Council agenda includes a dozen items


The Pine Bluff City Council will be considering a dozen items during a Monday meeting in the civic center’s council chambers.

The regular session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will follow 5 p.m. meetings of the council’s ordinances and resolutions, and ways and means committees.

Only one ordinance is scheduled for a third and final reading and possible vote. It calls for the amending of current ordinances regarding event centers during the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s annual homecoming week.

Two ordinances are slated for second readings. They call for closing and vacating certain streets and alleys located east of Apple Street and north of West 34th Avenue, and south of Pullen Street and east of Sycamore Street.

A pair of ordinances are up for initial readings. One calls for the granting of an exclusive ambulance franchise, and the other calls for transferring administration of retirement coverage for eligible members of the city’s pension and relief fund to the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System, which is better recognized as LOPFI.

Seven resolutions are on the agenda. They call for:

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

• Setting the millages for the policemen’s and firemen’s relief and pension funds (separate legislation);

• Setting the millage for general purposes;

• Setting the millage for the operation and maintenance of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System;

• Directing the mayor to proceed with the rehabilitation and renovation of the Joe Thomas Public Safety Building and the National Guard armory as sites for police department agencies and personnel, authorizing the patrol division to be housed in The Pines mall, and directing that the bicycle patrol and neighborhood offices be maintained as priorities of the police department; and

• Authoring the mayor to contract with Cobar Contracting for work regarding the King Street drainage improvements.