Council to talk 2020 budget, land purchase
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.