Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ice Storm Photos

Some pictures of downed trees.





Mayor Stodola's Ice Storm Update 3

Ice Storm Update 3

CORRECTION - The phone number to report outages to Entergy is 1-800-9OUTAGE.

I toured the City by air early this morning withEntergy officials to view areas still without power and to observe the multiple Entergy staging areas. Entergy has over 1000 linemen working Little Rock specifically, manning approximately 500 Utility trucks and 500 vegetation trucks that are removing fallen trees and limbs from power lines. Entergy advises that the damage to power lines from this storm is comparable to the damage experienced from the ice storm in 2000.
Approximately 20,000 meters were restored to power yesterday reducing the number still without power to 38,312 as of 11pm last night. Electricity flows from the substations to the circuits, to the laterals, to the transformers and then to individual houses. Entergy reports that by tonight 100% of the circuits will be operational, however that does not ensure that your power will be back on as the laterals, transformers and then individual trouble reports have to be repaired.

Trees and limbs on private property will be removed from power lines by Entergy but will not be removed from the property. Please deposit your yard waste at the curb so LR Public Works can pick it up. We are waiving all bundling requirements. If your service has been ripped off your house you must get an electrician to repair your service. The electrician is required to get a permit from the City but all permit costs are being waived.

IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU HAVE NOT YET CALLED IN TO REPORT THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE POWER, THEN PLEASE CALL 1-800-9OUTAGE. Please don’t assume that Entergy knows specifically that you do not have power. Damage to individual lines going to the houses must be reported so they know specific trouble locations. If you have already called, you do not need to call again. Entergy is hopeful that an additional 20,000 meters can be restored today. All areas of the City currently without power are being worked by Entergy.

Entergy opened a Customer Information Center at 900 Louisiana Street this morning (Saturday, 12/29). Entergy Staff will be on hand to visit with individuals that have been, and continue to be affected by power outages. The center will remain open until the majority of the power is restored to theLittle Rockarea.

City staff continues to work around the clock to address all of the issues caused by this storm and will continue to do so until the City returns to normal.

City public works crews are now focusing on clearing residential streets of snow and ice. Salt crews will continue to salt streets that have an accumulation of ice and snow and as the temperatures warms, crews will move to the day shift to assist with the removal of trees, limbs & brush. Staff is aware of at least 300 locations with limbs and trees in the right-of-way. If you are aware of any tree or storm debris in the right-of-way, please call 311 and report the location.

The City’s 311 Center will operate seven days a week, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM until the City’s power is restored and the storm debris is removed from the right-of-way.If residents have storm debris in their yard and can move it to the curb, Public Works will waive any requirements that the limbs be a certain length or width. City staff will pick up and remove all storm debris.

The City’s Solid Waste crews continue to pick up residential trash and will assign extra staff to each truck to pick up residential trash that is placed on the curb, if the trash cart is too full. Solid waste crews expect all routes to be caught up by Saturday, December 29th. Solid Waste crews will run Monday’s routes on Monday. With January 1, being a holiday, Solid Waste crews will operate on the holiday pick-up schedule next week. With the exception of Monday, all routes will be run one day late.

Waste Management began collecting the Thursday recycling routes on Friday (12/28) and is running the Thursday, Friday and Wednesday routes this weekend.

The Little Rock Fire Department reports that there was one structure fire on Friday (12/28); however, there were no injuries.

The Little Rock Police Department reports that all shifts are fully operational and that the city is being served as it would under normal conditions.

The City’s Planning Department will waive the cost of reconnection fees and inspection fees for any meters that were damaged due to the ice storm. A Master Electrician needs to obtain the permit on behalf of the individual needing the work completed.

The City has dedicated theSouthwestCommunity Center, located at6401 Baseline Road, as a warming center. It will be in operation today (12/27) from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM and from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The Center will operate through January 1, 2013, or until it has been determined that a majority of the City's power has been restored.

The City has dedicated theDunbarCommunity Center, located at 1001 West 16th, as a warming center and overnight shelter. It is equipped with cots, food and essentials. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own bedding, cell phone chargers, snacks, entertainment, etc. This Center will also operate through January 1, 2013, or until it has been determined that a majority of the City's power has been restored. The number for theDunbarCommunity Centeris 376-1084.

Upon individual assessment of need, the Little Rock Fire Department will provide transportation for the elderly and disabled to the shelter or other locations for shelter.

If you have any additional needs, please call 311.

Thank you.

Mark Stodola
Mayor

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ice Storm Update


The City of Little Rock is providing the following information in response to the recent ice storm. City staff continues to work around the clock to address all of the issue caused by this storm and will continue to do so until the City returns to normal.

Entergy reports that several additional circuits were lost Thursday evening, causing the number of meters without power to increase. As of 12:00 PM on Friday (12/28), 58,834 meters were without power in the Little Rock area.
Entergy Staff reports that there are 258 people on the ground scouting areas to determine what needs to be done to restore power. Currently the assessment is 100% complete on the circuits and 50% complete on laterals; Entergy’s goal is to increase that number to 75% by Friday evening.

On Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 10:00 AM, Entergy will open a Customer Information Center at 900 Louisiana Street. Entergy Staff will be on hand to visit with individuals that have been, and continue to be affected by power outages. The center will remain open until Monday (12/31) or Tuesday (1/1).

Individuals should call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report any downed power lines.

City Staff reports that the main streets are clear and staff is now focusing on clearing residential streets. Salt crews will continue to salt streets that have an accumulation of ice and snow and as the temperatures warms, crews will move to the day shift to assist with the removal of trees, limbs & brush. Staff is aware of at least 200 locations with limbs and trees in the right-of-way.

If residents have storm debris in their yard and can move it to the curb, Public Works will waive any requirements that the limbs be a certain length or width. City staff will pick up and remove all storm debris beginning on Saturday (12/29), and will continue to do so until all storm debris has been removed. This will take several weeks.

The City’s Solid Waste Crews report that Tuesday & Wednesday routes were collected on Thursday (12/27); however, only about 20% of the individuals on those routes placed their carts at the curb. On Friday, (12/28), Thursday routes were collected and once they were completed, staff returned to re-run the Tuesday and Wednesday routes. On Saturday (12/29), the Friday routes will be collected, and once again upon completion, staff will re-run the Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday routes to ensure that all garbage has been collected Staff reports that there are several North-sloping streets with large amounts of shade that they have not been able to access and that any streets with wires in the road or low-hanging limbs are skipped and placed on a list for pick-up when conditions improve. As of Friday (12/28), there were thirty-two (32) trucks in operation.

Today (12/28), Waste Management began collecting the Thursday recycling routes and if they complete the route, they will look at going back at picking up the Tuesday and Wednesday Routes.
The Little Rock Fire Department reports that the generator at Station Number 20 is now operational and staff has returned to the station.

The Little Rock Police Department reports that all shifts are fully operational and that the city is being served as it would under normal conditions.

The City’s Planning Department will waive the cost of reconnection fees and inspection fees for any meters that were damaged due to the ice storm. Staff reports that a Master Electrician needs to obtain the permit on behalf of the individual needing the work completed.
The City has dedicated the Southwest Community Center, located at 6401 Baseline Road, as a warming center. It will be in operation today (12/27) from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM and from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The Center will operate through January 1, 2013, or until it has been determined that a majority of the City's power has been restored.

In addition, the City has dedicated the Dunbar Community Center, located at 1001 West 16th, as a warming center and overnight shelter. It will be equipped with cots, food and essentials. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own bedding, cell phone chargers, snacks,
entertainment, etc. This Center will also operate through January 1, 2013, or until it has been determined that a majority of the City's power has been restored.
Upon individual assessment of need, the Little Rock Fire Department will provide transportation for the elderly and disabled to the shelter or other locations for shelter.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Decoration Winners

1st Place - 75 Lakeshore Dr
2nd - 46 Belmont
3rd - 29 Belmont
Honorable Mention: 5 Glenmere




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

90 Broadmoor Drive


Bryan Day with the City of Little Rock gives this update on the burned house at 90 Broadmoor that the City is supposed to have have condemned and torn down:

Here is the most current update on the house in question.

