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