City repeals tow ordinance

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Conway City Council approved repealing an ordinance related to the city’s towing rotation and allowing the Conway Police Department to regulate the rotation with a policy.

 

“As far as administrative policy, this is far more effective,” City Attorney Chuck Clawson said.

State law requires a city regulate the tow rotation either through an ordinance, resolution or with a police department policy.

CPD Chief Jody Spradlin said relying on the police department policy will take the burden off the city council.

“The last 26 and a half years, we’ve gone over this over and over and over and it’s always been in the form of an ordinance,” he said. “We felt that going to a policy was in the best interest of not only the police department but the city.

“The police department needs to supervise the rotation policy and the selection as well. That burden falls completely on the police department policy and takes it off the shoulders of the city council.”

Spradlin said he and Clawson have worked closely with the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board to develop the policy, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The ordinance will remain in place through the end of the year.

“We will have a completed draft very soon,” Clawson said. “It will in essence reflect what the ordinance is and it allows the police department to be more responsive in this area.”

Spradlin said any appeals would be decided by him.

“There would be an investigation, I would hear various suggestions from command staff and I would make a final decision,” he said.

Alderman Andy Hawkins said he would still like to see the applications to make sure everything was being handled correctly.

“I would hope for no shenanagins,” he said.

 

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