Council facing lengthy Monday night agenda


The Pine Bluff City Council faces a lengthy agenda at its Monday night meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the civic center’s council chambers.

Twelve ordinances and nine resolutions will be considered.

Ordinances slated for a third and final reading call for:

• Amending current guidance to provide a penalty for failure to abate a public nuisance (recommended for adoption by the planning and development committee); and

• Amending current guidance regarding the meetings, offices and length of terms of the Pine Bluff Commission on Children and Youth.

Ordinances scheduled for second readings call for:

• Establishing new residency requirements for new department heads and employees while “grandfathering” current department heads and employees, and repealing two existing ordinances and two existing resolutions (recommended for adoption by the administration committee);

• Defining “fixed assets” of the city and directing that all city agencies and departments create and maintain a list of such;

• Appointing members of the expanded parks and recreation commission, adjusting the terms of initial appointments and permitting the reappointment of a commissioner to a full term after completion of an initial appointment;

• Closing a portion of an alley located north of West Fourth Avenue between Larch and Juniper streets (recommended for adoption by the planning and development committee);

• Providing for the rezoning of 2.5 acres on Texas Street (recommended for adoption by the planning and development committee); and

• Closing West 15th Avenue between Taft and Rosebud streets (recommended for adoption by the planning and development committee).

Ordinances due for initial readings call for:

• Directing that the city’s local cable television channel and Internet web site be utilized along with a local newspaper of general circulation in advertising for bids and requests for proposals;

• Prohibiting a person in public view from wearing pants or skirts below the waistline that expose undergarments or skin on certain public property;

• Directing that the former Army Reserve/National Guard Armory at 1000 North Myrtle Street serve as the new site of the Pine Bluff Police Department; and

• Creating a privilege fee for non-resident employees as a condition of employment with the city, establishing the amount of the fee and outlining the usages of the fee’s revenues.

Resolutions to be presented call for:

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

• Amending a previous resolution to delete a property declared to be a public nuisance;

• Authorizing the city to negotiate for the acquisition of real property in the 400 block of East 12th Avenue;

• Commending Vivian Flowers for her service as a member of the Pine Bluff Historic District Commission;

• Reappointing Marlene Davis-Lilly and Dave Sadler to the Pine Bluff Historic District Commission (separate measures);

• Appointing Harold D. Terry to the Pine Bluff Historic District Commission;

• Authorizing the mayor to contract with the Reed Architectural Firm of Pine Bluff for professional services regarding the remodeling, repairing and replacement of the Pine Bluff Animal Shelter; and

• Authorizing and directing the mayor to utilize the BK&D Accounting Firm to audit the financial records and transactions of city government for the calender years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and transactions in earlier years if needed.

The ordinances and resolutions and ways and means committees will meet at 5 p.m.