North Little Rock: City Council set to hand out cash

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The North Little Rock City Council will meet virtually at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25 and they’re poised to dispense more than half a million dollars  to eight different community organizations.

The eight groups will receive a total of $563,000 with the single largest beneficiary of the city’s largesse is set to be the Argenta Downtown Council for $140,000 in an enhanced community services agreement.

The smallest amount going is $10,000 to the Ozark Mission Project, an initiative of the United Methodist Church in Arkansas that does service projects in communities around the state. Among the things they’ve done in the past are build wheelchair ramps and paint homes in neighborhoods in North Little Rock.

The list of organizations to receive funding is:

  • THEA Foundation … $48,000 … Agreement

  • North Little Rock Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas … $66,000 … Agreement

  • Argenta Downtown Council … $140,000 … Enhanced Community Services Agreement 

  • North Little Rock Police Athletic League … $60,000 … Program Agreement

  • Butterfly Community (Seis Puentes Project) … $39,000 … Agreement

  • Argenta Community Theatre … $75,000 … Agreement

  • Ozark Mission Project … $10,000 … Agreement

  • Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub … $125,000 … Agreement

The funding is on the consent agenda for the City Council and is unlikely to generate much discussion as that has been the case in years past.

But as the city giveth, it also taketh as a public hearing for grass cutting expenses and “abatement of other nuisances” against properties at 1801 Poplar, owned by Billy Wayne  for $150 and 2506 E. Washington, owned by Gary and Wayne Henderson for $200.

Among the other items of new business, Avis Budget Car Rental is looking for a special use to operate a 3929 McCain Boulevard. If the address seems familiar, it is because it is for McCain Mall. Approval seems likely.

The complete agenda can be viewed here.

Whitbey, Ross maintain Municipal League certification 

On Tuesday, Arkansas Municipal League congratulated City Clerk Diane Whitbey and Ward 1’s Debi Ross, who both maintained their status as a Certified Municipal Official through the League’s Voluntary Certified Continuing Education Program.

The certified municipal officials were honored during the League’s 2021 Virtual Winter Conference, held January 13-15 and broadcast from the League’s North Little Rock headquarters.

Maintaining the certification required six continuing education hours on various municipal matters.