Staff has finally been able to track down a contact with Bank of America for the property at 90 Broadmoor.  Staff is working with the Bank’s Code Violation Team to get this property resolved once and for all.  Once we get a final solution staff will provide an update for the Board.

Bryan



Monday, December 17, 2012

January Meeting Rescheduled

The BPOA Board Meeting for January 2013 will be January 10.

All Broadmoor residents and homeowners are encouraged to attend.

See you at the clubhouse on January 10 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Grant Announced to Assist with Housing Improvements


The University District Development Corporation received a grant fromthe Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, Texas (FHLB) to help withhousing improvements.

The FHLB provided $18,000 to match $6,000 contributed by First
Security, Simmons, and Summit Banks.

This program will provide grants to assist in “market rate” housing
and is not limited to income or other restrictions. This will include
design, title work, and filing fees, not just construction cost for
property development and redevelopment.

Mr. James Taylor of Broadmoor is featured in a KTHV report. He is a
2011 SNAP Grant recipient (roof replacement). See the interview here:

http://littlerock.todaysthv.com/news/news/109456-university-district-wins-competitive-federal-grant

UALR and the University District Partnership did a great job of
getting the word out. Other news coverage is posted at:

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Revitalizing-University-District/UvKogvAaUkWpFBEegFs_Mg.cspx

http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=614302

For questions regarding the grant program, contact:
Barrett Allen, Community Development Program Officer
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University District Partnership
501-683-7361
blallen@ualr.edu
http://ualr.edu/universitydistrict

Follow the University District at:
http:facebook.com/universitydistrictpartnership
http://twitter.com/UALRUDP

Tonight: Metropolitan Housing Alliance will hold a Choice Neighborhood Residents Meeting for 6:30-8:30

On Thursday, December 6, Metropolitan Housing Alliance will hold a
Choice Neighborhood Residents Meeting for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the
Arkansas State Fairgrounds Farm and Ranch Building, 2600 Howard St.

The Metropolitan Housing Alliance received a grant to support the
development of a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan for the Choice Neighborhood, which is between Harrison St. and Battery St. and I-630 and Roosevelt/Asher.

The grant will enable communities to develop a plan and build the
support needed for neighborhood transformation to be successful.

This meeting will inform residents of the planning process and will
give residents a chance to share their point of view. All residents

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Broadmoor POA Board

The Broadmoor POA Board will meet on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00pm in the clubhouse at 19 1/2 Belmont.

All are welcome to attend!!!

Problems with Gas Line Replacement Work in your Yard?

If you are not satisfied with the cleanup from the Centerpoint Energy gas line work--concrete repair to curbs and driveways, and especially yards restoration--call their customer service!

Be persistent and get to a live person to turn in a complaint.

The contractor, Miller Pipeline, www.millerpipeline.com, (501) 372-6997, should be smoothing out and sodding yards. As you may have observed, they are simply putting some rocky dirt over holes, smoothing it with backhoes, seeding with cheap annual ryegrass and throwing hay down.

Recent rain has washed away much of the dirt and caused mud pits in some yards.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THE CONTRACTOR PROPERLY SODS YOUR YARD.

If equipment is still parked on your yard or supplies still stored on your yard call Centerpoint Customer Service at 800-992-7552





Tuesday, November 27, 2012

University Avenue Design Workshop December 3 & 4

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute will be in Little Rock on
December 3 and 4 to host a University Avenue Design Workshop.

The area to be addressed is University Avenue and the University
Avenue/Route 67/Highway 5 Intersection.

The purpose of the Workshop is to develop a plan to make University
Avenue and University Avenue/Route 67/Highway 5 Intersection walkable,
bikeable and automobile accessible though design, in order to be used by
all citizens.

Meetings will be held at the Bailey Center on the UALR campus (5905 W.
28th Street). Parking is available in Lot 13, across 28th St. from the
Bailey Center.

The workshop will begin on Monday, Dec. 3, at 8AM. All meetings are
open and you are encouraged to participate as much as possible. There
will be a community meeting on Monday evening at 6PM and invite
community representatives to meet with the team and hear a report and
comment on Monday's output

The UDDC is co-sponsoring the event, which is being funded by the City
of Little Rock, UALR, AARP and Pulaski County Road & Bridge Department.

Make plans to attend and share your thoughts for a walkable and livable
community!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

IDDC Tech Park Presentation

The University Avenue Tech Park presentation that was made last Wednesday afternoon is now on the UDDC website. Go to uddclittlerock.org and click on the Tech Park map.

The file is a PDF, so you have to "click" each time you want to change the picture. The slide show won't advance without you clicking your way through it.




Saturday, November 17, 2012

Open Houses This Weekend

Today, Saturday, Nov. 17, 1612 and 1616 S. Harrison will be shown by Twillie Realty from 2 pm until 4pm. Both homes, owned by the University District Development Corporation, are available for purchase.

This is your chance to tour the homes. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to take this opportunity to see these great additions to our neighborhood.

These two homes are the latest efforts of the UDDC and have been completely remodeled. The UDDC is committed to improving the housing stock in the University District and making affordable house available to all.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Little Rock Metroplan: Imagine Central Arkansas

Little Rock Metroplan: Imagine Central Arkansas

Think about central Arkansas in 10, 20, 30 years...what type of place would you like for our region to become? What type of future do you see for your children and grandchildren?

http://www.imaginecentralarkansas.org/

Meetings will be held in November for public feedback – try to attend one and bring your dreams of the future:

11/08/2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: St. Mark Baptist Church (Family Life Center multi-purpose room)

11/15/2012 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Southwest Community Center.
 
11/18/2012 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: St. Edward Catholic Church
 
You can submit your ideas online and you can comment on other ideas submitted at: 
http://imaginecentralarkansas.ideascale.com/

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Neighborhoods Candidate Forum

City officials just released the schedule of broadcasts on the community cable channel for Coalition of Greater LR Neighborhoods Candidate Forum.

*8 p.m. Fri. Oct. 26

*Noon Sat. Oct. 27

The candidates were asked a series of questions on the positions they would take on important local issues.
Tune in, or record if for later viewing. See for yourself what city leaders are saying.

Also visit www.lrneighborhoods.org to read responses from candidates (who could not attend the video forum) to the same questions.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Free Rides to Voting Locations

Mr. Ellis Houston, owner of Yellow Cab Company, invites all seniors (60 and over) who need a ride to go vote, to please call the Yellow Cab Company at 501-222-2222.  They will come pick you up and either wait for you, or if there is a long line they will return when you call to take you home.  This service is completely free of charge.  This service is for Early Voting, as well as Election Day, November 6th.
 
When you call, just tell them "I need a ride to go vote", you will need to give them your address and they will take you to the closest Early Voting location to your home, or your regular voting location on November 6th.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Technology Park Hearings

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board will have 2 public hearings on the four sites identified. The Meetings are to hear from the consultant, site owners and the public.

Tech Park Facilitated Discussion will be led by former U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, now working for Blue Cross, will "facilitate" the discussion. He has agreed to do on the condition that he strictly be a moderator, not an expert on the project or sites and with the understanding that technical questions would be answered by others.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock

Engineering & Information Technology Building, Room #203 (map)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 South University

Jack Stephens Center, Legends Room (map)

This your opportunity to speak out in support of the Flake & Kelley/University District Development Corporation site of the Village Shopping Center/Coleman Dairy or to express your opposition on any site.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bill Looney, Past President of BPOA

Thursday October 18, 2012

WILLIAM P. “BILL” LOONEY of Little Rock, was mercifully taken by his Savior Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Bill was born on February 10, 1924 in Plumerville, Arkansas to Benjamin Franklin and Alma Palmer Looney. Bill graduated from Plumerville High School in 1942. He volunteered for the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii, where he served in aircraft maintenance and repair. He was interested in flying and took flying lessons in college, earning his pilot license to fly small planes.

