Two proposed ordinances to annex property on the east side of Pine Bluff near the site of the Saracen Casino and Resort are on the agenda when the Pine Bluff City Council meets Monday at 5:30 p.m.
According to both ordinances, a majority of the real estate owners in the areas seeking to be annexed signed petitions asking for the annexation and the Jefferson County Clerk found that the petitions were in fact signed by a majority of those real estate owners. All of the property adjoins the current city limits and if the annexation is approved, the area will be placed in Ward 1.
Up for a second reading is a proposed ordinance sponsored by Council Member Bruce Lockett to amend the current Code of Ordinances and require that owners of property located in the Downtown Historical District first obtain a “Certificate of Appropriateness: from the Pine Bluff Historical District Commission before doing any restoration, rehabilitation or demolition of buildings.
During the last council meeting, Lockett said some property owners had obtained permits from city departments without obtaining the required certificates.
Also on the agenda is a proposed ordinance waving competitive bidding and allowing the Cemetery Department to purchase a Kubota through Sourcewell, a clearing house where government agencies may obtain items at preferred rates from vendors comparable to the state contract price.
Heritage Agriculture of Arkansas is offering to sell the department a L3901DT Kubota tractor for $21,969.66 plus any sales tax, which the proposed ordinance says is “a significant savings over the price which can be expected via competitive bidding for a tractor with the specifications needed by the department.”
A resolution appropriating $25,000 from undesignated general funds for the “Gloves Not Guns” boxing match on Oct. 12 is also on the agenda Monday. Those funds will be used to help defray the expenses of conducting the matches.
A resolution authorizing the Pine Bluff Clean and Beautiful Board and the Dollarway Neighborhood Watch to maintain a piece of property located at the intersection of Hutchinson Street and the Martha Mitchell Expressway is also up for consideration as are resolutions setting the millage for the firemen’s relief and pension fund, police relief and pension fund, maintenance and operation of the Pine Bluff Public Library and for general purposes.