The long-awaited report from the Citizen Taskforce that has been examining and reviewing the City of Conway’s operations and financial policies since March will be presented to the city council Tuesday at its 5:30 meeting.
The Taskforce reviewed budgets, department reports and personnel information and met with heads of departments, including police, fire, parks, sanitation and planning.
The committee began writing its report in June, with attention to examining "adequate and appropriate" levels of staffing and reviewing city operations for potential revenue sources.
Five recommendations address personnel, including replacing step raises with a merit increase program and freezing all openings until adequate reserves are established.
Additional sources of revenue recommended include an agreement with the Advertising and Promotion Commission to allocate funds between capital and operating costs for Parks and Recreation facilities and charging non-residents an annual membership or fee for use of city facilities.
Members of the Taskforce who signed the report were David Crow, Joel Hawkins, Linda Linn, Gene Salter, Bruce Sossaman and Brad Hegeman. Hegeman will make the report to the council.
In its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., the council will consider:
• Adding a part-time person to the Community Development Block Grant staff at a salary of $19,688.
• Nomination of Duston Morris to the Bicycle Advisory Board.
• Addition of 230 feet of paved trail for the proposed Shady Oaks Bike Route, to connect to the Tucker Creek paved trail that runs through Gatlin Park.
• Updates and amendments to the ordinance that defines a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
• Consideration of bids for Stone Dam Creek Pathway, 2,665 feet of 12-foot wide asphalt pathway from Mimosa Drive to Dave Ward Drive along Stone Dam Creek; the construction of a 120-foot span pedestrian bridge across Stone Dam Creek; and construction of a 32-space parking lot near the end of Mimosa Drive. Funding for the project will use a portion of the Parks and Recreation bond reserved for pedestrian trails.
• Appraisals for street right-of-way on Old Military Road/McNutt Road at Donnell Ridge on property owned by Hartland Development Co.
• An appropriation request from the Sanitation Department of $14,790 to repair a garbage truck involved in a fire.
• An appropriation request to pay for expenses related to Civil Service Commission and entry firefighter testing.
• A report from the structural engineer and plans for wall bracing of the Dryer Building at 912 Front St. and bids for wall bracing/stabilization from contractors to prevent an uncontrolled collapse.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at email@example.com and 505-1234.)