The Barling Board of Directors had a change of scenery for its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The board held its first meeting at the new Barling City Hall at 307 Fort St. Tuesday. The property was previously the site of a First National Bank building that Barling acquired in 2016.
When asked why the meeting was held in the new location, Barling City Administrator Mike Tanner said it was because of the logistics of the move.
"... We have sound equipment, we have IT equipment, we have desks that need to be moved in here, so these logistics of trying to get everybody to move all at once didn't happen," Tanner said. "The sound people are the ones that record our minutes ... the ones that have the recording machinery. They were the first to move, so we had to have it here so we could record the minutes for the meeting."
Tanner said Barling is planning to have an open house and ribbon cutting for the new city hall once it completely moves in. He estimated that will take place around the last week in October.
The old city hall at 304 Church St. will officially become a public safety building for the Barling police and fire departments.
"... They'll have offices in there, and it'll be also a classroom for them to hold training sessions," Tanner said.
During Tuesday's meeting, the board approved a request from Glidewell Construction for the sixth progress payment on the renovation project for the new city hall. A memo from Barling Public Works Director Steve Core that was included in the meeting packet stated the work on the project is 98 percent complete. The requested payment was an amount exceeding $53,000.
The board also approved a request from Turnquist Carpets for the second progress payment on the flooring and base project for the new city hall. Work on this project was also described in a memo by Core as being 98 percent complete. The amount due was just under $7,800.
The board also authorized the acceptance of more than $17,000 in grant funds for the Barling Fire Department. In a letter included in the meeting packet, Barling Fire Chief Tommy Sizemore said the department received the funds for the purchase of a dedicated washer/extractor and dryer cabinet for its personal protective gear. The grant was awarded by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and will cover the cost of the equipment, including an electronic soap dispenser system, the first five gallons of soap, shipping and installation of the equipment at the department's facility.
"We will need to provide plumbing and electrical inside the building to serve the equipment, which will be a very minimal cost compared to this award and can be covered out of the fire department's budget," Sizemore said.
The board is scheduled to have its next regular meeting Oct. 24.