MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
FORREST CITY CITY COUNCIL
FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS
August 3, 2010
The City Council of Forrest City, Arkansas, met in regular session
on August 3, 2010. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
Alderman Shepherd opened the meeting in prayer. The following answered
roll call: Mayor McCoy, Clerk Cochran, Attorney Cline, and City
Council Members: Peacock, Hollowell, Shepherd, Twillie, Capps, Oswalt,
and Fields. Alderman Jeffers was absent.
Alderman Shepherd made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous
meeting. Seconded by Alderman Capps. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Ball Park Committee
Alderman Twillie stated the park committee met last week. The committee
discussed a few issues and discovered that an ordinance has been
on the book since 1986. The committee decided to visit with Attorney
Cline so he could look at the existing ordinance. The second matter
of business discussed was to look at a job description for the assistant
Tractor Trailer Ordinance
Alderman Peacock stated there has been some discussion in the previous
council meetings concerning the tractor trailer rigs. He also added
he had met with the police chief, fire chief, and public works director
concerning this issue. The new ordinance could appease and take
care of some of the situations. In R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4 no tractor
trailer rigs would be allowed to park; just the tractor would be
allowed to park off the street, if the owners have the proper parking
places. He also said he did not know if Attorney Cline had already
put it in ordinance form.
Attorney Cline apologized because he had been on vacation and
he had not had the chance to look at the ordinance. He also said
he had one comment, he noticed that the ordinance would allow the
tractor to be parked in those zones, Alderman Peacock mentioned,
off the street. Some sub-division may have regulations that would
not allow the tractor in the sub-division, but that is not a city
council issue if there is a restricted covenant. Attorney Cline
also stated he would have the ordinance ready by the next council
Alderman Capps stated he has more deeds to check out and the city
owned property map would be in the mayor’s office for reviewing
next week. Alderman Capps said after reviewing the map, if there
are any questions contact him, he would try to answer them.
Mayor McCoy asked Fire Chief Ruffin if he was still working on
the map that pin pointed past fires. Fire Chief Ruffin stated he
had the map completed but he needed to get the map enlarged so it
could be legible.
Site Selection Community
Mayor McCoy acknowledged Mike Davis with Entergy. Mr. Davis explained
he had visited with Mayor McCoy and the chamber of commerce to discuss
the possibility of Forrest City becoming a site selection community.
Mr. Davis explained that a site selection community is preparing
for possible industrial recruitment activity. He also said on May
27, 2010 he brought the director of customer services and the director
of team work Arkansas to Forrest City to sit down with Mayor McCoy
to discuss the opportunities for Forrest City. They looked at potential
properties for future industrial development sites and infrastructure
as well. Mr. Davis said a site consultant would be in from Atlanta
tomorrow to visit with the mayor and whomever he chooses and to
discuss the six potential sites.
STREET FUND BILLS
Alderman Capps made a motion to pay the street fund bills totaling
$7,033.21. Seconded by Alderman Peacock. Roll Call: All Ayes.
GENERAL FUND BILLS
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to pay general fund bills totaling
$22,762.10. Seconded by Alderman Twillie. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Mayor McCoy announced National League of Cities prescription discount
drug program meeting to be held on August 11, 2010 at city hall
Mayor McCoy announced a town hall meeting to be held at the Forrest
City Civic Center on August 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Alderman Shepherd made a motion to adjourn at 6:22 p.m.
Gordon McCoy, Mayor
Derene Cochran, Clerk-Treasurer