like to donate or help with the memorial project, contact City Council Member Ed Turnbough at 870-283-1927.

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