LIVE UPDATES: Fayetteville City Council recap: July 18, 2017

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On the agenda

  • Rezoning 10.86 acres at Old Missouri Road and Rolling Hills Drive.
  • Approval of a one-year contract with Boston Mountain Solid Waste District.
  • Rezoning 0.23 acres on Shady Avenue.
  • Accepting a $1.3 million grant for a model cycle track along Old Wire Road.
  • Adding three full-time city positions and one part-time staff member.

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A meeting of the Fayetteville City Council began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 inside room 219 of City Hall, located at 113 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville.

Listed below are the items up for approval and links to PDF documents with detailed information on each item of business.

Roll Call

Present: Adella Gray, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Matthew Petty, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Justin Tennant, Sarah Bunch, John La Tour, Alan Long
Absent: None

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1. 2016 Audit Report: Presented by Finance Director Paul Becker


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

1. Approval of the July 6, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes
Pass 8-0

2. Fayetteville Police Department Ammunition (Details): A resolution to approve the purchase of ammunition as needed by the Fayetteville Police Department from various manufacturers, pursuant to the State of Arkansas Ammunition Contract, through Jan. 22, 2018 and as renewed by the state for up to four additional one-year terms.
Pass 8-0

3. Rupple Meadows Subdivision Street Improvements (Details): A resolution to approve a budget adjustment in the amount of $72,321.00 as the developer’s share to widen Rupple Road, install storm water drainage and construct a trail at the total cost of $143,973.20.
Pass 8-0

4. Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) Grant (Details): A resolution to approve the renewal of four special needs assistance program grant agreements with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the total amount of $305,348.00 for the city to administer programs to assist homeless Fayetteville residents, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 8-0

5. Kimbel Mechanical Systems, Inc. (Details): A resolution to approve and certify the participation of Kimbel Mechanical Systems, Inc. in the Arkansas Tax Back program and to agree to authorize the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to refund city sales tax back to Kimbel Mechanical Systems, Inc. for qualified purchases.
Pass 8-0

6. Taxiway B Widening and Rehab Grant Offer (Details): A resolution to authorize Mayor Jordan to accept a 90/10 matching grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to provide funding in the amount of $137,520.00 for the Taxiway B Widening and Rehabilitation project at Drake Field, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 8-0

Unfinished Business

1. RZN 17-5803 (East of Old Missouri Road & Rolling Hills Drive / Keenan) (Details): An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 17-5803 for approximately 10.86 acres located east of the intersection of Old Missouri Road and Rolling Hills Drive from RSF-4, Residential Single Family, 4 units per acre to NS-G, Neighborhood Services, General.
Pass 8-0

Notes: This rezoning will allow a mix of residential and commercial uses in the wooded area near the intersection of Rolling Hills Drive and Old Missouri Road, south of Butterfield Trail Elementary School.

The property does not touch the elementary school property, and does not include the Keenan Tower House designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects.

Ward 3 council members Tennant and Bunch on July 6 said they’d heard from some residents who are concerned about the rezoning, and requested that the item be left on the first reading to allow time for further examination. It was moved to the second and third reading tonight before being unanimously approved.

Aldermen and city staff noted that while the city’s longterm master street plan does recommend an extension of Rolling Hills Drive to Crossover Road, this project is not connected to any extension of Rolling Hills Drive. Staff said there is no timetable, funding, or design in place for that separate project.

Ward 3 Alderwoman Sarah Bunch said she thinks this request is in line with the city’s longterm plans of encouraging infill to prevent sprawl. She said the rezoning would also encourage walkability and could provide the neighborhood with some complementary commercial services.

There was no public comment on this item.

Here’s a map for reference:

New Business

1. Boston Mountain Solid Waste District (Details): A resolution to approve a one-year contract with the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District in the amount of $36,790.00 with automatic renewals for up to five additional one-year terms based on a rate of fifty cents per resident per year for solid waste services provided to the City of Fayetteville as a member of the district.
Pass 8-0

Notes: This fee is based on the 2010 U.S. Census data, and is calculated at 50 cents per resident per year.

2. RZN 17-5837 (521 N. Shady Ave./WCR Development) (Details): An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 17-5837 for approximately 0.23 acres located at 521 N. Shady Ave. from RSD-4, Residential Single Family, 4 units per acre to NC, Neighborhood Conservation.
Pass 8-0

3. Walton Family Foundation Grant Agreement (Details): A resolution to thank the Walton Family Foundation, to approve the grant agreement with the Walton Family Foundation in the amount of up to $1,361,428.00 as a 50/50 matching grant for the construction of a model two-way cycle track along Old Wire Road and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 8-0

Notes: The grant funds will be used for the construction of a cycle track along Old Wire Road between Ash Street and Gulley Park. The money will also pay for bicycle signals at Township Street, safety markings at other intersections, a concrete buffer between the street and the cycle track, and other elements.

Chris Brown, city engineer, said the intent is to build a world-class cycle track that can be used as a model for other areas of the city or in other municipalities.

Here’s an example of a protected cycle track:

4. Position Control Increase (Details): A resolution to authorize the addition of one full-time equivalent position to the Police Department to provide a second crime scene technician, two full-time equivalent positions to the Recycling & Trash Collection Division to provide two route drivers, and a temporary part-time position in the Finance & Internal Services Department, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 8-0


– A free dive-in movie is scheduled this week at the Wilson Park pool.


This meeting was adjourned at 6:21 p.m.