Municipalities across the area are getting back to business this week.

The Southside City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight at city hall, 2181 Batesville Blvd. Monthly departmental reports will be presented along, with updates on the grants for COVID-19-related expenses. There will also be a resolution to amend the 2020 budget and adopt the 2021 budget.

The Independence County Quorum Court meeting will also be meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, at the Independence County Library. There will be a swearing-in ceremony for new quorum court members as well as the November 2020 Quorum Court Meeting, departmental reports including sheriff and roads. The 2020 annual report from the Independence County Conservation District will also be discussed.

Ordinances to be discussed include procedural rules for future quorum court meetings, an ordinance to appropriate funds from a state grant to the Cord Volunteer Fire Department, and clarification/modification of the household trash service billing process and fees.

Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and there’s a good possibility the meeting will have to be conducted online. The city was unable to get their plan for an in-person meeting with more than 10 people approved by the Arkansas Department of Health, but will be submitting those plans for future meetings.

“We are still unsure how everything will work but will send out more information before the meeting on Tuesday,” read an email containing the agenda.

On the agenda for Tuesday meeting is approval of procedural rules for future meetings, and an ordinance reflecting a state statute waiving the bidding process for purchasing used equipment, motor fuel, leased equipment, water treatment chemicals, hot asphalt, cold asphalt, Badger radio read meters, property insurance, and employee health insurance for 2021.

Crystal Johnson, chairman and CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, will present a comprehensive Advertising and Promotions Commission report including the impact of having the LED-lighted Ferris wheel at White River Wonderland.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Pleasant Plains City Council will be meeting to introduce a rate ordinance to the council. The city will have a public hearing 30 minutes before its February meeting, when the council will be voting on the rate ordinance and bond ordinance.

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