Revised fencing measure on council agenda

A second ordinance that would allow residents to install chain-link fencing in their front yards is on the agenda for Monday’s Pine Bluff City Council meeting.

The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the civic center.

A similar ordinance sponsored by Alderman Steven Mays failed in a 4-4 split last month. Aldermen Glen Brown and George Stepps and Alderwoman Thelma Brown joined Mays in supporting the proposal. Opposing were Aldermen Charles Boyd, Bill Brumett, Wayne Easterly and Lloyd Holcomb Jr.

The revised legislation, slated for its initial reading at Monday’s meeting, is sponsored by Walker and adds new language that would allow the Pine Bluff Board of Zoning Adjustment to grant permission for front-yard, chain-link fencing through an application process.

“Mrs. Walker is bringing it back and I will support it,” Mays said Thursday. “I’ll be following her lead on this.”

Mays said his ordinance failed in part because the council members live in different neighborhoods and therefore think differently on fencing issues.

“That’s why Mrs. Walker is approaching it differently,” Mays said. “Her proposal would give people a right to have a choice. People are looking for security and privacy, and some want a chain-link fence.”

Mays believes the ordinance, if approved, would be a plus for the city.

“Our citizens deserve a cost-effective choice,” he said, “and that would be a win-win that would generate revenue for the city.”

Efforts to contact Walker failed.

Five other ordinances are to be considered at Monday’s session.

Due for a second reading is a measure to amend the city’s current code regarding contractors, focusing on definitions.

Other ordinances scheduled for first readings call for:

• Amending the code regarding prohibition of signs placed on parked vehicles or trailers; and

• Closing city rights-of-way on Taft Street from West Third to West Sixth avenues and Lee Street from West Short Third to West Sixth avenues (separate proposals); and

• Closing and abandoning the north 20 feet of West 10th Avenue between Blake and Bay streets.

Three resolutions to be considered call for:

• Clarification from the state legislature in its next regular session concerning the open carry of firearms within the city;

• Establishing two municipal internships in city government for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students; and

• Providing for placement of costs of correcting certain nuisances on tax books as delinquent taxes and collected as such.