By Ray King

Three ordinances dealing with neighborhood business districts, businesses operated out of homes, and correcting fees charged for home inspections conducted by the city was approved by the Pine Bluff City Council Tuesday night.

The council voted to suspend the rules and read each of the three ordinances, which had been scheduled to be read just once or three times before adopting them.

All three came out of the Development and Planning Committee, where Council member Bruce Lockett is chairman. After the meeting, he talked to Deltaplex News about the ordinances.

A fourth ordinance calling for an increase in fees for waste hookups was read once and placed on the calendar.

Also approved was a resolution allowing Mayor Shirley Washington and the director of the street department to sign an agreement with Humbard Contracting who will perform a maintenance inspection and needed repairs on the City’s Arkansas River Levee and Storm Drainage Structures. The company submitted the lowest bid which was $88,900.

A resolution allowing the Police Department to upgrade the current modems in patrol cars was also approved. NO bids were submitted for the modems and the department was allowed to contact Industrial Networking Solutions, which had been approved by the state through the grant process,