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Ava City Council: Ava has $1.9M in Reserves, Reduced CoC Agreement Approved

On Tuesday, July 13th, the Ava Board of Aldermen convened for a business session at 5 p.m.

City Finances

City Treasurer Peggy Porter said that the city completed the 2021 fiscal year with $3,697,710 across its funds. $1.9 Million of that amount are reserve dollars the city has built up. “It’s a wonderful position to be in,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce Agreement

The Aldermen voted 2-1 to approve a renewed contract to support the Ava Chamber of Commerce with $24,000 in funds (down 20% from the previous $30,000) over the next year. Alderman Billy Steward logged the dissenting vote.

Floodplain Management Ordinance

The aldermen voted 3-0 to approve an initial reading of this ordinance, which contains language contributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

CDBG Square Project

Mayor Burrely Loftin reported that the city was able to get the asphalt work covered under the grant. The city had expected to pay that cost, but the total project came in under bid so the asphalt change order was approved for payment.

AMI Meters

Loftin reported that the city has installed 14 updated Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) meters in the city. He said the city was taking “baby steps” with them, using them for the first time last month.

Ava Bill Martin Memorial Airport Runway Lighting 

Mayor Loftin said that Strukel Electric would begin the runway lighting project at the Bill Martin Memorial Airport in February of 2022, with an estimated completion date in March of that year.

South Central Ozark Council of Governments (SCOCOG) Dues

Loftin said the city had recently paid SCOCOG dues of $0.49 per capita, or $1446.00.

Electronic Waste Collection

Mayor Loftin said the city was aiming for an October 9th date for electronics cleanup. He said the city would try to schedule the normal city-wide cleanup around that same time.

Park Pavilion

Loftin reported that city crews had completed the new picnic pavilion on the lower park grounds.

Closed Session

No closed session was held.


Alderman Stan Lovan was absent. Alderman Noel Dye teleconferenced in.


Video from the Ava Board of Aldermen meeting will be posted to the Douglas County Herald’s website at

Next Meeting

City officials and aldermen will reconvene on July 27th at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.