JONESBORO — City council members heard no specifics Thursday about a proposed partnership with a Memphis development company to complete construction of a shooting sports complex on Moore Road.
But they do have the opportunity to watch two other Arkansas communities as the company builds much-needed infrastructure for them.
The Shooting Sports Complex Committee, which was appointed to help raise money and advise on development of the project, voted in June to recommend a partnership with the P3 Group.
Dee Brown, president of the company, said its team of architectures and construction managers would design projects to the city’s specifications. Ramson’s Construction of Jonesboro would be the general contractor, he said.
Municipal Capital Markets Group would underwrite municipal bonds to finance the project for P3 Group, Brown said.
Before construction begins on a Jonesboro project, P3 would deliver a guaranteed maximum price for the project.
“When we give you a price, we back that price with a payment and performance bond,” Brown said.
In the case of West Memphis, P3 began construction of two new fire stations, a police substation and a municipal courthouse 117 days from the date they executed a development agreement, Brown said.
“Three projects, delivered on three different sites,” Brown said. “We had to acquire the land, do all the titles, all the environmentals. We paid for all the engineering, architectural. The city of West Memphis advanced no funds. This project was very critical to the city of West Memphis, because these projects represent the first municipal facilities delivered in the city of West Memphis since 1974.”
Brown said it’s also the first capital improvement project in state history through this type of development structure. Since then, P3 Group has entered into an arrangement with Jefferson County in Pine Bluff for some new facilities.
When the West Memphis project is completed in 2021, West Memphis will lease the properties from P3, then with a $1 buyout, will own it.
In the case of the Jonesboro shooting complex, it’s unclear what kind of arrangement would be made. The city has already spent $6,031,087.66 on the project as of last week, Bill Campbell, the city’s communications director, said Friday. Another $414,127.55 is encumbered for completion of the current phase of construction, which is being performed by Ramson’s.
The city is using grants and hopes to secure additional funding through naming to some of the facilities. For example, two sponsors have agreed to pay $7,500 a year for 10 years for sponsorship recognition on a trap-skeet field, while another will pay $5,000 a year for sponsorship of a shooting range.
The council made no commitments following the presentation.
In other business, the council heard the first reading, waived the second and third required readings and adopted an ordinance to purchase two trucks for the sanitation department to be used for leaf and debris removal. The city will buy the trucks from River City Hydraulics for $262,500.
Also approved was ordinance waiving competitive bidding and purchasing $72,500 in software and support for the city planning department from IworkQ.
Proposed ordinances heard for the first time would:
n Rezone 5.12 acres west of Craighead Forest Road and Savannah Hills Drive on the old Craighills Golf Course property from R-2 multifamily low density district to PD-RM multifamily residential planned development. PDW Properties seeks to build 14 triplex buildings, for a total of 42 housing units.
n Rezone 0.57 acres at 2512 and 2514 Curtview Drive, off of Race Street, from R-1 to RM-8 multifamily for the purpose of constructing to duplex buildings at the request of Kenny and Sheila Throgmartin.
n Change 2.88 acres at 3216 Moore Road owned by John C. Stuckey from R-1 single family residential I-1 limited industrial. The land is across Moore Road from Aramark, and Stuckey indicated Aramark use the property for warehouse and offices.
Resolutions that gained approval enable the city staff to:
n Apply for federal flood mitigation funding in cooperation with Craighead County.
n Approve a change order for the shooting sports complex contract with Ramson’s Inc. by $71,129 to cover the cost of shot curtain erection. That brings the total contract amount to $2,048,936.
That cost does not include the cost of restrooms.
n Approve a contract with Brackett Krennerich & Associates to design a replacement building for a structure at the Jonesboro Municipal Airport that was destroyed by the March 28 tornado.
n Approve a two-year lease-purchase agreement for two garbage trucks.
n Place municipal liens on 13 different parcels of property to recover the city’s cost of code enforcement actions.