Council OKS park signage
Improved signage for Bryant parks has been the topic of several talks over the past several years. Various members of the city’s Parks Commission have disagreed on sign designs. Some individuals wanted to have similar sign designs at Mills, Alcoa 40 and Ashley parks while other individuals wanted a different sign to distinguish Mills Park apart from other parks.
After coming to a compromise, the committee recently approved sign designs. Tuesday, the
Bryant City Council approved the designs as well.
Mills Park will have a column and rock at the bottom whereas the other park signs will just have rock at the bottom, Parks Director Chris Treat told the council.
There will be signs at both Mills Park entrances.
“(Mills Park) is such a special park. We wanted it to kind of stand out,” Treat said.
The Bryant Historical Society will also be placing a standalone sign at Ashley Park outlining the park’s history.
The signs at a cost of
$25,584.16 will be paid for using bond funding, Treat said.
The council also discussed Advertising and Promotion tax revenue. After voting to dissolve the A&P Commission and repeal the tax earlier this year, the council is tasked with spending the remaining tax revenue. Members of the council voted to pay Chris Madison $512.50 for legal services rendered to the commission.
The council is scheduled to discuss other proposed events and projects at a workshop beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 5. Proposals include Fall Fest; Pops in the Park; Wings Over Bryant, a new air show event; adding lights and electrical services at Bishop Park for festivals and the construction of a pavilion at Bishop Park.
According to a resolution the council approved involving the process for spending remaining funds, any request of more than $50,000 for a single event or project will need to be discussed during a public workshop before
being voted on by the council.
The total cost for all of the proposals is approximately $775,000.
After receiving information from Bryant Police Captain JW Plouch, the council authorized police officials to enter into an agreement with Enterprise for police vehicles.
According to Plouch, the city received $30,000 in insurance money after a police vehicle was totaled earlier this year. With this money, he plans to lease eight vehicles. Through the program, Plouch expects the city will be able to lower the cost of ongoing
maintenance and purchase costs.
Other cities in the region currently participate in the program, said Mayor Allen Scott.
Other approved items include:
•An updated design for the city seal.
•The 2019 September year to date financial report and amended budget for the year. Alderman Carlton Billingsley voted against the approval of both items.
•The second reading of an amended ordinance involving open burning in the city. The council is set to discuss this ordinance again next month. Martha Cox and her sister Charlotte Daniels addressed the council about the proposed change to outlaw open burning of
yard debris for property less than 2 acres. Cox said the change creates a hardship for smaller properties and favors land owners of larger properties.
Following their comments, Aldermen Butch Higginbotham and Rob Roedel stated that they plan to suggest changes to the ordinance next month.
•A resolution involving the city’s Code Enforcement Department cleaning up properties in Midtown and then places liens on the properties for the cost. A public hearing was held during the meeting, but no one made comments for or against the resolution.
•Changes to job descriptions and income ranges for two job descriptions
— finance coordinator and
code enforcement officers. This changes will go into effect in 2020.
•An update to an ordinance addressing which city employees are allowed to issue citations for stormwater violations.
•Authorization for Public Works Department to dispose of an tractor that is no longer needed.
•A request for the
Bryant Police Department to update 911 software with AT&T.
For the next regularly scheduled meeting, the council decided to meet on Nov. 19 because of Thanksgiving.
All meetings of the council are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.
Finance Director Joy Black is all smiles while being recognized by Bryant Mayor Allen Scott during Tuesday’s meeting of the Bryant City Council. This is the second year in a row the city has received accolades for its budget.