Ordinance on scrap metal dealers gets second reading at Monday city council


A proposed ordinance to strengthen the city’s rules concerning purchases made by scrap metal dealers and recyclers in Pine Bluff got its second reading during the City Council meeting Monday.

Sponsored by Alderwoman Thelma Walker, the ordinance provides that dealers and recyclers must sent the Police Department a list of all purchases made of nonferrous and scrap metals on the first day of every month in electronic format. The proposal is designed to reduce what the ordinance calls “the prevalence of theft of copper and other metals, for sale as scrap and recycling,” which the ordinance describes as “a significant problem in the city.”

Failure to comply with the ordinance would be a misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000 for a first offense and/or not less than 10 and not more than 30 days in the county jail. Second or subsequent violations would result in a fine of $1,000 and/or not less than 30 days and not more than 180 days in jail.

The proposed ordinance also provides that the Police Department will notify the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office if a violation of the provisions of the ordinance would constitute a felony as defined under state law.

Also Monday, the council approved a resolution that designates a part of Catalpa Street from West 6th Avenue to West 13th Avenue in honor of Saint Dewitt Hill.

Sponsored by Alderman Steven Mays, the resolution provides that signage will be installed on the existing street signs in the designated area recognizing Hill. The street name will not change as a result of the resolution.

A resolution authorizing Mayor Debe Hollingsworth to execute a contract for construction of the new Fire Station Three at 32nd Avenue and Beech Street was also approved.

The resolution, sponsored by Hollingsworth, said that Cline Construction Group was the low bidder on the project, which will be paid for with funds from the bond initiative. The company bid $1,979,552.

The new station will replace the current station at West 31st Avenue and Ash Street.

A resolution that expresses the city’s willingness to use federal highway aid money to develop or improve the King Street Sidewalk Project was also approved. The improvements are part of the project to build a walking trail all the way around Lake Saracen.

The resolution provides that federal money is available for this project, and according to Jerre George of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Planning Commission***, no city match would be required.

George said the project would construct sidewalks to connect Robert Morehead Middle School and Townsend Park Elementary School to existing sidewalks, then to the Lake Saracen project, including the fishing pier. The resolution authorizes Hollingsworth to sign all appropriate agreements and contracts necessary to expedite construction of the state project.

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