PB City Council works many issues including streets around SEARK College


By Ray King

A resolution designating a part of South Hazel Street in recognition of Southeast Arkansas College’s new dormitories and adding new safety measures for students was approved without dissent by the Pine Bluff City Council Monday.

The resolution was sponsored by members of the council’s Traffic and Aviation Committee, which is chaired by Council member LaTisha Brunson who explained it to Deltaplex News.

Council members Glen Brown Sr., and Lanette Frazier also sponsored the resolution which notes that student housing is across from the athletic fields and Hazel Street is a heavily traveled street, creating the need for the school zone designation, and for warning lights.

A resolution renaming a part of U.S. Highway 63 Saracen Casino Resort Drive that was on the agenda was pulled for more information since the council approved a change of name for a portion of the highway leading to the casino previously.

The legislation called for renaming a part of the highway from Highway 65 south, the Martha Mitchell Expressway to the city limits and will be brought back after research is done on the previous ordinance.

Also approved were resolutions authorizing Mayor Shirley Washington to contract with Nelson Architectural Group for professional services regarding the Harbor Oaks pro shop project and with Crafton, Tull and Associates for professional services concerning the Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. park sports fields.

Nelson Architectural Group will be paid no more than $30,000 while Crafton, Tull and Associates will be paid no more than $28,900 for their work.