Smackover board denies drug rehabilitation center, talks Suddenlink


Smackover City Council met on Monday October 11 for its regular monthly meeting.

Council members revisited two old business points: a proposal by a drug rehabilitation company to use the old city hall building on 7th Street for a new facility, and an ordinance regarding drug addiction. franchise fees for Suddenlink as the company continues to install services in the city.

First, the board members unanimously approved the minutes of the previous meeting,

The first element of the old cases involved a request by Phoenix Group, an Ohio-based drug rehabilitation company, to rent and use the old City Hall building at 201 E. 7th St.

This item was initially tabled after discussion at the August board meeting.

The board unanimously decided not to rent the building to the company after a brief discussion Monday evening.

“Personally, I don’t think we need rehab [facility] to Smackover, ”board member Mark Corley said before presenting the advice in the form of a motion.

The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.

The old town hall building was approved at the August meeting for use until December for the Christmasville exhibit, which is slated to open next month.

Next in old cases, Mayor Bobby Neal introduced an order relating to an agreement with Internet company Suddenlink, which is currently establishing cable and Internet services at Smackover.

The ordinance establishes a levy under the Arkansas Video Service Act, 2013, which allows “any person or entity wishing to provide cable or video services” in a municipality to “do so by obtaining a certificate. state-issued franchise authority, “depending on the language used in the order.

State law requires cable companies to pay a franchise fee set by the municipality in which they operate. The fee must be codified by the municipality by decree.

Smackover’s order sets the franchise fee at 5% of the gross revenues of any cable or video service provider within city municipal limits, a percentage that Neal described as “the limit” on franchise fees that ‘a city can charge.

The first reading of the ordinance was approved on Monday. A second reading is scheduled for next month’s meeting, and a third reading and passage is scheduled for December.

In response to a question from a board member, Neal said Suddenlink had not set a date to complete its installation operations for the start of service to Smackover.

In comments from council members, Corley referred to his efforts to have the streetlights in Smackover City Park repaired by Entergy. He said he was unable to make progress by calling the company about the lights out and after being on hold for 40 minutes he was only able to submit one extinguishing report. from light.

“I sent a list the other day and sent it up high [the company] also and I haven’t heard anything since last week, and this is my second time sending it, ”Neal said.

“I think there are three or four lights that work in the city park,” Corley said.

Police reports for September were available in documents provided by Smackover Recorder / Treasurer Rick East.

According to reports, the Smackover Police Department responded to 117 calls; filed six misdemeanor reports and six felony reports and seven accident reports; made zero misdemeanors and six felony arrests; carried out 816 safety checks and 39 road checks; issued 12 tickets and 29 tickets; responded to five alarms; and completed 16 assists.

Smackover City Council will meet again on Monday, November 8 at 6 p.m. at Smackover Town Hall.

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