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Holiday means council will meet Tuesday


Six ordinances and three resolutions will be considered at Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. Pine Bluff City Council meeting at the civic center.

The council normally meets on the first and third Monday of each month, but will meet on Tuesday because Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The lone ordinance due for its third and final reading and a possible vote at Tuesday’s meeting calls for adopting the 2012 fire prevention code with revisions, reference standards and appendices, and declaring an emergency for immediate enactment.

Slated for a second reading is an ordinance proposing authorization of the mayor to acquire real property and appropriating funds for the acquisition and improvements to the premises at 1400 West Fourth Avenue.

Ordinances scheduled for initial readings call for:

• Requiring all persons hired by the city after Dec. 31, 2013, to reside within the city at the time employment commences or within 30 days of hire, and maintain such residency throughout their employment with the city;

• Ratifying budget adjustments approved by the council in 2013;

• Amending the code of ordinances respecting regulations concerning fences; and

• Amending the code of ordinances regulating the service and sale of alcoholic beverages and hours of private clubs, providing that said amendment not take effect unless approved by voters in a special election.

Resolutions on the meeting’s agenda call for:

• Repealing a resolution approved Jan. 6, allotting $175,000 for conducting an image enhancement campaign;

• Authorizing the mayor to apply for grant funds from the Arkansas Agriculture Department to assist the city in holding a sweet potato festival; and

• Appropriating $50,000 from the Penny for Progress five-eighths cent sales tax reserve fund to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Incubator for Economic Development.

The ways and means, and ordinances and resolutions committees will meet at 5.