PG Council Agrees To Compensate Owner
PRAIRIE GROVE — Prairie Grove City Council recently approved a resolution to pay $25,000 to compensate a property owner for an easement for drainage improvements and a new sidewalk along Viney Grove Road.
Larry Oelrich, director of public works and administrative services, recommended the compensation to Carroll Brown, noting the easement will be about one-third of an acre and Brown will lose nine trees along the front of his property.
“This will impact his property,” Oelrich told Council members. “He’s been wonderful to us in the past. He granted an easement several years ago for no compensation.”
The drainage improvement project is designed to help an area across the road that bottlenecks because of storm water, Oelrich said. The city is installing two
4-foot by 8-foot pipes under the road and then will improve the drainage ditch along Viney Grove Road in front of Brown’s property.
Within the easement the city will have an improved ditch, new sidewalk and relocated gas and electric lines.
Oelrich said the area still will have problems during major rain events.
In other action on Aug. 20, the Council amended the city’s sidewalk ordinance for the downtown central business area. The ordinance requires a four-foot-wide open path on the sidewalk in front of businesses downtown. Previously, businesses had to allow a three-foot-wide path for pedestrians.
Oelrich said four feet brings the city in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.
Businesses downtown are allowed to place items on the sidewalk in front of their buildings but are not supposed to block the walkway.
“We’re constantly having to get with businesses to get them to move things but we also know where our bread is buttered,” Oelrich said.
He added that city staff would talk with downtown businesses to make sure they know about the change.
Mayor Sonny Hudson reported equipment inside the former Walmart Express building has been sold for $7,500 to various people. Hudson said the city now can begin working on design plans to turn the building into Prairie Grove’s new library.
The Council approved two rezoning requests.
Mitch Bartholomew requested to rezone land on Viney Grove Road from A-1 to B-1. The Council also approved an informal plat to split the land into two one-half acre lots for single-family homes. Prairie Grove Planning Commission recommended approving Bartholomew’s requests.
The second rezoning request was from Mark Silva to rezone the land with the old mobile home park on Heritage Parkway (U.S. Highway 62) to a B-2 zone for commercial use. Currently, about four or five mobile homes are still on the property. According to Oelrich, Silva will not do anything with the land until the mobile homes are vacant. His intention in the future is to build a commercial structure on the property.
The Council voted 6-1 to allow the city to conduct business with Council member Rick Clayton in the future if necessary. Clayton owns Clayton Tile Inc., of Prairie Grove. Clayton abstained from voting and Council member Ray Carson voted against the motion.
City Attorney Steven Parker said the ordinance makes Clayton eligible to do business as long as purchases are under $20,000. For anything over $20,000, Clayton would have to submit a bid along with anyone else interested in the project.
Also, the Council adopted an ordinance to amend the city’s zoning ordinance for portable structures. The change states that all accessory structures must be located on the rear two-thirds of the property. None is allowed in the front of the house.
Prairie Grove City Council has amended the city’s sidewalk ordinance for the downtown business district to require a 4-foot-wide open path on the sidewalks, in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.