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BELLA VISTA -- The City Council discussed steps to establish a district court during a recent work session.

Mayor Peter Christie said agenda items for case management software, renovation of the facility to house the court and to make room in the budget for a full-time court clerk and to handle some court start-up expenses were necessary to keep the city on pace to open the court at the beginning of next year.

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Council member Frank Anderson asked if $22,300 for the software and product support was more expensive than other options.

Network administrator John Moeckel said the price is comparable and the software is advantageous because its use is widespread.

"It's kind of like the Microsoft Word of court software," he said.

Renovations to what will become the court building, located along Lancashire Boulevard in the same plaza as Community Development Services and Duffers Cafe, came in with a bid of $104,405 from Marion Company, said Chris Suneson, Community Development Services director.

Human Resources Manager Melissa Cruise said the city has received 283 applications for the court clerk position.

The council also discussed:

• An ordinance requiring shielding on outdoor lights more than 8 feet tall.

• Hiring a contractor to built the proposed left-hand turn lane on the north lane of Bella Vista Way at its intersection with Mercy Way.

• Repealing regulations regarding the orientation of guardrails on balconies.

• Setting fees for large-format printing done by the Community Development Services Department.

• Condemning an unsafe structure at 9276 Suits-Us Drive.

NW News on 06/22/2017

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