The Conway City Council voted on Tuesday night to enter into an agreement with the Conway School District to provide four police officers and one police sergeant on a full-time basis to serve as school resource officers for the school district.

As per the agreement, one officer will be placed at Conway High School-West; two officers will be placed at Conway High School-East; and the two remaining officers will be shared by elementary and middle schools in the District.  

The district will pay the city $175,000, representing about one-half of the total costs associated with the officers’ salaries, benefits and the average overtime/comp that they will receive as part of their duties as school resource officers.

The agreement also notes that the resource officers will be considered employees of the city, subject at all times to the policies and procedures of the Conway Police Department.

The compensation will be paid to the city in full before July 30, 2011.

The council also approved:

• An ordinance renaming Story Drive to Storie Drive located in Marlise Manor Phase III. 

• Resolutions requesting the Faulkner County tax collector to place certified liens on properties located at 408 South Davis Street, 88 South Ash Street, 1315 Harrison Street, 503 Monroe Street, 141 Oaklawn Drive, 211 Griffith Street, 1716 Hutto and 2 Cedar Oaks, as a result of incurred expenses by the City due to code violations.

• An ordinance to rezone property located approximately 650 degrees east of McNutt Road stretching from London Road to Donnell Ridge Road from R-1 to I-1.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at 940, 960 and 980 South Donaghey and 2010 Woodland Spring Drive from R-1 to PUD.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at 970 and 980 Prince Street from A-1 to PUD, A-1 to R-1 and PUD to R-1.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at 2010 Washington Ave from R-2A to O-2.

• A consideration of a conditional use permit to allow a 150-foot monopole cell tower for property located at the 1200 block of North Museum Road.

• A consideration to accept a bid for the Museum Road Extension project (Siebenmorgen Road to Lower Ridge Road). The project involves the construction of 5,000 feet of 36’ curbed street along Museum Road

extended north from Siebemnorgen Road to Lower Ridge Road along with a roundabout at Siebemnorgen Road and Museum Road. The bid was awarded to J’s Construction Co. in the amount of $1,502,532.50.

• A consideration to accept a low bid in the amount of $767,447 by JCI Construction Company for the College Avenue Reconstruction project (Locust Avenue to Harkrider Street). The project involves the construction of 1,500 feet of 36’ curbed street along a relocated route for College Avenue between Locust Avenue and Harkrider Street. The new route for College Avenue will swing northward, between Locust Street and the railroad, to cross the railroad at the existing Elm Street right-of-way and continue along the Elm Street right-of-way to Harkrider. The project will be coordinated with a new railroad crossing for College Avenue constructed by Union Pacific and involve the closing of the existing College Avenue railroad crossing to vehicular traffic (pedestrians only) along with the closing of the Deer Street, Independence Avenue and Davis Street railroad crossing. . 

• An ordinance waiving the requirement to obtain competitive bids for restoration of backyards located at 2470 Orchid, 1195 Westfield, 4835 Westin Park and 2805 Patricia Lane that were damaged by seep holes. The bid was awarded to J’s Construction Company, Inc. for the amount of $10,980.

• An ordinance amending the permit fees for the construction and alterations of buildings and building systems in the City by adding a non-refundable commercial plan review fee to be paid at a rate equal to one-half the building permit fee with a maximum plan review fee of $5,000.

• An ordinance appropriating funds for additional computerized storage and remote support software expenses related to District Court automation.

• An ordinance waiving the requirement to obtain competitive bids for a vehicle exhaust system in the amount of $36,805 for Station 6 of the Conway Fire Department.

• An ordinance accepting restitution for overtime performed by the Conway Police Department in the amount of $51,866.25.

• The acceptance of a bid by Aurora Tactical, LLC in the amount of $29,883 for night vision goggles for the Conway Police Department.

(Staff writer Megan Reynolds can be reached by e-mail at megan.reynolds@thecabin.net or by phone at (501) 505-1277. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net)