I love to peruse the weekly agenda of the Little Rock City Board of Directors for matters small as well as large.
This week’s edition is a case in point:
You already know thanks to Rebekah Hall’s reporting about Director Ken Richardson’s plan to again try to establish an official city policy to de-emphasize arrests for personal marijuana use. Prediction: Failure.
There are also:
- Resolutions in the works to raise money for park improvements at Birchwood, Wakefield and Junior Deputy parks.
- A plan to restore the historic flagstone at a pavilion in Boyle Park.
- Continuation of a lease of more than $170,000 annually to rent space for police in the former VA hospital building on Roosevelt Road, owned by the Institute for Basic Life Principles, an evangelical ministry with an, er, interesting past.
- A $350,000 payment, part of a $700,000 annual commitment to the Arkansas Arts Center. The arts center is governed by a city-appointed board that recently demonstrated some reluctance to share with the public details about its search for a new director of a renovated center that will use $30 million or so in tax money in the process.
- Approval of use of street right of way for a hotel valet parking lane in front of two buildings on Capitol Avenue at Louisiana that are being renovated for a boutique hotel (an AC by Marriott at last report).
- Plans for a four-story dormitory on the Philander Smith College campus.
- Approval of signage added to an outdoor entertainment area at the Rebel Kettle brewery and restaurant on East Sixth Street.
There’s more. Additional details for all are provided in links at the agenda I’ve linked above.