Monday, August 11, 2008

MAYOR VALLEY ENTERS EXECUTIVE ORDER EXTENDING CURFEW

 Executive Order
9-2008
 
ORDER EXTENDING ORDER DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY CURFEW IN A LIMITED AREA OF THE
CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS
 
1.                  Whereas, the City of Helena-West Helena, has the duty to provide protection to its citizens and visitors; and
2.                  Whereas, certain areas of our city has been under siege with repeated gunfire, loitering, drug dealing and other general mayhem; and
3.                  Whereas, the Police Department has been enforcing Executive Order 8-2008; and
4.                  Whereas, without these drastic measures, the citizens in the affected areas will continue to live under siege; and
5.                  Whereas, since the implementation of Executive Order 8-2008 the police department has made several arrests that may not have otherwise occurred;
6.                  Whereas, the next city council regular meeting is set for August 19, 2008;
7.                  Whereas, a special called city council meeting is set for twelve noon on August 12, 2008 at 226 Perry Street;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDERED, DIRECTED AND DECREED in accordance with Section 7.12.01 of Code of Ordinances for the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, a mandatory curfew is imposed and ordered for the next 48 hours and re-imposed after each expiration until the problem is resolved or the city council can meet and decide on the appropriate course of action.
The P olice Department has been directed to treat the Curfew Zone as a zero tolerance zone. The Curfew Zone should be known and designated as a "Saturation Zone" because our curfew ordinance is always in place. This saturation effort is intended to have immediate impact upon the areas where citizens have had the most persistent trouble.
No loitering, standing or "hanging-out" will be permitted in the "saturation zone." All traffic on foot, bicycle, automobile, horseback, moped, motorcycle, riding mower or other mode of travel will be subject to stop and investigation.
The Street and Sanitation Department has been directed to clean all alleys in the area  and remove all debris and low lying shrubbery that impedes the view of the police officers and general public.
The Mayor's office has been directed to order additional lighting for the telegram poles in the dark places in the affected area including the alleys.
The affected area is as follows: Starting at the easternmost corner of the intersection of Fourth Street (aka Hwy 242) and Anderson Street and traveling west on Anderson street to the westernmost corner of the intersection of Anderson and South Sebastian Streets then traveling south on Sebastian street to the southernmost corner of the intersection of Sebastian Street and Garland Street and then east on Garland street to the easternmost corner of the intersection of Garland Street and Fourth Street and then traveling north to the point of the beginning at the intersection of Fourth Street and Anderson Street.
 
The affected streets include:
 
Center Street (Totally)
 
The 200 and 300 Blocks of:
 
North Sebastian Street
North 2nd Street
North 3rd Street
North 4th Street
 
The 100, 200 and 300 Blocks of:
East Garland Street
East Baldwin Street
Anderson Street
 
A copy of the map is attached to Executive Order 8-2008 and is available for viewing and inspection during normal business hours at 98 Plaza Street in the Mayor's office, City Clerk's Office or Chief of Police's Office.
The Curfew shall be and hereby is in force and effect for 24 hours per day. The police department will use a "common sense" approach to persons encountered in the "saturation zone."
The police department will use both diplomacy with the "ring leaders" and saturation of the affected area to bring resolve to this matter. Diplomacy with the ring leaders will entail the issuance of a cease and desist order. Saturation will entail additional manpower, overtime, extra hours, long shifts and the issuance of tickets. Saturation also entails serving warrants and subpoenas.
The police department has been directed to give no warning other than this order itself.
IT IS SO ORDERED ON THIS 9TH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2008.
 
 
                                                                       _/S/ J F VALLEY__________________
                                                                        HONORABLE JAMES F. VALLEY
                                                                        MAYOR
                                                                         CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA

TO VIEW THE PREVIOUSLY ENTERED EXECUTIVE ORDER 8-2008 CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://jfvalley.blogspot.com/2008/08/executive-order-8-2008-order-declaring.html

 J. F. Valley
JF VALLEY, ESQ., PA
P O BOX 451
Helena, AR 72342
870-338-6487 Telephone
870-338-8030 Facsimile
870-572-3421 Mayor's Office
870-572-5034 Mayor's Fax
866-786-9885 Personal Assistant and Fax

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