Saturday, May 31, 2008

Budget As Amended May 20, 2008

To view our current budget, as amended May 20, 2008, click on this link:
Current 2008 Budget

The changes in the budget include changing the line item numbers to track our current "chart of accounts" used by our Red Wing Perception Accounting Software.

You may also view the budget on the Amended Budgets Spreadsheet webpage:

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

James F. Valley
(870)817-4035

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patina \PAT-n-uh; puh-TEEN-uh\, noun:

1. The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
2. The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
3. An appearance or aura produced by habit, practice, or use.
4. A superficial layer or exterior.

[The ship] was sleek and black, her decks scrubbed smooth with holystones, her deckhouses glistening with the yellowed patina of old varnish.
-- Gary Kinder, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
A patina of coal dust lies over everything.
-- "A Railroad Runs Through It," review of Stations: An Imagined Journey, by Michael Flanagan, New York Times, October 23, 1994
Rothko himself was guilty of making ponderous statements about the religious and mythic dimensions of his art; and Mrs. Ashton has adopted this clumsy impulse, laying over his work a heavy patina of commentary that seems designed to show off her own wide-ranging intellect.
-- Michiko Kakutani, review of About Rothko, by Dore Ashton, New York Times, November 7, 1983

Patina is adopted from Italian, from Latin patina, "a dish" (from the incrustation on ancient metal plates and dishes).

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Weekly Code Enforcement Report

Weekly Department Report Summary
May 25-30, 2008
 
Department: Code Enforcement
Date: May 30, 2008
Prepared by: PH Allen & J McIntosh
 

Weekly Activities

         
  • Plotted Lots from list of cut properties per Oscar
    • Lot 25; Block L- 214 Buckeye – Pearl Dunlap
    • Lot 19; Block L- 221 Buckeye- Essie Banks
    • Lot 27; Block L- 224 Buckeye- Thomas Luther
    • Lot 21-22; Block L- 229 Buckeye- Mary L. Jonah Scott
    • Lot 28; Block L- 232 Buckeye- Ruth Collins
    • Lot PT lot 30 Block L- 240 Buckeye- Alberta Williams
    • Lot 6;Block30- Betty Jean Porter
    • Lot 21; Lincoln Ct Sub- 9 Lincoln CT
    • 233 N. Baringo st
    • Lot 20 Block 100- Nellie Estate Hicks
  • Notice letters have a copy of Chapter 5 Notice and Copy of Lawn Care Providers
  • Attended Court on May 30, 2008 ; Annie Blue Citation
    • Received Continuance for June 6
  • Road with Oscar to plot lots that have been cut- compiling property list now-Unresolved
  • Created Referral List of Licensed Lawn Care Providers
  • Mailed out contract and quote to Augustine McKinney regarding 1433 Perry St
Campbell's Moving and Lawn Service
Michael Campbell Jr.  Cell; 870-995-9313
Res; 870-228-6100; 870-228-2683
                          Scott's Trick of All Trades; Robert Scott
                                     1221 Porter Street Cell 870-817-1143 or 870-317-7981
                          Smith's Lawn Service ;Office Manager; Shelia Roberson
                                    Owner; Joseph Smith 214-500-9856
                                    Email: grassyland2008@yahoo.com
                        Davis Lawn Services
                                    Walter Davis PO Box 824 Marvell AR 
                                    870-817-8440
  • 503 Ladino St- Mixed Breed- spoke about privacy fence-Unresolved- Follow Up in 2 weeks- Contacted John about vehicles and Ordinance- given 2 weeks to comply
  • 301 Arkansas St- Greer needing to move vehicles and finish privacy fence-Unresolved-Follow Up in 2 weeks-
    • Making significant Progress given an extended time to comply
  • Received complaint that ditch is growing up on lot at 141/143 Anderson St.- Referred to Oscar- Unresolved
·        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.
o       Asked for more time- Follow up in 2 weeks- Pending 3rd notice due to none compliance
·        Contacted Tom Heisler about his desire to buy 909 Pecan Property. Contacted Mr. Herrara-Unresolved- No reply
  • 316, 322, & 324 Washington St- Unresolved
    • Spoke with Walter about getting property boarded up
    • Property due to be sold.
  • 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
  • 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
      • None
  • 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
        • Unresolved as yet- Tenant waiting for plumber to fix problem- Waddell contacted stated he would look into it.
·        Addressed Street/Sanitation Dept.
      • Mr. Huff called concerned about 339 S 6th St-Unresolved
        • Spoke with owner- waiting for insurance to respond
 
