The Helena-West Helena City Council approved an Event Permit, Airport funding revised Resolution and approved to finance a balloon note on sanitation truck during their Tuesday, September 4, 2018 City Council Meeting.

The council approved the August 9, August 21 and August 28 Minutes.

A motion was made by council member Franklin, seconded by Davis, to approve the Live Rodeo Community Outreach event for Second Baptist Church, located at 167 Park Street, West Helena. The event is sponsored by Ms. Mae Johnson Douglas and Pastor Jarvis Smith. All City Departments signed off on this event. This event is the Annual Community Outreach for improvements in health disparity, fun, food, games, activities, live horseback rodeo, carriage rides, live gospel singing, music, registration gifts, back to school back packs. The event is scheduled for September 15 starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Expected total attendance 1000, with peak attendance 600 at 12 noon.

The motion was approved.

A motion was made by St. Columbia, seconded by Messina to approve a revised Resolution 14-2018: A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Accept and Sign Grant Offers from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Helena-West Helena Airport Commission.

This Resolution had been approved at a previous City Council meeting, however, the FAA required a change in terminology. That change was made and the revised Resolution 14-2018 was approved.

Mayor Jay Hollowell asked council members to approve financing a balloon note of $103,500 on the sanitation truck currently in the city’s possession, and not purchase a new truck considering the cities current financial status . Mayor Hollowell stated that this will save the city approximately $2,000 per month in payments over the costs of purchasing a new truck.

The current truck has been maintained, and the city will seek a possible extended warranty for the truck.

Motion was made by St. Columbia, seconded by Messina and the council approved financing the balloon note.

The Mayor provided a document to council members reminding them of the DeAndre’ Green settlement conference set for Monday, October 1, 2018 in Little rock at 9:30 a.m. in the U.S. Courthouse before the Honorable Patricia S. Harris.

Copies of a letter addressed to James Patrick Smith, Chief of Police from Vida and Fedrick Fielder of Helena was provided to each council member.

The letter thanks the 911 dispatcher, Rosemary Orr, who handled the situation that occurred on Monday, July 23, 2108 which was a medical emergency. The letter commends Helena-West Helena dispatcher for the way she handled the situation, and the police officers who responded so quickly, specifically officers John Bailey, Cynthia Gamble, Charles Byrd and Carl Nelson who stabilized the situation and provided support until the ambulance arrived.

The City Council went into Executive Session to review and discuss salary adjustments for the Street and Sanitation Department and the Water/Sewer Department.

No actions were taken, and the City Council meeting adjourned.