The city of Decatur is working to make the streets more safe for kids. Decatur Mayor, Bob Tharp said, “We want to improve everything that possibly can be seen as an improvement and make the quality of life in Decatur better.” Mayor tharp is making it his mission to ensure the families in Decatur feel safe going to and from school
“On 102 when you come in from Bentonville, by the time you hit the top of the hill and you make that right curve into the area of the school, you’re right in front of the school,” said Mayor Tharp.
The town recently received a grant to put in sidewalks in front of the elementary school as well as flashing school signs so drivers can see the school zones. Mayor Tharp said, “That has been very economically good for the city and we’ve been able to fund that through the TAP Grant and some money out of the city budget.”
Mayor Tharp said, “There’s just a lot of walkers. We have a subdivision, we have an apartment complex there. So there’s a lot of walkers. They walk in the streets. They walk in the ditchline.”
The high school is working with the mayor and has offered up the land. Now they just need to find someone who can help build the sidewalk within their budget.