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City Board meets to discuss signage, grant, rezoning

The City of Hope Board of Directors met Tuesday night to discuss signage for 2nd and Elm, a Department of Public Safety grant application, and the rezoning of two properties. An executive session was also anticipated beforehand.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and review of the minutes from the October 5 meeting, the board discussed proposed signage for “The Hub” located at 2nd Street and Elm Street. The Board voted to approve a design after a vote was cast.

The next item on the Board’s agenda was an application for a grant from the Arkansas Department of Public Safety. The grant is for the purpose of improving the trust between Arkansas law enforcement and the communities they serve. Hope Police Department proposes to use the grant to purchase redaction software and equipment for its Mobile and Body Worn Video system in order to comply with FOIA requests for departmental video. The cost of the project is estimated at $13,375. HPD sought Board approval to make the application. The Board approved that the application could be made.

Next up, the Board considered a proposed ordinance for rezoning. The application for rezoning from C-3 General Retail to C-4 Office Commercial would allow property located at 1118 E. 3rd to be used as a convalescent home/assisted living facility. The application was made by Cristiam and Andrea Espinoza. The request was brought to the Planning and Zoning Commission on September 20, but was initially tables. On October 18, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend the zoning to the Board. The Board voted “yea”, allowing the rezoning to commence.

Then, the Board considered a rezoning ordinance from I-1 Heavy Industrial to C-2 Highway Commercial to allow a gym and salon in an existing building located at 108 N. Walker Street. This petition was brought forward by Jay and Monica Turley. The proposal would allow a gym and salon to be built on a property that is considered industrial, but the additions were not expected to interfere with business or traffic. The Board voted “yea”, allowing the rezoning to commence.

The Board then went into executive session. It was decided in executive session that City Manager Catherine Cook’s contract, with a raise of $3,000 per year.

After the city manager’s report, the meeting was adjourned.

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