Council will discuss amendment request

The Pine Bluff City Council’s Development and Planning Committee decided in a Tuesday morning meeting that a proposed amendment to existing legislation on speed bumps and breakers will be brought before the full council for discussion.

The proposal, in the form of an ordinance sponsored by Ward 4 Alderman Steven Mays, calls for the consideration of the placement of speed bumps or breakers within a city block if 20 or more block residents seek their installation by filing a written petition with the city clerk. The council’s Traffic and Aviation Committee would then schedule a public hearing on the request before making a recommendation to the full council.

Ward 2 Alderman Charles Boyd, chairman of the Development and Planning Committee, opposed the notion but gave his nod to placing it before the council. Boyd told Mays that usage of speed bumps and breakers has led to litigation against the city by motorists whose vehicles sustained damages from the devices.

Jerre George of Southeast Arkansas Regional Planning agreed with Boyd and said the original guidance on the matter may need to be rewritten to better cover related aspects.

Mays acknowledged Boyd’s and George’s resistance to his amendment but said he was simply responding to concerns aired to him by some of his constituents. He asked Boyd to support recommending the proposal for council consideration. After brief hesitation, Boyd agreed.