MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
FORREST CITY CITY COUNCIL
FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS
February 1, 2011
The City Council of Forrest City, Arkansas, met in regular session
on February 1, 2011. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
Alderman Twillie opened the meeting in prayer. The following answered
roll call: Mayor Bryant, Clerk Cochran, Attorney Cline, and City
Council Members: Peacock, Jeffers, Hollowell, Breeding, Capps, Fields,
Oswalt, and Twillie.
Alderman Fields made a motion to approve the minutes from the January
18, 2010 meeting. Second by Alderman Twillie. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Alderman Peacock stated that the police committee met on January
31, 2011 in the mayor’s office at 10 a.m. with Alderman Jeffers,
Mayor Bryant, and himself. They addressed a few items such as the
police surveillance cameras and the St. Francis County detention
facilities. In the last detention facility compliance report no
police manual could be found to check the policies of the jail.
Alderman Peacock stated he was encouraging the police chief and
the council to work together to form a policy manual using the 1988
Arkansas Minimum Jail Standards as a guide. The committee will be
asking to see the manual at the next inspection. The committee was
also concerned with the hallway area in front of the jail cells
not being a secure area.
Alderman Peacock passed out material on time clocks. He stated that
possibly they could be utilized throughout the city, not just in
the police department, for accountability and tracking the productivity
of the employees. He also mentioned having a yearly function for
the city employees to bring them together. Alderman Twillie asked
if the time clocks would be an instrument to track the location
of the employees. Alderman Peacock stated the phone assigned to
the employee would have a GPS tracking system built into it which
could be used a tracking device. Alderman Peacock stated the information
was for general knowledge and the committee would be checking into
Alderman Capps asked had the 1988 Arkansas Minimum Jail Standards
not been revised. Alderman Peacock stated that is what was referenced
to in September 2010. Alderman Peacock stated the committee was
also looking at the contract with St. Francis County on housing
the prisoners. Mayor Bryant stated at the next meeting the council
they would be bringing recommendations in regard to the contract
with St. Francis County.
Mayor Bryant stated there is no unfinished business.
Mayor Bryant stated there were three appointments, Rob Gray was
reappointed to the Advertising & Promotions Commission, Eva
Pickett reappointed to the Forrest City Library Board, and John
Casbeer to the Forrest City Housing Board. Alderman Hollowell made
the motion to approve the appointments. Second by Alderman Twillie.
Roll Call: All Ayes.
Crime Stoppers Funding
Mayor Bryant stated he checked into funding crime stoppers, he said
they were a 501 C-3 organization. To keep it from being FOI, the
city would have to do a contract like they do with other organizations.
Then a generic list would be generated for the city. Mayor Bryant
recommended that the city give crime stoppers $5000. Alderman Peacock
made a motion give crime stoppers $5000. Second Alderman Twillie.
Roll Call: All Ayes.
Bid for Tractor
Mayor Bryant asked permission to bid for a tractor for the public
works department. He stated that the city had received a grant for
$44,000 from Rural Development. Alderman Twillie made a motion to
allow Mayor Bryant to request bids for a tractor for the public
works department. Second Alderman Jeffers. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Permission to Buyback 1946 Fire Truck
Mayor Bryant asked permission to buyback a 1946 fire truck that
was sold in the auction. He stated it would be sold back to the
city for the same $3,500.00 that it was purchased for. Alderman
Twillie asked if the city needed the old fire truck. Mayor Bryant
stated it was an old relic for the City of Forrest City and it should
have never been sold. Alderman Peacock made a motion to buyback
the 1946 fire truck. Second by Alderman Twillie. Roll Call: All
STREET FUND BILLS
Alderman Oswalt made a motion to pay street fund bills totaling
$6,639.63. Second by Alderman Twillie. Roll Call: All Ayes.
GENERAL FUND BILLS
Alderman Breeding made a motion to pay general fund bills totaling
$17,309.94. Second by Alderman Hollowell. Roll Call: All Ayes.
Mayor Bryant stated the community forum on last Tuesday went very
well even though there was inclement weather.
Mayor Bryant stated he received the 4th quarter franchise payment
from East Arkansas Video Cable Company in the amount of $57,667.69
based on $1,647,648.36 revenue. He also stated he received a letter
from the cable company to carry out the agreement that was signed
on December 7, 2010 along with a check in the amount of $10,000.00
for capital grant to buy equipment for the city’s channel.
Alderman Breeding stated after the next council meeting, if anyone
was interested in helping to revitalize the recreational programs
to meet with him, Mayor Bryant, Mr. Taylor, and anyone in the community
that was interested. Alderman Hollowell asked where was the council
on appointing a recreational committee. Mayor Bryant stated he was
working on the council committee list and he would put it in the
next agenda packet.
Alderman Twillie made a motion to adjourn at 6:25 p.m. Second by
Larry S. Bryant, Mayor
Derene Cochran, Clerk-Treasurer