In September 2019, a public forum was held to apprise the citizens of Garfield about the need for the repair or replacement of the City’s water storage tank. The Garfield Water Storage Tank Project entailed an investigation by the Garfield City Council of options for the repair or replacement of the inadequate City water storage tank.
After reviewing financing options and engineering firm proposals for addressing the City’s water storage needs, the Garfield City Council accepted the proposal of Liquid Engineering and Pittsburg Tank and Tower, in October 2019, for the refurbishment of the existing City water storage tank. Work on the City water tank by Pittsburg Tank commenced on January 13, 2020.
Upon completion of the water tank refurbishment project, water samples will be sent to the Arkansas Department of Health for evaluation. Once the water from the City water storage tank has been approved, the water tank will be reconnected to the Garfield Water System for distribution within the Garfield Water District.
In order to finance infrastructure needs of the Garfield Water System, the Garfield City Council held a special meeting in November 2019 and passed two ordinances, which together establish a special election on a City sales and use tax increase of one-half percent. The special election will be held on March 3, 2020.
To better inform the citizenry of Garfield about the March 2020 Special Election, Mayor Gary Blackburn called for two public forums, to be held at City Hall in February, the first on Tuesday, February 11, before the monthly meeting of the Garfield City Council, and the second on Tuesday, February 25. Both public forums will begin at 5:00 PM. Information will be provided about the purpose for the proposed sales and use tax increase. The public is invited to attend one or both forums.
See below for the Garfield City Sales and Use Tax Ordinance (Ordinance 182), and the Garfield Special Election on City Sales and Use Tax Ordinance (Ordinance 183).