By Ray King

During its meeting July 13, the City Council of Star City approved an interim financing resolution with Connect Bank to help fund a sewer facility project/

According to the Lincoln Ledger newspaper, the total cost of the project is $1.9 million, and the USDA is providing about 75 percent of costs through a financial arrangement with the city. The rest will be financed through the bank at an interest rate of 3.98 percent. Mayor Paul C. Carter told the council that he had contacted all three area banks and Connect Bank offered the lowest interest rate.

Also during the meeting, the council approved a resolution which will allow the city to apply for a FUN Park grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Carter said the grant could be up to $75,000 and what the city receives will be used to add new equipment to the Star City Mini Park.

City Attorney Clint Todd presented a list of questions on the city’s Building Permit Ordinance which he described as “vague” in some instances and needed to be worded better. Those instances included permit fees for portable buildings that are not mobile homes, what triggers a building permit fee, are residents allowed to do work on their own property without paying a fee and having a separate inspection fee. Mayor Carter said the City’s Planning and Zoning Committee needs to meet to reword the ordinance for more clarity.