Council tables stormwater fee talks; public hearing canceled

The Conway City Council canceled the scheduled public hearing and tabled the accompanying ordinance about creating a stormwater utility fee at Mayor Bart Castleberry’s request.

“We have a committee meeting scheduled for the 24th on the stormwater utility. If it’s OK with each of you, I’d like to cancel that at this time. If not, if you want to go ahead and have it, then we can,” Castleberry said during Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Aldermen approved tabling the issue, which isn’t likely to be discussed in the near future, according to the mayor.

“It will be a while before we bring this back up,” Castleberry said when Alderman Mary Smith asked if it would be added to the first meeting in February.

Aldermen voted to keep the council’s committee meetings at 5:30 p.m. and regular meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month after Alderman Theodore Jones Jr. expressed concern about a proposal to change the meeting times to 5 and 6 p.m. respectively.

“I’d like to keep the same [meeting] time because I have a problem making it, especially to committee meetings” because of my job, Jones said. “It would be a big help if we left it as is.”

Castleberry said either meeting time worked for him.

“I don’t have any feelings one way or another on this,” he said.

Also, Tuesday the council approved rezoning two properties — 625 Tommy Lewis Drive from C-4 (large shopping center commercial) to O-1 (general office) and 732 and 740 S. Harkrider St. from C-3 (highway service and open display district commercial) to I-3 (intensive industrial).

All items were approved unanimously and all aldermen were present.

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