City Council Recap: July 19, 2011

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The Fayetteville City Council approved a rezoning request by a vote of 7-0 Tuesday night for the land that was once home to the Washington County Livestock Auction.

The Fayetteville City Council held a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on July 5, 2011 in room 219 of the City Administration Building located at 113 West Mountain Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Below is a recap of items discussed and voted on during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Roll Call

Present: Adella Gray, Brenda Boudreaux, Mark Kinion, Matthew Petty, Mayor Jordan, Justin Tennant, Bobby Ferrell, Sarah Lewis
Absent: Rhonda Adams


All 10 items appearing on Tuesday nights consent agenda were approved by the council, but not in one fell swoop.

The resolution to express the council’s agreement that the city should create an art show along city trails was pulled from consent at the request of Ward 2 Alderman Matthew Petty to allow for discussion.

“I think both the administration and the artists probably are wondering what level of support the council is willing to give art on the trails,” said Petty. “My wishes are, whatever the administration can do to help this community forward, even if that means going above and beyond an art fair, that I think we should do that.”

“I would support art on the trails, period,” said Ward 1 Alderwoman Adella Gray. “In whatever venue it might take.”

The resolution passed 7-0.

Old Business

Taliesin Lane rezoning approved
An ordinance rezoning property located south of Zion Road and east of Taliesin Lane from R-PZD to NC (Neighborhood Conservation) was approved 7-0.

Future MLK Kum & Go rezoning appeal granted
An ordinance rezoning 2.64 acres located at 209 West MLK Blvd. from RMF-24 (Residential Multi-Family 24 units per acre) to C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) was approved by a vote of 5-2. Alderman Petty and Ward 4 Alderwoman Lewis opposed saying they believe the staff-recommended CS (Community Services) would be a better fit for the area. A Kum & Go gas station and convenience store is being proposed on the property located at the intersection of Hill Avenue.

New Business

Rebuilding Together permit fees waived
A resolution to waive all development permit fees for the non-profit Rebuilding Together NWA for the remainder of 2011 and throughout all of 2012 was approved 7-0.

Sale barn property rezoned
By a vote of 7-0, the council approved a rezoning request for 12 acres of property located at 510 West 11th Street and 989 South School Avenue (sale barn) from RMF-24 (Residential Multi-Family, 24 units/acre), I-1 (Heavy Commercial/Light Industrial) and DG (Downtown General) to CS (Community Services).

“The I-1 district has really run its course in this particular piece of property,” said Jeremy Pate, the city’s development services director. “It’s a remnant piece of industrial zoning we feel does need to be rezoned.”

The full council in attendance agreed, including alderwomen Brenda Boudreaux (Ward 1) and Sarah Lewis (Ward 4) who voted against a rezoning of the property in 2009. Both said that the applicant’s revised rezoning request and the addition of a 1-acre piece of land that would likely be used to alleviate traffic access concerns were game changers.

“At the time, we wanted something more transitional,” said Lewis, speaking to the fact that the property is located between a heavy commercial area and a residential neighborhood. “This seems like it satisfies that.”

North Garland vacation approved
An ordinance approving the vacation of two portions of a utility easement located at 1528 North Garland Avenue was approved 7-0.

Wireless communications facilities amendment approved
A request to approve a minor amendment to city code to allow a microwave and antenna extension to be mounted to a tower at 3450 Hemlock Ave. for emergency services purposes was approved 7-0.

Competitive bidding waived for fire station alert equipment
An ordinance to waive competitive bidding and to approve a purchase of a Motorola radio fire station alerting system in the amount of $40,240.66 was approved 7-0.

Coves subdivision appeal tabled indefinitely
A resolution granting the appeal of Rausch Coleman Homes of the decision of the Urban Forester concerning landscape and tree preservation and protection requirements for the Coves, Phase One, FPL 10-3574 was tabled indefinitely at the request of the applicant to allow time to reach an agreement with city staff.


  • The City of Fayetteville is under another heat advisory and cooling stations are available during normal business hours at the Yvonne Richardson Center, the Fayetteville Senior Center, the Fayetteville Public Library, and the Northwest Arkansas Mall.
  • The mayor’s trail tour set for Saturday morning on Frisco Trail near the library has been canceled due to expected triple-digit temperatures.
  • The city’s new business license program begins August 1. Businesses can submit applications and payment online for a discounted rate or using a printed application with payment by mail or in person.
  • August 6 and 7 are sales tax holidays in Arkansas. State and local taxes will be waived for purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing.


Download the July 19 agenda

Disclosure: The owner of the sale barn property, Billy Joe Bartholomew, is the grandfather of Flyer staff member Dustin Bartholomew.