Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

City of Texarkana, Arkansas

City Hall – East Third and Walnut Streets

Monday, March 6, 2017


6:00 PM Regular Meeting



Call to Order


Roll Call


Invocation given by Director Linda Teeters


Pledge of Allegiance by Director Linda Teeters


Comments from the Mayor


Questions from Directors and other business





Presentation of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas Employee/Retiree Service Awards. (CCD)



Proclamation to declare March 7, 2017 as “IHOP’s National Pancake Day and Shriner's Hospitals for Children Day.”





Approval of Minutes of the rescheduled regular meeting February 21, 2017. (CCD)



Adopt a Resolution to set the date for a public hearing in order to adopt an ordinance to abandon an undeveloped alley.  (PWD-Planning)



Adopt a Resolution to accept the 2016 Audit Engagement Letter prepared by the accounting firm of BKD, LLP. (FIN)



Adopt a Resolution appointing Heather Soyars as Acting City Manager to perform the duties of City Manager during such times when the City Manager is absent or unable to perform his duties. (Admin)


Adopt an Ordinance amending, updating and revising portions of Chapter 5 of The City of Texarkana, Arkansas Code of Ordinances in reference to dogs on chains. (ACAC) (SECOND READING) Animal Care and Adoption Center Director Charles Lokey


Consider the following concerning utility billing computer software:



Adopt an Ordinance waiving competitive bidding and authorizing the City Manager and Texarkana Water Utilities to purchase utility billing computer software, installation, conversion and training. (TWU)  Finance Director Jim Cornelius



This ordinance requires an emergency clause:  An emergency clause requires a separate and distinct vote of the board and is valid only if there is a two-thirds vote of approval by the board. (Hdbk. Const. Amend 7)


Citizen Communication [Agenda Item Card and Citizens’ Communication Card]


A limit of five (5) minutes per subject is allotted for any person to express a written or oral viewpoint, grievance or other message to the Board of Directors, with a maximum of fifty (50) minutes allotted for citizen communications.  No advance permission is required, but persons wishing to address the Board are requested to fill out a “blue” card listing the subject to be addressed and hand it to the City Clerk upon arrival.  Citizen’s communications will be immediately following the Regular Agenda items on each agenda.


Executive Session



Adopt a Resolution making appointments to various boards, commissions, and committees. [Advertising and Promotion Commission, Board of Adjustment, Heating and Air Conditioning Board of Review, Housing Authority, Library Board, and Plumbing Board of Review] (CCD)



Boards and Commissions Expiration of Terms. (CCD)






2017 City Calendar


Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, March 11, 2017



7th Annual Pink Ride

Friday, March 24, 2017 & Saturday, March 25, 2017



Touch a Truck

Saturday, April 1, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, April 8, 2017



Front Street Food Festival

Saturday, April 8, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, May 13, 2017



7th Annual Railfest

Saturday, May 13, 2017 & Sunday, May 14, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, June 10, 2017



Catfish Food Festival

Friday, June 30, 2017 – Saturday, July 1, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, July 8, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, August 12, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, September 9, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, October 14, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, November 11, 2017



Second Saturday Trade Days

Saturday, December 9, 2017