City Board set to carry on with li­cense de­bates

■ The new agenda item Tues­day is a bucket truck pur­chase.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Burch­fiel Staff Writer mburch­ ■

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.

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