The Horseshoe Bend City Council is considering an ordinance that would give the city's MRID the legal authority to regulate the size of boat docks and other private lakefront improvements on city lakes.
At a meeting Aug. 15 the council unanimously approved the first reading of ordinance 2005-09.
Mayor Bob Spear said the MRID is responsible for the lakes and has regulations in place for structures on lake shorelines.
But the MRID had no legal authority to force a property owner to comply with MRID regulations, Spear said.
"The MRID has worked really hard on this," said Spear. "This will be a great asset to the MRID and the city."
If the ordinance is passed, all improvements made by property owners on the shoreline will be subject to approval by the MRID.
Spear said structures built before the ordinance is passed will not be required to adhere to the new regulations. He said enforcing the rules already set by MRID will protect property owners and the city.
A copy of the regulations and guidelines outlined in the new ordinance can be obtained at the Horseshoe Bend City Hall.
The city council voted unanimously to place an ordinance on its first reading that would abolish Chapter 11 of the Municipal Code.
Spear said the Planning and Zoning Commission requested that ordinance 2005-10 be passed.
He said the commission is in the process of re-writing city zoning codes.
"The chapter that is to be deleted deals with bills of assurance in sub-divisions," Spear said. "Most of these bills of assurance are covered in our zoning code laws."
Bills of assurance are agreements between property owners within a sub-division that certain building requirements and other parameters will be followed, Spear said.
He said City Attorney Jim Short told him these bills of assurance are not legally binding.
The city of Horseshoe Bend received a $35,000 check from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism to begin construction on a new walking trail.
The quarter mile walking trail will be built near the new library.
Spear said construction could begin next month.
A special meeting will be held between the city council, mayor and MRID commissioners Aug. 23.
Spear said the purpose of the meeting is to resolve conflicts that have hampered the relationship between the city and MRID.
Among the topics that will be discussed is the funding formula for MRID.
Spear said he and Recorder/treasurer Sally Pohl met with attorney David White in Hot Springs last week.
He said he learned a lot from his meeting with White, who worked with the city when it formed the MRID in 1980.
Information from the meeting with White will be shared with the city council and MRID at the Aug. 23 meeting, Spear said.