Conway Council weighs upcoming towing contract

Conway’s tow truck contract was up for renewal at Tuesday night’s Conway City Council meeting, but the council held off on a decision to renew or amend it. 

 

The city has had an agreement with four local wrecker companies for the last 10 years. As it stands, there is a monthly rotation for which company is on-call when police need a car towed after an arrest, crash, or abandonment. The agreement was renewable every five years and had been renewed in 2009.

There were a few changes proposed, including allowing any wrecker service that had the required number and type of trucks, insurance and a secure impound lot to apply for the city contract. Another change would require a company doing business for the city to have two flatbed trucks, because more modern cars are all-wheel-drive. Towing an all-wheel-drive car with one pair of wheels on the road can destroy the car’s center differential. 

The council also heard that there has been overcharging. It was proposed that any tow truck company that overcharges, as determined by the Conway Police Department, would be removed from the contract for up to five years in addition to whatever civil remedies the victim would want to pursue against the overcharging company. 

The agreement will be revisited at the next council meeting. 

In other business, the council renewed Phoenix Recovery’s conditional use permit. Attorney Frank Shaw asked the council to condition the permit on the facility’s retaining of its state license rather than yearly review. The council granted the permit with provisions adding also that the range of clients at the addiction treatment center be expanded to include those who aren’t convicted of a felony (i.e. the community at large).

The council also approved police overtime to fund the seasonal Shop Secure program, which puts more officers at major shopping centers and downtown during the holiday shopping rush. In news releases announcing another year of the additional police coverage, shoppers are reminded to lock their vehicles, keep track of their purses, wallets, etc., and look out for thieves. The council also approved city employee Christmas bonuses. 

The council also granted a conditional use permit to allow a business to sell windows at 2002 Dave Ward Drive, subject to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-to-Friday hours. Other conditions require that the existing “home” structure be used as the commercial building, and that access to the business be only from S. Mitchell Street (the vote from the planning commission was 7-3 in favor of the conditional use permit, with the argument from the three dissenting votes involving whether another business was appropriate for the property, which is in a mostly residential neighborhood with some commercial property nearby.)

Another conditional use permit approved Tuesday night allows for a tattoo studio at 1022 Main Street, subject to 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday hours. The permit is extended to the individual applicant only, who plans to move the Primal Urge tattoo parlor to the new location.

 

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