Saturday, May 10, 2008

District Court Dept. Report (5-12-08)

WEEKLY DEPARTMENT REPORT

(Period of May 2 - May 8, 2008)

Department:
Helena-West Helena District Court
Date: May 9, 2008
Prepared by: Linda Danley
 

SPECIFIC WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
May 2 - 8, 2008 -
Processed civil and small claims actions as received; input traffic violations and criminal actions into court database in preparation for arraignment; and prepared scheduled traffic violations and criminal actions for bench trial.
 
Fri., May 2, 2008 - Plea/Arraignment (9:00 A.M.)
Total number of cases scheduled - 415
 
Wed., May 7, 2008
! Trial of Civil and Small Claims Actions
(Total number of cases scheduled - 10)
! Meeting with City Attorney and members of the Police Department regarding new Court Officer position and collection of delinquent fines and cost.
 
Thurs., May 8, 2008 (9:00 A.M.) - Bench Trial on Traffic Violations
Total number of cases scheduled - 77
 
Thurs., May 8, 2008 (1:30 P.M.) - Bench Trial on Criminal Actions
Total number of cases scheduled - 57
 

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Breakdown of Traffic and Criminal Actions

Resolved During the Period of May 2 - 8, 2008

 

Jurisdiction: City of Helena-West Helena

Finding

Criminal

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

BF

   

1

1

DM

2

 

2

4

G

55

5

85

145

NG

5

   

5

NP

3

 

12

15

PRB

   

2

2

TF

 

3

 

3

WR

2

   

2

TOTAL

67

8

102

177

 
 
Jurisdiction: Highway Police "Z" Tickets

Finding

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

G

1

10

11

GA

 

3

3

NP

 

1

1

TOTAL

1

14

15

 
 
Jurisdiction: Phillips County

Finding

Criminal

DWI

Traffic

Total

DM

3

1

1

5

G

4

 

19

23

GA

   

9

9

NP

2

 

15

17

PRB

   

1

1

TOTAL

9

1

45

55

 
 
ALL JURISDICTIONS

Finding

Criminal

DWI

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

BF

     

1

1

DM

5

1

 

3

9

G

59

 

6

114

179

GA

     

12

12

NG

5

     

5

NP

5

   

28

33

PRB

     

3

3

TF

   

3

 

3

WR

2

     

2

TOTAL

76

1

9

161

247

 
 
KEY

BF - Bond Forfeiture

NP - Nol Prossed

DM - Dismissed

PRB - Probation

G - Guilty

TR - Transferred

GA - Guilty in Abstentia

WR - Warrant Recalled

NG - Not Guilty

 
 

NOTE: Information regarding the number of inmates housed at the Phillips County Jail for the City of Helena-West Helena during this period will be provided in next week's report.

 

 

FUTURE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

Thurs., May 14, 2008 (9:00 a.m.) Bench Trials on Traffic Violations

Thurs., May 14, 2008 (1:30 p.m.) Bench Trials on Criminal Actions

Fri., May 15, 2008 - Plea/Arraignment (9: 00 a.m.)

 

 

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:

! Enter dispositions into court database of cases brought before the court on Fri., May 9, 2008 (Plea Day) until completed;

! Process civil and small claims actions as they are received;

! Input new citations and criminal actions as they are received from the Records Department into database in preparation for court; and

! Prepare pending actions for trial.

 

 

STAFF CONCERNS/ISSUES:

! Air conditioner for the Clerk's office needs to be serviced.

! Replace blown light bulbs in the courtroom.

! Server for the court database system.

! File cabinet(s) for civil and small claims storage.
 
 


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Grassroots Caucus in Washington, DC

The Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus (MDGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders throughout the eight-state Delta region, which stretches from southern Illinois down to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Please RSVP for June 3-5 Delta events in Washington, DC--Deadline is May 12

Posted on May 06, 2008 at 01:45 PM

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO RSVP for the annual Delta Grassroots Caucus in Washington, DC, June 3-5–the group hotel deadline is May 12, Monday, close of business. We will have 11 Members of Congress, national executive branch officials, leaders from all eight states, and spokespersons from the Presidential campaigns: Rep. Marion Berry (AR) will speak for Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep. Artur Davis (AL) will speak for Sen. Barack Obama, and Rep. Chip Pickering will speak for Sen. John McCain.

We have 105 participants at this point and the numbers continue to increase. Please RSVP to Lee Powell at LeePowell2@cs.com or by phone at (202) 360-6347.

We are glad to have participation from Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Chip Pickering (MS), Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Rodney Alexander, and Rep. Charles Melancon (LA), Rep. John Tanner (TN), Rep. Artur Davis (AL), and Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Congressmen Marion Berry and Mike Ross (AR). We are glad so many Members of Congress wanted to speak to the Delta delegation and we are delighted to have their attention in urging them to do more for our region's economic development.

FINAL SESSION ON TRANSPORTATION AND USDA ISSUES–THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 8:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M., IS VERY IMPORTANT. This session will feature national leaders of US Dept. of Transportation and USDA, and other experts on these issues, and will take place at the USDA national headquarters South Building, in the meeting room adjacent to the cafeteria. We will have a luncheon there to end our group sessions at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

June 5–Transportation issues–I-69, Great River Bridge, Delta Development Highway System and multi-modal network: The final session on Thursday morning will begin with a panel on transportation issues, including the DRA Delta Development Highway System, completion of Interstate 69 and the Great River Bridge, as well as the DRA's multi-modal plan. We will have US Dept. of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary Joel Szabat, the Hon. Rodney Slater, former US Secretary of Transportation, Bill Triplett of the DRA, Johnnie Bolin of the Arkansas Good Roads Transportation Council, and other transportation experts.

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Reps. Berry, Davis & Pickering to Speak on Presidential Race

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 05:38 PM

The deadline for the group hotel of this year's Delta initiative is getting close–May 12. The Delta Grassroots Caucus conference on June 3-5 will feature a forum for the remaining Presidential campaigns, with Rep. Marion Berry (AR) speaking for Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep. Artur Davis (AL) speaking for Sen. Barack Obama, and Rep. Chip Pickering (MS) speaking for Sen. John McCain. Other key sessions will feature Members of Congress addressing Congressional issues in the region, national executive branch officials, and grassroots leaders from all eight Delta states.

The Presidential forum will take place on June 4, Wednesday morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Capitol Hill at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol right behind the US Supreme Court. Rep. Marion Berry, Rep. Artur Davis and Rep. Chip Pickering are three very distinguished Members of Congress and we are delighted to have them explain why they believe their candidate would be the best leader for the Delta and America. We will not endorse any candidate but want to press all of them to devote more attention to the Delta's economic issues and take a stand on what they would do as President for the vast region extending from southern Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana.

We will especially emphasize asking Representatives Berry, Davis and Pickering to address what their candidate would do to revive the economy in the Delta. Additionally we want to hear from them about what they would do to reform FEMA, in light of that agency's inept responses to Hurricane Katrina and other flooding, storms and disasters in our region in recent years.

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Sen. Cochran, Lincoln, Pryor, Reps. Berry, Davis, Ross, Pickering Set for June 3-5

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 12:17 PM

We are very pleased that Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be joining other Members of Congress in taking part in the Delta Grassroots Caucus conference in Washington, DC on June 3-5, 2008, including Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, Rep. Marion Berry and Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Rep. Chip Pickering of Mississippi, Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, Rep. Charles Melancon of Louisiana, Rep. John Tanner of Tennessee, and others. In previous years Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO), Rep. Rodney Alexander (LA), Rep. Jerry Costello (IL), Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY) have participated, and we expect to have most or all of them as speakers again this year.

We will have a dialogue with Members of Congress, several Bush administration appointees at USDA, DOT, and the Delta Regional Authority, and representatives of the Presidential campaigns in urging them to do much more for the economic development of our region. Rep. Artur Davis will speak at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on June 4 in the morning on why he believes Sen. Obama would be the best President for the Delta region, Senator Clinton will have a prominent national figure explain why she would be the best President for the region, and similarly Rep. Chip Pickering of Mississippi will speak about why he believes Sen. John McCain would be the best President for our region. We will not endorse any candidate but want to pressure all of them to do more for our region.

We are especially glad to have the participation of Senator Cochran of the great state of Mississippi, who is a powerful figure on the Senate Appropriations Committee and has many admirers in our region on both sides of the aisle.

