The Caddo Valley City Council heard the first of three readings of an ordinance that would change the rules for parking lots for new businesses.

The Caddo Valley City Council heard the first of three readings of an ordinance that would change the rules for parking lots for new businesses.
Byron Eubanks, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, told the council that the ordinance that had been passed on to them from the commission would give options to new businesses.
“As I understand, the previous ordinance was one size fits all,” he said. “We looked at other ordinances across the nation, and we came up with this. Asphalt and concrete are not always needed. If a business has a large volume of traffic, then they should use it.”
Eubanks said that businesses who do not use impervious lots would still have to keep down dust and have a concrete exit off the highway.
“They will still have to have an apron off the highway,” he said. “The state highway department requires that. This ordinance is trying to move from the one size fits all.”
The council will hear the second reading of the ordinance in the September meeting.
The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would authorize the city’s fire department to aid other departments.
“In the past, we have billed for that, and there hasn’t been a problem,” said recorder/treasurer Debbie Roberson. “We recently had a business say, ‘Show me the ordinance.’ This is to make sure that when someone asks in the future, we have it to show.”
The second reading of the ordinance will be heard at the September meeting.
Other items discussed in the meeting included:
• The surveys have been completed as part of the sidewalks grant, and the bidding process is expected to begin in September. The project will install sidewalks along with curb and gutter from Wendy’s and Taco Bell on the south side of town to the antiques shop and nursery on the north end of town. They will also be installed on Valley Street to TaMollys and on Frost Road on both sides to the lot entrances at the Pilot Truck Stop.
• Alderman Dona Burton was presented a certificate for completing six hours of Continuing Education with the Arkansas Municipal League.
• City Attorney Madeline Bennington noted that the three cases that had been pending in court had been settled. The attorneys are finalizing paperwork to officially close the cases.
• The city’s water rate was again discussed, and the council asked that the water department revisit the rates for businesses using over 150,000 gallons per month. The council is expected to hold a public hearing prior to the October meeting regarding the water rate increase.