CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION

 

AGENDA TITLE:  Approval of Minutes of the regular meeting December 5, 2017 (CCD)

AGENDA DATE:  January 2, 2018

ITEM#: 

DEPARTMENT: City Clerk

DATE SUBMITTED:

PREPARED BY:  Heather Soyars

SUBJECT:  Board meeting minutes.

EXHIBITS:  Minutes

APPROVAL: 

 

EXPENSE REQUIRED: $0.00

AMOUNT BUDGETED: $0.00

APPROPRIATION REQUIRED:  $0.00

SUMMARY:  Board meeting minutes.

BOARD ACTION:  The City Clerk recommends Board approval.

EMERGENCY CLAUSE:  No emergency clause is requested. 

 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OF THE CITY OF TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS

DECEMBER 18, 2017

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

The Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, convened in regular session at 6:00 PM on Monday, December 18, 2017.

ROLL CALL:

Mayor Ruth Penney Bell asked the Clerk to call the roll and the following Board Members were present:  Mayor Bell, Assistant Mayor Barbara S. Miner, and Directors Laney J. Harris, Travis Odom, Terri Peavy and Linda Teeters.  Also present were City Manager Kenny Haskin, City Attorney George M. Matteson and City Clerk Heather Soyars.  Director Tim Johnson was absent

Mayor Bell asked it be duly noted there was a quorum present for tonight’s meeting.

INVOCATION:

The invocation was given by Assistant Mayor Miner

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

Assistant Mayor Miner led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR:

Welcome:

            Mayor Bell welcomed everyone to tonight’s meeting.  She said many good things had happened this year and she gave accolades to the City Manager and Department Heads.

PRESENTATION(S):

Public Works Director:

Mayor Bell presented a certificate of recognition to Public Works Director Jeff Whitten.  Mr. Whitten accepted another position and his last day at the City would be Friday, December 22, 2017.

CONSENT AGENDA:

Director Odom moved to approve the consent agenda.  The motion was seconded by Director Teeters and carried unanimously.  The items approved by consent were:

MINUTES:

The minutes approved were of the rescheduled regular meeting December 5, 2017.

RESOLUTION NO. 2017-56:

Resolution No.2017-56 authorized and directed the City Manager to enter into a renewal agreement with the Texarkana Housing Authority for services of two officers assigned from the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department for special patrols and enforcement operations on Housing Authority properties.

REGULAR AGENDA:

ORDINANCE NO. 36-2017:

An ordinance was introduced to be entitled, “An Ordinance Amending Section 22-5 of the Code of Ordinances to the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, Confirming and Increasing the Monthly Residential Solid Waste Collection Rates; and for Other Purposes”.  Said ordinance approved a residential solid waste collection rate increase.   

Richardson Waste II, Inc., submitted a letter to the City Manager on October 18, 2017, requesting a rate increase for the collection of residential solid waste in the amount of $1.00 per home per month, beginning January 2018.  The Solid Waste Committee met on November 9, 2017, to consider the rate increase and all the haulers attended (Richardson Waste II, Inc., Edmondson Trash Service and Waste Management).  The Solid Waste Committee recommended a rate increase of $2.00 be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval for calendar year 2018.  The rate increase will include $1.00 to be allocated to Richardson Waste II, Inc., and Edmondson Trash Service and $1.00 to be allocated to the Texarkana Water Utilities Fund.

The ordinance was read the third time in abbreviated form.

Mayor Bell asked if any Board or audience member had any questions or comments concerning this item.  No one came forward.

Director Odom made the motion to adopt the ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Assistant Mayor Miner.  The Clerk called the roll and the following vote resulted: Directors Miner, Odom, Peavy, Teeters, and Bell voted aye.  Director Harris voted nay.  The Mayor declared the ordinance adopted, as there were five ayes and one nay.

ORDINANCE NO. 37-2017:

An ordinance was introduced to be entitled, “An Ordinance Granting a Limited Franchise Agreement for 1894, LLC for Location of a Railcar in the Front Street Right-of-Way, to Use and Occupy the Same for the Purpose of operation a Coffee Shop and/or Restaurant; and for Other Purposes”.  David Peavy, through 1894, LLC is looking to place a railcar within the street right-of-way of Front Street to be utilized as a coffee house.

Director Odom made the motion to place the ordinance on its third reading in abbreviated form.  The motion was seconded by Director Teeters.  The Clerk called the roll and the following vote resulted: Directors Harris Miner, Odom, Teeters, and Bell voted aye.  Director Peavy abstained.  The Mayor declared the motion passed, as there were five ayes and one abstention.

The ordinance was read the third time in abbreviated form.

Mayor Bell asked if any Board or audience member had any questions or comments concerning this item. 

There was some discussion on the location of the railcar.

David Peavy, 1894, LLC, said he would like the railcar declared a historical building.

Director Odom made the motion to adopt the ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Director Teeters.  The Clerk called the roll and the following vote resulted: Directors Miner, Odom, Teeters, and Bell voted aye.  Director Harris voted nay and Director Peavy abstained.  The Mayor declared the ordinance adopted, as there were four ayes, one nay and one abstention.

CITIZEN COMMUNICATION:

            Mayor Bell asked if anyone in the audience would like to speak, on any subject up to a total of five minutes.

            Director Harris shared a press release announcing his appointment to serve on the National League of Cities’ Human Development Committee.

            No one else came forward.

ADJOURNMENT:

Director Odom, seconded by Director Teeters, moved to adjourn the meeting.  The Clerk called the roll and the following vote resulted: Directors Harris, Miner, Odom, Peavy, Teeters, and Bell voted aye.  The Mayor declared the meeting adjourned, as there were seven ayes and no nays.

The meeting adjourned at 6:38 PM.

 

 

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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk