A proposed ordinance that would add one lieutenant position to the Pine Bluff Police Department is scheduled to be read for the first time Monday night at the meeting of the Pine Bluff City Council.

A proposed ordinance that would add one lieutenant position to the Pine Bluff Police Department is scheduled to be read for the first time Monday night at the meeting of the Pine Bluff City Council.


Sponsored by Aldermen Bill Brumett, Wayne Easterly and George Stepps, the proposed ordinance is a followup to an ordinance that was adopted previously creating a quality of life division within the police department. That ordinance provided that the division would be staffed by seven people, including one lieutenant.


Currently, city ordinances provide that the department will have 16 lieutenant’s positions, so the proposed ordinance would increase that number to 17.


The salary for the additional position will be transferred from the balance of the wages and benefits due to the position of chief housing inspector for the Pine Bluff Inspection and Zoning Department.


The position of chief housing inspector was eliminated when the quality of life division was established.


Also Monday night, an ordinance waiving competitive bidding and allowing Mayor Debe Holingsworth to sign a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield for health insurance coverage for city employees next year is up for a first reading.


The waiver of competitive bidding is necessary, the proposed ordinance states, because "it is imperative that the city contract with a provider and have in place and program to commence an open enrollment program beginning Nov. 3 and concluding Nov. 30, 2014."


A resolution adjusting residential garbage rates within the city is also on the agenda.


According to the resolution, the city’s contract with Waste Management allows an annual adjustment of the rates based on criteria agreed to by both sides.


The monthly rate will increase from $15.82 to 16.09 per month, effective when the resolution is approved.