Community park, liquor permit and rezoning ordinance discussed at Jonesboro city meetings

Community park, liquor permit and rezoning ordinance discussed at Jonesboro city meetings

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Tuesday, the Jonesboro Public Service Committee and the city council met for its scheduled meetings at the Municipal Center.

The committee approved a resolution to accept a donation of the Phillips Evans Community Park from the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro.

The park is located on State Street and Habitat for Humanity’s mission focuses on building communities and changing lives.

Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Danny Kapales gave his approval for the park.

“This is a really beautiful playground if you haven’t had the chance to go by and see it," Kapales said. "They’re getting closer to finishing it right now. I think it’s a great opportunity for the city to obtain a park that’s in a great location, close to a lot of apartments so there should be quite a few kids who can utilize this playground.”

All committee members voted for the donation of the park and now the resolution will be heard by the full council during the next scheduled meeting.

After it’s third reading, the full council approved a private club permit for Lazzari Italian Oven.

If you’ll recall, the business has been open for 24 years and now they would like to sell beer and wine.

With that approval from the council, the restaurant will now have to get approval from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

A conversation concerning an ordinance over a proposed rezoning at Savannah Hills also continued.

While the resolution was moved to the third reading, community members still spoke in opposition.

Again, citing traffic concerns as one of the problems this rezoning will present.

City council members, the city’s engineering director and even the city’s attorney made comments about the rezoning and development process.

They said many concerns including traffic studies are addressed if and after the ordinance is approved.

The final reading for the rezoning will be at the next city council meeting.

Under the consent agenda were four resolutions approving sponsorships from local businesses in support of the Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex.

There was also a resolution authorizing the City of Jonesboro to accept the bulletproof vest partnership grant from the Department of Justice.

The council voted to approve everything on the consent agenda without discussion.

The Public Service Committee will not meet again until 2021.

The Jonesboro City Council will meet on Dec. 1.

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