The Board of Directors will vote on the Public Utilities Commission

City managers will vote to place Ordinance 22-23 regarding the creation of a public utilities commission on first reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

City Administrator Phillip Patterson presented information related to public utility boards and commissions operating in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Patterson said city staff found five cities that not only had utility boards and commissions, but also provided public services to their citizens.

Employees from the five cities examined were Bentonville, Clarksville, Hope and Pryor (Okla.). After hearing the presentation, the city managers asked for time to review what was presented.

Trustees also said they did not want the utility board to be stand-alone, but rather like the planning commission which only has an advisory role.

City staff proposed bylaws for a new public utilities commission, which Patterson presented to council on July 6.

According to a staff report prepared by Patterson on July 26, if Order 22-23 is approved, after its three readings, the Public Utilities Commission will begin meeting in 2023 and will be subject to the following:

• The commission will consist of five members for staggered terms of three years.

• Members will be appointed by a majority vote of City Managers and removed by them.

• Commission members will receive compensation of $100 for each regular meeting they attend.

• Regular meetings will be held on a monthly basis unless canceled by the Chair due to lack of business before the committee.

• Senior utility staff will attend meetings and city government will provide administrative support to the commission.

• The commission will provide recommendations to City Council regarding strategic direction, rates, debt, services, inter-local agreements, bulk purchasing, etc., as they relate to the operation of City utility franchises .

City administrators will also vote on the following:

Consent Program

• Minutes of the July 19 workshop.

• Regular minutes of the July 19 meeting.

• Resolution 48-22 regarding a final development permit for 14505 Country Club Road.

• Resolution 49-22 regarding an end flat development permit for block 16000 of Arkansas Highway 43.

• Resolution 50-22 regarding the 2800 block of North Teresa Drive.

• Tabling of resolution 51-22 at the August 16 meeting regarding a final flat development permit for the 2400 to 2600 block of East Kenwood Street.

• Adopt the 2023-2024 Board objectives.

• Dedication of utility easements for the 900 block of East Harvard Street.

orders

• Place Ordinance 22-19 regarding the rezoning of the 500 block of North Progress Avenue at third reading, then proceed to a separate vote to pass the ordinance.

• Place Order 22-20 regarding the annexation of 14,087 of block 21000 of Arkansas Highway 16 at second reading.

• Place Ordinance 22-21 regarding the rezoning of the 2400 to 2600 block of East Kenwood Street at first reading.

• Place Order 22-22 regarding the annexation of 1.96 acres from 21733 Carousel Drive.

Staff reports

• June Financial Report/Second Quarter Financial Summary.

• Administrator’s report.

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