Pine Bluff residents will be briefed by city officials on a variety of municipal programs as part of a town hall meeting that will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Pine Bluff residents will be briefed by city officials on a variety of municipal programs as part of a town hall meeting that will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.


Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said that the meeting — which will take place in the banquet hall — will provide a host of practical information for residents.


"We are going to inform people of the different ordinances that might apply this fall and winter, including maintenance of ditches and other code enforcement issues," Hollingsworth said.


"Street department director Rick Rhoden will speak to the audience about the proper disposal of yard waste," Hollingsworth said. "They will be told that all leaves must be bagged up and that they cannot be blown into the street. Some of the lawn maintenance companies are still doing this and they need to know that it is illegal to do so."


Hollingsworth said that a component of the city’s Project SAFE Team that sweeps through city neighborhoods has been educating residents about their responsibilities with respect to their property.


"We tell them that they can’t put their yard waste in the street, and in these areas, we are already seeing that places that used to have drainage problems are seeing an improvement," Hollingsworth said. "So the information provided at the town hall meeting will help get the word out to even more city residents.


"We’ve got several different ordinances that we are going to distribute to the audience and have the relevant department heads talk about them," Hollingsworth said.


Hollingsworth said that Pete Lucas with Liberty Water will speak about a new meter replacement program that will begin soon.


"We will also have before-and-after statistics from the four SAFE Team areas that we have visited to demonstrate the positive impact that this program has had on the city," Hollingsworth said.


The SAFE Team started in 2013 and includes the mayor’s office, the Pine Bluff Police Department, the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department, the Pine Bluff Street Department, the Pine Bluff Inspection and Zoning Department, Waste Management, the Jefferson County Clean Team, the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and other volunteers.


The team has operated in four sections of town deemed to be high crime areas that have been designated Alpha, Beta, Charlie and Delta sectors.


Hollingsworth said that Parks and Recreation Department Director April Layher will present an update on the planned multi-purpose aquatic center and Pine Bluff Deputy Chief of Police Susie Powell will do a short update on the movement of the city’s code enforcement officers into the police department.


The city holds the town hall meetings on a quarterly basis. They were held monthly until summer 2014.