Seven ordinances, six resolutions considered by PB city council

The Pine Bluff City Council, meeting in regular session Tuesday night, considered seven resolutions and six ordinances.

Ordinances receiving second readings called for the closure of:

• The alley between Cherry and Linden Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

• A portion of Parker Avenue.

• Part of North Belair, South Belair, West Belair and Belle Meade drives.

• Part of Cottonwood Street and all of Cottonwood Circle.

Four approved resolutions directed the city clerk to publish notices of public hearings on the aforementioned proposals.

Ordinances receiving first readings and being referred to the development and planning committee for further study call for:

• Amending the code of ordinances respecting fencing and screening requirements for automobile salvage, wrecking or junk yards; establishing a grace period for such interests to come into compliance with city regulations; and providing for a penalty for violations.

• Providing for the rezoning of a parcel of land at 38th Avenue and Ohio Street to Residential Planned Unit Development status.

Approved resolutions:

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

• Expressed the city’s commitment to provide a match for grants to improve traffic signals at the intersections of the Martha Mitchell Expressway and Hutchinson and Bryant streets and to maintain the said systems once installed. Walker, citing concerns, voted against the measure.

A resolution calling for awarding the Jefferson County Community Development Corp. federal Community Home Development Organization home funds for the years 2008, 2011 and 2012 was sent to the economic and community development committee at Walker’s request.