Coun­cil to talk 2020 bud­get, land pur­chase

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected]­ton­ By Sarah Perry

Dur­ing the fi­nal 2019 meet­ing of the Bryant City Coun­cil, mem­bers will be han­dling a num­ber of items, in­clud­ing the 2020 bud­get and the pur­chase of land near Bishop Park. The meet­ing is sched­uled for 6:30 p.m. Tues­day, at the Boswell Mu­nic­i­pal Com­plex.

The coun­cil has dis­cussed the 2020 bud­get dur­ing pre­vi­ous work­shops and a reg­u­lar meet­ing in Novem­ber. Dur­ing pre­vi­ous talks of the bud­get, the coun­cil dis­cussed up­dat­ing the pay scales for both Bryant po­lice of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers. There have also been pro­pos­als of adding ed­u­ca­tion pay for all city em­ploy­ees. Later in the year, Mayor Allen Scott would also like to add cer­tifi­cate pay for all em­ploy­ees, he told the coun­cil.

The coun­cil will also con­tinue talks of Ad­ver­tis­ing and Pro­mo­tion tax rev­enue.

Af­ter vot­ing to dis­solve the Ad­ver­tis­ing and Pro­mo­tion Com­mis­sion and re­peal the tax ear­lier this year, the Bryant City Coun­cil is tasked with spend­ing the re­main­ing tax rev­enue. Dur­ing the Novem­ber meet­ing, the coun­cil had ap­proved event fund­ing re­quests, but tabled project pro­pos­als.

Tues­day, the coun­cil will dis­cuss the con­struc­tion of a pavilion at Bishop Park, as well as adding lights and fes­ti­val elec­tric­ity at the park. The Bryant Parks Depart­ment has also made a new re­quest to add benches along the Mills Park Trail us­ing A&P tax rev­enue. The es­ti­mated cost for the benches is $2,240.

In the Parks Depart­ment por­tion of the meet­ing, the coun­cil will dis­cuss sev­eral agree­ments be­tween the depart­ment and var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions. Th­ese agree­ments in­clude the Bryant High School swim team, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bryant and the Bryant Se­nior Well­ness and Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter.

The coun­cil will also dis­cuss the pur­chase of land near Bishop Park. The 7.88-acre tract of land is priced at $7,880, ac­cord­ing to the pro­posed res­o­lu­tion.

Other items on the agenda in­clude: •The 2019 Novem­ber fi­nan­cial re­port and amend­ments to the 2019 bud­get.

•A res­o­lu­tion in­volv­ing an Arkansas Depart­ment of En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment Divi­sion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Con­sent Ad­min­is­tra­tive order.

•An or­di­nance in­volv­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems.

•A res­o­lu­tion sup­port­ing House Joint Res­o­lu­tion 1018 of 2019 to con­tinue a one-half per­cent sales and use tax.

•An or­di­nance to re­zone a prop­erty 4214 Springhill Rd. from R2 to R1S.

•An or­di­nance to adopt an amended stormwa­ter man­age­ment man­ual and an or­di­nance to adopt re­vised stormwa­ter man­age­ment reg­u­la­tions, op­er­a­tions and guide­lines.

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

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