Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas decoration contest winners

A committee of Broadmoor volunteers braved a rainy evening December 23 to view all the
Christmas decorations in the neighborhood and decide who had the best displays. With all the great displays, it was a difficult job.

First place and $100 went to Zane and Tammy Bray at 10 Barbara Drive. Their yard is packed full of great decorations, from lights to inflatable characters.

Second place and $50 was awarded to Grant and Lindsey Bowman at 2207 Ridgepark Drive.

We presented two third place awards ($25 each), to Monica Hoskins and her family at 32 Barbara Drive and to Sam Wright at 25 Belmont Drive.

Now that the rain has stopped, take a drive around the neighborhood to see the winners and all the other great participants.

Thanks to everyone who took the time and made the effort to decorate this year.

Rain, rain, rain

2009 is officially the wettest in Arkansas history. In Broadmoor, we've recevied over 8 1/2 inches of rain in the last 48 hours! Update: We accumulated 9.32 inches between December 23 and Christmas.

Our emergency spillway, seen above back in November, has been protecting the Broadmoor Shopping Center, University Avenue, and UALR continuously all night. If you get a chance, drive by and watch it in action. The spillway takes excess water off the lake so it does not overtop the dam. If it did, the dam might fail.

In the flood of 1978, the dam did overtop, when it rained over 10 inches the morning of September 13. With the new spillway, Broadmoor Dam drains the excess, so it does not build up on the limited "freeboard," the amount of the dam above the ordinary high water mark on the lake side, and go over the top.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New trees planted in park

Besides living in a quiet area within walking distance of Arkansas's second largest university and 10 minutes from everything you would ever need, one of the great benefits of living in Broadmoor is getting to use the park. In the center of our neighborhood, we have 10 acres of parkland, playgrounds, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a basketball court, and, of course, the clubhouse. The park continues around the 10-acre lake, following a shoreline path.

In the ice big ice storm of December 2000 many trees were damaged in our park. Since then, we have had several diseased and dead trees removed. On the suggestion of Johnnie Chamberlin, we decided to plant some new trees as replacements. Broadmoor Board Secretary Phyllis Holimon led the effort to get bids, select trees, and direct the planting. Bemis Tree Farm was selected to supply and plant the trees.

Since the trees are now dormant, it is an excellent time to plant. Last week, Bemis came out and placed four good-sized trees in the park. They are 3-caliper inch hardwoods selected to do well in the park's soils and to provide nice color in the fall.

Thanks to Johnnie for the suggestion and especially Phyllis for your help and work!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Our legislators

Being right in the middle of Arkansas's most populated city, it is difficult to keep up with legislative district boundaries. Broadmoor appears to be split, both by House districts and Senate districts.

The easiest way to determine which districts you live in is to check your voter registration. Circuit Clerk Pat O'Brien makes it easy here. Type in your name and date of birth, and the computer will show you what districts you are in and the names of your legislators. It works for Justice of the Peace districts, school board zones, etc.

After you find the district number, you can go to the Arkansas General Assembly's site and look up your legislators. Click here. You can e-mail most of them from that site.

Broadmoor lies in Arkansas House of Representatives Districts 32 and 33, and Senate Districts 33 and 34. Senator David Johnson represents the northern end of the neighborhood, with Senator Joyce Elliot (co-chair of the University District Partnership) covering the balance of Broadmoor. Representatives Fred Allen and Wilhelmena Lewellen represent us in the House. It is very difficult to tell from the map, but Rep. Allen probably has a very small portion of Broadmoor.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

City of Little Rock Rental Property Inspection Program

Did you know that it is illegal to lease a dwelling that has not been inspected by the City?

From the City's Web site: "Another component of Code Enforcement is the Systematic Rental Property Inspection Program. This program provides for a biannual inspection of all rental properties located in the City of Little Rock. The purpose of this inspection is to insure that all rental units are maintained in a safe condition to meet Minimum Housing Code Standards. The Rental Inspection Program also provides an avenue for rental property owners to require tenants who damage their property to make repairs or provide financial compensation to cover the cost of repairs."

For more information, contact: Sheila Reynolds - Division Manager, City Hall #120W, 500 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 Office: (501) 371-4685

Monday, December 14, 2009

Great article on working together

From an article on working together within neighborhoods:

"I define neighbourhoods ecologically and highlight variations in the working trust and shared willingness of residents to intervene in achieving social control. The concept of neighbourhood collective efficacy captures the link between cohesion – especially working trust – and shared expectations for action. Just as self-efficacy is situated rather than general (one has self-efficacy relative to a particular task), a neighbourhood’s efficacy exists relative to specific tasks such as maintaining public order. The key causal mechanism in collective efficacy theory is social
control enacted under conditions of social trust."

Robert Sampson, Harvard University

Call 311 for special trash pickup

When you see furniture, appliances, or large amounts of waste on the curb, please call 311. If it is put out in a way the the City can pick it up, they will schedule a time to do so. If it is not, they will send out a Code Enforcement officer to see that the problem is taken care of. The City will not know to come make a pickup or to send Code Enforcement without calling 311. Normal trash pickup is limited to a non-overflowing, city-issued garbage can. The city's trucks with arms designed to pick up the "green monsters" are not equipped to pick up anything else. If you believe that the occupant who left the trash on the curb has moved out, the Broadmoor board encourages you to call the property manager or owner to remind them of their responsibility to keep the neighborhood looking good. We try to maintain a current list of absentee owners and managers. If you do not know the owner, and cannot find out from the Assessor's site, please contact a board member for help.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Latest UD Partnership newsletter

New University District Partnership Newsletter:

Restaurant article

Just south of Broadmoor, you will find lots of restaurants and food stores. We have the usual, Burger King, Subway, etc. We also have the unusual, Van Lang, Sam's Oriental, and Ali Baba, recently profiled in Sync, the tabloid-style free paper published by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Check out the story at:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New trees planted in park

Phyllis Holiman, Broadmoor board member, oversaw the planting of some new trees in Broadmoor Park today.

Phyllis reports that the trees look good, and she was pleased with the planting process. Bemis Tree Company planted them.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

KARK Report on UDDC efforts

KARK aired a report recently on the University District Development Corporation's home rehabilitation efforts. See the report here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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UD Residents invited to Trojan's game Sunday

The UALR Alumni Association has invited University District residents and partners the Trojan Game on Sunday afternoon at 2 p. m.

Persons who want free tickets should call Shawna Edwards at 683-7356 or email her at and arrange to pick them up before close of business Friday.

Broadmoor board meets Thursday at 7 p.m.

Broadmoor Property Owners Association/
Broadmoor Recreational Improvement District
Board of Directors
Thursday, December 3, 2009

I. Introductions

II. November minutes

III. Treasurer's report

IV. Pool report

V. Neighborhood Watch report
1. Chairman's report
2. Report on 14 Glenmere

VI. Public Relations Committee report
1. Newsletter

VII. Clubhouse, Park, Lake, and Dam issues
1. Tree planting
2. Fence work
3. Fall dam clearing
4. Park landscaping service contracting
5. Other items

VIII. Quality of Life Committee issues
1. Neighborhoods USA conference tour
2. Christmas decoration contest
3. Alert Center saved
4. Other items

IX. New, old, other business and announcements

X. Adjourn

Alert Center saved!

Today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that vocal residents of the area served by the Tyler Street Alert Center convinced the Little Rock Board of Directors not to close the center and fire the neighborhood facilitator.

Thank you to all those who helped save the Alert Center.