The Lonoke City Council at its Monday night meeting, unanimously approved to authorize the Lonoke County Clerk to prepare paper ballots for the city’s upcoming special election.


On Nov. 14, the city of Lonoke will hold a special election for a one and half cent sales tax, of which 1.25 of a cent tax will go towards water and sewer projects, and 0.25 of a cent to go towards debt services, as well as the police and fire departments. Election Commissioner Jim Bailey provided the council with estimates of both a electronic and paper election. According to Bailey, cost of six electronic machines would run the city about $7,365 and a paper ballot election would cost around $1,564. Bailey said if the city approves to allow the county clerk to prepare the ballots, the cost would be reduced more but he would not be able to provide a more concrete price until a later date. With a unanimous vote, the city authorized the Lonoke County Clerk to prepare paper ballots for the city’s Nov. 14 special election.


In other business,Terrance Clark founder of Thrive, provided visual designs prepared for the new city website. Clark said once the city authorizes the provided layouts and designs, the company with then move forward with developing a final draft of the website. He added that the final website design presentation will be made in October, followed by the live website in November. Clark said once the website is complete, the company will then move forward with working on the city video, brochures and print ads. In three separate votes, the council unanimously approved to authorize Thrive to move forward with the layout, accept the design page and option one logo presented.


Also during the meeting, the Council unanimously voted to:


- Authorize resolution 9-1-2017, condemning the property located at 509 Reynolds St.


- Approve the purchase of playground surfacing from ASH Recreation and Design of Monett, Mo. in the amount of $4,330 and fire truck pump repairs of $5,748.88 from G&W Diesel Service, Inc. of Memphis


- Approve the public works department to scrap an old bulldozer.


- Authorize the removal of fixed assets.


- Table discussion of 214 E. 11 Street until the November meeting


- Retain all watch list and new properties being considered for condemnation until the next meeting.


The next Lonoke City Council meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at city hall.