Council Approves 2014 Budget; Includes 3% Salary Increase for City Employees, Elected Officials

Dec 26th, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

In their regular monthly meeting held Monday night, Dec. 16th, the Beebe City Council approved the 2014 Budget which includes a 3% salary increase for city employees and elected officials.

In other action, the council heard an informational report from Leslie Richardson on the city possibly joining the Arkansas Downtown Network - a program of Main Street Arkansas.  Ms. Richardson told the council that the Ark. Downtown Network is a smaller version of the Main Street Arkansas program. The program aids city businesses in organizing, promoting, design and economic restructuring. The city will have to pay $5,000 per year for membership for the three year period. Business owners who participate in the program can receive a 40% state tax credit, according to Ms. Richardson.   The council passed Resolution 2013-12 - a resolution supporting participation in the Ark. Downtown Network and endorses the submission of an application to participate in the program.

Ms. Richardson said it will take about a year before she will know if the city’s application is accepted. Once accepted, Ms. Richardson will be setting up different committees to help with the process. If you are interested in helping, contact Ms. Richardson at Shelter Insurance in Beebe.

Mayor Mike Roberston told the council that he has hired an additional attorney to represent the city in the Act 833 lawsuit. The new attorney is Phil Kaplan. He will be assisting attorney Gene Sayer. The mayor said an amended complaint will be filed in the suit.

Mayor Mike Robertson also told the council that he wants to look into constructing a sidewalk from the Windwood subdivision to Walmart. “I believe there is some money available for grants for that through White river Planning,” Robertson said. “I believe we can get this done in 2014.”