Greenwood’s mayor is seeking help from state Sen. Jake Files to secure funding for street improvements.
"I’ve been hitting him up the last three or four months about some money to help us out with the streets," Mayor Del Gabbard said. "I don’t know what the outcome will be, but I’ll know Wednesday."
Gabbard and Files, R-Fort Smith, will meet with the Greenwood City Council for a study session at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
"We’re just going to go over some different things that I could assist with as far as state funding goes," Files said.
Gabbard said he wants to create a long-range street improvement plan to keep Greenwood from falling further behind.
"We’ve got quite a bit of money set aside that we’re going to use for street upkeep," he said. "But what I’m trying to do is get a 13-year schedule. I think we’ve got 55 miles of streets here in Greenwood. I had (Street Department Director Joe Manes) go out and drive every street in Greenwood and rate them on a scale of one to 10."
The mayor said he hopes Files can find elusive grant money for cities Greenwood’s size.
"As it stands right now, any money that might be out there, the city doesn’t qualify for," Gabbard said. "We’re too small for the good grants and too big for the mediocre grants."
Greenwood has a population of about 9,000, and is 9.82 square miles according to the U.S. Census Bureau.