Council Approves Purchasing Two Used Police Vehicles; Hears Sales Tax Proposal

Jan 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Top Story

The Beebe City Council met in regular session Monday night, Jan. 23rd at Beebe City Hall. The council heard from a former councilman, David Pruitt, who was asking the council to lower the amount of money the city had charged him to remove a condemned house at 705 W. College. He was asking the council to reduce the charge to $3,500 vs. the amount it cost the city for the clean-up at $4,866.92. The council did not approve reducing the charges and approved Resolution No. 2017-3 which stated all charges and liens associated with the property. The council was presented with two police vehicles which the department would like to purchase from a program in Missouri’s Highway Patrol. The two vehicles are 2011 Dodge Chargers with under 60,000 miles on them. The price is $10,500 for each. The council approved those purchases. COUNCIL – From Page One. Josh Monroe gave a progress report on his renovation of the old Powell building on Main Street. He told the council that he had done very little this past year due to he and his wife having a new baby. He is working to make the building safe and gave a timeline to the council of what he expected to get completed in the next year. He had been issued a building permit for one year – which ran out the end of Dec. 2016. The council agreed to give him an extension of 6-months and then see his progress. The council approved putting out bids for lawn care for the city. Goss Lawn Care has done the city’s business for the past year and will bid for the project again. The city will advertise for bids. Lt. Brian Duke presented information about a $45,000 GIF grant which he is working on with an agency to replace two storm sirens in the city. The mayor will help get the information together to help with the application. The council also approved placing certain White Co. District Court – Beebe records in the storage facility next to City Hall. A proposal for a one-half cent sales tax increase for the city was presented by Alderwoman Lee McLane. In the proposal the police dept. would receive 1/8th of a cent, the fire dept. would receive 1/8th of a cent, the parks dept. would receive 1/8th of a cent – with at least 1/3rd of that amount going towards purchase of playground equipment, and the final 1/8th of a cent would go into a fund for a future community center with swimming pool. The proposed sales tax would be voted on by the citizens of Beebe if it is passed by the council. The sales tax would put Beebe even with Searcy on city and county sales tax. The proposal will be on the February agenda and will be discussed further.