After the war he attended Arkansas Tech on the GI bill and graduated in January 1950. He started work for the Arkansas Highway Department in January 1950 and worked there for 37 years, beginning in the planning and research department. He then became the Highway Public Affairs Officer for Director Henry Gray. Bill traveled all over the state and was the Highway Department representative to the Arkansas Legislature. He loved to talk to people and never met a stranger.

Bill joined Oak Forest United Methodist Church in 1955 where he served in many ways. He served as president of the administrative board and as a Sunday school teacher for jr. high youth. He served as chair of the evangelism committee for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ben Jr. and A.W. Looney, sister Pauline Canady, and his daughter Becky Looney Newman. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlene Bryant Looney; son, Randy and wife Rita Looney; granddaughter Becca and husband Carter Sample; grandson Kyle Looney; sister Joyce McReynolds; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, (501) 224-8300. Funeral services will be held at 10: a.m., Friday, October 19, 2012 at Oak Forest United Methodist Church, with Reverend Russ Breshears officiating. Interment will be at Plumerville Cemetery, Plumerville, Ark. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Oak Forest United Methodist Church, 2415 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.










Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vote November 6

Check your registration status at: http://www.pulaskiclerk.com/search.asp

Please don’t forget to vote on Nov. 6
As well as the general election, three at-large positions on LR City Board of Directors are on the ballot:

Position 8 -

Dir. Dean Kumpuris
Lynette Bryant
Adam Lansky

Position 9 -

Dir. Gene Fortson
Willard Proctor
Glen Schwarz

Position 10 -

Dir. Joan Adcock
Robert Webb


Candidate Forum at City Hall

City officials have again granted a request to host a televised Candidate Forum for city director candidates this election season. The Coalition of Greater Little Rock members will conduct the forum this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:00am in the Board Room at City Hall, 500 W. Markham St.

The Coalition needs some Volunteers to serve at this event to help read questions to the candidates and as timekeepers – if you can volunteer, please contact Kathy Wells at katwells@earthlink.net as soon as possible. This is very easy work and educational. You will have meet the people who wish to serve the citizens of Little Rock.

The recorded Forum will be re-broadcast a number of times on city cable Channel 11 in advance of the Nov. 6 election.

The Coalition thanks City Mgr. Bruce Moore for his support for the democratic process at City Hall, and his quick reply granting this Coalition request.


The Wellness Fair is THIS SATURDAY!

Broadmoor is part of the University District.

All residents of the Fair Park neighborhood are invited to be a part
of this great benefit of living in the University District.

Pre-Register today!

The University District Wellness Fair scheduled for Saturday, October
13, from 9 to 2 PM at the UALR Field House.

The UALR Field House is at the Southern Entrance to the Donaghey Student Center.

UALR map link: http://ualr.edu/communications/files/2012/06/campusmap.jpg

The Wellness Fair is open and free for University District residents.

The Wellness Fair consist of basic body measurements (weight, height,
blood-pressure, heart-rate, body-fat, etc.) in order to help
participants understand their own health status. All information is
confidential.

All Participants must pre-register.

Go to the below link to the University District Partnership website.
The link to the Wellness Fair is on the right-hand of the page.

www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict/


First Time Participants will receive a Free Membership to the UALR
Fitness Center.

UD Residents who participated last year and received the free
membership will qualify this year for a discounted membership fee.
The discounted fee is $12.50 per month for an individual and $20 per
month for a family membership.

Please share this with all of your neighbors.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FREE - Grant Writting and Management Training for 2012

FREE - Grant Writting and Management Training for 2012

GRANT WRITING AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING

FALL 2012 SCHEDULE

The City of Little Rock Finance Department is again offering classes on
various aspects of grant writing and management. These classes are
available for free for all city employees, Little Rock Neighborhood
Associations, City of Little Rock Outside Agencies, Little Rock
non-profit agencies, Little Rock sub-grant recipients and grant
partners. Class size is limited, so be sure to register early and let
the Grants Division know if you cannot attend. To register for any or
all of the classes, contact Caran Curry, Grants Manager at 501-371-4583
and specify which of the classes you would like to attend. All classes
will be held in the second floor Board Room at City Hall at 500 West
Markham from 2 PM until 5 PM. Free parking is available behind City
Hall.

The first class is entitled "Grant Writing 101" and will be held
on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. It will focus on the importance of
organizational readiness, the planning process and the design of grants.
It will also cover ways to locate appropriate grant opportunities
including using Grants.gov and the Foundation Center. It will also
address the most important topic of relationships with granting
agencies.

The second class is entitled "Writing the Grant Narrative" and
will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. This class is designed for
the novice grant writer and will feature things to do to make the
application more competitive. Topics include writing the proposal
narrative, goals and objectives, sustainability, letters of support,
documenting and describing collaborative efforts, Memoranda of
Understanding, and more.

The third class is entitled "Creating a Grant Budget" and will
be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. This seminar will be most
useful to individuals who have never prepared a budget for a federal
grant project. It will also cover allowable and unallowable costs, and
computing and documenting match.

The fourth class will feature a panel of grant writers who will answer
questions and will provide tips on grant writing. It will be held on
October, 31, 2012.

The last two classes are entitled "Effective Grants Management"
and will be held on Monday, November 7 and 14, 2012. These two classes
will be most useful to individuals who actually manage federal or state
grants, but is also helpful for grant writers to understand all of the
obligations that grants entail. Topics will include the types of
grants, grant statutes, regulations, Office of Management and Budget
Circulars, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, pre-award
agreements, project implementation, time and effort documentation,
timely expenditure of funding, draw downs, Cash Management Act,
financial management, program income, procurement, audit requirements in
including SEFA, certified assurances, debarment and suspension, record
retention, inventory, recordkeeping and retention, copyright and rights
in data, prior authorizations, interest, non-supplanting, and closeout
requirements. Audit requirements in including SEFA, A-133 Cumulative
Supplement and submission will also be covered.

Caran Curry
Grant Manager
City of Little Rock
501-371-4583

Two Houses for Sale by the University District Development Corporation

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) has just
completed the substantial rehabilitation of two homes.

Both homes are directly across the street from Franklin Elementary
School and are part of the UDDC's Harrison Street Revitalization
Initiative. The initiative includes but is not limited to
rehabilitation of existing homes and new home construction, along with
street infrastructure improvements that will result in new sidewalks
in coming months. Franklin Elementary is a UALR Children's
International and Promise Neighborhood school.

The homes were rehabilitated under the UDDC's Affordable Housing
Program and are for sale to first-time home buyers who must also meet
income guidelines. A first-time is someone who has not owned a home
within the last three years with a few exceptions. Program income
guidelines stipulate that a one person income household cannot have
annual income exceeding $34,900. The income limits are adjusted for
household size and go up to $49,850 for a family of four.

Interested individuals must qualify for a mortgage through a lending
institution. The UDDC works with several lenders that offer mortgage
products designed for our first-time home buyer program. Additionally,
the UDDC can provide up to a $20,000 subsidy to potential homeowners
that qualify. The subsidy can be used towards down payment and closing
cost. The funds can also be used to reduce the purchase price of the
home.

For more information visit www.uddclittlerock.org, contact me 683-7361
or blallen@ualr.edu.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monthly Broadmoor Board meetings are public. Please attend!

