Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Word of the Day for Saturday, May 3, 2008

sub rosa \suhb-ROH-zuh\, adverb:

1. Secretly; privately; confidentially.
2. Designed to be secret or confidential; secretive; private.

Unlike progressive educators of the past, who openly proclaimed their goals, today's multiculturalists are generally unwilling to engage the wider public in open debate about their methods, preferring to promote their agenda sub rosa.
-- Sol Stern, "Losing Our Language", Commentary, May 1999
Second, Abramson argues that since a certain amount of jury nullification goes on anyway, sub rosa, it should be brought out into the open.
-- Richard A. Posner, "Juries on trial", Commentary, March 1, 1995
The investigators said that a major purpose of the sub-rosa activities was to create so much confusion, suspicion and dissension that the Democrats would be incapable of uniting after choosing a presidential nominee.
-- Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, "FBI Finds Nixon Aides Sabotaged Democrats", Washington Post, October 10, 1972
The atmosphere of gloom and dislocation only thickened, though, and Marty found himself in over his head in a world of shadowy fixers, sub-rosa deputies of the C.I.A. and the mob.
-- Stephen Metcalf, "Fraud S&M and St. Francis: A Riotous Bull-Market Fable", New York Observer, March 25, 2002

Sub rosa comes from the Latin, literally "under the rose," from the ancient association of the rose with confidentiality, the origin of which traces to a famous story in which Cupid gave Harpocrates, the god of silence, a rose to bribe him not to betray the confidence of Venus. Hence the ceilings of Roman banquet-rooms were decorated with roses to remind guests that what was spoken sub vino (under the influence of wine) was also sub rosa. Entry and Pronunciation for sub rosa

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Parks and Recreation Department Weekly Report 5/5/08

Weekly Department Report
Department: Parks and Recreation
Date: May 2, 2008
Prepared by: O'Shea Burrell
Specific Weekly:

* April 28th- Started Baseball Practice.
* April 28th- Cut grass at North Helena and Weed Eat
* April 29th- Painted at Little League Field
* April  30th- Cut grass at Catholic playground and Weed Eat.
* May 1st- Groomed Baseball Fields

* Proposal presented to A&P Commissions and approved for playground equipment and baseball equipment, fence repairs, concession stand equipment.
* 12.2 gallons of gas for lawn mowers and weed eaters

* May 2nd- Clean Community Center

* Set up for Baseball Concessions Stand
* Stamp Out Smoking ( S.O.S. meeting)

Future Weekly Activities:

* May 3rd-Opening Day for Little League baseball

* Holly Street Head Start picnic North Helena

* May 4th- Bus tour Moonie Jordan @ Malco
* May 9th- Community Center Rental
* May 10th- Stamp Out Smoking.
* May 10th-Carter Chapel House of Pride 6pm @ Malco (Tickets $10)
* May 16th Holly Street Graduation 10am @H.C.C
* May 17th- Fire Dept. picnic(pending)
* May 23rd-Class of 98 dance fundraiser
* May 24th- Debra O'Neal 70's dance
* May 31st- Dorothy Sain Community Center Rental
* June 2-3rd- Grizzles Basketball Camp
* June 9-12th- CBF assembly in Memphis
* June 19-21st- Trip to Memphis

Follow- up Activities

* Complete paper work for golf course equipment
* Complete scheduling for softball and T-Ball.
* Continue grooming parks.
Staff Concerns

* Security @ H.C.C. (M-F 3pm-9pm)
* More staff persons for  parks

O'Shea Burrell
City of Helena-West Helena
Parks and Recreation Director
511 Miller St./P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
870-338-8481 Phone
870-572-5034 Fax
870-995-8991 Cell

