Butler City Council News from the Desk of Dale Newkirk, Ward 4 Councilman

The biggest news has to be the news that Frozen Food Express is planning on coming to Butler! Currently FFE is under contract to purchase the Russell Stover plant and will use the refrigeration and freezer space to consolidate Less than Truck Load frozen freight. I am very familiar with this company, who has been around for years. The company plans an expansion to the tune of over 5 million dollars and when in full swing should generate about 59 jobs with an average wage of $46,000.00 I am super stoked about this and grateful for the hard work of EVERYONE at City Hall and this council. I have always believed that jobs are imperative for economic growth and the welfare of a community.

The city of Butler is also a recipient of a 385,000.00 grant! This particular grant is for public safety and will pay fo a new fire truck and 2 new Tahoe’s for the police department. This is free money! Thank you to Corey Snead who I believe applied for this on our behalf.

Cody Cook asked to use city facilities for a flag football tournament. This is a fund raiser for local school districts for water bottles for students. Due to the cova19 water fountains are not an option for students. This is a great cause please go out and support these folks on July 18th. Their goal is 6500 water bottles.

August 24th will be the annual tax sale.

The Police department lost one dispatcher and our animal control guy. Brenda Cecil will take over animal control. Also we have 2 spots open on the P.D. for officers.

There will be some street micro sealing done this year. City crews are currently crack sealing the streets in preparation for this. The council approved the low bid from Pavement Management for $262k. This council is trying to get our streets repaired. It will take a few years but we are making progress.

The Fire Chief requested a new inflatable boat and motor for flash flood and rescue events. Council approved both the boat and motor.

Take heart! Even during this difficult time in our country great things are happening in Butler. What a great place to call home!


Dale Newkirk Councilman ward 4