Saturday, July 12, 2008

Arkansas General Assembly's Intent on Dogs and Cats

"The General Assembly finds that approximately six million (6,000,000) healthy dogs and cats are killed nationally each year in public and private shelters. Of this six million (6,000,000), it is estimated that forty thousand (40,000) are killed each year in Arkansas. Capture, containment and killing of surplus dogs and cats is an ineffective and inhumane method of addressing the problem of overpopulation and places an unnecessary drain on the financial and human resources of the people of the State of Arkansas. Shelter personnel suffer enormous psychological strain caused by the hidden costs to society of irresponsible pet owners. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is a cheaper, more effective and more humane means of permanently reducing the surplus of dogs and cats. Further, experience has shown that less than fifty percent (50%) of persons who receive animals from shelters subject to an agreement to subsequently sterilize those animals, comply with their agreement. Attempts to enforce those agreements place an intolerable burden upon the enforcement effort. Young age spay/neuter has proved to be a safe and practical alternative to release of unsterilized animals. Therefore, the General Assembly hereby amends Arkansas Code 20-19-103 to require that in any county having a population of three hundred thousand (300,000) or greater, dogs and cats over two (2) months of age be spayed and neutered prior to their release by pounds, shelters or humane organizations."



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Department Head Report

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

July 7 – July 11, 2008

 

Department:   Code Enforcement

Date:                           July 11, 2008

Prepared by:  P. Allen

Code Enforcement Officer

 

Special Weekly Activities 7/7/08 – 7/11/08

 

·        Lot 22-35 HW Bryant Subdivision called; sent fax of Lawn Care Providers

·        Pillow Hill Property- Referred to Victor

·        Lot PT 50 HW Bryant Subdivision called; sent list of Lawn Care Providers

·        420 Columbia- House cleaned Up sufficiently

·        Lot 157 Merry land Subdivision; sent email of list of Lawn Care Providers

·        Attended Planning Committee Meeting

·        Contacted Belynda Headley- Kids For the Future- about modular unit placement

·        Spoke with Buddy Waddell about zoning map

·        Considering Rezoning Part of Panama Rd for Daycare use.

·        Curtis Powers – Establishing DayCare on Panama Rd

·        Lot 125; Lot 134 Merryland Subdivision; Water Lumber Co. Paid Inv.01230- $341.00

·        1015 Perry St Bruce Hudson- Tree in City drainage channel- Resolved (Thanks Womack)

·        Met with Joe Madonia Complaint about- Properties around Walker, Poplar, and, McDonough

·        Resubmitted Properties to Attorney Andre

·        Met with Paula Oliver about Code Enforcement for the Historic District

·        Met with Andre Valley- Set up weekly meeting Thursdays at 11:30am

·        Discussed Leans, Collections of Invoices, Working closer together to get city paid for maintenance of private property, Contracts,

·        Inspected 4 residences in West Helena- See Dana

·        250 Sebastian- Dusty Patton- Convicted of violation of Ord. 26-2007 and Chap 5.12.01

§         Judge delayed collection of fines, ordered compliance by requiring Code Enforcement to meet with Mr. Patton on Monday 10:30am to point out specifically what the violations are and what he needs to do to comply.

·        Maxine Miller- Referred list of individuals that will demolish house for set price( to include landfill charges)

·        Complaint by citizens

§          314 E Cleburne- Trees left in drain ditch

§         300 Blk third St.- Trash in vacant lot

§         408 E. Garland – Trash creating smell

 

Letters mailed

 

·        1325 Pecan Street-2nd Notice

·        1239 Poplar Street – burned house-pending notification

 

Future Weekly Activities

 

·        Continue addressing overgrown lots and dilapidated structures

 

·        Continue to mail out certified letters to property owners on overgrown lots and dilapidated structures.

 

Follow-up Activities

 

·        Continue to monitor and contact property owners with overgrown lots

·        Monitor Work progress on Lot 19 HW Bryant Subdivision 247 Longbell & Park Rev. Reed

·        Monitor work progress of Ed and Verna Boyd, old Webb Packing Company building on Walnut Street

 


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puerile \PYOO-uhr-uhl; PYOOR-uhl\, adjective:

Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; juvenile; childish.

