JONESBORO — Another new private club alcohol request and paperwork involving millions of dollars in federal grants as well as a proposed change to stormwater management regulations will be on the Jonesboro City Council agenda Tuesday.
The new private club request is for a long-established Italian restaurant, Lazarri, at 2230 S. Caraway Road. The club is Sunrise Hospitality, which lists 168 members. Paul Bass is president, Michael Davies is vice president and Lesa Bass is secretary-treasurer.
The council will hear the first of three required readings of an ordinance to approve the proposed permit.
State law requires city council approval before a formal application can be filed with the state Alcohol Beverage Control Division.
The council will also hear the second reading of another private club request for Everyday Association, doing business as Native Restaurant, at 515 S. Gee St.
If approved it would be the first microbrewery in Jonesboro.
The federal funding matters council members will deal with involve economic development and the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The state made Jonesboro eligible for up to $2,664,809 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, managed by the state Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). Each city and each county was provided funding based on population and other factors.
City Finance Director Steve Purtee told the council’s finance and administration committee last week the city can be reimbursed for salaries and benefits for public safety workers, for equipment and even upgrades to technology that is used to allow meeting and working remotely.
The economic development issue is formal acceptance of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for a rail expansion at the Craighead Technology Park. The grant was announced Oct. 5.
The council will hear the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would change some of the city’s stormwater management regulations.
Under the proposal, no one would be allowed to:
Alter or modify any open channel, drainage swale, detention facility, storm sewer, or other watercourse either natural or artificial where any of said facility is part of the city stormwater management system, without first submitting construction plans and supporting documentation to the city engineer for review and being issued a compliance letter.
Penetrate utility lines through the storm sewer system.
Have less than a minimum of 18 inches vertical clearance for utilities crossing any existing or proposed storm sewer.
Establish a minimum of five feet of horizontal separation for utilities to be located parallel to the storm sewer system.
Plat new joint use utility/drainage easements
Another proposed ordinance to be read for the first time would waive competitive bidding and purchase $107,750 in software for the city planning department from IworkQ.
Also scheduled for a first reading is a proposal by Pilgrim Lutheran Church to rezone 2.05 acres at 604 E. Highland Drive from R-1 single family residential to C-4 neighborhood commercial.
The land, with a vacant house, is adjacent to the church’s campus and school.
An ordinance scheduled for its second reading would provide for city attorney retirement benefits. Under state law, the city attorney is entitled to retire at one-half of that person’s final annual salary after 10 years after reaching the age of 60, or after 20 years regardless of age. Under the proposed ordinance, current City Attorney Carol Duncan, who took office in 2015, could receive one year’s credit for every two years she served as assistant city attorney. She held that position for roughly 10 years.
The council will hear the final reading and vote on the following proposed ordinances proposed by:
South Caraway Baptist Church, 3707 S. Caraway Road, to rezone its 16.77-acre campus from R-1 single family residential to C-3 general commercial district for purposes of establishing a private childcare business.
Ashley Tallant to rezone 0.28 acres at 911 E. Parker Road, near Harrisburg Road, from CR-1 commercial residential mixed use district to C-3 with a limited use. Tallant proposes a hair salon for the property.
Resolutions to place municipal liens on 13 separate properties to recover code enforcement expenses also appear on the agenda.
The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Municipal Center, 300 S. Church St.
The council’s public safety committee will meet at 5 p.m.,
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, attendance inside the meeting room will be limited. Most council members will be attending via teleconference.