A resolution declaring the city of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and all municipalities are essential in America's Economic Recovery tops the agenda. The resolution directs federal emergency support to reopen and rebuild America as unprecedented threats continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pine Bluff City Council will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Six resolutions are on the agenda.

A resolution declaring the city of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and all municipalities are essential in America’s Economic Recovery tops the agenda. The resolution directs federal emergency support to reopen and rebuild America as unprecedented threats continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stating budgetary shortfalls and job risks, the City of Pine Bluff will assess the need for additional spending reductions and monitor its monthly revenue streams.

According to the resolution, Pine Bluff’s impact by COVID-19 may potentially create an average revenue shortfall of 26.5 percent between March 1 and December 31, 2020 with a possibility to extend into 2021.

That would result in the imposition of budgetary restraints on hiring and spending, according to the resolution.

The city of Pine Bluff is calling on Congress to allocate fair and direct federal support to all America’s communities, regardless of population size, to rebuild and reopen the national economy.

A resolution approving a revised First Responder Incentive Program Proposal 2020 and related purposes is on the agenda. The city council had previously adopted a First Responder Incentive Program but modifications were added.

Go Forward Pine Bluff will act as the facilitators of the program to no cost to the city.

Their goal is to secure the commitment of a minimum of 20 public safety officers through home ownership and home repair loans while improving the value of neighborhoods and reducing crime.

A resolution authorizing the mayor to partner with GFPB INC. and apply for grants funds from Rural LISC. Community Development Corporation to assist PACE will be addressed.

The 50/50 matching grant will provide funds in the amount of $17,500.

A resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement to lease the Saracen fire station constructed by Saracen Casino Resort is also on the agenda.

The fire station will be located at 3609 Market Street in Pine Bluff. It will service the casino as well as the service area provided by PB Fire station #4.

According to the agenda, the agreement to lease the Saracen Fire Station for 20 years will be a rate of one dollar per year.

Other resolutions on the agenda include a resolution authorizing the placement of a street topper in honor of Massathau D. Jordan and Dr. Raye Jean Montague.

The toppers would be placed along Linden Street from the corner of West Pullen Street and north on Linden past Carver Elementary School.

The last resolution is to appoint Dr. Hazel Linton to the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board.