MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
FORREST CITY CITY COUNCIL
FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS
February 2, 2010
The City Council of Forrest City, Arkansas, met in regular session
on February 2, 2010. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
Alderman Capps opened the meeting in prayer. The following answered
roll call: Mayor McCoy, Clerk Cochran, Attorney Cline and City Council
Members: Alderman Peacock, Hollowell, Shepherd, Twillie, Fields,
Capps, and Oswalt. Alderman Jeffers was absent.
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous
meeting. Seconded by Alderman Fields. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Motel Tax Rate Increase
Mayor McCoy stated at the last council meeting the council instructed
him to find out more about the motel taxes. He also stated he had
visited with Attorney Cline and Alderman Shepherd. Mayor McCoy asked
Alderman Shepherd to explain the information to the council. Alderman
Shepherd discussed the possibility of having the motel tax increased
as A & P tax or a city wide tax. If it was passed as an A &
P tax it would not affect the citizens of Forrest City, it would
only affect the people passing through the city. He also stated
he would like to negotiate with the A & P Commission to have
them set up a separate fund for economic development. Alderman Twillie
stated if it is possible it would be best for the city to handle
its own money. Attorney Cline stated the only way the city could
assess a tax is if it were a state statue. The only statue he is
aware of is through the A & P Commission. Alderman Shepherd
stated if the A & P Commission collects the money it would be
set aside for taking care of facilities such as the civic center
and the multi purpose center. Attorney Cline stated the money has
to promote Forrest City. Mayor McCoy stated based on what Alderman
Twillie stated; he would rather see the city handle the money, how
would the city go about doing that. Alderman Capps asked if the
A & P Commission could be abolished. Alderman Oswalt then stated
that the tax would be also abolished. Alderman Shepherd stated that
Forrest City has been collecting 1 percent taxes for years it is
time to look at the tax and increase it if they can. Alderman Fields
stated she felt that a raise in the taxes would not be a problem;
the problem would be to get the A & P Commission to allocate
the money where it needed to go. Alderman Peacock inquired about
the next move. Alderman Oswalt stated that the A & P ordinance
had to be amended once the tax was voted on.
Alderman Twillie asked Attorney Cline who is supposed to make the
decision to raise the A & P taxes. Attorney Cline stated the
city council would make that decision.
Mayor McCoy and Chief Duch recognized Eric McCoy’s promotion
as corporal on January 27, 2010.
Community Service Work Patrol
Alderman Fields stated she had received a few calls from the citizens
stating they did not want the community service workers working
in their neighborhoods. Alderman Fields also said that she thought
they were supposed to clean the intersections and main streets.
Mayor McCoy stated the community service workers pickup everywhere.
Alderman Fields stated the callers said they thought they were convicts
because they were wearing orange vests and they thought they were
scouting out their homes. Chief Duch stated that the community service
workers were not felons or sex fenders they are working off fines
from traffic tickets, hot checks, and misdemeanor offenses only.
Chief Duch also stated they wear the orange vest for safety purposes.
He also said he had received several calls from the citizens stating
that they thought it was wonderful that they were cleaning up the
Alderman Oswalt stated it is an added benefit to the city because
the community service workers do not stay in jail and the city does
not have to feed them.
STREET FUND BILLS
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to pay the street fund bills totaling
$3,716.92. Seconded by Alderman Fields. Roll Call: All Ayes.
GENERAL FUND BILLS
Alderman Peacock made a motion to pay general fund bills totaling
$19,989.27. Seconded by Alderman Capps. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Mayor McCoy gave the council lottery information for their viewing.
Mayor McCoy announced that Gregg Fender with the cable company
would be here on February 16, 2010 to speak to the council.
Mayor McCoy asked the council to think about the mosquito control
Alderman Twillie made a motion to adjourn at 6:45 p.m.
Gordon McCoy, Mayor
Derene Cochran, Clerk-Treasurer