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Jonesboro City Council Committee approves Sloan land donation

Courtesy the City of Jonesboro

The Jonesboro City Council's Public Service Committee has forwarded to the full city council a resolution on a controversial land donation.

B&G Land Company represents the Sloan Company of Jonesboro and has 24 acres of land that is being offered as a donation to the city. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver says the value of the donation is about $400,000. He says it would cost the city around $8,500 annually to maintain the property, and a $6,000 security system with cameras would also be placed on the property.

B&G Land Company represents the Sloan Company of Jonesboro and has 24 acres of land that is being offered as a donation to the city.
City of Jonesboro
B&G Land Company represents the Sloan Company of Jonesboro and has 24 acres of land that is being offered as a donation to the city.

Those for the donation say it would be great to have an additional green space for hiking trails, bird watching, and other outdoor activities. Those against the move say they are against the deed restrictions and there has not been a clear plan on what the property will be used for, as well as what would be placed on the property.

The land to be donated is in the farthest southwest part of Jonesboro and it runs against the Ridgepoint subdivision. The proposal will be brought before the city council at the next meeting.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.