The Pine Bluff City Council on Tuesday will hear the second reading of a proposed ordinance to rezone approximately 10 acres on the southwest corner of Bobo Road and Hampton Parkway Extended from R-1 to R-3.
Because of the New Year's Day Holiday, the regular Monday meeting was moved to Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, a large group of area residents spoke during the public comments section of the meeting against the rezoning, which would allow the owner to construct duplexes on the property. The area is currently zoned for single-family houses only.
Alderman Glen D. Brown Jr., who is chairman of the City Council's Development and Planning Committee, agreed to sponsor the ordinance so that the council could consider it, but made no recommendation on its merits. The two other committee members, Alderwoman Thelma Walker and Alderman Bill Brumett, both said they had received calls from constituents asking them to oppose the rezoning.
On Nov. 28, the Pine Bluff Planning Commission voted 6-1 to approve the measure.
Also on Monday, the council will vote for the third time on a proposed ordinance to establish a marriage provision for certain retired police officers who were members of the city's Local Police Pension Fund before it was phased out and merged with the state police and fire retirement system.
The benefits would apply only to wives of eight former officers who married or remarried on or before Dec. 31, 2016, and would cost the city an initial $1 million. The average age of the officers who would be affected is 66.8 years.
Also on Monday, the council will consider ordinances increasing the clothing allowance for Pine Bluff police officers from $600 to $800 annually, and awarding officers with 20 or more years of experience with an extra day of vacation up to 24 days annually.