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

Weekly Department Report Summary
April 28- May 2, 2008
Department: Code Enforcement
Date: May 2, 2008
Prepared by: PH Allen & J McIntosh
  • Submitted Fixed Asset Report to Renita
  • Received payment from Margie Noble- Contracted
  • 503 Ladino St- Mixed Breed- spoke about privacy fence
  • 301 Arkansas St- Greer needing to move vehicles and finish privacy fence
  • 107 Professional Plaza
    • Sent letter of approval for Dayspring being in commercial zone
  • 914 Alabama St
    • Mary Bogard signed contract to demolish property
      • Received down payment $100.00
·        1 Plaza Ave- C & O Automotive Repair Shop – Resolved
o       Final Notice sent to remove vehicles and erect privacy fence
o       Making progress on erecting fence.
·        Contacted Tom Heisler about his desire to buy 909 Pecan Property. Will contact Mr. Herrara-Unresolved
·        Notified Property Owners to responsibility to maintain lots
o       W & L Reality Property
o       GMA Mortgage
o       First Delta Reality
o       Messina Realty
  • 316, 322, & 324 Washington St- Unresolved
    • Notified W & L about property.
  • 1302 Cherry St. – Called about quote to have city clean property- Resolved
    • Faxed quote Citizen agreed and will send payment and signed contract
      • Received down payment and agreed to pay in three payments once job is completed
  • 915 Plaza St- Received responses from owner of lumber. Requested an extension to remove lumber and vehicle - Unresolved
  • 138 Washington St- Owner desires quote of demolition
    • House is boarded up with a For Sale Sign-Resolved
    • Owner Ms. Vinsen called and is selling property
  • 1222 Ohio St -Received request for quote on demolishing a home
    • Submitted to Sanitation Dept- Victor- Unresolved
  • 1604 Little Rock Rd
    • Ethel Childs request more time to clean up property. –Unresolved
      • Making significant progress
  • Joyce Fleming Called about debris not removed from property
    • 556 South 7th St- Property due to be cleaned up this week – per Victor -Unresolved
  • Addressed complaint of trash all over the ground
    • Pat Kelly's Trailer Park- (Spoke with Attorney Valley about Code Enforcement authority in regards to properties located in the county.)- Unresolved
·        Addressed Fire Dept Complaints
o       156 Dennis Dr.- Current resident has animal odors coming from property and lives there without running water-Unresolved
      • Spoke with Robert Travis Jr. He is awaiting a hearing about forced evictions.
  • Addressed Water Dept Complaints
    • 608 Plaza- Ms. Rogers informed Landlord of leak and was told as soon as it dries up it will be fixed Mr. Knowlton will be fixing problem at earliest convenience provided we have dry weather- Unresolved
      • Issued Letter- Spoke with Church Representative- We instructed tenant to stop using washer to allow property to dry and allow plumber to find the leak.
      • Spoke with Tenant and will stop washing this week to allow time for ground to dry
      • Spoke with tenant she has stopped using washer and is still waiting for landlord to send plumber
·        Addressed Street/Sanitation Dept.
      • Mr. Huff called concerned about 339 S 6th St
  • Cited Property with debris or trash piles
    • 802 Garland Ave.-Unresolved
      • Property Owner said she sold property but will contact owner
    • 306 Perry St- Unresolved
    • 250 N. Sebastian- Unresolved
    • 1117,1119,1121 College St- uncut lawn-Notified Owner- Unresolved
    • 1111 College St.- debris and trash- Notified Owner- Unresolved
    • 501 W. Russell-property needs grass cut. Notified- Unresolved
    • 334- 336 S 6th St- debris on property- Notified - Unresolved
    • 327 N. 9th St- Trash and Debris-Unresolved
    • 700 Ohio St – Mr. Hoskins has begun work on removing trash off site and is progressing toward resolution. –Unresolved
    • 309 S. Sam St –Unresolved
    • 249 S. Sam St- Unresolved
    • 909 Pecan St- Unresolved
      • Received May Payment
    • Locust/ Little Rock Rd- Unresolved
    • 337 S. Sam St- the adjacent property- Unresolved
    • 215 N Sam- debris across the street- Unresolved
    • 338 N Baringo – debris across the street- Unresolved
    • 237 Hernando- in front debris across the street- Unresolved
    • 462 S. Washington – the adjacent property- Unresolved
