The Hope City Board held their first meeting of April on Tuesday. The board opened by looking at the design of the downtown pavilion to be located at Elm and 2nd. The board looked at an artist's rendering placed into an actual photo as viewed from Elm Street. The pavilion would be 120 feet by 55 feet. It would encompass 6,600 square feet. It would include a family restroom and a storage room. The pavilion was designed by Clint Bailey. It would also include some brick saved from the Cox Drug/Graves Building which originally occupied the site. The design included input from the Hope Downtown Network, the Farmer's Market, the Chamber, the City of Hope, and others. The board voted to approve the pavilion design. The board moved on to a presentation from Dan McCullogh with SCS Engineers. McCullogh noted there were several substances that showed up, such as cobalt, arsemic,and beryllium in very minute quantities apparently coming from the old section of the landfill. McCullogh showed where the substances were showing up. He noted the "leachate" water from the old section should be sucked out and treated. Then trees, such as Popular and Willow,, would be planted and these trees would take in groundwater and keep the ground water from leaving the site. McCullogh presented a timeline and presented a plan to be presented to ADEQ. The final plan would be submitted within 120 days. The board voted to pursue the work and pursue the timeline as presented by McCullogh. The cost would be up to $36,400. The board looked at a proposed addition to the Hope Police Department. The proposed addition would resemble the recent addition to the Sheriff's Department on the other side of the building. The proposed cost would be $277,000 and the building would encompass 1,843 square feet. The proposed cost would be $150 per square foot. There would be no need for additional plumbing. If approved the timeline would call for the addition to be finished in late 2019. The project would be in the 2019 budget. County Judge Haskell Morse noted the county owns the building and the county approves of the project..The board voted to pursue the new addition. The board heard a report from Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation President Steve Harris. Harris noted three infrastructure programs the EDC has been involved in over the past three years including work at Tyson, some drainage work, and work to come on refurbishing the city rail spur. Harris said the EDC's operating budget is $180,000 and the EDC has a reserve fund of $150,000. He noted New Millennium is the best paying local plant. Harris also noted New Millennium has added about 40 jobs this year and the county is up about 100 jobs this year. The board voted to pursue the STEP Grant. STEP is an acronym for "Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. The grant funds help fund overtime for DWI/DUI, seat belt, infant car seats, and speeding enforcement. The grant would be $25,000 and would require no matching funds. Under the City Manager's report, Catherine Cook noted there will be a clean up day April 21st. Under Citizens Requests John Akin said the new pavilion bears many features of a shed. Mayor Montgomery noted some wanted a more rustic look. He said the drawing didn't do it justice. The meeting then adjourned.