And, in one of the most puerile episodes of his adult career, he punishes his old schoolmates for being rich and vulgar by breaking into their houses to soak the labels off their boasted wine collections.
-- Thomas R. Edwards, "Mordecai Richler Then and Now", New York Times, June 22, 1980
Political argument is becoming a puerile cartoon about the moral . . . doing battle with the immoral.
-- George F. Will, "The Costs of Moral Exhibitionism", Washington Post, April 15, 2001

Puerile comes from Latin puerilis, from puer, "child, boy."

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propound \pruh-POWND\, transitive verb:

To offer for consideration; to put forward; to propose.

When Samuelson first propounded this potentially radical idea, it was greeted with astonishment, bordering on outrage.
-- Jonathan Davis, "Samuelson's argument still holds true", Independent, October 4, 1997
Aristarchus not only challenged God, but he, and then Copernicus, propounded a theory that seemed so stupid on the face of it that even a fool would not believe it.
-- William E. Burrows, This New Ocean

Propound is a variation of earlier propone, from Latin proponere, "to set forth, to propose," from pro, "for, before, in favor of" + ponere, "to put."

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contemn \kuhn-TEM\, transitive verb:

To regard or treat with disdain or contempt; to scorn; to despise.

Nor, despite his seeming Jansenist severity, would Pascal contemn such pleasures. Even he, the least therapeutic writer imaginable, admits that diversions can help to heal the beset soul.
-- Edward T. Oakes, "Pascal: The First Modern Christian", First Things, August 1, 1999
The spectrum of difference exhibited at these shows suggests varying relationships with the West: some artists identify with or at least acknowledge the Western tradition, some contemn it.
-- Thomas McEvilley, "Arrivederci Venice", ArtForum, November 1993
We may well pity those who find themselves in disagreement, for their lot is a hard one; but some of us who now warmly support the war cannot find it in our hearts to contemn all so-called pacifists, or even those who are torn by conflicting allegiances.
-- James Harvey Robinson, "The Threatened Eclipse of Free Speech", The Atlantic, December 1917

Contemn is derived from Latin contemnere, from com-, intensive prefix + temnere, "to despise."

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To put up with. . . distortions and to stick to one's guns come what may - this is the. . . gift of leadership. (Abridged) ~ Mohandas Gandhi

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emolument \ih-MOL-yuh-muhnt\, noun:

The wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor; gain; compensation.

The record indicates that few grandees who pleaded poverty to avoid service were left without substantial maintenance grants and emoluments and that the Crown gladly financed their luxurious military lifestyles.
-- Fernando Gonzales de Leon, "Aristocratic draft-dodgers in 17th-century Spain", History Today, 7/1
Although not very rich, he is easy in his circumstances and would not with a view to emolument alone wish for employment.
-- Henry Dundas, quoted in The Elgin Affair, by Theodore Vrettos
And they are not obliged to follow those occupations, if they prefer leisure to emolument.
-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Emolument derives from Latin emolumentum, originally a sum paid to a miller for grinding out one's wheat, from molere, "to grind." It is related to molar, the "grinding" tooth.

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troglodyte \TROG-luh-dyt\, noun:

1. A member of a primitive people that lived in caves, dens, or holes; a cave dweller.
2. One who is regarded as reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.

When the survivalists emerged blinking into the sunlight to restock their caves after the terror, my first reaction was to say, "Bless their dotty, troglodyte hearts."
-- Judy Mann, "Survivalists Flee Reality to Live in Fear", Washington Post, October 5, 2001
. . .an admitted electronics-averse troglodyte like myself, who writes with a fountain pen, shaves with a mug and brush, grinds his own coffee and spends summers in a Maine fishing town where the nearest latte is 45 minutes away.
-- Frank Van Riper, "Another Door Opens", Washington Post, May 5, 2000
For the first time, opening a fashion magazine didn't make me feel like a cloddish troglodyte who needed fixing.
-- Janelle Brown, "Keeping it real", Salon, June 4, 2001

Troglodyte comes from Latin Troglodytae, a people said to be cave dwellers, from Greek Troglodytai, from trogle, "a hole" + dyein, "to enter." The adjective form is troglodytic.

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Main Street Arkansas Update - July 7, 2008

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-----Original Message-----
From: Cary Tyson <Cary@arkansasheritage.org>
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 8:28 AM
To: Caroline Millar <Caroline@arkansasheritage.org>; Cynthia Dorn <CynthiaD@arkansasheritage.org>; Greg Phillips <Greg@arkansasheritage.org>; Mark Miller <MarkM@arkansasheritage.org>; Nancy Lowe <Nancy@arkansasheritage.org>; Susan Shaddox <susans@arkansasheritage.org>
Subject: Main Street Arkansas Update - July 7, 2008

NEXT MSA QUARTERLY TRAINING: JULY 29-30, HARDY

Topic: main to Main (how can we replicate this in ar?)