We have 83 RSVPs and the number increases each day. Please RSVP by email to LeePowell2@cs.com or (202) 360-6347 and sending in the registration fee check to the address listed below in this message.

We would again like to thank our lead sponsor, Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas; our major co-sponsors, who are Heifer International, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship state organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and its national headquarters in Atlanta, the Housing Assistance Council in Washington, DC, Entergy, the Inspire Hope Institute based in Paragould, AR, and the many individuals and organizations who have contributed in the range of $85 to $200–those numerous contributions really add up in a hurry and are essential to our work for the Delta.

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Regional Leadership Development, by Obadiah Simmons, Grambling University

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 06:47 PM

We would like to send this message about expanding grassroots regional leadership development from Dr. Obadiah Simmons of Grambling State University, who is co-coordinator–along with Clifton Avant of Entergy–for the state of Louisiana for the Delta Grassroots Caucus. Dr. Simmons has been a prominent regional advocate for many years and we greatly appreciate his leadership for the Delta Grassroots Caucus.

We are planning to add this to our Strategic Plan for Regional Economic Development, which is almost finished. It contains contributions from many grassroots leaders across the region and is about 70 pages. There is a page and a half executive summary, since we know most people do not have the time to read lengthy documents.–Lee Powell

Expansion of Regional Leadership Development

By Dr. Obadiah Simmons, Grambling State University, Co-Coordinator for Louisiana for the Delta Grassroots Caucus

§ Grassroots Involvement – by expanding the existing DRA Leadership Institute to include more individuals from true grassroots organizations such as: community-/faith-based organizations; community stakeholders and volunteers; teachers; medical staffers (i.e. nurses, physician assistants, etc.); clergy; and related entities will provide additional opportunities from citizens in isolated and remote parts of the Delta to become engaged with MDGC.

§ Expanding the Selection Process – MDGC's focus is on the entire eight (8)-state 240-county/parish DRA coverage area. The current selection process is perceived to be more of a "politically driven" (Gubernatorial appointments) rather than individuals from all sectors of society having an opportunity to participate in this leadership training. By expanding the application/selection process to include all sectors of the Delta will reflect a true representation of Delta citizens.

§Collaboration – by expanding the DRA Leadership Institute may lead to greater collaboration by entities (i.e. community colleges, four-year institutions, etc.) responsible for providing the leadership development and/or training. This in itself will create more win-win opportunities for post-secondary institutions to collaborate in bringing about systemic change throughout the region.

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Appreciation for Southeast Arkansas & South Illinois Groups Going to DC, June 3-5

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 05:17 PM

We would like to express our great appreciation to two areas of the Delta–southeast Arkansas and southern Illinois–that have been especially responsive to our requests to RSVP at an early date for the June 3-5 Delta Grassroots Caucus initiative in Washington, DC. We have a group of 24 people from southeast Arkansas led by Kenny Gober of McGehee, Desha County Judge Mark McElroy, many others from McGehee and Dumas, Lynette Graham and Linda Haddock of the Lake Village Economic Development Corporation and others from Lake Village and other southeast Arkansas communities.

We also have a group of seven people from southern Illinois, which considering their small population is a good turnout from organizations such as the Southern Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, Southern Illinois University, President Larry Peterson of Shawnee Community College, as well as Mayor Brad Cole of Carbondale, Illinois.

The southeast Arkansas group has already sent in 24 registration fee checks and 28 memberships, which is tremendously helpful for our budget.

While we now have 80 representatives from all of the eight states and we will get more from all areas of the region in the coming days and weeks, we would encourage northeast Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, western Tennessee, western Kentucky, Alabama, and southeast Missouri to follow the example of the southeast Arkansas and southern Illinois contingents and RSVP now for the June 3-5 Delta initiative in DC. If two local areas that are not heavily populated can send so many people, some of the more heavily populated parts of the region ought to send more as well.

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Landfill Weekly Department Head Report 5-12-2008

WEEKLY Department Head Meeting

 

Department: Helena West Helena Regional Landfill

Date: May 12, 2008

Prepared By: Bob Gaston

 

 

Specific Weekly Activities:

 

Employees Tommy and Larry come in at 6:30am to start equipment and do daily maintenance; Mary comes in at 7:00am and turns on computer. Terry arrives at 8:00am and checks his equipment and starts hauling dirt.

