Proposed ordinances to close a part of several streets downtown, waiving competitive bidding on police cars and raising the cost of performance bonds on city construction projects will be considered when the Pine Bluff City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Up for a second reading is a proposed ordinance that would close a part of Alabama, State and Pine streets in the 400 block in the Union Pacific Railroad right of way. The ordinance goes on to say that public interest and welfare would not be affected by the closing of those streets.
If the streets are closed to traffic, motorists would still be able to cross the railroad tracks at Main Street and Convention Center Drive on the east side and Main Street, and on Walnut Street, Beech Street and Cherry Street on the west side.
All three members of the Development and Planning Committee -- Joni Alexander, Glen D. Brown and Win Trafford -- are sponsoring the ordinance.
Up for the first reading is a proposed ordinance that would allow the Police Department to buy eight new vehicles from Smart Dodge, which is offering to match the state contract price of $23,161 per vehicle. The total cost of the eight new vehicles will be $185,288 plus any sales and use taxes required.
Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant plans to use money that had been budgeted for salaries and benefits for unfilled positions to pay for the cars.
Also up for a first reading is a proposed ordinance to increase the amount of the performance bond or surety that a contractor must pay to construction projects.
According to the proposed ordinance, the current fee of $10,000 will be increased to $50,000 or an amount equal to the value of the contract, whichever is greater. The proposed ordinance says that the bond or surety is a means “by which the city may seek compensation for the costs of redoing work or replacing substandard materials.”
Council members will also consider waving competitive bidding and hiring McClelland Consulting Engineers for services associated with extending the sewer line on the east side of the 1700 block of University Drive to the city limits on North University Drive.
McClelland has quoted the city a price of $70,000 for topographic survey and design services which, according to the ordinance, “is fair and reasonable for the work.”
Resolutions to be considered include authorizing the Economic and Community Development Department to sell city-owned property at 13th Avenue and Alabama Street and naming Fire Station No. 6, located in the Dollarway area in honor of retired Fire Captain Norris Williams.
According to that resolution, Williams retired after serving 30 years with the department, was raised and lived in the Dew Drop community, and ended his career at Station No. 6.