Council will consider 13 items Monday


The Pine Bluff City Council will consider 13 items — eight resolutions and five ordinances — in a 5;30 p.m. meeting Monday in the civic center’s council chambers.

Proposed ordinances due for third and final readings and votes call for:

• Amending the code of ordinances to require a survey establishing the boundary line on properties before commencing construction of a fence and/or wall along a division line;

• Directing that the former Army National Reserve/National Guard Armory at 1000 North Myrtle Street be utilized as the new site of the police department’s patrol division; and

• Creating a privilege fee for non-resident employers as a condition of employment with the city and prescribing the fee.

Receiving a second reading will be a proposed ordinance calling for establishing parameters for ambulance service in the city.

Slated for an initial reading is a proposed ordinance calling for encouraging city government to consider selecting qualified local residents, minorities and women in the awarding of municipal contracts and in city hiring practices.

Proposed resolutions call for:

• Authorizing the closing of city offices and granting employees a paid holiday on Friday, July 5;

• Commending the recently retired Jerre George for her service to the community in zoning and planning guidance;

• Commending Don Scott for his service to the community as a member of the Pine Bluff Planning Commission;

• Appointing Lula H. Dickson to the planning commission;

• Providing that the primary site of the police department’s offices and personnel shall be the Joe Thomas Public Safety Building and the Army Reserve/National Guard Armory shall be a secondary site for police personnel;

• Authorizing renovation of the Merrill Center and appropriating funds for renovation;

• Authorizing the city attorney to seek legal redress to recover the debt in delinquent charges incurred by the now-closed Horizon Foods poultry plant; and

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

The council’s ordinances and resolutions and ways and means committees will meet at 5.