 

Once Larry has the working face and road ready he lets Mary start sending trucks down. Mary weighs the trucks and sends the trucks to the cell. Once the truck has emptied the driver returns and is weighed. Mary prints a ticket and the driver comes in and signs the ticket, the driver receives a copy. Each truck goes through this process each time. Mary also does random inspections on a daily basis. As the waste is placed in the cell the process of compacting begins. We start lunches at 10:00 am and go thru 12:00. After lunch Terry begins placing dirt around the working face so we can cover. Trucks are allowed to enter landfill until 3:30pm. After the last truck is weighed out Mary begins adding tickets and balancing with the computer and printing reports.

 

Mary is usually finished by 4:00pm. After the last truck leaves the process of finishing compacting and covering begin. This normally takes about one and half hours. Each day someone checks the leechate pumps and tanks. We have part time help to take care of litter, grass, office, scales, and other task. We maintain a daily maintenance log on all equipment and make sure hourly maintenance is maintained.

We work during all weather conditions and wet weather adds to the over time. Most weather damage repair is done on Sat.

 

 

Future Activities:

 

1.     Work on drainage.

2.     Run water line to fire plug.

3.     Rebuilding part of road on south end.

4.     Cutting grass.

5.     Finishing job descriptions for staff.

6.     Working on evaluations for staff.

7.     Evaluating offer to bring in out of district waste.

8.     Order gravel.

9.     Seeding for closed area.

 

Activities Completed:

 

  1. Purchased new pump for tanks.
  2. Pipe installed on South end of landfill.
  3. Leechate tanks empty.
  4. 500 hr. maintenance finished on D6 and D5.
  5. Gravel delivered.
  6. Quarterly monitoring completed.

Staff Concerns/ Issues;

 

1.     Looking for part- time help.

2.     EMS—Extra Waste Proposal (Pending)

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Word of the Day for Saturday, May 10, 2008

parsimonious \par-suh-MOH-nee-uhs\, adjective:

Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.

His mother became increasingly parsimonious over the years, and even if there were a good doctor around she did not like to pay one.
-- Willard Sterne Randall, George Washington: A Life
Lehmann was famously parsimonious, and used postwar shortages as a cover for his economies.
-- John Richardson, The Sorcerer's Apprentice
He was extremely parsimonious with his words, parceling them out softly in a deliberate monotone as if each were a precious gem never to be squandered.
-- Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson, Crystal Fire

Parsimonious is the adjective form of parsimony, from Latin parsimonia, "thrift, parsimony," from parsus, past participle of parcere, "to spare, to be sparing, to economize."

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Friday, May 9, 2008

City Council Meeting May 6, 2008

On May 6, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or soon thereafter, the City Council, Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and City Attorney convened for another regular council meeting. The regular meetings are held each first and third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building-City Council Chambers, 226 Perry Street, Helena-West Helena, AR 72342.



At the meeting on the 6th, the council heard a report from Mr. Mike Mosler, Attorney with the Arkansas Municipal League. He was here to give the council an update on litigation between Attorney Jimmie L. Wilson and the City of West Helena. This case grew out of a stop payment order issued by then City Treasurer Shirley Miles-Coad on a $58,000.00 check written to Jimmie L. Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was paid $32,000.00 in 2005 shortly before this check was written. He represented the same clients that Bill Lewellen represented and was paid approximately $55,000.00. Those same clients were also represented by Mr. Gary Austin who has been paid approximately $11,000.00.

The litigation continues.

Next Ms. Adrienne Corbin presented YATU (Youth Against Tobacco Use) and more than 1200 signatures requesting that all parks in Helena-West Helena be made SMOKE FREE.

Mr. Rayne Gordon presented a request for approval of the 2008 Arkansas Delta Blues and Heritage Festival slated for October 9-11, 2008. Should any citizen have any question or concern regarding the permit or its application, contact should be made with the festival office or the office of the mayor.

Mayor James F. Valley presented a request and was granted authority to negotiate a contract for up to $1,000.00 per month with the Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County, Arkansas to provide recreational services to the youth of Helena-West Helena. Attorney and City Council Member, Don Etherly abstained on this matter because he is on the Board of Directors of the club. The council vote was 9-0-1.

