The new stop signs will go up on First Street this week, following the Gurdon City Council's unanimous approval to change the traffic flow.

The new stop signs will go up on First Street this week, following the Gurdon City Council's unanimous approval to change the traffic flow. The vote was inspired by safety concerns at the Miller Street railroad crossing. Be careful as we all get used to the new stop signs.
Also this week we will begin smoke testing our sewer system in the former Gurdon High School area. The tests will be conducted in conjunction with Arkansas Rural Water and the Gurdon Water Department. The goal is to alleviate inflow and infiltration in our system.
As the years go by ground water and rainfall find new ways to enter the sewer lines through many avenues, such as on capped clean outs on lots where houses no longer exist. When Arkansas Rural Water personnel pump smoke into sewer main lines we will all be on hand to look for that smoke escaping in the area. When smoke is seen we will mark the sight to be capped off in the near future. The area to be smoke tested this week is just the next step in a continuing process.
I had the pleasure of joining Pastor Johnny and Linda Harris this week for a community garden groundbreaking. The garden is located on the former Gurdon High School's football field. This is a project involving many area volunteers. The first crops will include; collard and turnip greens, okra and beans. We are all excited about this new addition to our town. Everyone is invited and welcome to participate, partake and enjoy.
Our playground equipment is expected to be installed this week at the Gurdon FUN Park at the city hall. The park, pavilion and picnic tables will then be fenced in for safety. This will be the culmination of more than a year's planning and effort. One hundred percent funded at a total cost of $45,000 through a grant from our friends at Arkansas State Parks. We hope it will be enjoyed by children and families for many years to come.
We had a productive 'lunch and learn' at the Gurdon Business Center on Saturday. Our facilitators; Frances Newsome and Jayla Wilson, from Southern Community Partners and assistance from recent Gurdon High School graduates; Gabby Gonzales and Josh Moore, enabled small business entrepreneurs to increase their marketing ability through the use of free social media. The free two hour hands on seminar included a delicious lunch and participants said that they both learned from and enjoyed the process. If you are interested in our next seminar or forming a small business support group, please give me a call at (870) 406-1396.