Council approves measure on transient merchants

An ordinance calling for amending of city legislation on transient merchants was approved in a split vote Monday night by the Pine Bluff City Council.

Alderman Wayne Easterly voted against the measure, which was sponsored by Alderwoman Thelma Walker. The ordinance’s purpose is to clarify operations and sales site selection procedures, Walker said. Easterly based his resistance on his assertion that the bill actually achieved the opposite on site particulars.

The remaining seven council members supported the proposal.

In other business, the council unanimously endorsed two resolutions and heard second readings of five ordinances and first readings of two.

The resolutions:

• Authorized the sale and conveyance of real property at 5513 W. Short Fourth Ave.; and

• Declared the support of the mayor and council for the local Interested Citizens for Voter Registration King Team Pen or Pencil Youth Program and and its participation in the upcoming Take a Stand to Keep a Seat Drop-In Mentoring Summit in Little Rock.

Ordinances given a second reading call for:

• Providing for the offense of unlawful dumping, increasing monitoring of sites used for unlawful dumping and creating an account for the purchase of video equipment for the monitoring;

• Amending current legislation to require a survey establishing the boundary line of properties before construction of a fence or wall along the division line; and

• Amending provisions in the non-uniform employees handbook (three separate items).

Ordinances receiving initial readings call for:

• Specifying that an occupant load notice be posted in a room or space used for an assembly and prescribing requirements for the notice; and

• Adopting a continuity of operations plan for city government in the event of a disaster.

An ordinance that was due for a vote after a third reading was pulled. The measure called for amending current legislation as to provide for review by the council of decisions of the planning commission granting applications for uses permitted on review. City Attorney Althea Hadden-Scott said the proposal could carry some liabilities.