Award presentations on agenda for Monday's town hall meeting

Members of Pine Bluff’s West Side Loop Neighborhood Watch Group will be saluted during Monday’s 5:30 p.m. town hall meeting at the convention center.

The group and its members will be recognized for a number of neighborhood enhancements made this year. Evelyn Horton, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s top aide, said Friday that the organization has employed its own supplies and equipment in championing beautification and cleaning efforts. Horton said the city has supported the effort by having city workers and equipment involved.

“They’ve done a great job on the neighborhood,” Horton said of the group. “There have been trees and bushes cleared and ditches cleaned out. The work has not only made the neighborhood more attractive, but it’s helping in reducing crime risks for residents as well.”

Regina VonTungeln, who coordinates neighborhood watch activities for the Pine Bluff Police Department, will be presenting awards to the group to thank members for their accomplishments.

Also on the meeting’s agenda are a presentation by the Jefferson County Landlords Association and an update on a proposed downtown streetscape project.

The streetscape project was discussed in a meeting of downtown property owners last week. The effort is in its preliminary stages after originating with the public’s 2011 approval of a “Penny for Progress” five-eighths cent sales tax and resulting bond issue.

Marked for improvements initially is a 12-block area from Eighth Avenue and Main Street to the Jefferson County Courthouse and Lake Saracen, along with some bordering streets. The enhancements will focus in part on the district’s historic character and architecture.

Monday’s town hall session is scheduled to be the final such event in 2013.