Broadmoor Board  Agenda – October 4,  2012

Call to Order

Introductions

Last Month’s Minutes – Board votes

Treasurer’s Report - Karen – monthly report –Board Votes

Guest Speaker – City Director Joan Adcock

Yard of the Month Winner – need nominations

Pool - Pat

Clubhouse, Park, Lake and Dam

Neighborhood Watch – Edward or Rhiannon - City of Faith

New, Old, Other Business and Announcements

BPOA Committees Meeting resumes on October 18 Thursday at 7:00 pm at Clubhouse

The University District Wellness Fair is scheduled for Saturday,
October 13, from 9 to 2 PM at the UALR Field house.  The Wellness Fair
is open and free for University District residents. Participants must
pre-register. Registration is available on the University District
Partnership website: www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict/

UD Neighborhood Leaders Association meeting – BPOA Clubhouse –
Tuesday, October  23 - 6:30 pm with dinner provided – please RSVP-562-6877

VOTE November 6 – verify that you are a registered voter at
https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/

Call City Services –  dial 311  -  for pick up of furniture and large
items to be discarded-this includes your neighbors discards that are
sitting at the curb.  This number is also used to report addresses
that have not mowed their grass and/or have vehicles parked in the
yard.

Website - www.BroadmoorLR.com       Blog – www.BroadmoorLR.blogspot.com

Broadmoor Clubhouse Rental - 562-6877

UALR University District – www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict
www.uddclittlerock.org

Police NON-emergency – 371-4829  Anonymous Vice Squad Tip Line   918-3800

City Services – 311    or   www.LR311.org    

Alert Center – Kevin Dawford – 565-4807

Free Grant Writing and Management Training

FREE - Grant Writting and Management Training for 2012

GRANT WRITING AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING

FALL 2012 SCHEDULE

The City of Little Rock Finance Department is again offering classes on
various aspects of grant writing and management. These classes are
available for free for all city employees, Little Rock Neighborhood
Associations, City of Little Rock Outside Agencies, Little Rock
non-profit agencies, Little Rock sub-grant recipients and grant
partners. Class size is limited, so be sure to register early and let
the Grants Division know if you cannot attend. To register for any or
all of the classes, contact Caran Curry, Grants Manager at 501-371-4583
and specify which of the classes you would like to attend. All classes
will be held in the second floor Board Room at City Hall at 500 West
Markham from 2 PM until 5 PM. Free parking is available behind City
Hall.

The first class is entitled "Grant Writing 101" and will be held
on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. It will focus on the importance of
organizational readiness, the planning process and the design of grants.
It will also cover ways to locate appropriate grant opportunities
including using Grants.gov and the Foundation Center. It will also
address the most important topic of relationships with granting
agencies.

The second class is entitled "Writing the Grant Narrative" and
will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. This class is designed for
the novice grant writer and will feature things to do to make the
application more competitive. Topics include writing the proposal
narrative, goals and objectives, sustainability, letters of support,
documenting and describing collaborative efforts, Memoranda of
Understanding, and more.

The third class is entitled "Creating a Grant Budget" and will
be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. This seminar will be most
useful to individuals who have never prepared a budget for a federal
grant project. It will also cover allowable and unallowable costs, and
computing and documenting match.

The fourth class will feature a panel of grant writers who will answer
questions and will provide tips on grant writing. It will be held on
October, 31, 2012.

The last two classes are entitled "Effective Grants Management"
and will be held on Monday, November 7 and 14, 2012. These two classes
will be most useful to individuals who actually manage federal or state
grants, but is also helpful for grant writers to understand all of the
obligations that grants entail. Topics will include the types of
grants, grant statutes, regulations, Office of Management and Budget
Circulars, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, pre-award
agreements, project implementation, time and effort documentation,
timely expenditure of funding, draw downs, Cash Management Act,
financial management, program income, procurement, audit requirements in
including SEFA, certified assurances, debarment and suspension, record
retention, inventory, recordkeeping and retention, copyright and rights
in data, prior authorizations, interest, non-supplanting, and closeout
requirements. Audit requirements in including SEFA, A-133 Cumulative
Supplement and submission will also be covered.

Caran Curry
Grant Manager
City of Little Rock
501-371-4583

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wellness Fair Update


The University District Wellness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, from 9 to 2 PM at the UALR Field House.

The Wellness Fair is open and free for University District residents. 

Participants must pre-register. A weblink for registration is available on the University District Partnership website: www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict/

First-time Participants will receive a FREE membership to the UALR Fitness Center.

UD Residents who participated last year and received the free membership will qualify this year for a discounted membership fee.

The discounted fee is $12.50 per month for an individual and $20 per month for a family membership.

 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Neighborhoods to Award Police and Fire Fighters of the Year at National Night Out

            LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 2, 2012) – As part of their National Night Out celebration the University District Neighborhoods Association will be awarding the University District’s; Little Rock Police Officer of the Year, Little Rock Fire Fighter of the Year and UALR Police Officer of the Year.

 The neighborhoods will also be recognizing Little Rock Housing Code Enforcement Officer Kobe Tworivers who passed away in August.  Code Officer Tworivers had been an important contributor to the neighborhood’s advancement.

            The University District’s National Night Out will be held October 2, 2012 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Welcome Center in the University Plaza.  The celebration will run from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm, with the awards being presented at 6:00 pm.  The event will include food & drink, games for children & adults and many information tables by various agencies.

            The University District Neighborhood Association is made up of ten neighborhoods that surround the University of Arkansas at Little Rock including; Broadmoor, Broadmoor North, College Terrace, Curran-Conway, Fair Park, Oak Forest, Point O’ Woods, South of Asher, University Park and War Memorial neighborhoods.  They are all committed to improving the area through positive actions.

            The neighborhoods’ National Night Out is sponsored in part by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University District Development Corporation.  The University District Neighborhoods Association thanks AARP Arkansas for their support.

Free Smoke Alarms from LRFD

The Little Rock Fire Department was awarded a grant that will provide smoke alarms, as well as carbon monoxide alarms, to the citizens of Little Rock at no charge.

The Little Rock Fire Department, will install these FREE important life saving devices and will assist in conducting some fire safety presentations. In addition, a free home fire safety inspection can be conducted with the installation. Up to three (3) smoke alarms and one (1) carbon monoxide detector per household can be installed, if needed.

For more information, please contact Captain Randy Hickmon (501) 912-4829 or by e-mail at RHickmon@LittleRock.org

October Monthly Meeting Thursday

The Broadmoor Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00pm in the Clubhouse House at 19 1/2 Belmont.

All are welcome to attend!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, October 25

The next LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm at the Northwest Substation, 10,001 Kanis Road.
 
This meeting is for Districts 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, and 72. Or in general, those that reside west of University Avenue and north of Colonel Glenn Road.
 
The purpose and objective of Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood meetings:
Provide a forum for concerned Citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas; Discussion on progress of arrests and investigations; To share success stories, accomplishments and to commend officers for outstanding performance; And, an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.
 
For more information call:
918-3500

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

University District National Night Out will to Honor Police and Firefighters

University District Neighborhoods at National Night Out will be recognizing the LRPD Officer, UALR PD Officer and LRFD Fire Fighter of the year.

Make Plans NOW to be part of THANKING those who protect us.  This our opportunity to show our neighborhood's commitment to fight crime.

Unite with your neighbors on Tuesday, Oct. 2 for National Night Out at 6 pm at the UALR Welcome Center in the University Plaza, which is the Northeast Corner of University & Asher Av. (just past Big Lots).

We will be joined by the Mayor, City Directors, City Manager and staff.  As well as, ULAR Chancellor Anderson and Vice Chancellors.

University District Neighborhoods is also expecting a large media coverage.

WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE TO SHOW A LARGE NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORT!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Article on the "Research Triangle," the Most Famous Technology Park

From Ron Copeland, Director of the University District Partnership,
comes this link to an article in the current issue of Governing
Magazine. The article describes the Centennial Campus at North
Carolina State as a model for today's business/technology parks in
comparison to the Research Triangle Park developed west of Raleigh,
NC, in the 1950s and 1960s.

http://www.governing.com/columns/eco-engines/col-university-business-parks-model-north-carolina-state.html#.UGB_0YmgMzY.email

Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to present the University
District Development Corporation concept for the Little Rock
Technology Park at the Asher/University Avenue site. We will be
researching Centennial and other more recent tech park developments to
prepare for that eventuality.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

University District Wellness Fair

University District Wellness Fair

October 13, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!

All residents of the University District are invited to the
University District Wellness Fair.

The Wellness Fair will be held in the UALR Donaghey Student Center
from 9 am till 2 pm.

If you are participate in the Wellness Fair you will receive a 1 Year
FREE Membership to the UALR Donaghey Fitness Center.

If you are a past participate in the Wellness Fair you will receive a
Discounted Membership to the UALR Donaghey Fitness Center.

The University District Wellness Fair consists of basic health
measurements (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.) in order to help
University District neighbors to improve their health.

Watch for more information on how to Pre-Register to this great
benefit to living in the University District.

Pre-Register to the University District Wellness Fair will be
available at the UD National Night Out on Oct. 2.

Friday, September 21, 2012

National Night Out Tuesday, October 2

National Night Out Tuesday, October 2

Join other neighborhoods in the University District in this city wide
event promoting neighborhood spirit and public safety.

Come out and join with your neighbors "America's Night Out Against Crime"!

What: National Night Out
When: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: UALR Welcome Center University Plaza – Northeast Corner of
University & Asher Av. (just past Big Lots)

There will be Fun, Food and Fellowship for all!

The UD Neighborhoods will be awarding Three Awards to our Public Servants:
-University District UALR Police Officer of the Year
-University District LR Police Officer of the Year
-University District Firefighter of the Year

There will be a tribute and remembrance for Code Enforcement Officer
Kobe Tworivers.

Information Tables that include:
-AARP
-Department of Health Mobile Unit
-Cooperative Extension
-FHMS-TOT
-Voter Registration
-LR Park Ranger Program
… and much more!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Walk Broadmoor!

Take a stroll around the lake, park, or just your street.

The Easiest Way To Live Longer

by Lisa Collier Cool

Did you know that every minute you walk can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes? In addition, many studies show that people who walk regularly live longer, weigh less, have lower blood pressure, and enjoy better overall health than non-walkers.

Ready to lace on your shoes? If you want to add to the amount of walking you do, just clip on a pedometer. That simple action actually increases your physical activity by over 2100 steps per day, a review that pooled data from 26 studies found.

Here's a look at ten benefits of walking.

Walking Increases Your Lifespan

Walking more than an hour a day improves life expectancy significantly, a 2011 study showed. The researchers looked at 27,738 participants between the ages of 40 and 79 over a 13-year period. Surprisingly, their lifetime medical costs did not increase-even though they lived longer.

"An increase in walking time at the population level would bring about a tremendous change in people's health and medical cost," the study authors wrote.

Walking Wards Off Diabetes

Just thirty minutes of walking a day can prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, a 2002 study looking at both overweight and average weight men and women in a population at high risk for the disease showed.

If you already have diabetes, walking is helpful for you, too. A mile or more daily cuts your risk of death from all causes in half, according to a 2007 study.

Walking Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Walking 72 blocks a week (around six to nine miles) helps increase grey matter, which in turn lowers the risk of suffering from cognitive impairment-or trouble with concentration, memory and thought, according to a study which looked at 299 seniors over a nine-year period.

Furthermore, walking five miles per week can provide some protection to the memory and learning areas of the brains of those already suffering from Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment, and lead to a slower decline in memory loss.

Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Walking Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Walking just 30 minutes a day, three to five days a week-even when the 30 minutes are broken into three ten-minute increments-has been found to significantly lower blood pressure.

Walking is Great for Bone Health

Putting one foot in front of the other for about a mile a day led to improved bone density in post-menopausal women, and slowed the rate of bone loss from the legs, according to a 1994 study. "It takes walkers four to seven years longer to reach the point of very low bone density, study leader Dr. Krall told the New York Times.

Walking Cuts the Risk of Stroke

Walking about 12.5 miles a week or more cut the risk of stroke in half, according to a study looking at over 11,000 Harvard University alumni with an average age of 58.

Walking Improves Your Mood

If you're feeling down in the dumps, walking is a quick and easy solution. Just thirty minutes on a treadmill reduces feelings of tension and depression, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In fact, the study found that walking lifted moods more quickly than anti-depressants did (and with fewer side effects).

And the more people walk, the better their mood and energy, says California State University Long Beach professor Robert Thayer, based on a study looking at 37 study participants over a 20-day period.

Walking Torches Calories

Just 20 minutes of walking a day will burn 7 pounds a year. The effects are even more dramatic when you add in some dietary changes as well.

23 Diet Plans Reviewed: Do They Work?

Walking Improves Insomnia

Having trouble sleeping at night? Try taking a brisk 45-minute walk in the morning five days a week, and your sleep may improve significantly, according to research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which looked at women from the age of 50-74. (Walking in the evening, however, sometimes has the opposite effect-so keep an eye on when you're exercising and what your sleep patterns are.)

Walking is Good for the Heart

Women who took brisk walks for three or more hours per week reduced their risk of heart disease by 30-40 percent, according to an analysis of over 72,000 women aged 40-65, who were enrolled in the prospective Nurses' Health Study. As I reported recently, heart attacks kill more US women than men annually. However, the benefits of walking aren't limited to one gender. A different study showed that walking can cut the risk of coronary heart disease in half for men between the ages of 71 and 93.

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/easiest-way-live-longer

Carla N. Nichols, Alert Center Facilitator
City of Little Rock
Oak Forest Neighborhood Alert Center
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Phone: 501-666-0916

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

West Nile Virus Information

West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquito bites.

Incubation period in humans (i.e., time from infection/bite to onset of
disease symptoms) for West Nile disease is usually 2 to 15 days.

Most people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with West Nile virus
will not develop any type of illness.

About 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile
fever.

Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches,
occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen
lymph glands.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with the
West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease.

People may develop a brief, WNF-like illness (early symptoms) before
they develop more severe disease.

The symptoms of severe disease (also called neuroinvasive disease, such
as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis or West Nile poliomyelitis)
include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation,
coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Little Rock Technology Park Authority Meeting

Wednesday September 12, 2012

Meeting location has been moved to:

Baptist Health-Little Rock Campus - Gilbreath Conference Center, Conference Rooms 10 & 12 (map)

When you enter the campus from I-630, Exit 7 the free parking deck is straight ahead. The Gilbreath Conference Center may be entered at the ground level adjacent to the parking deck.

Notes:
The monthly meeting of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board
of Directors.

The public is invited to attend.

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Little Rock
Technology Park Authority's activities.

Become informed, have a voice, attend the meeting!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pool Workday Saturday Sep. 8 9 a.m.

Join your neighbors this Saturday, September 8, at 9 a.m. We have to put away the furniture and, most importantly, put the cover on the pool.

Univ. District Development Corp. Proposes New Tech. Park Site--WITHOUT RESIDENTIAL DISPLACEMENT

Proposal to the Little Rock Technology Park Authority to Locate the Little Rock Technology Park at Asher/University Avenue

A joint proposal from the University District Development Corporation and Flake & Kelley Commercial

Introduction
The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) and property owners  represented by Flake and Kelley Commercial propose a site for the Little Rock Technology Park located generally at the southeast corner of Asher Avenue and University Avenue, immediately south of the University of Little Rock campus.

The site includes the Village Shopping Center, the Rush property immediately south of the Village, the Coleman Dairy property, and Good Old Days Foods, Inc. property onS. Polk Street. Also, additional owners of properties generally in the southeast corner of Asher and Mabelvale Pike have been contacted and some will agree to be included. These properties abut the Coleman Dairy property and the Good Old Days Food, Inc. Property.

