With a new mayor and four new members, the Paragould City Council will hit the ground running to start the new year.
Among the many items to be considered at Monday night’s meeting, the council could formally adopt the city’s budget by ordinance.
As approved back in December, the budget shows anticipated revenues of $21,932,162.95 against appropriations of $23,128,927.47. There is an apparent shortfall of $1,196,764.52, but the city retains an anticipated total of $21,507,856.39 in unappropriated funds.
In what could probably be considered unfinished business from 2020, the council is also expected to consider an ordinance (amending the current sign ordinance) to permit electronic message devices or LED (Light-Emitting Diode) signs of up to 50 square feet in size. The issue had been the subject of a good deal of contention and confusion, going back to a proposed replacement of a billboard with an LED sign on property at the corner of Third Street and West Kingshighway back in July.
In a proposed ordinance establishing the procedures, times and formats for city council meetings, the council is also expected to consider the use of zoom or other virtual communications means by council members for city council meetings during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
It is also to set the salaries for the City Clerk and City Attorney. According to the proposed ordinance, the annual salary for the city clerk is to be $62,334.18, while that for the city attorney will be $48,940.96.
The council may consider city participation in a cooperative purchase agreement with the nationwide HGACBuy government-to-government procurement service for external procurement. If the city becomes a member of HGACBuy, the mayor and all department heads will be authorized to use the the service.
And according to the agenda for Monday’s meeting the city may also consider a resolution to attach liens to properties to cover the cost of cleanup of those properties.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall, 301 West Court St. The council’s Street Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. in the same location.