The White Hall City Council had a short agenda on Monday night that included an executive session to discuss the chief of police position, which has to be filled due to Richard Wingard’s retirement.
No decision was made, and the search is ongoing.
Mayor Noel Foster noted a reception is planned for Wingard at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the White Hall Community Center. Foster also announced that the annual White Hall Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the White Hall City Park.
Another event, White Hall Kidsfest, will be held on April 21-22this year at the White Hall City Park.
In new business for the city, the council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the expenditure of funds for a consulting service to perform a joint land use study in support of the military affairs advisory committee in and for the City of White Hall.
Foster has applied for a Federal Assistance grant for $300,000 from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment for the performance of the joint land use study. Foster will negotiate a contract for professional consulting services to complete the study.
The purpose of the study it to assist state and local governments to address and prevent the encroachment of the civilian community from impairing the operational utility of the U.S. Army Pine Bluff Arsenal. The study is a high priority for the White Hall Military Affairs Advisory Committee.
The City of White Hall must provide matching funds in the amount of $30,000, or 10 percent of the total amount of the grant. The study is estimated to take 18 months, beginning in July 2019 and ending in January 2021. The City of White Hall must pay consulting expenses pending a grant reimbursement from the Office of Economic Adjustment.
Additionally, the council voted to suspend the rules to advance a second reading of an ordinance authorizing the replacement of two public works vehicles, to wave competitive bidding to purchase at fair-market value with an emergency clause. The motion passed unanimously.
The ordinance notes that the purchase price of new vehicles will be at or near the state fair-market value, and that the City of White Hall desires to trade or sell current vehicles at fair-market value at a public auction.
White Hall will trade or sell a 2011 Chevrolet and a 2013 Chevrolet in order to purchase two new vehicles for public works.