Lengthy agenda planned for Bryant Council meeting

Bryant City Council has a lengthy agenda planned for its meeting Monday night.

During the meeting, the council will discuss an agreement between the city and the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant and proposed new fire stations.

The council has been discussing the agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant for several months.
Each year the council approves agreements with various organizations and groups, but this year the council decided to create a facilities agreement with the club that would last longer than one year.

The longer agreement came under scrutiny when the city's bond counsel was reviewing a proposed bond issue.

According to the Arkansas Constitution, a city cannot provide the club property that is paid for with tax money.

As a compromise, Bryant city attorney, Chris Madison proposed a three-year term that includes an out-clause to protect the city.

Madison and the club's officials have agreed on the term length, but some items have not been agreed on yet.

"It is my understanding that the three-year term is agreeable to the Boys & Girls Club, and I have limited my focus to the six clauses or phrases, total, from both the contract and program agreement, that I feel should not be amended or included," Madison wrote in an email to the council.

"At this point, I have provided my professional opinion on the remaining issues, and it is simply a matter of decision time by the council and the board of the Boys & Girls Club on how to move forward," he said.

Alderman Adrian Henley requested a financial update about the two proposed fire stations.

The two new stations were approved during a special election in November. These stations will replace the out-of-date stations the firefighters currently are using.

During the last update, Mayor Jill Dabbs told the council that the city would not spend as much money to spend on the project as expected.

Dabbs could not be contactd by press time to comment on what the update with include.
The council also will hear a presentation about Healthcare Express, a new business in Bryant; a presentation by Eddie Black from the Saline County Economic Development Corp.; and a presentation by Mary Vickers about the Bryant Senior Wellness and Activity Center.

Finance Director Ken Rhone and Bryant Park Director Derek Phillips will be addressing the council as well.