City Council Recap: April 21, 2015

On the agenda

  • Prohibiting parking in front of and blocking mailboxes.
  • Removing term limits for volunteer boards and commissions.
  • A memorandum with the University of Arkansas for a university-owned natural gas line in the city right-of-way.
  • Purchasing new uniforms for the Fayetteville Fire Department.

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A meeting of the Fayetteville City Council began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 inside room 219 of the City Administration Building, located at 113 W. Mountain Street in Fayetteville.

Listed below are the items up for approval and links to downloadable PDFs for more information on each item of business.

Roll Call

Present: Adella Gray, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Matthew Petty*, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Justin Tennant, Martin Schoppmeyer, Alan Long
Absent: John La Tour

* Alderman Petty arrived shortly after the roll call.


Consent items are typically approved in a single, all-inclusive vote.

1. Approval of the April 7, 2015 City Council meeting minutes.
Pass 7-0

2. Animal Services for the Fourth Quarter Donation Revenue (PDF): A resolution to approve a budget adjustment in the amount of $15,225.00 representing donation revenue to Animal Services for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Pass 7-0

3. Bid #15-21 Frost Oil Company (PDF): A resolution to award Bid #15-21 and authorize the purchase of bulk oils and lubricants from Frost Oil Company of Van Buren in variable amounts and for varying unit prices as needed for a term of one year from the date of award with the option to renew for four additional one year terms.
Pass 7-0

4. Bid #15-26 Cruse Uniforms & Equipment, Inc. (PDF): A resolution to award Bid #15-26 and authorize a one year contract with Cruse Uniforms & Equipment, Inc. in the amount of $15,387.60, with four consecutive one year renewal options, for the purchase of uniforms for the Fayetteville Fire Department.
Pass 7-0

5. Amend Resolution No. 162-10 Lierly Lane Subdivision (PDF): A resolution to amend Resolution No. 162-10 to revise the site plan for the remainder of the Lierly Lane Subdivision by reducing the number of single family lots to ten and by reconfiguring the public access location to the natural park area.
Pass 7-0

6. Casco Industries, Inc. (PDF): A resolution to authorize a contract with Casco Industries, Inc. for the purchase of variable amounts of replacement bunker gear for the Fayetteville Fire Department for the unit prices of $1,165.00 for structural firefighting personal protective coats and $815.00 for structural firefighting personal protective pants on an as needed basis through march 9, 2018, pursuant to a cooperative bid process through the City of Springdale.
Pass 7-0

7. Electra Link, Inc. (PDF): A resolution to approve a contract with Electra Link, Inc. through RFP 13-11 for the purchase and installation of an access control system for City Hall and Development Services in the total amount of $69,634.30, to authorize a ten percent (10%) project contingency in the amount of $6,963.43, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 7-0

8. University of Arkansas Memorandum of Understanding (PDF): A resolution to approve a memorandum of understanding with the University of Arkansas for placement of a university-owned gas service line within the City of Fayetteville right of way.
Pass 7-0

Pulled From Consent

1. Garver, LLC Professional Engineering Services Agreement (PDF): A resolution to authorize a professional engineering services agreement with Garver, LLC for on-call engineering services for the Airport in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 7-0

Unfinished Business

1. Amend §33.329 Eligibility of Citizen Volunteers (PDF): An ordinance to amend §33.329 Eligibility of Citizen Volunteers to serve on city boards, commissions and committees to remove the restriction on the number of consecutive terms a citizen may serve.
Left on the second reading

2. Amend § 72.03 Parking Prohibited in Certain Places (PDF): An ordinance to amend § 72.03 parking prohibited in certain places of the Fayetteville Code by enacting a new subsection to prohibit parking on a city street in front of and blocking a mailbox.
Left on the second reading

Notes: Alderman Long, who sponsored this proposal, asked Police Chief Tabor to explain the need for this new law. Chief Tabor said there were 20 complaints last year about people parking in front of someone’s mailbox, but added that there are likely many more who have this problem, but who don’t complain because they know there’s no recourse.

Alderman Petty asked what the penalty would be for violating the new law. City Attorney Kit Williams said the first offense would be $70, similar to other violations for parking in prohibited areas.

Two residents said the new law is overreaching. Another resident said not everyone is able to drive to the post office to pick up their mail every time it’s not delivered because someone parked in front of their mailbox.

Alderwoman Gray said some residents depend on medicines they receive in the mail, and shouldn’t have to wait to get it.

Alderman Petty said a $70 fine was excessive and said he’d like to see the first two offenses only carry a warning, and the third offense would carry a $25 fine.

Alderwoman Gray said some people might risk the fine if it’s only $25, and she’d prefer the originally proposed $70 fine.

Williams said he’d work with Alderman Petty to draft an amendment and bring the item back at the next City Council meeting.

Public Hearing

1. Park Lake Apartments Acquisition and Renovation (PDF): A resolution to approve the issuance of not to exceed $50,000,000.00 of the Public Finance Authority Revenue Bonds to finance or refinance certain costs of various projects, including the acquisition and renovation of the 91-unit Park Lake Apartments located at 1753 E. Zion Road, on behalf of American Agape Foundation, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.
Pass 6-0

Notes: FYI, this is a federally-authorized bond program.

New Business

1. VAC 15-4986 (2991 Labordite Drive/Crystal Springs Subdivision) (PDF): An ordinance approving VAC 15-4986 submitted by Riverwood Homes, LLC for properties located at 2991 Labordite to vacate portions of an existing utility easement.
Pass 6-0


– The city is celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 with a cleanup along the trail system (more info here).

– There is a Ward 1 meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Fayetteville Senior Center.


This meeting was adjourned at 6:13 p.m.