    • 131/127/129 Sander land Dr
      • Spoke with Mr. O'Neal who stated he would secure property and place signs at entrances to address citizen complaints –Unresolved
  • Cited House
    • 206 Beech St. Tagged, Pictured
    • 214 Beech St- Tagged, Pictured
    • 216 Beech St- Tagged Pictured, Notified
    • 1433 Perry St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 1535 Sulfur Springs Rd- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Received response from owner and request an extension
    • 139 S. Ashlar St. – Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Received request form owner for an extension
    • 1806 Holly St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified.
      • Requesting an extension
    • 170 Military Rd.- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Received a request for extension and owner will view property this weekend
        • Spoke with owner house burned down
    • 1720 Holly St. Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Spoke with owner. She is requesting more time.
    • 741 Liberty St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 1920 Holly St- Tagged, Pictured,  & Notified
    • 326 S Baringo- Tagged & Pictured, Notified- Unresolved
    • 115 S. 4th St- Resolved
      • Sent notice of demolishing house Demolition almost complete
    • 238 Ashlar St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 314 Adkins – Tagged, Pictured, Burned, Pending Notification
    • 327 W Cleburne – Tagged & Pictured- Resolved
      • Having problems keeping property secure
    • 276 West wood Pl- Tagged & Pictured
    • 314 Hernando – Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 214 S 4th St – Tagged & Pictured
    • 325 Hwy 44 – Tagged & Pictured
    • 305 Lithicum- Tagged & Pictured
    • 837 Alabama- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Pending submission to planning commission
    • 700 Elm St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • House boarded up
    • 517 Word Ave- Tagged & Pictured
    • 1306 Ohio St. Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 134 Ohio St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 140 Ohio St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 150 S Ashlar St.- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Requested an extension
    • 526 E. Cleburne St- Tagged & Pictured
      • Requested 30 day extension-Unresolved
    • 324 N. 9th St – Tagged & Pictured
    • 102 Richmond Hill Dr.- Tagged, Pictured & Notified.
      • Requesting extension to do repairs
  • Cited Vehicles
    • 32 Parkdale- White Buick LaSabre- Tagged
      • VIN 1G4HP54CZMH456598 Lic. None
      • Brown Ford Cougar – No VIN Visible Lic. None
    • 36 Parkdale St- Blue Dodge Dakota- Tagged
      • VIN 1B7FL26XOPS1O8487 Lic. 087ETC
    • 35 Parkdale St -White Chevy Irocc-z Camaro- Tagged
      •  VIN G1FP87F9GLl53007 Lic. W48BCN
    • 245 S 6th St Burgundy Chevy Caprice Classic- Tagged
        • 1GVBL53E1PR103169
    • 245 Baringo St
      • Red Mercury Mystique- Tagged
        • VIN 1melm653xwk613858
    • 1517 Cherry St. - Unresolved
      • Multiple vehicles on property
    • 638 Kentucky-
      • Vehicles in back yard- Issued Letter to Resident & Property Owner
        • Lloyd James – Received letter requesting extension of time
          • Making good progress
    • 640 Cooke St- Multiple vehicles on property- Unresolved
    • 101 Short Ohio- Tagged & Pictured- Unresolved
      • Came in and is in process of cleaning up property and selling trailer
    • 1307 Cherry St.- Tagged & Pictured- Unresolved
      • Will clean property & move vehicles.
List Of Condemned Properties Pending submission to Planning Commission
Submitted Packet to Attorney Andre- Un-Completed- Pending Resubmission
    • 1325 Pecan St
    • 227 8th St.
    • 315 S 6th St.
    • 60 Lincoln Ct
    • 1308 Pecan St
    • 246 N 6th St.
    • 812 Elm St.
    • 212 Buckeye
    • 825 Elm St
    • 717 Bennett
    • 121 N. 4th St
    • 208 N. Baringo
  • Mailed certified letters to property owners on severely dilapidated structures located at:
    • Lot 5 Block 43(Franklin & Adams)- Unresolved
    • 326 Hernando St- Unresolved
    • 1136 Beech St.- Unresolved
    • Lot 5W ½ Block 42-(Adams St)-Unresolved
    • 1603 Sulfur Springs Rd- Unresolved
    • 1023 Poplar St- Unresolved
    • 1128 Beech St- Unresolved
    • 1920 Holly St- Unresolved
