Jonesboro council proposes amendment to street closure ordinance

Jonesboro council proposes amendment to street closure ordinance
The Jonesboro City Council was set Tuesday night to have their third and final reading regarding the possible closure of Madison Street.
The decision was postponed, however, as an amendment to the ordinance was submitted and approved by the council to make all parties happy.
Instead of closing the street, the amendment would shift Madison to run through the old Harp's parking lot.
The issue came before the city council last month when CVS Pharmacies expressed an interest in constructing a building at the old Harp's site.
Nearby property owners and neighbors urged council members to keep Madison Street open though. Their concerns centered on convenience and safety.
Some council members also had reservations about closing the street.
"It's imperative, I think, that we keep that street open," councilman John Street said.
Councilman Street expressed concerns over closing Madison Street when it first came before the council. He told Region 8 News that the amendment approved Tuesday is a good solution for everyone.
"It'll keep everything as it is now. We'll have access from, by the two lane street, from Southwest Drive to Highland, so nobody will be inconvenienced that uses it now after CVS is built there," Street said.
Due to the amendment made, council members did not vote on the ordinance. The final reading will now happen at their next regularly scheduled council meeting on September 15.

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