Bond issue spending to be topic at upcoming town hall meeting

An update on spending from the city’s 2011 voter-approved bond issue revenues is planned for Monday’s 5:30 p.m. monthly Pine Bluff town hall meeting at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

In a Tuesday meeting in the mayor’s conference room at the civic center, an oversight committee made up of Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, senior Alderman Bill Brumett, City Attorney Althea Hadden-Scott, Finance Director Steve Miller, Internal Auditor Gina Devers and Community Development Acting Director Larry Matthews discussed the spending status. Miller gave a slide presentation highlighting the various appropriations.

Appropriation areas include the fire, police, street, animal control and parks and recreation departments. Also reviewed at Tuesday’s meet were appropriations from a 2009 bond issues, covering such interests as The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Chester Hynes Community Center, historical Boone-Murphy House and Pine Bluff Grider Field Airport.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said that, as usual, the city’s department heads will be on hand to relate new information to attendees and also answer questions and receive comments from citizens.

Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks is expected to discuss crime rates as well as police department developments. Hubanks said at the July 1 city council meeting that overall crime is continuing to decline.

The eight council members — Brumett, Alderwoman Thelma Walker and Aldermen Charles Boyd, Glen Brown, Wayne Easterly, Lloyd Holcomb Jr., Steven Mays and George Stepps — are invited to share the head table at the town hall meet. Brown, Stepps and Walker did not attend any of the five previous sessions.

A public general comment period is also planned.