The following information summarizes the attributes of the Asher/University site for the Little Rock Technology Park and this package includes the site submission criteria materials requested by the Little Rock Technology Park Authority on July 10, 2012.

Park Location Criteria (Angle Technology Group)
This Asher/University location meets both the business park criteria and the research park criteria set forth by the Angle Technology Group in its 2009 report, “Study and Recommendations for a Research Park in Little Rock, Arkansas”.

•The site is bounded on two sides by arterial streets, Asher Avenue and South University Avenue, providing visibility from well-traveled roads and easy access to main thoroughfares.
•The site has easy access to restaurants, hotels, retail services and housing, and it has room for expansion.
•This site is immediately adjacent to the UALR Campus and within a short drive to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
•The site has access to high-speed broadband communication facilities.

21st Century Research Park Opportunities (Battelle Report)
Moreover, the Asher/University location reflects the characteristics of university research parks described in “Characteristics and Trends in North American Research Parks: 21st Century Directions” prepared by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice in cooperation with the Association of University Research Parks in October, 2007.

“Urban Community Revitalization. Recently, a number of universities located in urban settings have begun to apply the research park concept not only to provide needed R&D space for academics and their industry collaborators, but also to stimulate the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Research parks may have a role to plan in cities seeking to grow their technology industry base.”

The site anchors the University District, a 3.5 square mile area around the UALR campus with approximately 9,740 people living in 3,850 households. The University District’s mission is to create a dynamic urban place, improving the quality of life for all those who live, learn, work, and play in the area.

Location
Located in the heart of Little Rock, the Asher/University Avenue Technology Park Site totals 84.37 acres with 14 acres of existing grading and infrastructure available for immediate development.

Anchored by the existing Village Shopping Center at Asher/University
Avenue, the site:
•Sets immediately adjacent to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus and within 3 miles and 7 minutes driving time of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus.
•Anchors the University District, a 3.5 square mile revitalization area surrounding the UALR campus.
•Is located within 12 miles of the Little Rock Regional Airport and the Little Rock Port Authority by way of State Highway 5/U. S. Highway 67.
•Is located within 1.7 miles of I-630 and 5 miles of I-30.
•Wraps around the newly acquired University Village UALR Student Housing and the newly constructed UALR Track and Field and Intermural Athletic Facility.
•Connects to the light industrial area at the southwest corner of Asher Avenue and Mabelvale Pike, where several owners are interested in their properties being included.

Existing Site Improvements
The Asher/University Site has existing parking lots, buildings, and drainage/utility infrastructure on 14 acres in acceptable condition for immediate development. It includes:
•Approximately 150,000 square feet of retail office space that can be used for interim or temporary facilities until permanent technology park facilities are planned, designed and constructed;
•Approximately 520 surface parking spaces on existing parking lots;
•An outparcel building, formerly occupied by a branch bank, that could be used immediately as an on-site office facility for the Technology Park Authority and its development staff and consultants.

No Residential Displacement
The site includes no residential neighborhoods, single family or multi-family housing. There will be no residential displacement.

Community & Business Support
The University District includes several single-family residential neighborhoods, several of which are represented by neighborhood, residents or property owners associations. The leaders of these groups make up the University District Neighborhoods Association, which endorsed the Asher/University location for the Technology Park. The Meadowcliff/Brookwood Neighborhood Association represents neighborhoods in the Hindman Park area, south of the Asher/University intersection. They also support the location for the Technology Park site. Also, several owners of businesses and properties within the Four Corners (Asher/University Intersection) meet frequently to address development issues in the area. They also voiced strong support for the location.

University District Development Corporation Role Incorporated in 2008 as a 501 (c) 3 private nonprofit community development corporation, the UDDC was formed to develop affordable housing, encourage business development, and make neighborhood improvements within the University District.

Four major goals drive the UDDC’s current plan to improve the quality
of life within the University District:
•Increase property values and improve affordable housing conditions
•Improve neighborhood infrastructure especially sidewalks, trails, and safe streets
•Increase levels of personal safety and outdoor activity creating an active, healthy neighborhood
•Increase the number of middle-income residents living in the area

The UDDC is available to assist the Little Rock Technology ParkAuthority with building community relations and integrating the technology park development with the surrounding area.

The UDDC Board of Directors was appointed in 2008. Board members and fficers have served continuously since that time. One-fourth of the Board members are UALR faculty and staff and one-half of the Board members live within the University District.

Paula Casey, Chair
Joe Busby, Vice Chair
Hillis Schild, Treasurer
Marsha Vault, Secretary
Kim Evans
Mike Gerfen
Marq Golden
Liz MacKenzie
Sedrick Mays
Paula Rogers
Raymond Scott
Edward Swaim
Debra-Simpson Webster


Conclusion
The Angle Technology Group Report states that, “in a knowledge economy, knowledge creation, innovation and networking are key drivers for economic development and growth.” With immediate access to UALR and close proximity to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Asher/University Avenue Technology Park site provides the best location for knowledge creation, innovation and networking. The Asher/University Avenue site provides the best setting for the Board to fulfill its mission to further the knowledge-based economy of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Conversation about Child Health in Arkansas




You are invited

Conversation about Child Health in Arkansas

Are you interested in participating in a focus group about children’s health in Arkansas?

Participants will receive snacks and $40 for their time.

Please RSVP by calling (501) 371-9678 (x 117)

Who: Parents, Educators and Community Leaders

When: Thursday, September 6th, 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Franklin Elementary School (1701 S. Harrison)

Why: To help improve child health care in Arkansas

What: You will be asked questions about issues such as

Health concerns for children in your community
Access to health and wellness care for children in your community
Resources available to keep children in your community healthy and safe

Purpose of the focus groups

The purpose of the study is to evaluate children’s health in Arkansas for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Information gathered will be used by the hospital to develop strategies to improve child health in Arkansas through its Community Benefit work.

How the focus groups will work

Questions will be discussed within groups of 10-15 people. The group conversation will be videotaped, and notes will be taken. The facilitator will speak in English, but Spanish translators will be made available as needed to allow the facilitator to speak with Spanish-speaking participants. There will not be right or wrong answers, and we encourage you to freely discuss with your group. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to improve child health care in Arkansas. The interview data and personal information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will be kept on file at the study team’s office. Access to personal information will be restricted to the researchers only and will be secured electronically and physically in a locked office away from public access. The data will be compiled in a report, but no personal information will be included in the report.

Carla N. Nichols, Alert Center Facilitator
City of Little Rock
Oak Forest Neighborhood Alert Center
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Phone: 501-666-0916


September Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda – September 7, 2012

Call to Order

Introductions

Last Month’s Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Special Guest – City Director Joan Adcock

Clubhouse, Park, Lake and Dam
• Pool – Pat
• Antje – Recognition of the Mitchells

Neighborhood Watch

Yard of the Month Winners – India
• September – Yard of the Month - 7 Belmont -Glenn & Debbie Hershey

New, Old, Other Business and Announcements
• Committee’s Meeting resumes on October 18 Thursday at 7:00 pm at Clubhouse
• AARP – Seniors Network
• UD Neighborhood Leaders Association meeting – BPOA Clubhouse –

Tuesday, September 25th - 6:30 pm with dinner provided – please RSVP-562-6877

VOTE September 11 – verify that you are a registered voter at
https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/

Call City Services – dial 311 - for pick up of furniture and large
items to be discarded-this includes your neighbors discards that are
sitting at the curb. This number is also used to report addresses
that have not mowed their grass and/or have vehicles parked in the
yard.