·        Cited Property for overgrown lots or lawns
·        702 Mimosa- Resolved- needed an extended time to cut lawn
·        205 S. 5th St 
·        1015 Franklin St.
·        36 Parkdale St.   –Pending making progress  
·        1002 E Garland- Resolved 
·        403 N. Baringo St.
·        701 Mimosa St.- Resolved
·        521 St. Jean St.-Foreclosure in progress
·        32 Parkdale St.- Pending making progress-   
 
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  • Cited Property with debris or trash piles
    • 402 W Russell- Referred Don Coats to licensed lawn care services.
 
 
    • 250 N. Sebastian- Unresolved-Sent 3rd Notice Letter
      • Spoke with Mr. Patton- Will comply when he is ready
      •  Issued Citation-by HWHPD
    • 1111 College St.- -Sent 3rd Notice Letter - Resolved
      •  Debris and trash- Notified Owner-
      • Received additional complaints form neighboring resident
      • Called said he needed more time to clean up property-1 week extension
    • 327 N. 9th St- Trash and Debris-Unresolved- Sent 2nd Notice Letter
    • 700 Ohio St – Mr. Hoskins has begun work on removing trash off site and is progressing toward resolution. –Unresolved
    • 909 Pecan St- Unresolved
      • Received May Payment
    • Locust/ Little Rock Rd- Unresolved
    • 337 S. Sam St- the adjacent property- Unresolved- Sent notice
    • 215 N Sam- debris across the street- Unresolved
    • 237 Hernando- in front debris across the street- 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
    • 1127 Franklin St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1131 Franklin St.- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1133 Franklin St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1315 Franklin St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1238 Poplar St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified-Desire to donate property
    • 122 Walker St.-Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1415 Walnut St. Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1513/1517 Franklin St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 400 Jefferson St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 1429 Holly St.-Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 206 Beech St. Tagged, Pictured-Notified- Unresolved
      • Spoke with Ms. Bynum of Independent Mortgage
      • Property Burned Down- Contacting Owner about Cleanup
    • 214 Beech St- Tagged, Pictured –Notice Burned Contacting Owner about Cleanup
    • 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- Sent 2nd Notice
      • Received request form owner for an extension
    • 1806 Holly St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified.
      • Requesting an extension
    • 741 Liberty St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 1920 Holly St- Tagged, Pictured,  & Notified- Sent 2nd Notice
    • 326 S Baringo- Tagged & Pictured, Notified- Unresolved
    • 115 S. 4th St- Resolved
      • Sent notice of demolishing house Demolition almost complete
    • 314 Adkins – Tagged, Pictured, Burned, Pending Notification
    • 276 West wood Pl- Tagged & Pictured-Sent 2nd Notice Letter
    • 314 Hernando – Tagged, Pictured, Notified
    • 214 S 4th St – Tagged & Pictured
    • 325 Hwy 44 – Tagged & Pictured
    • 305 Lithicum- Tagged & Pictured-
      •  
    • 700 Elm St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • House boarded up
      • Lawn Needs Cutting
    • 517 Word Ave- Tagged & Pictured
    • 1306 Ohio St. Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 134 Ohio St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Demolished awaiting Labor Cost and Disposal Fee- Victor
    • 140 Ohio St- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
      • Demolished awaiting Labor Cost and Disposal Fee-Victor
    • 150 S Ashlar St.- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified- Sent 2nd Notice Letter
      • Requested an extension
    • 327 N. 9th St – Tagged & Pictured- Notified
      • Property needs lawn area cleaned
    • 102 Richmond Hill Dr.- Tagged, Pictured & Notified.
      • Requesting extension to do repairs
 
