Ryan Watley, the CEO of Go Forward Pine Bluff, said the money is needed now to lock in attractions such as the skating rink and others.

New Christmas lights and trees will also be placed on Main Street and at Lake Saracen, and Washington said that with the events taking place before schools adjourn for the Christmas holiday, she hopes that children will come in groups to enjoy the skating rink.

Alderman Win Trafford moved that the committee recommend that the full council approve the appropriation request when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 6. Mays seconded the motion. The third member of the committee, Alderman Bruce Lockett, had walked out of the room for a few minutes before the vote was taken.

Also Tuesday, the committee was told that the city is in the process of notifying property owners in the area of West 35th Avenue that the street will be closed between Juniper and Bay Streets in an effort to reduce illegal dumping which has taken place on 35th Avenue.