JONESBORO — A proposed real estate swap between the city and two local businessmen returns to the Jonesboro City Council agenda Tuesday.
Action on the proposed resolution authorizing the deal was postponed Sept. 15 after advocates for the homeless said the city may be trading away a good site for a shelter.
Under the proposal, the city would acquire a building at 907 Congress Circle, which was appraised with a value of $595,000 in 2017. Tim Thrasher and Tim Allison, owners of that building would be paid $350,000 and receive title to city-owned property at 215 E. Allen Avenue and 202 E. Gordon St., which was appraised in May with a value $214,000.
After members of the Committee on Homelessness, whom he appointed, advocated for possibly using the Allen and Gordon property for a shelter, Perrin said he wanted to further study the redevelopment and operation and maintenance of that facility.
In other business, the council is scheduled to hear the third readings and vote on the following proposed ordinances that would:
Rezone 5.12 acres west of Craighead Forest Road and Savannah Hills Drive on the old Craighills Golf Course property from R-2 multifamily low density district to PD-RM multifamily residential planned development at the request of PDW Properties. The site plan indicates 14 triplex buildings, for a total of 42 housing units. The current zoning would allow up to 10 additional housing units.
Rezone 0.57 acres at 2512 and 2514 Curtview Drive, off of Race Street, from R-1 to RM-8 multifamily, requested by Kenny and Sheila Throgmartin for the purpose of constructing two duplex buildings.
Rezone 2.88 acres at 3216 Moore Road from R-1 single family residential I-1 limited industrial at the request of John C. Studkey. The land is across Moore Road from Aramark, and Stuckey indicated Aramark uses the property for warehouse and offices.
Waive competitive bidding and approve a contract with Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield for employee health insurance
Waive competitive bidding and approve a contract for employee dental insurance through Delta Dental.
A resolution on the agenda would accept the donation of a small park and playground in the 200-block of State Street from Habitat for Humanity.
Fifteen other resolutions would authorize the city staff to place municipal liens on properties to recover the cost of code enforcement actions, such as mowing the grass of vacant lots.
The council will hold a public hearing at 5:20 p.m. regarding a proposal to abandon a 16-foot-wide utility easement across a parcel west of the Prospect Farms subdivision and East of Wolf Meadows subdivision.
And at 5:25 p.m., there will be a hearing on a proposal by Colson Group Holdings LLC to issue industrial development bonds to fund construction of a new production facility.
The council will convene for regular business at 5:30 p.m. The council’s finance and administration committee will meet at 4:30, followed by the public works committee at 5.
No in-person attendance within the council chambers will be permitted due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
However, all city meetings will continue to be broadcast on FacebookLive and Suddenlink Channel 24.Another option online can be found at: Jonesboro.Legistar.com and choosing the appropriate meeting to watch live or recorded video and view agendas.
Residents and interested parties still have options for participating in meetings, either by sending email to CouncilComments@jonesboro.org or calling 336-7248 when agenda items are being discussed.