  • Cited Vehicles-Unresolved
    • 32 Parkdale- White Buick LaSabre- Tagged- Selling Cars-Pending
      • VIN 1G4HP54CZMH456598 Lic. None
      • Brown Ford Cougar – No VIN Visible Lic. None
    • 36 Parkdale St- Blue Dodge Dakota- Tagged
      • VIN 1B7FL26XOPS1O8487 Lic. 087ETC
      • Resident called said he is working on cleaning up needs 2 weeks
    • 245 S 6th St Burgundy Chevy Caprice Classic- Tagged
        • 1GVBL53E1PR103169
    • 245 Baringo St -Resolved
      • Red Mercury Mystique- Tagged
        • VIN 1melm653xwk613858
        • Vehicle operational
    • 101 Short Ohio- Tagged & Pictured- Unresolved
      • Came in and is in process of cleaning up property and selling trailer- Sent 2nd Notice
    • 1307 Cherry St.- Tagged & Pictured- Unresolved
      • Will clean property & move vehicles. -Sent 2nd Notice
 
List Of Condemned Properties Pending submission to Planning Commission
Submitted Packet to Attorney Andre- Completed- Resubmitted
    • 238 Ashlar St- Tagged, Pictured, Notified-
    • 837 Alabama- Tagged, Pictured, & Notified
    • 1325 Pecan St
    • 315 S 6th St.
    • 60 Lincoln Ct
    • 1308 Pecan St
    • 246 N 6th St.
    • 812 Elm St.
    • 212 Buckeye-
      • Pending Billing Invoice
    • 825 Elm St- Partly Demolished
    • 717 Bennett-Called to Remove Meter
    • 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
    • Lot 5W ½ Block 42-(Adams St)-Unresolved
    • 1603 Sulfur Springs Rd- Unresolved-Requested extension
    • 1128 Beech St- Unresolved- Requested extension
    • 1920 Holly St- Unresolved-Requested extension
 
  • Mailed Regular letters to property owners regarding city's concerns
    • 3 Lincoln Ct- reminder to continue clean up- Resolved
    • 23 Lincoln Ct- 2nd Notice
    • 314 Hernando St- 2nd Notice
    • 1433 Perry St- 2nd Notice
    • 21 Lincoln Ct- 2nd Notice
    • Linda Teague- 2nd Notice- Resolved currently
      • 109 S 10th St
      • 915 Plaza St.- Requesting more time to remove lumber
      • 759 Nixon St.-Resolved
    • 1417 Cherry St- Sent landlord and tenant notice- Unresolved- 2nd Notice
      • Ord 05.12.01 and Ord26-2006-Mr Fox contacting tenant regarding violations
    • 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 –Referred to Councilman Roy Reynolds and Attorney Andre Valley
    • 432 West St- Reminder to continue clean up- 3rd Notice
      • Requested more time due to family crisis
    • 448 West St. Notice of responsibility of Property Owners
      • Sent Ord05.12.01
    • George Hudson Jr.- 434 West St-Pending
      • Trash removed hole filled with trash
      • Citizen complaint about hole dug on West St that is full of water-
        • Notified Owner- Resolved
      • Requested an extension to wait until ground dries
    • 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
    • 137 Westwood- Burned Building
    • Road Kill Grill- Complaint about Bird dropping around customers seated area
    • Received Complaint about overgrown lawn Next door on 137 S 5th
      • 140 S 4th St
        • Received complaint about hole in ground
          • Referred to Oscar
    • 10th & Garland Ave- Overgrown Lawn- Resolved
      • Received call and owner will resolve problem
    • Vanessa Willis called about Code Enforcement for Elaine- Referred to Mayor Valley- Resolved Pending Conversation with Mayor of Elaine
    • 238 S. Ashlar St- Lori Mosby-
      • Property burned down contacting Owner-about clean up- Unresolved
    • Resident of 233 N 4th St
      • Ditch not draining – Referred to Oscar
      • Grass not cut next door- Contacting Owner- Unresolved
    • 315 Southridge
      • Grass not cut- Contacting Owner- Unresolved
    • Lorna Harcourt
      • 144 Military Rd- Grass 2-3feet tall needs cutting- Referred to Oscar
    • Mertee Montgomery
      • Complaint about Daycare in neighborhood
    • Willie Davis
      • 622 Jefferson St – Tree Falling
    • Jane Hisler
      • Property across from Community Center-909 Pecan- Referred to Victor
    • Thelma Morris
      • House Being torn Down – Referred to Mayor Valley
 
