The City Council’s regular monthly meetings are typically held at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Bella Vista District Court, 612 W. Lancashire Blvd. Work sessions are held the third Monday of each month.
The meeting is open to the public. It’s also recorded for repeat broadcasts. If you can’t attend a meeting, you can watch the monthly City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday of the month on Cox Communications cable channel 222 or U-Verse channel 99.
By state statute, the City Council can hold six types of meetings. All meetings, except for an executive session, are open to the public. According to the Freedom of Information Act, the Council must give the general public notice about the time and place for a meeting at least two hours before it starts.
Regular Council Meetings: These meetings take care of reoccurring or general matters. During these meetings, aldermen vote to enact ordinances, resolutions, and award contracts and establish policies.
Special Council Meetings: These meeting are generally called for a specific purpose that requires action prior to the next regular Council meeting. Usually these meetings have only one or two items on the agenda.
Public Hearings: The Council holds public hearings prior to each regular meeting agenda item requiring it to allow residents an opportunity to share their ideas and explain how they feel about certain issues.
Executive Session: The Council holds closed sessions only to discuss a particular public officer or employee. By statute, they can discuss hiring, appointing, promoting, demoting or disciplining someone. They cannot discuss policies during an executive session.
Work Session: The Council can hold a more casual meeting called a work session when they need to learn more about proposals or challenges, and discuss issues in more detail.
Informational Meetings: The Council or a Council Committee may hold a less formal meeting to provide residents with information relating to issues affecting them.
Source: Guidebook for Municipal Officials of Mayor/Council Cities Revised June 2011. Written and published by the Arkansas Municipal League
The Advertising and Promotion Commission was created by the City Council in April 2017 via City Ordinance No. 2017-15 to facilitate tourism and the promotion of the city by collecting taxes on lodging accommodations and prepared food items in the city to create a fund to market and promote Bella Vista. The commission consists of seven members, four of which represent the hospitality industry, two represent the City Council, and one is a resident at-large representative. Commissioners serve 4-year terms.
The Advertising and Promotion Commission typically meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 101 Town Center.
Current A&P Commissioners:
Brian Bahr, Bella Vista City Council Member
Ben Biesenthal, Gusano’s Pizza
Doug Fowler – Vice Chair, Bella Vista City Council Member
Tom Judson, Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association
Dan Lombard – Treasurer, Vacation Rentals Inc.
Paula Sanders – Chair, Concordia Retirement Community
Richard Siker, Rhythm & Q Barbeque
The Arts Council was created by the City Council in February 2016 via City Ordinance No. 2016-04 to promote and encourage the appreciation and enhancement of the arts and culture in Bella Vista. The council consists of three members who are artistic professionals or residents with strong interest in the arts. Members serve 3-year terms.
The Advertising and Promotion Commission typically meets as needed at City Hall, 101 Town Center.