Welcome to the official website for the City of Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge is located in Benton County, which is in the Northwest corner of the state.

We are home to the Pea Ridge National Military Park. The battle of Pea Ridge was one of the largest battles west of the Mississippi River. The park is considered one of the most pristine in the National Park System.

Although we have experienced considerable growth we still hold on to our rich heritage and history of the area. A unique feature of our city is that all city streets are named after participants of the Battle of Pea Ridge. The east/west streets are named after confederate soldiers and the north/south streets are named after the union soldiers. History is truly alive in our city.

Northwest Arkansas is the home of world class businesses such as WalMart* and Tyson Foods. The University of Arkansas is located just a few miles south in Fayetteville. Beautiful Beaver Lake is nearby.

Just a short drive from Pea Ridge, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a must see if you are in the area.

Please take time to browse our site and if you are in the area stop by and visit.

Thanks for visiting,
Jackie Crabtree
Mayor

Pea Ridge City Council Regular Meeting March 19, 2019

The Pea Ridge City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Room at the City Hall Administration Building.

Those present were: Mayor Jackie Crabtree, City Clerk Sandy Button, Aldermen Matt Ahart, Ray Easley, Steve Guthrie and Cody Keene.  Also present was City Attorney Shane Perry.

Others present were: Tony Townsend, Nathan See, Annette Beard, Kevin Trevathan, Sherri Trevathan, Ken Hayes, Dino Collins, Scott Stewart, Lynn Hahn, William Coker, Kevin Felgenhauer, Al Fowler, Ginger and Nick Larson, Marilyn Holloway, Rebecca King, Derry Camp, Sharon Camp, Franklin Miller, Mike Lisenbee and Jim Cantrell.

Mayor Jackie Crabtree called the meeting to order.

Mayor Jackie Crabtree opened the meeting in prayer and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Alderman Keene moved, seconded by Alderman Ahart to approve the minutes of the February 19, 2019 Regular Meeting. The roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

The Council discussed waiving the building permit, approximately $25,000, for the new High School. Mayor Crabtree stated that this amount was in the bid package and he wanted some assurance from the contractor that if this cost was waived it would used for other items for the high school. Building Official Tony Townsend explained the process for inspections for this type of project and suggested reducing the amount instead of eliminating the total cost. City Attorney Shane Perry suggested waiting until School Supt. Rick Neal and a representative from CR Crawford could be present to answer questions concerning this matter. Presently the contractors are working under a grading permit, so it would not delay progress on the building. Alderman Guthrie moved, seconded by Alderman Easley to table the discussion on the High School building permit until the Regular Council Meeting April 16th. The roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Captain/EMS Coordinator William Coker updated the Council on the proposed purchase of a new Advanced Cardiac Monitor. The quotes received were as follows:

           Zoll Medical Corporation – New                                 $30,690.44 + Tax

           Zoll Medical Corporation – Used                                $25,874.04 + Tax

           Training for Zoll                                              $964.00

           Physio-Control                                                            $40,726.23 – Tax Included               

                        No Training Needed for Physio-Control

Both Zoll and Physio-Control offer $5,000.00 trade-in value for the current used monitor.  Coker also advised that they are in the process of receiving approximately $10,000.00 in grants. There are also financing options available. They Council agreed to wait for further information on the grants and financing before voting on this matter.

The Police Department requested Council approval to surplus the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria that is no longer feasible for use in the Police Department.  Lieutenant Lisenbee explained this vehicle was given to the Pea Ridge Police Department from the Bentonville Police Department. Alderman Guthrie moved, seconded by Alderman Easley to surplus the Police Department 2009 Ford Crown Victoria as requested. The roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Keene, moved to introduce Ordinance Number 636 by title only. The roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Mayor Crabtree read Ordinance
Number 636, which is entitled:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PEA RIDGE MUNICIPAL CODE, TITLE 14, THE OFFICIAL ZONING ATLAS MAP OF PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS TO REZONE CERTAIN LAND BELONGING TO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS FROM AGRICULTURAL TO LIGHT COMMERCIAL/OFFICE DISTRICT (C-1)

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Keene, moved that the rule requiring the reading of an ordinance by title only on three different days be suspended. Mayor Crabtree put the question on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Thereupon Mayor Crabtree declared that at least two-thirds of all members of the council have voted in favor of the motion to suspend the rule. The motion was carried, and the suspended. Mayor Crabtree then read the Ordinance by title only.

Alderman Keene, seconded by Alderman Easley, moved that the Ordinance be adopted. The question was put by Mayor Crabtree on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

The Mayor thereupon declared the Ordinance adopted and signed the Ordinance, which was attested by the City Recorder and sealed with the Seal of the City.