Website - www.BroadmoorLR.com
Blog – www.BroadmoorLR.blogspot.com
Broadmoor Clubhouse Rental - 562-6877

UALR University District – www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict
www.uddclittlerock.org

Police NON-emergency – 371-4829

Anonymous Vice Squad Tip Line 918-3800

Alert Center – Kevin Dawford – 565-4807

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CALS celebrates national library card sign-up month

Start this fall off right, with a library card and all the benefits
that go with it. Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is celebrating
National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September to encourage everyone
to get a library card.

More than 40 businesses in Pulaski County will offer discounts or
special deals throughout the month to new and existing library card
holders. Specific discounts and timeframes can be confirmed with each
retailer and are shown at each branch and www.cals.org.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Learn Community Activism at Citizens Academy

Learn more about Little Rock city government.

Meet other interested and interesting citizens.

Enroll in this fall's Citizens Academy.

Eight consecutive Monday nights starting September 10.

Program includes an introduction to:

* Police and Fire
* Little Rock Zoo
* Finance
* Public Works
* Parks and Recreation
* City Planning
* Code Enforcement
* Animal Village

Enrollment open now until September 6. No Charge! Light supper served.

To register, email UALR professor and Broadmoor resident David Sink
dwsink@ualr.edu or call him at 569-8548.

Copper Thieves Active: Be Alert

Everyone needs to be alert for copper thieves going through the
neighborhood. At least two have been reported with their pipes
stripped over the past 10 days in Broadmoor - there may be more.

One was a vacant rental and the other a vacant house for sale. The
police confirm that this is an organized effort.

Please watch out for your neighbors. Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

Board meets September 6

The Broadmoor POA Board will meet on Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m.
in the Clubhouse, 19-1/2 Belmont Dr. All are welcome to attend.

Adult Leisure Center Update

Work has begin to replace Little Rock's Adult Leisure Center at
University Park, almost three years after the center was destroyed in
an October 2009 fire. The facility, which will be renamed The Centre
at University Park, is the city's only community center focused
specifically on senior and adult recreation.

Haggling between the city and its insurance company over what
materials could be reused in the new center delayed construction.

The insurance matter was settled last summer for about $2 million.
With the 1 percentage point increase in the sales tax approved last
September, the city was able to add an additional $980,000 to rebuild
the 15,000-squarefoot building.

After site work and demolition costs, the city will spend $2.7 million
on the center, which is scheduled to open in 2013, said Mark Webre,
assistant parks and recreation director.

Arecent event showcased some improvements planned for the facility,
including moving it closer to 12th Street for greater visibility.
Parking will be moved behind the building, and new outdoor plazas with
tables and other amenities will be added.

Mayor Mark Stodola said the center will incorporate space for
activities most popular among the city's senior citizens.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sign Up Today for Free Parent Involvement Conference

Thanks to your support, we're off to a great start for the new school year-
helping create a positive and productive environment for all our students.

For those of you who actually have students attending schools in the
district, we wanted to remind you of an important opportunity this Saturday.

You're invited to the free Title 1 Parent Involvement Conference, this
Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Parkview High
School campus. The conference features workshops, exhibits, door prizes, free books and school supplies. Refreshments and childcare will also be provided.

Please contact Kaye Rainey: Kaye.rainey@lrsd or 447-3357

Also, remember to check the lrsd.org website as well as the Little Rock School District's Facebook page for the latest news and information.

New content is being added to the LRSD-TV channel which can now be seen on streaming video around the clock.

Job Available- Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance seeks an organized, driven individual to lead the No Kid Hungry Campaign in Arkansas. The No Kid Hungry Campaign Director will work with the Executive Director to fulfill the goals outlined in the multi-year plan to end childhood hunger.

Other responsibilities include managing No Kid Hungry staff employed by the Alliance, serving as a liaison between the Alliance and Share Our Strength, working in conjunction with local non-profits and policy makers, and coordinating with many groups to increase awareness about, get feedback on, and implement the key strategies around the No Kid Hungry Campaign in Arkansas. Bachelor's degree required. Management experience preferred.

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. For full job description or to send cover letter, resume and salary history please email:

info@arhungeralliance.org.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Join Litter Survey August 25

Come join us Saturday, Aug 25 for our 7th Annual Litter Survey. We start at 8:00 am at the Hinton Center on 12th & Pine, the survey takes about 3.5 hours.

We ride around designated routes in LR and rate sections of streets by the amount of litter that is present. It's fun and you may get to see new areas of LR that you've never visited.

E-mail: info@klrb.org with I'd like to help in the subject line, by Friday, Aug. 24.
--
KLRB
www.klrb.org
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Pool Potluck and Back-toSchool Hours

Potluck This Sunday
The Broadmoor Pool Potluck is scheduled for Sunday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share. There is always plenty to go around.

NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL HOURS
Tues. thru Fri. - 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday - 1 to 6 p.m.
Labor Day - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(closed Mondays, except Labor Day)

The pool closes for the season after Labor Day.
Pool Phone: 562-0089
Pool Manager Pat Mitchell: 565-5613
Broadmoor Website
Broadmoor Blog
Broadmoor Facebook




Monday, August 13, 2012

Volunteer Park Ranger Program

LOOK what was unveiled during a press conference on Friday morning. Hindman, Morehart, Wakefield, MacArthur, Riverfront, Murray, Reservoir and War Memorial are the first parks where our new Volunteer Park Ranger Program is being launched.

Anyone interested in learning more about this exciting new program can go to www.lrpr.org to obtain information and applications, or you can email me at parkranger@littlerock.org

2012 LITTLE ROCK CITIZENS ACADEMY

Get into the action!

Learn more about Little Rock city government

Meet other interested and interesting citizens

Enroll in this fall’s Citizens Academy

Eight consecutive Monday nights starting September 10

Program includes an introduction to:

• Police and Fire

• Little Rock Zoo

• Finance

• Public Works

• Parks and Recreation

• City Planning

• Code Enforcement

• Animal Village

Enrollment open now until September 6

No Charge! Light supper served

To register, email Broadmoor resident David Sink at dwsink@ualr.edu or call him at 569-8548

Sponsored by the Little Rock City Manager’s Office


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Missing Dog

$50 REWARD 

MISSING DOG

LAST SEEN AT 14TH  S. TAYLOR ST.

PLEASE CALL 944-5374


BERNIE






Monday, July 2, 2012

Cal 311 re fireworks, gunfire

You can notify the Little Rock Police Department of suspected fireworks and gunfire by calling 311 from 9 a.m. July 3 to 1 a.m. July 4; from 3 p.m. July 4 to 1 a.m. July 5 and during normal business hours on July 5.

Independence Day is always a special time for our country as we remember the beginning of our nation and the men and women who fought and died for our freedom. During this time, many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, this important occasion is sometimes celebrated with an exuberance that is dangerous to our fellow citizens. Fireworks and firearms are very dangerous and can have terrible unintended consequences.

The City of Little Rock does not allow fireworks to be sold or used within the city limits. Please remind your friends and neighbors that shooting fireworks is illegal. Given the recent dry weather and our county’s current burn ban, the use of fireworks can easily cause an accidental fire. In fact, just last week, the Little Rock Fire Department responded to a 20-acre fire that threatened homes in West Little Rock. This fire resulted from youths playing with fireworks. Last July, the Little Rock Police Department received 818 calls about fireworks and, with the dangers of fireworks and the dry weather, we can not afford to have these fireworks shot off in our city.

In addition to fireworks, it is also illegal to discharge a weapon in the city, but many citizens shoot guns into the air while celebrating the holiday. The bullets that are fired from these guns travel back to the earth at a very high rate of speed allowing them to penetrate the roofs of houses and enter people’s homes and they can injure innocent bystanders. Last year, the Little Rock Police Department received 19 calls for shots fired over the July 4 Holiday and even more on New Year’s Eve. I know, if we speak openly about these dangers, we can reduce those numbers.