Speaker: leon Steele, main to main coordinator, louisiana main street

JULY 24-25 - ARKANSAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION SUMMER MEETING,
MT MAGAZINE

OCTOBER 6-8, DESTINATION DOWNTOWN, BAY ST. LOUIS, MS

OCTOBER 21-25 - NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE,
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Monday, July 7, 2008

Activist attacks threaten research

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"An animal has as much of a right to life as we do. To take a life without provocation is immoral, it's violent, there's no excuse for it," said Jacob Black, 23, an organizer of demonstrations at the homes of UC Berkeley researchers. "To name and shame these people as morally bankrupt individuals in our society is key."

 
 

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Animal rights activists, who declined to give their names, demonstrate outside the home of a University of California professor, on Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif. Borrowing the kind of tactics used by anti-abortion demonstrators, animal rights activists are increasingly taking their rage straight to scientists' front doors, harassing and terrorizing researchers and their families in their homes.  Over the past couple of years, more and more researchers who experiment on animals have been harassed and terrorized in their own homes, with weapons that include firebombs, flooding and acid.



 
 

Things you can do from here:

 
 



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Re: Animal Shelter

I will gladly assist in this effort. 

I have met with Ms. Brenda Sudduth (Sud Uth) who wants to help.

Her contact information is:

Brenda Sudduth
bcj4life@yahoo.com

She has been helpful throughout this process. I would consider her an ally to the animals and the humans.

I will be reviewing, over the next few days, the International City/County Management Association's ANIMAL CONTROL MANAGEMENT: A GUIDE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS book and will provide any feedback I find helpful.

I do suggest a review of these web links:

www.aspca.org
www.avma.org
www.americanhumane.org
www.nacanet.org
www.nahee.org
www.petpopulation.org
www.animalsheltering.org
www.hsus.org
www.nodogbites.org
http://humanelink.vview.org
www.petfinder.org
www.acofunstop.com
www.peta.org
www.maddiesfund.org

I hope this is helpful.

Have a great day.

Sincerely,


James F. Valley



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I am putting a committee together to address our problem. I just wanted to let you know and seek anyone's interest in this project. Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions and I will keep you posted of any progress.
Jay



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Court


WEEKLY DEPARTMENT REPORT

(Period of June 27 - July 3, 2008)

 

Department:
Helena-West Helena District Court
Date: July 7, 2008
Prepared by: Linda Danley
 
SPECIFIC WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
Fri., June 27 - Thurs. July 3, 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., June 27, 2008 - Plea/Arraignment (9:00 A.M.)
Total number of cases scheduled - 290
 
Thurs., July 3, 2008 - No court. Office closed at noon for July 4th holiday.
 

---------------------------------------------------------------

Breakdown of Traffic and Criminal Actions

Resolved During the Period of June 27 - July 3, 2008

 

Jurisdiction: City of Helena-West Helena

Finding

Criminal

DWI

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

BF

6

   

24

30

DM

5

1

1

7

14

G

10

1

 

10

21

NG

1

     

1

PRB

   

1

6

7

TOTAL

22

2

2

47

73

 
Jurisdiction: Highway Police "Z" Tickets

Finding

Traffic

Total

BF

4

4

TOTAL

4

4

 
Jurisdiction: Phillips County

Finding

Criminal

Traffic

Total

BF

2

20

22

DM

2

1

3

G

4

 

4

NG

2

 

2

PRB

 

9

9

TOTAL

10

30

40

 
ALL JURISDICTIONS

Finding

Criminal

DWI

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

BF

8

   

48

56

DM

7

1

1

8

17

G

14

1

 

10

25

NG

3

     

3

PRB

   

1

15

16

TOTAL

32

2

2

81

117

 
KEY:

BF - Bond Forfeit

NG - Not Guilty

DM - Dismissed

PRB - Probation

G - Guilty

 

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JAIL ROSTER

 

Defendant

Docket #

Arrest

Date

Release/

Sent. Date

Status/

Disposition

Long, James

CR-08-2346; CR-08-2347

06/26/08

06/27/08

Plead guilty, executed T/P contract, and received credit for 2 days in jail.