    • 219 N.10th – Garbage attracting pest-Pictured- Unresolved
      • Continue to receive complaints about pest and trash0
        • Issuing 1st Notice
    • Dolly Thomas- Ditch not draining- Referred to Oscar-
      • Waiting for ditch to dry out-Resolved
    • 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
    • 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
      • 333 N. Coanza St-
      •  Sending Invoice for Demolishing
        • 408 S Coanza St- Resolved
        • 712 Elm St.- Resolved-
          • Demolished-$1200.00
        • Demolished – 5 hour labor
          • Called about bill that was sent for demolishing property
·        Outstanding invoices in January will be sent a 3rd notice this week
o       Cooper Demetrius owe $105.00-
·        Sent final Notice to pay
§         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 3rd notice this week
    • Denise Bell- owe $705.30
    • Rhondalyn Wilkins- owe $649.14
    • Bobby Jones- owe $1947.48
    • Martha Scott- owe $310.00
 
·        Outstanding invoices in March will be sent a 2nd notice this week
o       Mary & Henry Wright-owe $581.25
o       324 Adkins- owe $581.25
o       Arlease, James-$682.00
o       Submitting contract for payment plan
o       Jamie or Glenda Woods- $800.00-
o       Contracted City about paying for this lot to be cleared in July of 2007
·        Submitted to Quiania to acquire landfill receipts
o       Luther Thomas-$2.228.14
 
 
 
·        Outstanding invoices in April
o       Robert Quick- $814.00
 
 
·        Outstanding invoices in May
·        Jannette Hardman- 232.50-Paid
 
Current Contracts
·        1302 Cherry St.-Unresolved
·        914 Alabama St- Unresolved
·        909 Pecan St- Unresolved
·        316 & 318 N Coanza-Resolved
·        Lot on Norman St. Unknown
·        1134 & 1136 Beech St.-Unresolved
·        556 S. 7th St
·        1023 Poplar St- Unresolved
 
Submitted Ticket Citations to HWHPD
  • Annie Blue
    • 148 Anderson St
  • Dusty Patton
    • 250 N. Sebastian St
 
Special Weekly Activities
 
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-
    •  Submitted Cost of Books and Testing Fees to Mrs. Covington -Unresolved
    • Created postcard "Chapter 5 Notice" mass mail out-Pending Mail Out
  • Continue addressing ordinance violations
    • Mayor Valley List
  • Mail out letters to owners
  • Create a mass mailing to notify residents of Stricter ordinance enforcement
  • 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:
On weekly Rotation
            House violations
            Vehicle violations
            Property Violations
 
  • 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
o       Sent to City Shops See TA
·        More Training
 
Vehicle Gas Log;
 
·              None
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mail Log;
 
                                                  Code Enforcement Mail Ledger
 
2008
Date
No. Of Ltrs Reg and Cert
 Postage Amt
 Past Postage Amt
 Current Postage Amt
Jan
11
 $       59.18
 $          319.01
 $           378.19
Feb
28
 $     150.64
 $          378.19
 $           528.83
Mar
45
 $     242.10
 $          528.83
 $           770.93
Apr
19
 $     102.22
 $          770.93
 $           873.15
22-Apr
3 Reg/2Cert
 $           11.99
 $              873.15
 $               885.14
25-Apr
1 Reg/2Cert
 $           11.17
 $              885.14
 $               896.31
1-May
8 Reg/9 Cert
 $           51.78
 $              896.31
 $               948.09
5-7 May
4 Reg/0 Cert
 $             1.64
 $              948.09
 $               949.73
16-May
8 Reg/ 8 Cert
   $            46.40
   $                949.73
    $                 996.13
21-May
20 Cert
   $          109.06
   $                996.13      
    $               1105.19
22-May
1Reg
   $               .42
   $             1105.19 
    $               1105.61
23-May
4Reg
   $               1.68
   $              1105.61
    $                1107.29
Totals
28 Reg / 104 Cert
     $            788.88
 
 $                      788.88