When aldermen were asked after Tuesday night’s Conway City Council meeting what, if any, of Mayor Tab Townsell’s proposed revenue-generating measures they favor to buttress the 2010 budget, none were ready to commit.

These measures include increasing Conway Corp. franchise fees to 4.25 percent, levying a 5 percent tax on by-the glass alcohol, adopting business licenses or raising the city property taxes.

According to Townsell, higher Conway Corp. franchise fees would generate about $1.4 million and cost the average residential customer about $31 per year. The alcohol tax could generate about $150,000. 

A business license system could not, in its first years, generate a great deal of money but increasing property taxes, as much as $2.3 million could be generated through the maximum increase, would not be popular with the citizenry.

In other business, the council voted to approve the purchase of a $151,705 traffic signal control system which would, in theory, allow the city’s traffic lights to operate more in concert with traffic patterns, thereby increasing efficiency. The system will be paid for through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Block Grant program, which is funded through the economic stimulus package.

The council also voted to approve the $1.75 million purchase of an automated recycling machine which can sort recyclables by type — a job currently done by volunteer prisoners and Independent Living Services consumers.

The council voted to hold a decision as to a rezoning request near East German Lane and Wills Drive at the applicant’s request. Several neighbors who were in opposition were in attendance and the council members seemed to disagree that C-3 heavy commercial zoning was necessary for the applicant’s stated use for the land.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at joe.lamb@thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)