April 23, 2012 by Steve Winkler
Every municipality in the country relies on grants to survive. They can come from various departments in the federal and state government or from the private sector. They can be outright gifts or may require the recipient to match an amount of the grant. Like its neighbors, the City of Greenland (pop. 1,250, despite what the city sign may say) has grant applications in the works at any given time and is now reaping the benefits of three of them.
A $17,000 grant from the Arkansas General Improvement Fund which was applied for several years ago will allow for a remodel of City Hall allowing for more office space. Also included is an expansion of the library which is in city hall. The library has plans to move to another location in the future, according to Mayor Bill Groom.
The Arkansas Parks and Recreation Department grant in the amount of $25,000 along with matching funds from Greenland will be used to provide new playground for the city park on Wilson Street. The equipment is “state of the art” and will be installed professionally installed said Mayor Groom.
The biggest impact on the daily life of citizens will come from a $50,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services aimed at providing curbside recycling for the town. This project in partnership with Boston Solid Waste District is aimed at the construction of a metal building to be used as a collection drop-off after recyclable material is picked up.
Several details of the curbside recycling are yet to be worked out. The City Council will meet on May 14 to discuss the location of the building which is scheduled to be completed by the end of June with curbside recycling to begin in the fall according to Groom.
Mayor Groom is proud of the city’s grant success, “Shake the trees, make the taxpayers money go as far as we can.”
Also in Greenland’s future is a new Dollar General store. Permits have been issued for a 91,000 sq.ft. building just south of the hangers at Drake Field.