GENTRY — Gentry City Council passed a resolution authorizing the police department to purchase and install electronic citation and vehicle accident reporting equipment and software in its patrol units at its April 4 meeting.
The cost is to be reimbursed through an e-Cite and e-Crash grant administered by the Arkansas State Police.
The new computer equipment would allow officers to scan a vehicle’s driver’s license and enter the violation, location, date and time and print a citation, dramatically reducing the time needed for stops. vehicles and the risk of copying errors related to issuing handwritten citations, helps officials. The citation is then submitted electronically to the court management system and state police repository.
The equipment and software also allow officers to complete and submit accident reports in the same manner. Using the software should also save many hours each week of manual data entry by the police clerk, officials said.
The cost of computers, printers and software for patrol units was estimated at just over $72,000. The grant pays 90% of the cost with federal funding and the remaining 10% with state funding. However, according to Police Chief Clay Stewart, the grant reimburses the expenses, requiring the city to authorize and pay for the purchase, and then have its expenses reimbursed through the grant.
The council resolution authorized the expenditure of up to $75,000 for the purchase, with all funds beyond that amount coming from the police department’s equipment fund.
Stewart credited Cpl. Jason Applegate for requesting and obtaining approval for a grant for the department, as well as obtaining the costs of purchasing and installing the necessary equipment.
In other business, a final dish was approved in three readings with a single vote for Phase 1 of the Three Springs Subdivision, located on the west side of Fairmount Road at South Arkansas 12, which is east ‘outside the city but within the planning jurisdiction of the city.
According to Mayor Kevin Johnston, the subdivision is only a division of the parcel into three parcels and not a “full-fledged subdivision.” Approval was recommended by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The first of two plans received from the Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission to redraw ward boundaries, adjusting population counts in the 2020 census, also passed three readings. The plan balances the population in the four wards, but makes the fewest changes to existing wards and retains current council members in the wards they represent.
Council has given approval for the destruction of approximately 40 boxes of municipal documents that the city no longer needs or no longer needs to be kept. An Affidavit of Destruction will serve to verify their destruction.
In order to facilitate the destruction of the documents, a Shred-it truck will come to town on April 23 to destroy the documents. According to Mayor Johnston, the city will open the shredding event to city residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.
Additionally, Johnston reported that a state project to manage traffic flow at the Arkansas 12 and Arkansas 59 intersection has been formally approved, with completion expected in about two years. He said the full scope of the project is yet to be determined, but east and west turn lanes are planned. He pointed out that the project is a state project and not a city project, so the city can only recommend elements to the state, but has no say in the final scope and the project result.
Mention was made of a discussion on social media suggesting that a roundabout was in the plans for the intersection without merit.
Johnston told the council that work on the new wading pool is continuing and that he expects all items on the points list to be completed in time for the facility’s scheduled reopening over Memorial weekend. Day. A sign with the rules of procedure will be installed at the end of April.
Work at the sports complex also continues, with more trees to be planted and grass to be replaced. Johnston said the reason the facility isn’t open to the public yet is to allow the turf to establish, and he predicted that would happen as the weather warms. He said some drainage issues were being fixed.
Larry Gregory of Garver told council that the new water storage facility was 95% to 97% complete. It anticipated that major work would be completed by June 18, the scheduled completion date.
Johnston told the council that a death in the family had delayed cleanup work at 117 N. Smith, but he expected work to be back on track and the grounds to be fully cleaned soon.
Janie Parks, director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, told the board that instead of the annual chamber banquet that had been held in the past, a “Community Business Night” was scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the McKee Community Hall. at the Gentry Public Library for citizens and business owners to attend and learn about current projects and plans.
She also reminded council members of a fun family run on Sunday morning, with registration starting at 7:15 a.m. and the race starting at 8 a.m.