City Board set to carry on with license debates
■ The new agenda item Tuesday is a bucket truck purchase.
To start the month of May, members of the Siloam Springs Board of Directors will face an agenda with a single new item and the potential final reading of up to five ordinances, two of which have generated significant discussion.
The May 2 meeting’s single new item is a purchase contract from the city’s electric department for a bucket truck. The truck in question will be a 55foot Altec 4x4 bucket truck with a cost of $211,404. It will replace a 16-year-old bucket truck that has logged more than 12,000 hours of use.
The low bid of $211,404 through the National Joint Powers Alliance is nearly $30,000 under the budgeted $240,000 for the purchase.
Next on the agenda is the third reading of an amendment to the city’s policy on business licenses. Originally, the proposed ordinance called for fees to be established for all new business licenses and all license renewals in addition to an increase to late fees from $5 to $50 for licenses that are over 30 days late, and from $10 to $100 for licenses that are over 60 days late.
The license fees and renewal fees proved to be contentious, and last month directors voted 4-3 to accept an amendment to the proposed ordinance that removed the fees.
A pair of ordinances aimed at changing city zoning code as it relates to breweries are up for consideration next.
First is an ordinance that would create two new licenses. One, for small breweries, would follow the state’s definition of small breweries, restricting such operations to the production of 45,000 barrels of alcohol per year.
The second type of brewery license created under the ordinance would be a nano-brewery, which would meet all the requirements for a small brewery, but be further limited to 5,000 barrels of alcohol per year. The designation is intended to allow breweries in areas that would be adversely effected by an operation large enough to need heavy delivery traffic.
The next agenda item is another aspect of the same change for the city. The ordinance is an amendment to the city’s use units, which determine what functions are allowed in certain zoning areas.
City staff has proposed to allow small breweries in the light industry use unit, Unit 20. If approved, nano breweries will also be added to Unit 15, which would allow the breweries in general commercial, roadway commercial and light industrial
zones by right.
The ordinance establishing licenses for the two types of breweries was placed on its second reading during the most recent meeting, paving the way for a third reading and adoption by the board during the May 2 meeting. Because it was required to be heard by the Planning Commission first, the ordinance concerning use units is one meeting behind the license ordinance, having been placed on its first reading during the April 18 meeting.
Rounding out the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, directors will be asked for votes on a proposed annexation into the city for 18.36 acres at the 2200 block of North Carl Street, and the vacation of an electric utility easement at the proposed site of a future Dollar General on the 1000 block of Cheri Whitlock. Both ordinances have been placed on their first readings.