  • Mailed Regular letters to property owners regarding city's concerns
    • 3 Lincoln Ct- reminder to continue clean up
    • 1517 Cherry St- Sent landlord and tenant notice
      • Ord 05.12.01 and Ord26-2006
    • 313 N. Sebastian St- Reminder to continue clean up
    • 418 St. Jean Dr. Notice Ref. New Construction of Backyard Access
      • Sent copy of Dedication Deed
    • 432 West St- Reminder to continue clean up
    • 448 West St. Notice of responsibility of Property Owners
      • Sent Ord05.12.01
    • George Hudson Jr.- 434 West St-Unresolved
    • Ryan Titus and– Unresolved- Received notice that home is in dispute
      • 181 Oakland Ave
      • 144 Military Rd
      • 202 Madison St.
  • Addressed complaint from concerned citizen
    • 1119 N 4th St- trash around home
    • Mildred Bryant-Resolved
      • Property on Galloway received quote to demolish
        • 3hours labor & landfill cost.
    • 219 N.10th – Garbage attracting pest-Pictured- Unresolved
      • Continue to receive complaints about pest and trash
    • Citizen complaint about hole dug on West St that is full of water-
      • Notified Owner- Unresolved
    • Complaint about neighbor burning trash across from Woodruff School
      • Referred to Fire Dept- Resolved
    • Dolly Thomas- Ditch not draining- Referred to Oscar-
      • Waiting for ditch to dry out-Unresolved
    • 1107 College St- not cutting property-debris & Trash- Unresolved
    • 114 N. 6th St- lawn attracting pest pending contacting owner- Unresolved
    • 207 S. 6th St- Unresolved
      • Ms. Lambert called & said donated property to the city and advised to contact Attorney Roscopf
    • 607 W. Russell- Resolved
    • Bertha Lucas asked about property that has not been completely cleaned up. Also desiring city to demolish and clean properties already cited – Sent letter with quote awaiting response -Unresolved
      • Sending Quote
        • 333 N. Coanza St-
        • 408 N Sam St-
          • Demolished Pending Clean Up
        • 712 Elm St.- Resolved
          • Demolished Pending Clean Up
        • 238 N 6th St- Resolved
o       Mailed letter to resident and property owner (Sebrina Sidney; Jerry Robertson)
·        Outstanding invoices in January will be sent a 3rd notice this week
o       Cooper Demetrius owe $105.00
§         Called will pay send payment 4-25-08
·        Submitted to Andre for collection
o       Walker CR- owe $52.50
o       Hubbard Ethel Mae owe $105.00
o       William Ernest J. owe $420.00
o       Smith Ophelia owe $105.00
  • Outstanding invoices in February will be sent a 2nd notice this week
    • Denise Bell- owe $705.30
    • Rhondalyn Wilkins- owe $649.14
    • Bobby Jones- owe $1947.48
·        Outstanding invoices in March will be sent a 1st notice this week
o       Martha Scott- owe $310.00
o       Mary & Henry White- owe $581.25
o       324 Adkins- owe $581.25
·        Outstanding invoices in April
·        S. B Mitchell- $902.00
·        James Lovelady- $341.00
·        Arlease James-$341.00
·        Robert Quick- $814.00
Special Weekly Activities
Special meeting of city council-5-6-08
Future Weekly Activities:
  • American Association of Code Enforcement
    • Membership Application- Current Members- Received Packet
    • 2008 Annual Conference- Oct 29-31, 2008
    • 2008 Exam Code Enforcement Certification
  • Continue addressing ordinance violations
    • Mayor Valley List
  • Mail out letters to owners
  • Compiling list of homes that have exceeded the allotted time limit ready to present to Planning Commission for approval to be condemned.
  • Tag and Tow more vehicles
  • Meet with KJIW about public service ad this week-Pending
  • Review and Update contracts of citizen's who contract with demolished property and debris removal
  • Update payment records and files.
  • Arkansas Natural Resource Commission (Flood Insurance Program)
    • Floodplain Administrator Accreditation Class
      • Received letter packet From FEMA- Reviewing
Follow Up Activities:
  • Continue tagging and towing unauthorized vehicles
  • Continue mailing out certified letters to property owners or overgrown lots and dilapidated structures.
  • Continue to monitor the progress of demolition and clean up.
Staff Concerns;
·        Air Conditioning not working in vehicles
Vehicle Gas Log;
Mail Log;


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