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Arkadelphia City Board reviews code ordinances and resignation

Simpson departs from Ward 2 post; vacancy declared

By Stephen Yates for SWARK Today

The Arkadelphia Board of Directors met Tuesday night for their regularly called meeting.

Two ordinances were on their second reading before the board:

● The first of which being the adoption of a Five-Mill property tax against both real and personal property within the City of Arkadelphia. It was approved by the board at the September 4 meeting and is scheduled to be sent to the Clark County Quorum Court following its third and final reading and adoption at the October 16 meeting.

● The second ordinance was to approve contracts between certain city employees and relatives of city employees. It was also approved by the board on September 4 and is planned to be adopted on October 16.

A public hearing was held for the new Arkansas Electrical Code and Federal Electrical Codes which have been asked of the City of Arkadelphia to put in place. These new codes will set updated guidelines to the construction and design of buildings for the more effective use of energy and other services.

The codes have little to no effect on local business and future building projects, which was a concern expressed by Director Taylor Chaney, but was assured by Anita Wiley, Building Department Supervisor, that these new guidelines entailed very little financial impact to the community. A vote was taken with a result of 6-0 to adopt the codes after their third readings.

The final act of the meeting was to recognize the resignation of Director Delton Simpson from the board. Although Simpson’s term was to end by the end of 2020, his immediate resignation was issued on September 4 from the board. The vacancy was declared Tuesday night as well as the advertisement for a replacement.

Anyone interested in filling the Board of Director Ward 2 term expiring December 31, 2020 should send a letter of interest to the City Clerk’s office at 700 Clay St., Arkadelphia, AR 71923. Check the city website or contact the City Clerk’s office for more information.  To determine if you live in Ward 2, you can see the Ward Map on the City of Arkadelphia’s website here: http://www.cityofarkadelphia.com/board-of-directors.html

(Editor’s Note: All future meetings, which are normally held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30, will be covered by SWARK.Today)

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