The council will consider resolutions to set millages that fund the firemans' and police officers' pensions at one mil on the dollar of assessed property. Another resolution would set a millage funding “general purposes” at five mils per dollar of assessed property.

The Pine Bluff City Council tonight will consider rezoning property on South Cherry Street for operation of a bed and breakfast and asking the Pine Bluff School District for permission to use vacant schools as learning resource centers and shelters.

The council will also consider resolutions setting the millage for firefighters' and police officers' pension funds at one mil, and authorizing a $43,000 contract with McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. on a project to extend sewer services to West Barreque Street. The council meets at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Bluff City Hall.

Alderman Win Trafford and business partners Tom Reilley and Nate Drinkwine are restoring a historic home known as the Greystone residence at 4001 S. Cherry Street. The Planning Commission in June approved their request to rezone the property from residential to mixed use to operate the residence as a bed and breakfast, and to hold up to 24 events per year with as many as 125 guests.

The proposal drew opposition at the Planning Commission hearing from neighboring homeowners, who expressed concern about noise and traffic. Some speakers also said they were concerned about a perceived double standard, after the Planning Commission denied a 2014 request by an African-American woman to re-open the neighboring Eden Park Country Club as a restaurant.

The item is up for its third and final reading before the council. The council will also consider a resolution to negotiate with the Pine Bluff School District to use its vacant schools as learning resource centers and community shelters.

The council will consider resolutions to set millages that fund the firemans' and police officers' pensions at one mil on the dollar of assessed property. Another resolution would set a millage funding “general purposes” at five mils per dollar of assessed property.

The council will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a contract paying $43,000 to McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. to provide design services for a sewer extension project. The project would extend sewer service from North Hutchinson Street along the south side of West Barraque Street to Bryant Street. A final resolution under consideration would commend the Pine Bluff Wastewater Utility and its general manager, Ken Johnson, for being recognized for excellence in performance by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.