Council hears engineer candidates, OKs rezonings

GRAVETTE -- After approving the minutes of the February 27 city council meeting and the March 12 Committee of the Whole meetings, members of the Gravette City Council opened a public hearing at their March 26 regular meeting.

The hearing was to consider a conditional use permit for .42 acres of land owned by Jeremiah Hart at 405 Second Avenue S.W., the rezoning of 4.15 acres owned by Aaron Slyter at 14001 Hatcher Hollow Road and the rezoning of 3.71 acres owned by James and Sarah Sossamon at 12982 Highway 279. No one was present to comment regarding any of the transactions, so the hearing was closed.

Representatives from both RJM and OWN engineering firms were present, gave brief comments and answered questions about their estimates for the upcoming sewer project. Rick Long, director of building and planning, commented that he thought either firm would be OK because both are "very hands-on companies," and calls to their businesses do not go unanswered.

After a brief discussion, councilman Richard Carver requested that a vote to select the firm be tabled until the following meeting as he would like to see two references provided by each one. Other members agreed. Long said these would be provided, and members voted to table the decision.

In new business, council members considered a conditional use permit to allow a multi-use commercial and residential cabinet shop on .42 acres owned by Jeremiah Hart at 405 Second Avenue S.W. The action failed for lack of a motion.

In other action, members voted to rezone 4.15 acres owned by Aaron Slyter at 14001 Hatcher Road from A-1, agricultural, to R-1, residential, and to rezone 3.71 acres owned by James and Sarah Sossamon at 12982 Highway 279 from A-1, agricultural, to C-2, commercial.

Members also voted to approve a conditional use permit to allow an RV storage facility on a 3.02-acre tract owned by Sonic Lakes LLC at 13843 Highway 279. The project plans are for a six-building, 105-unit storage facility.

Finance Director Carl Rabey presented a resolution approving adjustments to the 2024 budget, which was passed. He said there were no material changes in the budget since the March 12 Committee of the Whole meeting.