A resolution on the Pine Bluff City Council’s agenda Monday proposes an increase in the monthly fee residents pay for waste and garbage pickup.
Sponsored by Alderman Glen Brown Jr., the resolution says that the agreement between the city and Waste Management provides for an annual revision of rates based on the Consumer Price Index, to be effective on Nov. 1, the date the initial contract was signed.
The monthly rate, which is currently $16.69, will increase to $17.07 per month for each occupied unit, a .38-cent-per-month hike, effective immediately.
Also Monday, the council will consider a resolution that would authorize Mayor Shirley Washington to sign a contract with the SALT Group of Arkansas to audit sales and use taxes the city sends to the State of Arkansas to determine what amounts, if any, the city has overpaid and is entitled to receive back.
Based in Jonesboro, the company was determined to be the most qualified to perform the services after the city sought proposals from vendors, the resolution sponsored by Alderman Bill Brumett said.
A cost proposal that accompanied the resolution said that the company would receive 35 percent of the first $50,000 recovered, then 30 percent of an amount between $50,000.01 and $100,000. The percentage rates would decline down to 20 percent for any amount over $500,000.01.
A third resolution to be considered Monday would amend a resolution adopted last month to designate a portion of Third Avenue as Bobby Rush Way by expanding the area.
Rush is a blues musician who got his start in the Pine Bluff area.
The original resolution provided that street sign toppers would be placed on signs on State Street and Alabama Street, while the amended resolution calls for street sign toppers be street signs on Third Avenue between Walnut Street and Convention Center Drive.
Also on the agenda are resolutions appointing five people to the Board of Trustees for the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.
Those being appointed are as follows: Lanzenie Collins, of Pine Bluff, who is an art teacher in the Pine Bluff School District; Shalisha Thomas, of Pine Bluff, who is an art teacher in the Pine Bluff School District; Pia Woods, of Pine Bluff, who is the lead county agent for 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences for the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service;
Rev. Edna Morgan, of Pine Bluff, a minister with the United Methodist Church; and Dr. Jennifer Connor, of Lake Village, who is a regional program associate-obesity reduction with the Cooperative Extension Service.