Two ordinances scheduled for final readings


Two ordinances are scheduled for third and final readings and possible votes at Tuesday night’s Pine Bluff City Council meeting.

The ordinances call for:

• Providing for the rezoning of just under four-tenths of an acre at the southwest corner of the intersection of South Cherry Street and West 42nd Avenue, and repealing a related, previous ordinance that contained incorrect information; and

• Amending the 2013 budget to add a line item for council members to be reimbursed for travel expenses.

An ordinance due for a second reading calls for amending current ordinances regarding event centers during the week of annual University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff homecoming activities.

Slated for initial readings are two ordinances calling for:

• Closing and vacating certain streets and alleys east of Apple Street and north of West 34th Avenue (in relation to a Watson Chapel School District building project); and

• Closing and vacating an alley located south of Pullen Street and east of Sycamore Street.

Eight resolutions are to be considered. They call for:

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

• Amending a resolution to delete properties declared to be a public nuisance;

• Directing the mayor to proceed with the rehabilitation and renovation of the Joe Thomas Public Safety Building and former Army National Guard armory as sites for police department agencies and personnel, authorizing the patrol division to be housed in The Pines mall, and directing that the bicycle patrol and neighborhood offices be maintained as priorities of the police department;

• Authorizing the mayor to contract with the Nelson Architectural Group and Reed Architectural firms for professional services in the renovation of the Thomas Building;

• Authorizing renovation of the Merrill Community Center and appropriating funds for the purpose;

• Appointing Dr. Sederick Rice and Adam Robinson Jr. to the board of trustees of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (separate resolutions); and

• Authorizing the city clerk to destroy certain redundant checks.

The resolution on the various police properties is attached to a three-page plan “for meeting the future workspace needs” of the police department, which included input from Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and her staff, several council members, Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks and his staff, and Finance Director Steve Miller and his staff.

“I hope the council will see this as a consolidated plan that will lead us to a better situation for our police department employees and for the best interest of the people,” said senior Alderman Bill Brumett, who is sponsoring the measure.

The council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the civic center’s council chambers. The council’s public safety committee will meet at 4 and the ordinances and resolutions, and ways and means committees will gather at 5.