Helena-West Helena's City Council will convene in regular session tonight with a short list of agenda items to be addressed.
The council agenda outlines that Rep. Chris Richey and Mary Ned Foster will be seeking support of the council as well as announcing they are nominating of the City of Helena West Helena as a “Purple Heart City to honor those who have served in the military.
“It's a great idea to help recognize so many that have or continue to fight for our freedom,” commented Foster.
The council is also scheduled to discuss Mayor Arnell Willis's decision to veto a pay increase for district court clerks. At several sessions, the council debated on the alleged promised pay hikes for three district court clerks, Shay Shields, Linda Hayden and Carlos Spencer.
In his veto, Willis stated that it is “unfair to the loyal and dedicated employees for these three individuals to be given raises at this time.” He went on to say that when the city's finances improve, he would recommend to the city council that raises be given to all city employees.
The road could look a little smoother for city road improvements that is as the council is expected to list some of the high priority streets that need repairs. The council is also expected to discuss future improvements that are needed for many of the existing streets of Helena-West Helena back in August.
Michael McBryde of Stephens Inc. explained that it has been determined that the city is in dire need of reconstruction and maintenance of many streets, including resurfacing and curb, gutter and drainage improvements.
The council session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.