|Jim Petty Presents MeadowBrook Park to council|
Due to the tight construction time required for the state's financial assistance on the project, Alderman Don Etherly pushed for approval of the long-awaited zoning code. He said, "We need to pass this zoning code so that Planning Commission can do what they need to do. I am for this development." City Attorney Chalk Mitchell, after conferring with Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Allen. Mithcell said, "I am not an expert in this area....It seems the best thing to do is pass the zoning ordinance." The council also gave the developers approval to begin preliminary dirt work pending the approval of the project by the Planning Commission.
The Humane Society also secured the support of the City of Helena-West Helena to participate in a county-wide animal shelter. The Humane Society, along with the county and five municipalities have a grant for construction of a new animal shelter that was obtained during the Valley administration. The Humane Society asked for Helena-West Helena to contribute two animal control officers and a vehicle to the continuing animal control operation. The four other municipalities are contributing four dollars per person living in their area on an annual basis. The Humane Society now will seek the contribution of the county. Animals picked up will be kept for 10 days before being put down. The council approved the request for the city's contribution by a vote of 10-0, prompting applause from the audience.