The Fort Smith Board of Directors will decide Tuesday whether to require businesses to pay $100 annually for business licenses.
The fee would generate about $480,000 a year for the city, according to a memo from Finance Director Jennifer Walker to City Administrator Carl Geffken.
The money will go toward the police department per the board’s request. The administration is asking that the police department be allowed to add 13 staff in 2018.
The board will also decide whether to increase franchise fees, which would generate about $550,000 per year, according to another memo from Walker to Geffken. If passed, the ordinance would require gas and electric companies to pay the city 4.25 percent of their gross sales and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company to pay 4.25 percent of the local exchange access line charges to the city.
The board will also consider:
• An ordinance adopting the 2018 budget.
• An ordinance declaring an exceptional situation, waiving the requirement of competitive bidding and authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with the Fort Smith Housing Authority for services.
• An ordinance establishing regulations and charges for the city's sanitary landfill, residential sanitation services, commercial sanitation services, industrial sanitation services and related services provided by the Sanitation Department.
• A resolution authorizing the use of a task-based work schedule system in the Sanitation Department at the discretion of the city administrator.
• An ordinance amending the designated provisions of the Municipal Code concerning the city administrator’s purchasing authority and the procedure by which written quotes or bids are submitted.
• An ordinance amending an ordinance regarding the Human Resources policies for non-uniformed employees relating to the use of city-owned vehicles.
• A resolution repealing a resolution regarding the assignment of take-home vehicles to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Fort Smith Police Department.
• An ordinance amending the 2017 budget.
• An ordinance declaring an exceptional situation and waiving the requirements of competitive bidding for the demolition services in connection with sub-basin capacity improvements ($100,000).
• A resolution authorizing a $693,316 change order with Forsgren Inc. for construction services for 2015 Sanitary Sewer Assessment Remedial Measures.
• A resolution authorizing a $60,738 amendment to an authorization with Morrison-Shipley Engineers, Inc for construction observation services for the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Assessment Remedial Measures.
• A resolution setting public hearing date on petition to vacate a portion of undeveloped North 36th Street.
• A resolution accepting the bid of $62,472 from Restocon Corporation for repairs to the city parking facility at 700 Rogers Ave.
• A resolution authorizing a $2,523 amendment to the franchise utility relocation agreement for the Geren Road Reconstruction Project.
• Two resolutions approving specific excess insurance and aggregate excess insurance for the city's employee health coverage and for workers’ compensation coverage.
• An ordinance declaring an exceptional circumstance and authorizing continuation of agreement with ArcBest Technologies.
• A resolution approving a contract with Daily & Woods for general legal services for 2018.
• A resolution adopting the 2018 audit plan.
• A resolution accepting the bid of $209,452 from Dale Crampton Company for the replacement of roof at the Utilities building at 801 Carnall Ave.
• A resolution accepting a bid of $93,614 from Scruggs Equipment for the purchase of a jet rod trailer for the Street Department.
• A resolution accepting a bid of $82,125 from Scott Equipment for the purchase of a backhoe loader for the Utility Department.
• A resolution accepting a bid of $330,220 from Core & Main LP for the purchase of one-inch, long-yoke meter boxes for the Utility Department.
• A resolution allowing the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment at a public auction.
• A resolution adopting the Substance Abuse Testing Program Policy for Fort Smith Transit.
The Board of Directors meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center, Building B, 3205 Jenny Lind Road. There will also be a town hall meeting immediately following the regular meeting’s adjournment.