Benton aldermen plan to discuss special election during meeting
The Benton City Council Community Services Committee is set to discuss a number of items Tuesday night regarding Benton Utilities including the possibility of calling a special election in March.
Benton Utilities is interested in servicing an area located north of Interstate 30 (near Exit 114,) but the area is currently being serviced by Entergy Arkansas. The aldermen will discuss the possibility of holding a special election in March 2020 asking voters if they are for or against acquiring Entergy’s property.
The committee will also discuss an ordinance and resolution related to acquiring the property. The ordinance, which would only go into affect if the results of the proposed special election show a majority of voters approve the acquisition, states that Benton Utilities has “attempted in good faith to negotiate for the acquisition of customers and property that would be better served by BPUC than Entergy, Arkansas, LLC, but have been unable to reach agreement”.
The resolution, if passed by the aldermen, would require Entergy to furnish the city with information related to a number of items including reports, rates, classifications, rules applicable to electric utility services to the area in question. It would also direct Entergy to supply the city with all books, records and other information pertaining to the business of Entergy in the area in question, along with a verified, itemized and detailed inventory and valuation of all the property.
According to the resolution, if Entergy does not comply, the city attorney will be authorized to instate legal proceedings.
Other items on the agenda include:
• Code enforcement condemnations.
• A new right of way permit.
• The amendment of Ordinance 66 of 2013 regarding subdivision rules and regulations.
The Benton Animal Control Committee will also meet directly after the conclusion of the Community Services Committee. Alderman Frank Baptist is scheduled to discuss chicken coop regulations within the
Benton city limits.
All items approved during committee meetings will still be required to obtain approval from the full city council during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Mayor’s conference room at the Benton Municipal Complex, located at 114 S. East St.
Meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.