City of Jonesboro decides to sell Huntington Building.

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro City Council gives the go ahead to sell the Huntington Building in Downtown Jonesboro.  The issue was pulled from the consent agenda and discussed for several minutes before ultimately getting the council's "ok" for a sale price of 400 thousand dollars.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has long said he wants to consolidate all of the city's departments or at least get them closer--in a campus like setting.  He adds the Huntington Building just didn't fit into future plans.

While several departments are housed in the Huntington Building, Perrin says the city has 3 years to decide where those departments will relocate.

"That's the reason that I asked the church for the three years to give us plenty of time, not to rush into anything very quickly at all and to make sure it's a win win situation for the church, the city, and for the citizens of Jonesboro," said Mayor Harold Perrin.

Huntington Mission Church purchased the property.  It's one of nearly a dozen pieces of city owned property that the city is trying to sell.  The mayor says the money raised could go towards their efforts to get all of the departments closer together.

Perrin says the Huntington Building should be fully under new ownership by the first of next year.

Also at Tuesday night's city council meeting, it will cost you more to violate codes when it comes to weeds, grass, or low hanging limbs.  It's something city officials say they heard a lot about earlier this year.

The Jonesboro City Council voted to increase those fines for repeat offenders.

Mayor Perrin says overgrown weeds and grass complaints were common occurrences at ward meetings held by the city earlier this year.

Perrin says while there is not a huge back log of repeat offenders at this point in the year, officials are hoping increased fines will act as a deterrent--hitting people where it hurts the most--their pocketbook.

"This is a proactive move--in the fact this came out very loud and clear.   If you don't put something in place now, it could get out of hand," said Perrin.

This ordinance was introduced at Tuesday night's city council meeting, read once and the other two readings were waived.

An emergency clause was also enacted, that means those increased fines for repeat violators will go into affect across the city immediately.

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