The Helena-West Helena City Council approved two Event Permits, tabled another and appointed Steve Johnson to the Historic District Commission during the regular scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

The Council approved an Event Permit for Helena-West Helena Day, a not for profit event to be held June 2, 2018 in downtown Helena from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The event is a fun filled day for the community and a Stop the Violence Rally to develop unity.

An Event Permit request to hold the King Biscuit Blues Festival scheduled for Sunday, September 29 though Sunday, October 7, 2018 was tabled until the April 17 City Council Meeting, after some council members requested time to study the permit application.

The King Biscuit Blues Festival proposed activities by block, (Cherry Street) include: 100 Block - Main Stage, Food Vending, Business Booths; 200 Block - Food Vending, Business Booths, Arts & Crafts; 300 Block - Music Stage, Food Vending, Arts & Crafts; 400 Block - Food Vending, Arts & Crafts; 500 Block - Music Stage, Food Vending, Arts & Crafts, Non-profits; 600 Block - 5K/10K Run, Arts & Crafts, Food Vending, Bit O’ Blues Stage.

Activities (Walnut Street) include: 100 - 400 Block  - BBQ & Blues on the Levee (BBQ Contest); 200 Block - CeDell Davis Stage (Music); 400 Block - Lockwood - Steakhouse Stage (Music).

The Council approved an Event Permit for Helena Blues on the River, a for profit concert, set for June 23, 2018 to be held from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. The objective of the Helena Blues on the River event is to bring revenue to Helena-West Helena and also to give people of Helena-West Helena somewhere to go and enjoy themselves with loved ones and friends. Streets from Missouri down to Rightor Streets on Cherry will be blocked from 1 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on that date. Vendors will be set up on Cherry Street to sell refreshments. In case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled for July 9, 2018.

Mayor Jay Hollowell recommended to the City Council, upon the recommendation of the Historic District Commission, Steve Johnson of Johnson’s Studio and Jim Frazier, former City Engineer, be appointed to fill two positions on the Historic District Commission due to the resignation of Cathy Campbell and the term ending for Deb Smith.

The Council approved the appointment of Steve Johnson to the Commission.

The City Council approved the purchase of a District Court replacement vehicle of approximately $16,000 after a presentation by Officer John Thomas.

Mayor Hollowell presented the Council with Helena-West Helena Water/Sewer Department Invoices for the work on Pump Station Number 6, which exceed the Mayor’s spending limit. The Mayor explained to the Council the urgency of the temporary repairs to prevent the loss of the sewer levy. Some of the Council Members expressed their concerns over the unapproved expenditures, unwilling to accept the Mayors explanation of the emergency situation.

Invoices presented for approval for payment included: Reese Construction - emergency bypass pumping and materials from Southern Pipe and Supply: $14,248; Xylem Dewatering Solutions - rental of equipment $7,229.24.