JONESBORO — The city council will consider a contract Tuesday to complete another phase of construction at Veterans Village
Olympus Construction, which is wrapping up work on the transitional housing for homeless veterans, was also the low bidder to build a community building. The $424,000 contract will provide for a 1,700-square-foot structure that will include a community room, a community business center, two offices, laundry and restrooms.
The council will also take up some other spending issues, including how to spend $668,800 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.
The council will consider a resolution to spend the money this way:
n Use $218,860 to renovate the YMCA building, which is also home to the municipal swimming pool. The facility would be used to provide a safe environment for emergency quarantine, during a disaster and/or pandemic for short-term assistance, such as emergency Red Cross services.
n Use $100,000 for continuation of a COVID-29 grant program for public service nonprofit organizations.
n Put $350,000 toward funding a homeless shelter, once a location has been confirmed.
In other business, the council will consider details of a Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grant. The grant will provide $305,960 to allow the city to buy and remove houses that have sustained flood damage multiple times. The city’s share of the cost of the project will be $95,612.
The houses are at 3804 Gamblin Drive, just south of Interstate 555 off of Willow Road; 3901 Willow Road; 2505 Mary Jane Drive, in the Fairview Addition; and 525 W. Forrest St. in northern Jonesboro.
Another resolution would authorize the city staff to accept a $50,000 opioid abuse prevention grant.
Two proposed ordinances are scheduled for the first of three required readings.
P & H Investments seeks to abandon a portion of a drainage easement at 2203 E. Parker Road. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 5:25 p.m.
Ignacio Islas seeks to rezone the seven-acre former Eagles Club property at 305 Airport Road to RS-8 single family residential.
Scheduled for its second reading is a proposed change in election procedures.
Voters would decide on changes to the way Position 1 council members will be elected in the future during the May 24, 2022 primary elections. If approved those positions would be elected within their specific geographic wards only during that year’s general election. The city’s 80 square miles is divided into six wards, and each is supposed to have approximately the same population.
Position 2 council members would continue to be elected citywide.
Council member L.J. Bryant had proposed the “hybrid” election approach in 2020, but too late for that year’s election.
Council members are elected to four-year terms. Bryant said electing council members by ward rather than citywide would make it affordable for more potential candidates to run for the position.
Also scheduled for their second readings are proposed ordinances that would:
n Abandon a utility easement at Red Wolf Corner, 2316 Red Wolf Blvd., requested by Erving Ridge Consulting and Development LLC.
n Rezone 5.73 acres of a 30-acre tract at 3506 Southwest Drive from R-1 single family residential to C-3 general commercial with a limited use. If approved it would become part of the 118-acre planned development known as Southern Hills Addition, which will offer a mix of residential, professional and retail uses.
The council will hear the final reading and vote on proposed ordinances that would:
n Approve relocation of a private club restaurant from 1900 Aggie Road to 401 W. Huntington Ave. for North Hills Social Club, which would now be doing business as Porch Thirty Social Club.
n Adopt a cottage housing style of housing for Jonesboro, which would authorize construction of smaller detached housing constructed in clusters surrounding a central village green. Cottage homes would be built in clusters of four with a maximum of 12 under the proposal.
The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. The council’s public works committee will meet at 5.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic the meeting will be conducted online with only essential officials admitted into the meeting room. The meeting will be broadcast on FacebookLive and Suddenlink Channel 24. Another online option is Jonesboro.Legistar.com to watch live or recorded video and view agendas.
Residents and interested parties can participate either by sending email to Council Comments@jonesboro.org or calling 870-336-7248 when agenda items are being discussed.