The Helena-West Helena City Council approved an event request, discussed base pay ordinance amendment, approved a resolution and heard a Planning Commission request Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at City Hall.

During the discussion about the Base Pay Ordinance Amendment, Council Member Chris Franklin questioned the additions to the City Cody department at this time. He stated that while the grass and blight are very important issues, the most important issue at this time is public safety. Franklin suggested that money be diverted to the Police Department, to give them as much help in getting the crime in this community under control. Restructuring the Police Department’s pay structure to help Helena-West Helena retain the officers that are trained at the expense of the city.

Council Member Wanda Crockett asked Mayor Kevin Smith about the possibility of holding a workshop to see what could be developed for this need in the Police Department. It was agreed that a workshop would be the best course of action at this time.

The Planning Commission presented the Council a request for variance approval. Planning Commission Chairperson Ms. Bettye Brimley spoke to the Council about this request, Kids for the Future program, under the leadership of Ms. Rosetta Crawford, for out of school foster youth only.

Brimley stated that the Planning Commission approved of this project.

Council Member Chris Franklin made a motion to approve the request, which was seconded by Council Member Wanda Crockett. Roll call passed the request with five yes votes.

On behalf of the Delta Roots Country Festival, Mrs. Helen Halbert presented an event request for Saturday, April 27, 2019. The event producers include: Community Partnership: City of HWH/A&P Commission; Main Street Helena; Chamber of Commerce; Delta Cultural Center; Historic Helena Association; Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and Sonny Boy Blues Society.

The event will be held on the 200 Block of Walnut Street in Helena, from 10 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. with an estimated attendance of between 400-500.

All City Department Heads signed off on this event. This event was approved by motion, second and roll call.

The City Council passed an Resolution to establish the authorized signatories for City checks, drafts and other negotiable instruments when two of the three persons currently signatories are not available.

The Council went into Executive Session to discuss HWH Water/Sewer Department personnel issues.

The next Helena-West Helena City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at City Hall.