Coun­cil OKS park sig­nage

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected]­ton­courier.com By Sarah Perry

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.

SARAH PERRY/THE Saline Courier

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.

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