In its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Conway City Council approved new ward lines as required by the 2010 census.
The new ward boundaries are on the city's website at cityofconway.org
In other business, the Council
• Heard a report from Laura Dryer that work is progressing on getting contracts for the demolition of the Dryer Building at 912 Front Street.
Dryer assured the Council that the north wall, next to the alley, will be secured as soon as possible with demolition to follow.
Alderman David Grimes asked for all consideration that the project not disrupt downtown during the holiday shopping season.
Mayor Tab Townsell suggested that interested parties hold a pre-demolition meeting.
In other business, the council also
• Approved an ordinance accepting $2,000 from the two Walmart stores as contributions to EcoFest 2011.
• Approved the appointment of Michael Garrett and the reappointment of Fletcher Smith to the Health Facilities Board.
• Approved, 7-1, an ordinance to remove the A&P Commission and Design Review Boards from the category of primary city boards as recommended by the Blue Ribbon Commission. The A&P Commission asked to become a non-primary commission, and the Old Conway Design Review Board merged with the Historic District Commission.
Ray Kordsmeier, a member of the A&P Commission, said the commission is unique in that its operation is dictated by state law, including the appointment of commissioners who are part of the tourism industry.
Kordsmeier said it was difficult to find candidates for the commission who met the requirements of the state, and limiting the commissioners to one 4-year term put a burden on the commission. Alderman Mark Vaught voted no.
• Approved, 8-0, the re-appointment of Angela Bagby to the A&P Commission to a second 4-year term, pending the enactment of the previous ordinance.
• Approved unanimously a request for a conditional use permit from Robinson and Center Church of Christ to allow religious activities for property at 1505 Robinson Ave. at Center Street. The request was approved on Sept. 19 by the Planning Commission with conditions.
Matt Jordan, a neighbor of the church, said losing three houses in the area is always a negative, "But in this instance the church presented a well-thought-out plan, listened to neighbors' concerns and suggestions. Overall, I'm very happy with the plan and I speak for it."
• Approved, 7-0, a resolution expressing the willingess of the city to partner with Faulkner County and the Highway Department to assume maintenance of the old Highway 25 once the relocated Highway 25 is built.
City Engineer Ronnie Hall said the resolution is necessary for the Highway Department to proceed with planning. "They're not asking for a check, they're asking for a commitment."
• Approved a request to abandon the southernmost 250 feet of Simon Street, an unpaved road adjacent to Worman’s Auto Salvage. Voting against the street closing were Aldermen Jim Rhodes, Mary Smith and Shelia Whitmore.
City Engineer Ronnie Hall said the city would retain a drainage easement.
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