Two resolutions pass at Jonesboro City Council Meeting

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There were a hand-full of items on the Jonesboro City Council agenda Tuesday night.

A resolution passed that requires city employees who drive vehicles such as sanitation trucks or public transportation to have a commercial license. And if they are involved in an accident, they are required to submit to an alcohol test within eight hours of the incident, and a drug tested within 32 hours. Mayor Harold Perrin says the resolution is just adopting the federal guidelines that are already in their employee handbook.

Another issue that got some response from citizens was for an ordinance that would amended new traffic and parking regulations.

Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates says as far as parking goes the only area that has specific parking regulations is the downtown area. He says the new ordinance will address some of those needs throughout the city. The ordinance also addresses, the designated areas for the use of bicycles, roller-skates and other similar forms of transportation, which had several residents responded with concerns. Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates got up to address their questions, and said everything in the ordinance is already prohibited by state law.

"We've scavenged some ordinances in other places, and most of the things in the ordinance are already addressed by state law, but they're scattered throughout the code book and not in one place," said Chief Yates.

The ordinance will be pushed to a third reading. Yates says the new ordinance would help make the officers job easier.

One big piece of agenda that was passed was concerning the plans to redraw the ward boundaries. The city has six wards, and right now some of the wards have more people in them than others. Mayor Perrin says under the new census the city has to redraw the ward boundaries to set equal representation though out the different wards before the next election. Perrin says it will better define where the wards are.

"I think it'll be very clear to the citizens of Jonesboro, but some of them maybe moving from one ward to another because of the imbalance we have right now," said Perrin.

Now that the resolution has passed, Perrin says the city will get assistance from the Secretary of State on redrawing the ward boundaries.

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