Mayor Valley addressed the council regarding the need for changes in the membership on the city's Advertising and Promotion (A & P) Commission. Mr. Johnson moved the removal of Mr. Jay Hollowell from the commission followed by a second from Mr. Marvin Jarrett. After a hearty discussion, the council voted to remove Mr. Hollowell from the commission.

Although the agenda was incomplete, the council adjourned in order to allow Mr. Larry Wilson to attend a 7:30 p.m. special called meeting of the Helena West Helena School District Board of Directors. Mr. Wilson is on the school board. At that meeting, by unanimous consent, Mr. Rudolph Howard was granted a two (2) year contract to serve as superintendent. The next day, Mr. Ken James, head of the Arkansas Department of Education, revealed the plan to reinstate the school board to full local control effective July 1, 2008.

Heritage Month PCCUA--Workshop and Lecture



Heritage Month Community Lecture:

This lecture featured Dr. Paul Root, Dr. Trey Berry and Dr. Lillie Fears. This well attended event was made possible by a grant written and received by Mr. Andrew Bagley. It was a very good program where teachers learned teaching techniques during the workshop and the community heard some very interesting segregation, integration and desegregation anecdotes from these inspiring professors. There was a hearty and touching question and answer session which followed the lectures given by the three professors.

For their distinguished work, each of the presenters were awarded a Key to the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. Professor Bagley was granted a Key to the City as well for his leadership and diligence in making this important workshop and lecture take place in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas in addition to the other work that he has done which has benefitted our citizens and community at large.

Sanitation Department Clean Up




Cleaning lots, removing tires, re-positioning stop signs and clearing drains; all in a day's work.

FIRE DEPARTMENT WEEKLY REPORT 5-12-08

Weekly Department Report

Department FIRE

Date 5/9/2008

Prepared by Chief Reginald Wilson/Asst. Chief Travis Williams

Specific Weekly Activities;

East Side Runs:

5/8/2008 216 Prairie Alarm West Side Runs:

5/2/2008 Springdale Road Powerline

5/2/2008 PC 344 Road Structure Fire

5/3/2008 Highway 49W MVA Extrication

5/4/2008 835 N. 4th Street Structure Fire

5/4/2008 835 N. 4th Street Re-Kindle

5/4/2008 J.R. House – Highway 49 Rubbish Fire

5/4/2008 835 N. 4th Street Re-Kindle

5/4/2008 161 S. Sam False Alarm

5/4/2008 420 Helena Street False Alarm

5/8/2008 123 N. Sam Street Alarm

5/9/2008 602 Sheila Street Alarm

Future Activities:

**Scheduled Classes

**Leadership 1,2,3-May 12-16, 2008 9AM-5PM

@ Phillips Community College

**Inspector I – June 2-6, 2008 9AM-5PM

@Phillips Community College

**Building Construction – July 7-10, 2008

Combustible & Non-Combustible @ Phillips Community College

**Scheduled Events

**Softball Tournament – June 28, 2008

**Department Picnic – May 17,2008

**Raffle – August 1-23,2008

**Community Awareness – August 23, 2008

**Firefighter’s Ball – November 15, 2008

Follow Up Activities:

**U.S.D.A. C.F. Grant Submitted for Fire Department

**Working on U.S.D.A. C.F. Grant for Police Department

**G.I.F. Grant Submitted

**F.E.M.A. Grant Submitted

Staff Concerns/Issues:

**3 Firefighter’s out on Military Leave

-Jamin Crawford

-Franklin Tyner -Demarcus Foreman

**2 Firefighter’s to attend Firefighter’s Standards School in Camden 5/5/2008

-Tracy Hill

-Demond Franklin

Helena-West Helena

Fire Department Gas

UNIT #

DATE

GALLONS

FILLED BY

DATE

GALLONS

FILLED BY

TOTAL

F-1

5/4/2008

20.3

F-60

20.3

F-2

F-3

5/6/2008

17.2

F-3

17.2

#5

5/4/2008

11.6

T.L.

5/5/2008

2.2

F-52

13.8

#8

5/3/2008

19

B.C.

5/6/2008

14.5

M.S.

33.5

Gas Cans

5/4/2008

4

F-60

4

TOTAL

88.8