West Fork, nestled in the Ozark Mountains, is ten miles south of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a half-hour drive to the home offices of Wal-Mart and Tyson. West Fork is nearby to popular destinations such as the Crystal Bridges Museum, Beaver Lake, Devil's Den State Park with hiking and biking trails, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair. West Fork was founded in the 1880s on the banks of the West Fork of the White River. Founded by the timber industry, milling, and railroad commerce, our historic homes, parks, library, Farmers Market and community events preserve a small town feel in an area of rapid growth with a diverse and an expanding economy. Our beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery, mild four seasons, one of the best school districts in Arkansas, and opportunities for employment, recreation and higher education, make West Fork "Where the Best Begins".
I’d like to welcome James Scanlon who was recently hired to oversee the broad challenges of the city’s public works. James came to West Fork last year as a police officer and made it known that he would like to serve the city in an even broader capacity. He was hired as Director of Public Works and started the job in July. His knowledge of the area, his energy and enthusiasm for the job, and his skill in handling daily operations has been evident from the start. West Fork’s newly-formed Beautification and Economic Development Committees are actively at work. Immediate beautification plans will be plantings at the four corners of the “green” and other appropriate places and uniform directional signs for the community center, recycling center, library, and post office. Long-range plans include a mural at city hall, trees on the “green,” benches, and clearly marked crosswalks. Hopefully, a map of future plans can be displayed in city hall. The Economic Development Committee is finding ways to support existing businesses and to market the town as a good place to do business. They will be working with Main Street Arkansas for design and development ideas. West Fork was approved this week for a $10,000 grant to upgrade the RRC facility. This is the third grant approval for 2015. Other grants include street improvement for $250,000 and Riverside Park extension for over $30,000. West Fork has hard-working city employees, dedicated elected officials who are staying informed and involved, and committed volunteers all working together to identify and meet the needs of the citizens and to make improvements in our community.Charlie Rossetti, Mayor