City board to address busy agenda
■ Zoning amendments will headline Tuesday’s meeting.
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
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.