It only took an hour for Benton City Council to approve five ordinances and two resolutions and hear committee reports in a meeting Monday night.
Two of the ordinances dealt with the purchase of land and one authorized the start of street projects.
Ordinance 48 of 2014 was passed on all three readings by a vote of 9 to 1. The lone negative vote resulted from the absence of Alderman Evelyn Reed.
The ordinance authorizes the purchase of five acres of land adjacent to the Saline County Fairgrounds. The acreage will be paved for use as a parking lot for the Riverside Center complex.
Alderman Brenda Miller is seeking re-election to the Bryant City Council.
Miller currently holds the council's Ward 4, Position 1 seat.
"I believe solid background and experience leads to good decisions with local government issues and citizen trust to continue building a progressive Bryant now and for future generations to enjoy," Miller said.
During Miller's 25 years of residency in Bryant, she has seen the city's population grow from "about 4,000 to over 18,000 today."
Benton Police Department
â€¢ A Benton woman reported that a money order she purchased at the Benton Walmart store was cashed at the Bryant Walmart without her knowledge. She had purchased the money order to pay her rent. Records of the transaction indicate the driver's license number of the individual who cashed the order was copied.
â€¢ A homemade two-axle, flatbed trailer was reported stolen from Weiss Towing on South Second Street.