BENTONVILLE -- The City Council approved buying two fingerprinting computers for the Police Department on Tuesday night.
The council voted 8-0 to approve a bid waiver for the $23,448 purchase.
The equipment will come from Idemia Identity and Security USA. One device will be for the detention/booking area to transmit mandated arrestee prints to the Arkansas State Police's automated fingerprint identification system for criminal history tracking, and the other will provide fingerprinting services to the public for various state licensing requirements, background checks, adoptions and conceal carry licenses, according to city documents.
The devices used by the department need updates and are no longer supported by the previous provider, according to city documents. That equipment was purchased in 2013, Police Chief Jon Simpson said.
The new devices should be delivered and set up in four to six weeks, Simpson said. Part of the purchase includes training on how to use the equipment, Simpson said.
Department staff fingerprint anyone arrested in connection with Class A misdemeanors and all felony offenses, Simpson said.
Covid concerns have limited the department to offering the public fingerprinting service to one day a week and only for higher-level needs, Simpson said.
The device that will serve the public should make the service quicker and more efficient for officers and those who require fingerprinting services. The device in the detention area will ensure fingerprints are properly submitted for all people who are arrested, Simpson said.
The council also unanimously approved the city's bike and pedestrian plan.
Connecting Bentonville identifies strategies to increase safety and connectivity for people who bicycle and walk in Bentonville, according to plan documents.
Connecting Bentonville will serve as a resource and guiding document for implementation of bicycle and pedestrian projects to advance the plan's vision. The plan was approved by the Planning Commission at its last meeting.
An ordinance to extend the placement of tables, chairs and other items on city public on-street parking spaces adjacent to downtown business establishments from April 30 to Aug. 31 also was approved.
A rezoning from neighborhood commercial to general commercial at Southwest Bright Road and Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard was denied by a 5-4 vote with Mayor Stephanie Orman casting the deciding vote. Also voting no were council members Cindy Acree, Holly Hook, Aubrey Patterson and Octavio Sanchez. Voting yes were council members Gayatri Agnew, Bill Burckart, Tim Robinson and Chris Sooter. The item was passed on to the City Council by the Planning Commission by a 7-0 vote.
The council approved other items that passed through the Planning Commission including two property line adjustments, two lot splits and eight other rezonings.
Bentonville’s City Council on Tuesday night also:
• Declared one no-longer-in-service Police Department 2012 Chevrolet Impala as surplus property. Once declared as surplus, the Fort Chaffee Department of Public Safety will use the vehicle.
• Approved a bid of $99,976 to Emergency Communication Systems Mobile Alerting Systems for a rapid deployment mass notification system. This is a 2021 budgeted item shared between the Fire and Police departments.
• Approved a $165,000 bid from Empire Group for the bi-weekly mowing of state highway right-of-ways in the city. This is a 2021 budgeted item. The agreement may be extended up to three years.
• Approved an agreement with Bella Vista to allow for a permanent trail easement on land owned by Bentonville.