Town hall meeting scheduled Monday

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth will host her third town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the convention center.

Aldermen have been invited to participate and city department heads will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the newest developments. Aldermen taking part in last month’s event included Charles Boyd, Bill Brumett, Wayne Easterly, Lloyd Holcomb Jr. and Steven Mays.

At last month’s meeting, Hollingsworth discussed education as a key factor in lowering the crime rate and helping the city to attract new businesses and industries featuring higher-paying jobs. Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks explained how the department’s newly initiated police mapping system would track calls to chart the most active areas of criminal activity. Hubanks said the system would help the department lower fuel costs for patrol vehicles.

Hollingsworth recognized local resident Matthew Pate, a senior research fellow in the University of Albany (N.Y.) School of Criminal Justice, for his assistance in implementing the mapping program.

PBPD Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Regina VonTungeln outlined elements of her program, explaining that the purpose of the city’s 10 neighborhood crime watch groups is to reduce crime, promote neighborhood pride and support the police and fire departments.

Hollingsworth said Friday that several new topics will be discussed at this month’s meeting.

Additionally, public comments will be received from previously registered persons. Council members will be given opportunities to respond to concerns and/or questions, and Hollingsworth will be answering questions as well.