Council to consider issuance of bonds

The Pine Bluff City Council is scheduled to hear during its Monday meeting the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of 2012 sales and use tax bonds.

In its July 2 session, the council approved a resolution authorizing a number of projects to be funded by the bond issue approved by city voters last year when they passed a five-eights-cent sales tax increase. The list of projects makes up the second of three planned bond issues using funds from the sales tax increase, the first of which was issued in October 2011.

Projects to be funded by the second bond issue include:

• A new animal shelter at just over $1 million.

• More than $2.1 million for drainage projects.

• Sewer projects costing $873,000.

• Streetscape design and engineering costing $75,000.

• Facility improvements for the fire department at $491,000.

• Expansion of the Lake Saracen walking trail costing $100,000.

• An $84,000 dump truck for the street department.

• And an additional $124,000 for the new police department headquarter facilities.

The total bond issue is listed at just above $5 million. This bond issue does not include the proposed multipurpose community center or the downtown street redesign because the city is still pursing grants and other funding to go toward that project.

Other ordinances up for first readings call for amending the 2012 budget to include expenses incurred by council members in attending “professional growth conferences and seminars,” and respecting the annual sum paid by grantees of permits to operate community antenna television systems in the city.

Ordinances slated for third and final readings would make the 2012 international building, 2012 international residential, 2012 international property code, 2011 national electrical and 2010 state mechanical codes the city’s planning and development standards.

Proposed resolutions to be considered call for:

• Authorizing the mayor to convey to Marshall Frazier, for his offer of $200, Lot 16 of Block 20 of the Jefferson Heights Addition.

• Authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to utilize an airport improvement grant.

• Encouraging state officials to promptly implement provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act to benefit Arkansas residents.

• Commending Clarence Rittelmeyer and Robert Thompson for their community service as members of the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission and Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees, respectively.

• Appointing Kenneth R. Collins and James Jackson to the Aviation Commission and Library Board of Trustees, respectively.

• Declaring a combined total of 32 houses, buildings and/or other structures as nuisances and ordering their abatement.

An administrative committee meeting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Monday. The council meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at the civic center.