To address the issue of gunfire around the holiday, we have started a program called Operate Safe 4th in which we will utilize extra police patrols to respond to calls about suspected gunfire. Please advise your friends and neighbors that this is an unsafe and potentially violent activity that is illegal in our city.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Good News for Broadmoor and Little Rock

The State Fair will be staying in town! Arkansas Business has an article explaining the details.

The City of Little Rock stepped up with a plan to keep the fair in the capital.

This is great news for citizens of Broadmoor. Investment in improved infrastructure and increased activity will benefit our area greatly.

Thank you City of Little Rock and Arkansas Livestock Association!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Neighborhood Meeting June 7

The Broadmoor POA Board will meet on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm in the Clubhouse at 19 1/2 Belmont.

All are welcome to attend!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Free Home Repair

Do you or someone you know need a FREE Home Repair?

The Central Texas United Methodist Church Conference is coming to central Little Rock June 10 to 16. They will be covering the costs and providing the labor to preform 30 to 35 projects.

Projects can include:

Yard Work
Handicapped Ramps
Painting (Exterior and Interior)
Dry-Wall
Flooring
Roofing
Porches/Deck Repair

The work will be preformed on Owner Occupied Homes. Do you want a Free Home Repair?

For more information or an application –
Contact:

Jeff Spry 501-374-3533 or Email jeff@cityconnectionsinc.org

Ron Copeland 501-683-7358 or Email rrcopeland@ualr.edu

Please share this information with neighbors, family and friends.

The number of Projects is Limited – CALL TODAY

Monday, May 21, 2012

Infrastructure Improvements in Park and Pool


Broadmoor volunteers worked with a contractor to repair the sinkholes caused by a storm drain pipe running across the park. Just below the pool area several holes opened in the last year during heavy rains.

The last 14’ of the pipes were completely blocked, which was the major cause of all the back-up. They re-cemented around the all the pipe seams on the outside and mortared on the inside to prevent water from catching in the joins and undercutting.

The contractor will be back in a couple weeks to check for settling of dirt and will top off with dirt if needed. He is also going to give us an estimate on repairing the area up by the street where the manhole cover is damaged and the sidewalk is heaving.

A fence contractor will be making improvements around the pool before the Memorial Day weekend pool opening. If you have not seen the beautiful new pool deck, please take a stroll through the park and take a look.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Growing a Healthy Community

Attention University District Residents
If you are interested in growing a healthier community you are invited
to attend a free garden training and informational seminar on:

Monday, May 21, 2012
Check in at 6:30
Training from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
UALR Alumni Bailey Center

We will deliver and construct 30 free individual raised garden beds with vegetable plants
during the week of June 11.

In order to qualify for a garden you must register between
May 11-18, 2012 and attend the mandatory garden training on Monday, May 21, 2012.

Gardens will be given to the first 30 residents who did not receive a garden last summer – one garden per household.

Note: residents who received a garden last year may participate in the garden training session.

Participants Must Register by May 18. To register:

go to the University District Partnership website at:

www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict/

And click on "Register" in the Garden Training box on the right and complete the form,

or telephone 683-7356 and leave your name, telephone number and address

Sponsoring Contributors: Arkansas AARP and US Pizza

Contributors also include Apple Spice Junction and Deborah Cooper, CPA


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Ron Copeland │Director

University of Arkansas at Little Rock │University District Partnership

O: 501-683-7358 │ M: 501-772-2625 │http://ualr.edu/universitydistrict

Follow us: http:facebook.com/universitydistrictpartnership

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pool Workday Saturday

Join us to kick off another exciting year at Broadmoor Pool. We will meet Saturday the 5th starting at 9 AM to get the pool ready.

Pool Deck Looking Good

Join us Saturday, May 5 for a pool workday and see the great new pool deck. Come any time after 9 AM and pitch in with other Broadmoor volunteers.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Technology Park Opinion Piece

From the Arkansas Times Blog:

The Technology Park: Closed government and the heavy hand of the Chamber

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/04/28/another-call-for-open-government-in-technology-park

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, April 26, 6:30pm

The LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, April 26, 6:30pm at the Northwest Substation, 10,001 Kanis Road.

This meeting is for Districts 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, and 72. Or in general, those that reside west of University Avenue and north of Colonel Glenn Road.

The purpose and objective of Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood meetings:
Provide a forum for concerned Citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas; Discussion on progress of arrests and investigations; To share success stories, accomplishments and to commend officers for outstanding performance; And, an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.

For more information call:
918-3500

Take 25 on May 25th
Take 25, a nationwide initiative of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is encouraging parents, guardians and educators to take 25 minutes on May 25th to talk to children about ways to be safer. Plans are under way in Little Rock for you to participate in Take 25 to educate children about personal safety. On May 1st the 25 ways to make children safer will be available at the Little Rock Police Department, LRPD Substations, any Central Arkansas Library Systems Branch, Central Arkansas Water main office and Neighborhood Alert Centers.

Legitimate Real-estate Agents
Legitimate Real-estate Agents are licensed by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. They should have a Pocket Card / License from (AREC) to show. The license has to be renewed every year. Anyone can search for a licensed agent at www.arec.arkansas.gov The Arkansas Real Estate Commission phone number is 683-8010.

Dwight Davis
Public Affairs Coordinator
Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator
Crime Prevention Specialist
Little Rock Police Department
(501) 918-5358



Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Yard of the Month

Lovely roses and irises are prominent features in this month's Broadmoor Yard of the Month at 42 Lakeshore Drive.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

It's almost pool time!


Broadmoor Pool Opening – Saturday, May 26

A lot of improvements have been done to the pool over the winter…a completely new deck (see image above) and new tile around the edge of the kiddie pool and the main pool.

For the last several years, the deck has been in need of major repair and the volunteer pool managers and neighborhood volunteers have spent countless hours patching the deck and replacing tiles. We are so pleased that this issue has now been resolved with the new deck and tile.

The Broadmoor Neighborhood Association and Broadmoor Pool have invested a great deal of money on these improvements.

Pool operating costs have increased every year. For this reason, it has become necessary to slightly raise the membership fee, after several years of being able to keep it the same. We still believe it’s the best bargain in town and when you see the improvements, you’ll be amazed at what a difference they’ve made!

In-area Summer Swim Fee:             $125
Out-of-area Summer Swim Fee:      $185

Join by May 10 and SAVE!!!!
To boost the pool’s initial operating budget, previous pool members can join at last year’s rate before May 10.

By May 10 In-area Summer Swim Fee:                  $115
By May 10 Out-of-area Summer Swim Fee:           $175

The first pool work day will be Saturday, May 5, at 9 a.m. Please put this date on your calendar and join other volunteers help us get ready for the grand opening.

Concession stand volunteer shifts are available. This is a great way to help the community and make new friends. Please consider signing up for a weekly shift.

If you have any questions, please call Pool Manager Pat Mitchell at 565-5613.

Friday, April 6, 2012

AARP Focus on University District Seniors

AARP Arkansas has chosen the University District for a Community Presence project in Arkansas. The Community Presence project involves the State AARP office in assessing and responding to the needs of seniors within a local community. The Community Presence project is focused on improving walkability/fitness, reducing isolation by encouraging social connections, and improving the public safety and security of seniors.

The AARP Team has begun meeting regularly with a representative group of seniors who reside in the University District to shape what we're calling the University District Seniors Network. The AARP/UDP advisory team will begin soon sending regular communications to seniors to gain a broader base of input in the formation of the UD Seniors Network. Persons interested in participating on the advisory group can contact the University District office to join the group.

In the meantime, the advisory group wants to encourage seniors to participate in activities and events within the University District and on the UALR Campus.

The first event being sponsored by AARP Arkansas is a reception and attendance at the opera, "Into the Woods" on April 22. Please read the invitation below for details.

Registration is required because seating is limited. AARP membership is not required.

If you want to participate, Please call 1-877-926-8300 to RSVP for Reception and Opera by April 16, 2012.

Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.