HELENA-WEST HELENA- The Helena-West Helena City Council unanimously passed resolutions to ratify the Planning Commissions's recommendation to finalize approval of the new Meadowbrook Subdivision on West Street and to approve the creation of a new Rockabilly Festival to be held in May.
The Council meeting opened with a final presentation from representatives planning to build the Meadowbrook Subdivision on property off of West Street and behind Sears. The Helena-West Helena Planning Commission approved the final plans for the subdivision just hours before the council meeting. The City Council, which allowed some of the work to go forward at the last meeting, unanimously approved the Planning Commission's recommendation. All of the permits can now be issued and construction of the new homes can begin in earnest. The Meadowbrook Subdivision was a project that was being planned during the administration of former Mayor James F. Valley.
Local Business Owner Bubba Sullivan made a presentation to the City Council asking for approval to host a new festival to be named the Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival. Sullivan said that the festival would be held on May 21, 2011 and would include at least six bands who are members of the Arkansas Rockabilly Hall of Fame. No streets would be blocked and it would be held in front of the stage at the corner of Cherry and Missouri Streets. Admission to the festival would be $10. The council voted 10-0 to authorize city officials to take the necessary measures to allow Sullivan to put on the festival. No public monies would be involved.
In other business, the City Council also voted to enter into a lease agreement with Tower Ventures to replace a tower on city-owned property on reservoir hill. The lease will generate for the city a minimum of $650/month. The vote on this matter was 10-0.