Proposed limit on interim appointments poised for council vote


The Pine Bluff City Council will discuss a total of 11 proposed ordinances and two resolutions when it convenes in the Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Up for their third and final readings are an ordinance limiting the maximum time for the appointment of interim chiefs of the fire and police departments to 12 months, to be applied retroactively; an ordinance accepting a portion of Auto Park Drive donated by the Trotter Estate into city control; and a resolution authorizing the inclusion of a definition of the term ‘replacement cost’ into the city code pertaining to zoning.

The Ordinance Amending the Uniformed Policies and Procedures as it Relates to Interim Appointments of Pine Bluff Fire Department and Pine Bluff Police Department, sponsored by Fourth Ward Alderman George Stepps, is intended to create an atmosphere of stability within the departments according to its text.

“The Code of Ordinances for the City of Pine Bluff is silent on interim appointments for the chiefs,” said the text of the proposed ordinance. “There is need to adopt policies and procedures which address interim appointments … it is the desire of the City Council of Pine Bluff to amend the Code of Ordinances…to limit appointments to the position of interim chief of the fire and police departments to 12 months, and should be applied retroactively.”

The Ordinance Accepting Dedication of Street to The City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, sponsored by Fourth Ward Alderman George Stepps, makes official with council passage the donation of a portion of Auto Park Drive to the city.

“The Trotter Estate and Trotter Real Estate, LLC jointly offer to contribute a portion of real estate known as “Auto Park Drive” located south of East Harding Avenue between 38th Avenue and Interstate 530/U.S. Highway 65, to the City of Pine Bluff to be dedicated as a public street,” said the text. “The city agrees to accept the contribution and take and assume possession and control over the donated portion of Auto Park Drive, as a dedicated public street.”

The Ordinance Amending Section 29-2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Define “Replacement Cost”, sponsored by Second Ward Alderman Charles Boyd, will provide the definition of that term that has been lacking until now.

Up for their second readings are an ordinance allowing those convicted of misdemeanors to perform work for the city in lieu of paying fines; and an ordinance amending the rules regarding purchases by the city to reflect price inflation and current state law.

The Ordinance Amending Chapter 14, Article I of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pine Bluff Regarding Payment by Labor of Fines Assessed for Misdemeanor Convictions and/or Code Violations, sponsored by First Ward Alderman Thelma Walker, is intended to reduce costs to the city related to the incarceration of those who become delinquent in paying fines assessed to them by allowing these individuals to discharge fines imposed for violation of an ordinance by working off the fines by picking up trash in the city.

The Ordinance Amending Article V, Division 2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas Regarding Purchases and Competitive Bidding and Declaring an Emergency, sponsored by Third Ward Alderman Bill Brumett, is intended to set up the required bidding process for items needed by the city and to authorize direct purchases of goods from the Arkansas Department of Correction without competitive bidding when the cost is reasonable and advantageous to the city as provided by law.

Up for their first reading are an ordinance sponsored by Third Ward Alderman Bill Brumett to amend the compensation received by the city from cable television providers operating in the city; an ordinance sponsored by Fourth Ward Alderman Steven Mays to waive competitive bidding and authorize the mayor to sign a contract with Reynolds Construction of White Hall on an emergency basis to make improvements to the roof of the Saenger Theater; an ordinance sponsored by Fourth Ward Alderman Steven Mays to prohibit unlawful dumping in the city and to provide for surveillance of known dump site; an ordinance sponsored by Fourth Ward Alderman Steven Mays to lay out penalties for landlords who rent out substandard properties and refuse to make repairs; an ordinance sponsored by Fourth Ward Alderman George Stepps to prohibit cost-of-living increases in benefits paid by the Local Firemen’s Pension Fund unless the City Council authorizes it; and an ordinance sponsored by Second Ward Alderman Charles Boyd to rezone a section of property as B-3 Commercial.

The Council will consider a resolution to assess designated property owners in the city for delinquent taxes; and a resolution authorizing the mayor to contract with Larry Diggs Construction for work on the Brumps Bayou Fishing Pier.