City board to ad­dress busy agenda

■ Zon­ing amend­ments will head­line Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Burch­fiel Staff Writer mburch­fiel@nwadg.com ■

Mem­bers of the Siloam Springs Board of Di­rec­tors will con­vene on Tues­day to con­sider an agenda that con­tains ten or­di­nances, along with a pair of con­tracts and a sin­gle res­o­lu­tion.

Most items in the ar­ray of or­di­nances are not new to the board. Up for its third read­ing will be an or­di­nance cod­i­fy­ing the city ad­min­is­tra­tor’s per­son­nel author­ity. Three re­zon­ing or­di­nances re­turn for their se­cond con­sid­er­a­tion, along with three or­di­nances that would up­date the city’s zon­ing code, two of which are spe­cific to med­i­cal

mar­i­juana reg­u­la­tions.

Tues­day’s meet­ing does in­clude three new or­di­nances. One of those is an or­di­nance that would up­date the city’s man­u­fac­tured home de­vel­op­ment code, which has not been up­dated in about 20 years. That or­di­nance was con­sid­ered in the Sept. 12 Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion meet­ing, and is writ­ten about in more depth in an­other ar­ti­cle in this pa­per.

A se­cond new or­di­nance is an amend­ment to the city’s build­ing code to up­date city stan­dards on man­u­fac­tured homes. Ac­cord­ing to the city’s staff re­port on the agenda item, there are cur­rently no reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing man­u­fac­tured homes in the city’s build­ing code.

The amend­ment re­quires that each man­u­fac­tured home brought into Siloam Springs’ plan­ning area be cer­ti­fied to meet the Na­tional Man­u­fac­tured Hous­ing Con­struc­tion and Safety Stan­dards of 1994. The pro­posed code would al­low con­tin­ued use of homes that are al­ready in use be­fore the amend­ment goes into ef­fect, if ap­proved.

New homes would also be sub­ject to be in­spected prior to oc­cu­pancy, and a build­ing per­mit would be re­quired in or­der to set a home in place. A fee for the re­quired per­mit and con­nec­tions would also be es­tab­lished by the city ad­min­is­tra­tor, and are lim­ited to not ex­ceed $500, ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance.

The fi­nal new or­di­nance is a sole-source con­tract for the city’s de­ferred com­pen­sa­tion plan. Staff has re­quested to en­ter into a new five-year con­tract with ICMA-RC, which has ad­min­is­tered the com­pen­sa­tion plan since 1991. Di­rec­tors will also con­sider a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the rate of 2017 prop­erty taxes, which is pro­posed to be un­changed from last year.

A pair of new con­tracts are also up for con­sid­er­a­tion for city em­ploy­ees’ in­sur­ance. City staff has pro­posed stay­ing with MetLife for life and longterm dis­abil­ity in­sur­ance even though city paid pre­mi­ums will be $4,605.07 higher than the low­est bid­der. City staff found that the low bid­der, Ochs, lacks cov­er­age in sev­eral ar­eas and in­creases em­ployee pre­mi­ums. The in­sur­ance will cost the city $89,550.28, an in­crease of just over $7,000. The agree­ment would be for two years.

Staff has rec­om­mended switch­ing from United Health­care to Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield for 2018. Blue Cross Blue Shield sub­mit­ted a bid that costs 9.3 per­cent less than the city’s cur­rent plan. The city is propos­ing a well­ness plan to be op­er­ated by the city along­side the new in­sur­ance, which does not in­clude a well­ness plan.

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