Brief agenda awaits city council


There’s a chance that Monday night’s Pine Bluff City Council meeting will be brief.

Only four ordinances and three resolutions are on the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. session in the civic center’s council chambers. And none of the ordinances are currently slated for a vote.

The resolutions call for:

• Declaring September as Small Business Appreciation Month in an effort to promote and support small businesses here and encourage citizens to shop locally;

• Encouraging the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to undertake a cleaning of state-owned Lake Saracen and initiate steps to prevent unlawful dumping into the lake, and asking that citizens unite in active support of the effort; and

• Declaring certain houses, buildings and/or other structures as nuisances and ordering their abatement.

The Lake Saracen legislation was discussed in a Friday meeting of the council’s public health and welfare committee, which is chaired by Alderman Lloyd Holcomb Jr. and also includes Alderman Glen Brown and Alderwoman Thelma Walker. The panel forwarded the measure to the full council with a unanimous do-pass recommendation.

Holcomb is the resolution’s sponsor.

Two ordinances due for second readings call for:

• Providing for the rezoning of just under four-tenths of an acre at the southwest corner of the intersection of South Cherry Street and West 42nd Avenue; and

• Amending the 2013 budget to add a line item for council members to be reimbursed for travel expenses.

A pair of ordinances scheduled for initial readings call for:

• Amending the current code of ordinances regarding events centers for use during the annual University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff homecoming week; and

• Authorizing a short-term financing agreement with Simmons First National Bank to acquire three vehicles for the police department.

The council also will consider a $30,000 budget adjustment in the public safety building fund. The amount is needed for renovations to the former federal armory near Townsend Park. The building is to be used for evidence storage, special weapons and tactical unit training and vehicle storage, and other purposes.

The full council session will follow 5 p.m. meetings of the ordinances and resolutions, and ways and means committees.