Al­der­men to con­sider more SROS

The Saline Courier Weekend - - COURIER CLASSIFIED­S - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

On the heels of the Ben­ton School Board ap­prov­ing a mea­sure to add ad­di­tional school re­source of­fi­cers to its district, the Ben­ton City Coun­cil will con­sider the mea­sure dur­ing a Mon­day night meet­ing.

The Al­der­men will vote on a res­o­lu­tion that will au­tho­rize the city to en­ter into a con­tract with the Ben­ton School District for the 2019-20 school year that will see the num­ber of SROS in­creased from five to seven.

“This will put one school re­source of­fi­cer at ev­ery cam­pus in the district,” said Ben­ton School District Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Laura Baber.

The to­tal cost for the seven SROS will be $311,000 with the district and BNPD shar­ing the costs in a 60/40 split. The district will cover the 60 per­cent.

The al­der­men will also con­sider a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city attorney to file law­suits in Sa­line County Cir­cuit Court seek­ing to abate pub­lic nui­sances lo­cated at 15 prop­er­ties in­side the city lim­its.

Those prop­er­ties in­clude 13 and 14 Hi­land, owned by Frank Dufek; 719 Bor­der St., owned by Shawn and Shane We­hunt; 813 S. Main St., owned by Mike Richey; 1310 W. Maple, owned by Dorothy Braith­waite; 219 1/2 Thomp­son, owned by Linda Larkin; 712 Hester, owned by Brenda and Sam Fulcher; 1210 Chris Dr., owned by Ricky Robin­son; 510 Columbia, owned by Diana Goins; 324 Sec­ond St., owned by Jerry Brown; 511 Third St., owned by Richard and De­wanna Watkins; 805 Bur­ton, owned by Rob Win­ters; 215 E. Cross, owned by Candice Webb; 521 Third St., owned by Ju­dith Reed; and 1021 W. Ash­ley, owned by Joy New­born Smoot.

Other items on the agenda in­clude:

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the pay­ment of the 2018 suit of the city’s fi­nan­cial records.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the re­ceipt of the pro­ceeds from the sale of the Palace The­atre.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the trans­fer of funds to the city clerk’s of­fice to pay the pub­li­ca­tion costs of city or­di­nances.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the trans­fer of funds from the com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity and equip­ment fund in or­der to pur­chase re­place­ment batteries for city owned com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment.

• An or­di­nance ac­cept­ing grant pro­ceeds from the Wal­mart Foundation and ap­pro­pri­at­ing funds for the pur­chase of equip­ment for the Ben­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the sale of sur­plus prop­erty, namely a 2012 Dodge Charger, owned by the BNPD, at auc­tion.

• An or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the trans­fer of monies from the Fi­nan­cial Sta­bil­ity Fund to the An­i­mal Con­trol Fund for re­pairs to the An­i­mal Con­trol Fa­cil­ity.

• A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the mayor and the city clerk to ex­e­cute a lease with Johnny Mcma­han for the use of cer­tain real prop­erty within the city for $300 per month.

• An or­di­nance pro­vid­ing a con­di­tional use per­mit for a dog groom­ing busi­ness at 909 Sun­set Drive.

• An or­di­nance amend­ing or­di­nance 26 of 2019 re­vis­ing stormwa­ter fees charged by the city to per­sons who are age 65 or older who are on So­cial Se­cu­rity dis­abil­ity.

• A res­o­lu­tion ac­cept­ing the low­est ac­cept­able bid for a grant with the Arkansas Depart­ment of Parks and Tourism for a sec­ond splash pad at Tyn­dall Park.

• A res­o­lu­tion ac­cept­ing the low­est ac­cept­able bid for fence con­struc­tion at Tyn­dall Park.

• A res­o­lu­tion ac­cept­ing the low­est ac­cept­able bid for the con­struc­tion of sand vol­ley­ball courts at River­side Park.

The pre-coun­cil agenda meet­ing will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. with the city coun­cil meet­ing be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The meet­ing will be held at the Ben­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Com­plex, lo­cated at 114 S. East St.

All meet­ings are open to the pub­lic and at­ten­dance is en­cour­aged.

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