Robinson, Janice

CR-08-2336

06/21/08

06/27/08

Plead not guilty. Set for trial-7/10/08.

Rowan, Crystal

DWI-08-49;

CR-08-242;

TR-08-2125

06/26/08

06/27/08

Plead not guilty to CR-08-242 - set for trial on 7/17/08. Plead not guilty to DWI-08-49 & TR-08-2125 - set for trial on 7/24/08.

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FUTURE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
•Thurs., July 10, 2008 (9:00 a.m.) Bench Trials on Traffic Violations
 
•Thurs., July 10, 2008 (1:30 p.m.) Bench Trials on Criminal Actions
 
•Fri., July 11, 2008 (9:00 a.m.) - Plea/Arraignment
 
• No court on Friday, July 25, 2008
 
• August 15, 2008, District Court Clerk's Meeting (Fayetteville, AR)
 
 
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:
• 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.
 
• Prepare pending actions for trial.
 
 
STAFF CONCERNS/ISSUES:
• Server for court database system.
 
• Continue to assess whether Deputy Clerk position should be filled and take appropriate steps at that time.




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Department:    WEST HELENA WATER UTILITIES
 
Date_JULY 7, 2008
 
Prepared by  KEN FRATESI
 
WEEK OF _06/27/08—07/03/08
 
756 FAIRWOOD COVE REPAIR MAIN
239 NORTH TWELVTH REPLACE MAIN
233 NORTH TWELVTH REPLACE MAIN
238B NORTH FOURTH REPAIR SERVICE
478 PC 213 REPAIR SERVICE
117 NODAWAY REPAIR SERVICE
TRIED TO FLUSH AND OPEN RAW WATER LINE
READ METERS
 
Future Weekly Activities:
PREPARING FINAL QUOTES FOR MILLER PUMP STATION REHAB
GETTING QUOTES FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS AT TREATMENT PLANT
 
Follow Up Activities:
CLEANING SEWER LINES
 
Staff Concerns/Issues:
PART-TIME EMPLOYEES
 

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gustatory \GUS-tuh-tor-ee\, adjective:

Of or pertaining to the sense of taste.

In a land of ice and chains and endemic suffering, caviar provided gustatory salvation from grief and black days, a sensual escape from temporal woes.
-- Jeffrey Tayler, "The Caviar Thugs", The Atlantic, June 2001
Why . . . would something that provides such gustatory pleasure turn out to be supposedly the worst thing you could ever eat?
-- Richard Turner, "The Trendy Diet That Sizzles", Newsweek, September 6, 1999
Instead I seemed to be drawn to countries with the worst food imaginable, places like Turkistan and Africa, where every day you woke up hoping you could avoid gustatory terror but knowing that before you slept again, horrible things would be going inside your mouth. The best strategy was simply to try to eat as little as possible. But I seemed cursed by an ever hopeful palate. "Termites? Termite larva? Could be interesting. I'll try a handful." This was never a good idea.
-- Stuart Stevens, Feeding Frenzy

Gustatory derives from Latin gustatus, "taste," from gustare, "to taste, to take a little of." Other words that have the same root include disgust and gusto ("vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment").

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palaver \puh-LAV-uhr; puh-LAH-vur\, noun:

1. Idle talk
2. Talk intended to beguile or deceive.
3. A parley usually between persons of different backgrounds or cultures or levels of sophistication; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation.
4. To talk idly.
5. To flatter; to cajole.

The spaceship crew settles down for a long bout of philosophical discourse that sounds suspiciously like teatime palaver in an Oxford University common room: "Time is a construct of thought too. In High Space this is all more nakedly obvious, is it not? Space isn't a thing. As Kant said . . . ."
-- Gerald Jonas, "Science Fiction", New York Times, July 8, 1990
For me, a young writer about to have yet another commencement address inflicted on him, it was a wonderful surprise -- an honest and detailed talk, free of the usual piety and palaver that clutter those speeches.
-- Alan Lelchuk, "The Death of the Jewish Novel", New York Times, November 25, 1984
He is glad to palaver of his many adventures, as a boy will whistle after sundown in a wood.
-- O. Henry, "The Man Higher Up"

Palaver derives from Late Latin parabola, "a proverb, a parable," from Greek parabole, from paraballein, "to compare," from para-, "beside" + ballein, "to throw."

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