The Conway City Council will vote at a later date on an ordinance intended to "track" the sale of some second-hand items, it was decided Tuesday night.
The ordinance, several members of the council said, was too broad in scope. City Attorney Mike Murphy said that the ordinance, pitched by Conway Police Department administrators as a tool to recover stolen items — especially jewelry and video game consoles — would by its plain language apply to him if he bought a bomber jacket off eBay and resold it.
Craig New, owner of Game Point, which he described as a local "mom and pop" video game store, expressed concern that recording every video game cartridge or disc that came through his store as per the requirements of the proposed ordinance would be time-consuming and ineffective, as the discs themselves do not have any identifiable factory-applied markings.
Recording cash transactions involving game consoles would be more feasible, New said.
New and other businessmen in attendance also told the council that the requirement to hold on to second-hand items for 15 days would place an undue burden on their operations.
Murphy and Mayor Tab Townsell advised CPD administrators to review their intent and present the council with a more specific ordinance at a future date.
The council also voted to approve the 2010 street projects as submitted by City Engineer Ronnie Hall. Approved projects include continued work at the extension of Salem Road to Highway 64, continued work on Sturgis and Stanley Ross Road and Nina Russ Lane, the Salem Road railroad overpass, the intersection of Donaghey Avenue and Dave Ward Drive, a roundabout at College Avenue and Country Club Road, the relocation of College Avenue to Elm Street, and continued environmental and engineering work associated with the Western Loop.
Street department monies will also subsidize transportation programs for the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Center and the Faulkner County Council on Developmental Disabilities, the council decided.
The council voted 5-3 to authorize Murphy to enter discussions with an attorney representing the owner of property at 1 Cambridge Drive, where a swimming pool has caused Conway Code Enforcement problems for about 5 years. Murphy and the attorney will attempt to come up with a creative solution to the problem of the chronically dilapidated swimming pool and present this solution to the council. Aldermen Andy Hawkins, Mary Smith and Mark Vaught voted against this resolution, with Vaught and Smith saying that enough time had gone by without adequate response from the property owner and that they were ready to have the pool filled in.
The council held on a decision concerning issues arising with applying the sign ordinance to signs on Harkrider Street that will need to be moved and/or replaced due to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department plans to widen the roadway there.
In other business, the council voted to approve change orders at Conway Station Park, which is under construction at the old YBMA fairgrounds site which, through some oversights on the part of engineers and contractors, add about $55,000 to the total project cost. Parks Director Brian Knopp said that this was within what could be expected of such a project.
The council also accepted $17,500 from Marck Industries Inc. paid for unneeded Conway Sanitation Department assets relating to the soon-to-be-replaced recylables sorting line and $1,655 in insurance proceeds to repair a Conway Fire Department truck.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)