February 2016 Newsletter

. . . about Town

With Mayor Bob

January was a roller coaster month for Decatur. Wal-Mart unexpectedly closing for good caught us all off guard. This one announcement has brought uncertainly to our community.

Through the last almost 30 days I have taken every opportunity to stay in close communication by using Facebook, Decatur’s City Web sight, Westside Eagle Observer Newspaper, 3 local television station interviews, KURM radio, Springfield News Leader interview and was interviewed by a television station in New York City where they referred to NW Arkansas and specifically Decatur, Arkansas.

We have support those local businesses who added grocery items to their normal product line so all of us could get grocery items at locations that are convenient. There are 8 of these stores in Decatur.

I have referenced potential companies on FB that might be of interest and they are Harps, Dollar General Market Stores, Fred’s, Kroger, Allen’s, Aldis, and the list is ever expanding. Last Wednesday night I had the opportunity to visit a Dollar General Market Store in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. What a great full line grocery store with traditional DG items!

I believe strongly that my role as your Mayor is to provide strong leadership. My leadership would be found weak if I don’t offer ideas to you, to your City Council, Chamber of Commerce and to the Decatur Economic Development Committee.

How you can help Decatur right now is to make contact with any and all of the Grocery Companies you would like to become candidates for a business residence in our town.

I have been meeting with Wal-Mart Real estate division several times per week. I have no specific knowledge of any sale of the now vacant Wal-Mart store, but I do know that Wal-Mart has received a substantial amount of interested inquiries for the store. Harps and I have met several times. I have met with management in Dollar General locally, nationally and in Georgia.

I want the best for Decatur, Ar. With the loss of Wal-Mart sales tax dollars, which I think will be about $30 – 35 thousand for the 2016 budget, we need to quickly replace the store with a new one.

We can sit back and do nothing and just hope or we can join others in Decatur buy using computer technology. Go to the company of your choice web sight, request that their company consider Decatur, Arkansas for their next store.

Some would say we are not smart enough, rich enough or savvy enough to get a replacement store. I just smile and say, watch us go! Decatur is doing Awesome Things because We are Working Together.

Go to Facebook Page – I live in Decatur and Love It. Join the group and stay in touch with what is going on. I invite you to visit my Facebook also, Bob Tharp.

As a recap from last month please remember the following:

The month of January is always highlighted as “Chamber of Commerce Month.” During January I wanted to encourage all members to update their information and also remind everyone to join the Chamber of Commerce. Dues are only $10 per year for individual and $100 for a business. This is a wonderful way to stay connected to Decatur. The Chamber meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Savings Bank Resource Building

The City of Decatur was awarded a TAP grant recently in the amount of $130,000. These funds will be used to build more sidewalks. The initial plan is to complete the sidewalk from the middle school to Rooster Street along 102. We will build sidewalks from Austin Street to Veterans Park and continue to Mt Olive. This is a huge grant and we are very thankful. Construction will begin later this year.

In March I will talk more about a $250,000 highway department grant we are receiving for overlays to our city streets.

Ways to stay connected with local news and event is to read the Westside Eagle Observer Newspaper and check the Cities website @decaturarkansas.com. Your may also email me at bobtharp@gmail.com and follow my Facebook page.

God Bless you and may He grant our community a prosperous New Year


Mayor Bob Tharp wrote this article as a public service to Decatur, Arkansas readers