Bryant City Council to meet Dec. 29

An alcohol tax, plans for Raymar Road South, and the approval of a patrol fleet plan for the Bryant Police Department will be among the numerous topics addressed late Thursday at the Bryant City Council meeting.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Boswell Community Complex, 210 S.W. Third St. in Bryant and it is open to the public.
An ordinance establishing a 5 percent tax on alcoholic beverages purchased in Saline County is up for its third reading. If passed, permit fees and a supplemental tax of 5 percent will be levied for establishments and consumers who sell and purchase alcohol. Opponents of the proposed ordinance argue an alcohol tax will be business prohibitive, especially for small, independently-owned businesses. Proponents of the tax point out that because having an alcoholic beverage is a privilege, patrons won’t mind paying more.
The revenue generated from the tax will be used to help fund the Bryant Police Department's patrol fleet. Plans for the fleet include the consideration of purchasing Chevy Tahoes or Dodge Chargers.
Constituents appeared in droves at last month's council meeting in opposition to the Raymar Road South overpass and access management plans proposed by Jacobs Engineering. The plan for Raymar South is to provide a direct connection between Highway 5, Interstate 30 and the Saline County Airport, thereby yielding a more direct route of access rather than traveling via Reynolds Road.
According to the access management plan, its primary purpose is, “to protect the capacity of the roadway.” Secondary purposes are “to maximize the safety of the roadway for the drivers and pedestrians and to facilitate infill development.”
While many residents agree the rapid growth of the city necessitates a change, homeowners urged council members to be innovative in their planning, not altering roadways at the expense of their property values.
Other issues on the agenda include: the hiring of an Information Technology Director for the city; approving the merger of code enforcement into the police department; and an ordinance establishing a franchise agreement with Windstream Communications is slated for its first reading.