The Pine Bluff City Council on Monday will consider removing a piece of property from the list of properties designated as public nuisances as their only agenda item when they meet at 5:30 p.m. The resolution said the property at 4028 W. 16th Ave. had been placed on the list in November 2013 and has now been purchased by new owners from the Arkansas Land Commission. They plan to restore and repair the property to bring it into compliance with city standards.
The resolution also said that restoration of the property is “a preferred outcome to razing the structure and leaving a vacant lot.”
Before the meeting, the council’s Ways and Means Committee will consider four budget adjustments, one for Animal Control, two for the Fire and Emergency Services Department and the final one for Parks and Recreation. Animal Control is requesting $6,612, with $6,000 of that coming from unspent salaries and the remaining $612 from contributions.
Police Lt. Michael Jenkins, who is the director of Animal Control, said $4,000 of the requested money will be used for maintenance and repairs on department vehicles, such as transmissions, rear ends, brakes, tune-ups, windshields and tires. Another $1,000 will be spent for building maintenance, including cleaning out the septic tank and repairing cages. Jenkins is also seeking $1,000 for day-to-day operating expenses and upcoming adoption events.
The remaining $612, which is coming from the contributions account, will be used for medications. The first of two requests from the Fire and Emergency Services Department is for $4,849.55 to cover the retirement of a lieutenant who had 188.5 hours of vacation and the retirement of a firefighter who had had 160 hours of vacation time.
The funds will come from unspent salaries.
The second request, for $74,750, will be used for repairs and maintenance to trucks, equipment and the building, gas, oil and lubricants, telephone expenses, operating expenses and overtime. The department is asking to move money from salaries, training, conventions and conferences and dues and subscriptions. The final request, for $15,000 for Parks and Recreation, will be used to complete the Irene Holcomb Dog Park. That money will come from funds that had been set aside for the Pine Bluff Marketing and Image Development program.