Property donation will be considered by PB City Council


Acceptance of a warehouse at 1400 West Fourth Avenue being offered to the city by Richard Ratliff of Ratliff Enterprises will be considered by the Pine Bluff City Council at the panel’s 5:30 p.m. meeting Monday at the civic center.

An Alderman Steven Mays-sponsored resolution proposes accepting the donation and authorizing the city to appropriate $10,000 from undesignated general funds to be set aside in an account for “conversion and improvement” of the property “in accordance with plans to be determined by officials of the city, Jefferson County, state, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and local financial institutions.” Contributions from public and private third parties would also be accepted.

The warehouse, according to Mays’ ordinance, can be converted into a facility to promote “tourism and commercial development.”

As of Friday, the agenda included five additional resolutions and two ordinances for council consideration.

The resolutions call for:

• Authoring the mayor to execute an agreement for engineering construction services for the first phase design component of the Main Street streetscape project.

• Authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement for construction services for the new Fire Station No. 3.

• Designating a section of Catalpa Street from Sixth to 13th avenues in honor of Saint DeWitt Hill.

• Expressing the willingness of the city to utilize federal aid funds.

• Providing for placement of costs of correcting certain nuisances on tax books as delinquent taxes and collected as such.

An ordinance up for a second reading calls for strengthening the city’s rules concerning purchases by scrap metal dealers and recyclers.

An ordinance calling for the rezoning of a 3.5-acre site on Sunset Drive is slated to receive its first reading.

The council session will follow a 4 p.m. meeting of the public safety committee and 5 p.m. meeting of the ordinances and resolutions and ways and means committees.