Sign ordinance back on agenda for Bryant

The Bryant City Council is scheduled tonight to resume discussion of a city sign ordinance.
In late 2011 and early 2012, unsuccessful attempts were made to draft an ordinance that would draw all parties' agreement and the issue was tabled.
Chris Madison, city attorney for Bryant, plans to ask the council to resume the discussion in tonight's meeting. The ordinance is scheduled for the first of its three required readings.
In discussing the sign ordinance this morning, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs noted that the sign resolution the council passed in 2011 "has worked well to give our city a cleaner appearance without hindering our thriving businesses, big and small, from marketing their products and services."
She said the proposed ordinance is "very similar to the resolution we have successfully operated under for more than a year."
"I greatly appreciate everyone's input," Dabbs said. "The Planning Commission has recommended the ordinance; the chamber has stayed engaged giving great input from the businesses' perspective, which has led to a better final proposal than what we started with; and citizens have played an active, positive role in directing their local government so that we can best meet their wants and needs."
In other matters, the council is scheduled tonight to consider an ordinance that renames a section of Arkansas 5 within the corporate city limits of Bryant as Stagecoach Road. In the June council meeting, Dabbs stated that the change to Stagecoach Road more accurately reflects the history of the city.
In new business, the council plans to:
•Hear a first reading of an ordinance establishing city millage rates.
•Consider the proposed refinancing of street bonds from 2008.
•Consider a resolution for budget revisions,
•Vote on setting up a new account titled "Federal Drug Control Fund."
•Vote on allocating approximately $450,000 to complete work in the Westpointe Phase III/Forest Cove drainage improvements project.
•Vote on a CD investment of $1 million from the general fund,
•Hear the first reading of an ordinance that amends a previous ordinance that required a $3.50 fee for credit card transactions with the city. The new ordinance omits the fee.
•Vote on a resolution supporting the Bryant Historical Society.
•Hear various reports from departments within the city.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Boswell Municipal Complex at Bryant City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.