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Chain link fence proposal set for council vote


Backers of giving city residents the right to place chain link fences in their front yards have another shot at success Monday night when the Pine Bluff City Council is expected to vote on a proposed ordinance that would create that right.

Sponsored by Ward 1 Alderwoman Thelma Walker, the proposed ordinance is up for its third and final reading. It would allow residents living in areas designated as R-4 or medium density zones to put chain link fences in their front yards and would require residents living in other zones who wish to do so to apply for permission from the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

“The board shall not grant permission unless it shall conclude that the chain link fence will not detract from the character of the surrounding neighborhood or diminish property values therein, and the board may impose such conditions on the applicant as needed to this end,” the proposed ordinance reads in part.

In other business the council is expected to vote on another ordinance sponsored by Walker up for its third and final reading that would amend the city code of ordinances to remove a prohibition against signs placed on vehicles or trailers in all districts as being vague and unnecessary.

A proposed ordinance sponsored by Ward 2 Alderman Wayne Easterly up for the first reading would see traffic fines collected for speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign, and failing to yield right of way when traveling from a private drive onto a public street go into a fund set up for use by the police department to purchase and maintain law enforcement vehicles, communications equipment, animals owned or used by law enforcement, and law enforcement apparatus to be used for purposes of traffic enforcement and traffic/driver education.

Several resolutions will be considered, including one co-sponsored by Thelma Walker, George Stepps, Glen Brown, Steven Mays, and Lloyd Holcomb Jr, that would establish two internships in city government for students attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

A resolution sponsored by Ward 3 Alderman Bill Brumett would establish a depository board to supervise the depositing of municipal funds for the city.

The proposed resolution says that the board shall consist of the mayor, city treasurer, and the chair of the City Council Ways and Means Committee.

A resolution sponsored by Ward 3 Alderman Glen Brown would appropriate $3,146 to the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission to serve as additional matching funds for a grant from the Arkansas Aeronautical Commission.

A resolution co-sponsored by Brumett and Ward 4 Alderman George Stepps would call upon the Arkansas Municipal League to include as a legislative priority a proposal for the Arkansas General Assembly to increase the cap on millage that local governments may assess to fund local police and fire pension plans.

A resolution co-sponsored by Brumett and Stepps would call upon the Municipal League to include as a legislative priority a proposal for the General Assembly to amend Arkansas Code to permit a municipality to contract with outside entities for the collection and disbursement of funds.

A resolution co-sponsored by Mays and Brumett would authorize the mayor to execute an agreement with Crafton Tull/Nelson Architecture Group for professional services relating to the city multipurpose center and aquatics facility.