The Helena-West Helena City Council approved the appointment of Jim Frazier to the Historic District Commission, approved several resolutions and condemned 16 properties to be torn down or burned during their May 15, 2018 meeting at City Hall.

Mayor Jay Hollowell brought John Edwards forward to present to the council a Resolution: To the Delta Regional Authority Economic Development group for funding in the amount not to exceed $400,000 for the sewage treatment ponds located off Highway 44. This Resolution was approved.

The Resolution authorizes the Mayor of Helena-West Helena to submit an application in the amount not to exceed $400,000 and matched with $25,000 with Helena-West Helena Water Department funds, to the Delta Regional Authority, under the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, and expend funds to accomplish the repair of the walls of the sewage treatment ponds to prevent a health risk and support economic development of the people of Helena-West Helena and Phillips County, if grant is awarded.

The resolution to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to execute an administrative contract with the East Arkansas Planning and Development District to administer funds for the city was approved.

The Council passed an Ordinance of approval of the AR Energy Code for New Building Construction Supplements and Amendments 2014. This Energy Code is a combination of the International Energy Conservation Code and ADHRAE 90.1 Standards. These Standards in addition to the AR Energy Cod for New Building Construction Supplements and Amendments serve as the “Arkansas Energy Code” for residential and commercial builders in the State. This information was supplied and is requested by the ADEQ - Energy Office in Little Rock.

The City Council condemned these properties in Helena by Ordinances: 139 and 325 Walnut; 427 Beech Street; 515 and 527 College Street; 1207, 1407, 1411, 1413, 1418, and 1516 Perry Street. Properties condemned in West Helena include: 135 5th Street South; 2019 8th Street North; 227 6th Street South; 709 East Garland Street and 921 Baldwin Street.

There was a discussion about the Stonebrook Road Erosion issue. A $5,900 bid for repair work was approved.