Headline: Resolution to honor Hill tabled for further study

Byline: By Ray King of The Commercial Staff

A resolution to name the stadium at Taylor Field in honor of the late Jim Hill was pulled from consideration by the Pine Bluff City Council Monday night while other options are explored.

Hill, who died recently was dedicated to the maintenance of Taylor Field and according to the resolution, “Jim hill’s tireless efforts led to Taylor Field hosting regional and state Babe Ruth and other amateur baseball games and tournaments; regional and state high school tournaments and professional baseball games when Pine Bluff had minor league professional baseball.

Rob Cheatwood, who is the chairman of the Taylor Field Commission told the council members that he had been contacted by members of the Taylor family (for whom the field is named) asking if they could get the street in front of the field named for Hill.

“That way we could have Taylor Field on Jim Hill Drive,” Cheatwood said.

He said that he was not opposed to anything to honor Hill but he wanted it done the right way.

“Jim Hill put me in this position and that is what he would want,” Cheatwood said.

Decisions on naming streets fall to the City Council’s Traffic and Aviation Committee and Council Member Ivan Whitfield, who is chairman of that committee will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday where the matter will be discussed.

Also Monday, a resolution adjusting residential garbage rates which is required by the contract the City has with Waste Management was approved.

The contract is tied to the Consumer Price Index and this year, monthly rates will increase from $17.07 to $17.36, a hike of 29-cents.

Liberty Utilities collects the garbage fee which is added to residential customers water bill each month.

Added to the agenda and approved Monday night was an ordinance to rezone 3.3. acres which is currently zoned R-1 residential to B-3 Highway Commercial.

The rezoning of the property at 5815 S. Olive St., follows action by the council earlier this year to rezone surrounding acreage where a new truck stop is being conducted.

The council also approved a resolution appointing Thomas E. Brown to the Historical District Commission to serve the remainder of the term of Julee Johnson who resigned. Brown will serve until May 1, 2021.

In other business Monday, a $5,000 grant from the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation to cover the costs associated with swimming lessons for 100 individuals at the Pine Bluff Aquatic Center was accepted and the council voted to use carryover funds from 2018 to pay for a tracked paver for the street department. That piece of equipment will cost $348,320 .