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Keene, moved to introduce Ordinance Number 638 by title only. The roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Mayor Crabtree read Ordinance
Number 638, which is entitled:

AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE FINAL PLAT OF ELKHORN RIDGE SUBDIVISION, PHASE III, PEA RIDGE, BENTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS; THE DEDICATION OF UTILITY EASEMENTS, STREET AND OTHER PUBLIC WAYS THEREIN; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Keene, moved that the rule requiring the reading of an ordinance by title only on three different days be suspended. Mayor Crabtree put the question on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Thereupon Mayor Crabtree declared that at least two-thirds of all members of the council have voted in favor of the motion to suspend the rule. The motion was carried, and the rule suspended. Mayor Crabtree then read the Ordinance by title only.

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Ahart, moved that the Ordinance be adopted. The question was put by Mayor Crabtree on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Alderman Keene, seconded by Alderman Ahart, moved that the Emergency Clause be adopted. The question was put by Mayor Crabtree on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows:  Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

The Mayor thereupon declared the
Ordinance and Emergency Clause were adopted and signed the Ordinance, which was
attested by the City Recorder and sealed with the Seal of the City.

Alderman Keene, seconded by Alderman Guthrie, moved to introduce Ordinance Number 639 by title only. The roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Mayor Crabtree read Ordinance Number 639, which is entitled:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PEA RIDGE MUNICIPAL CODE TITLE 14, THE OFFICIAL ZONING ATLAS MAP OF PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS, TO REZONE CERTAIN LAND BELONGING TO WINTER PARK PARTNERS, LLC FROM RESIDENTIAL (R-1A) TO RESIDENTIAL (R-2SF) MEDIUM DENSITY

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Ahart, moved that the rule requiring the reading of an ordinance by title only on three different days be suspended. Mayor Crabtree put the question on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye.  Motion passed.

Thereupon Mayor Crabtree declared that at least two-thirds of all members of the council have voted in favor of the motion to suspend the rule. The motion was carried, and the rule suspended. Mayor Crabtree then read the Ordinance by title only.

Alderman Guthrie, seconded by Alderman Ahart, moved that the Ordinance be adopted. The on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

The Mayor thereupon declared the
Ordinance adopted and signed the Ordinance, which was attested by the City
Recorder and sealed with the Seal of the City.

Alderman Keene, seconded by Alderman Guthrie, moved to introduce Ordinance Number 640 by title only. The roll, the vote was as follows:  Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

Mayor Crabtree read Ordinance
Number 640, which is entitled:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PEA RIDGE MUNICIPAL CODE TITLE 14, THE OFFICIAL ZONING ATLAS MAP OF PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS, TO REZONE CERTAIN LAND BELONGING TO WINTER PARK PARTNERS, LLC FROM AGRICULTURAL (A-1) TO RESIDENTIAL (R-3MF) HIGH DENSITY

Alderman Keene, seconded by Alderman Ahart, moved that the rule requiring the reading of an ordinance by title only on three different days be suspended. Mayor Crabtree put the question on the adoption of the motion and the roll being called, the vote was as follows: Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steven Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed. Thereupon Mayor Crabtree declared that at least two-thirds of all members of the council have voted in favor of the motion to suspend the rule. The motion was carried, and the rule suspended. Mayor Crabtree then read the Ordinance by title only.

Alderman Keene, seconded by Alderman Ahart, moved that the Ordinance be adopted.  The question was put by Mayor Crabtree on the adoption of the motion and the roll trade-in, the vote was as follows:  Matt Ahart voted aye; Ray Easley voted aye; Steve Guthrie voted aye; and Cody Keene voted aye. Motion passed.

The Mayor thereupon declared the
Ordinance adopted and signed the Ordinance, which was attested by the City
Recorder and sealed with the Seal of the City.

Mayor Crabtree presented the 2018 State of the City Address in compliance with ACA 14-58-302. The report included the year-end financial report for all City departments and a list of numerous projects that were completed during 2017. Mayor Crabtree stated that the City Sales Tax had increased 7%, the County Sales Tax had increased 14% and the Property Tax by 10%.  See complete report attached. 

The Council set a Committee of the Whole Meeting for 5 p.m., Tuesday,
March 26thto discuss impact fees, fire dues and City sales tax.

Mayor Crabtree stated that he had received 25 applications for Chief of Police and had reduced that number to 5 finalists. Those 5 will complete an extensive application and background check. This process could take up to three weeks.  After all the information is received the Mayor will schedule interviews. The plan is to decide on the new Chief of Police either at the April or May Council Meeting.

Mayor Crabtree announced the Arkansas Municipal League 85th
Annual Convention will be  June 12th
– June 14th in Little Rock.

Alderman Guthrie moved, seconded by Alderman Ahart to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed unanimously.