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Word of the Day for Saturday, January 10, 2009

fastidious \fa-STID-ee-uhs\, adjective:

hard to please; extremely refined or critical

For months, his tall, fastidious figure had prowled around the old city hall on Wall Street, examining its eighty-year-old brickwork, muttering to himself in French, or his syntactically challenged English, imagining-where others saw merely a tired old workhorse of a building-a blank canvas upon which to paint an architectural epic.
-- Fergus M. Bordewich, The Making of the American Capital, 2008-05-16
Penske cannot say for sure that being fastidious off the racetrack results in being fast on it. What he can say, though, is that he has created a culture that has fostered loyalty.
-- Dave Caldwell, New York Times, 2006-05-28

c 1440, "full of pride," from Latin fastidiosus "disdainful, squeamish, exacting," from fastidium "loathing," most likely from fastu-taidiom, a compound of fastus "contempt, arrogance" and tædium "aversion, disgust." The meaning "squeamish, over-nice" emerged in England by 1612.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

LANDFILL WEEKLY DHR 1-12-2009

                     

              WEEKLY Department Head Meeting 

   Department: Helena West Helena Regional Landfill

 Date: Jan. 12, 2009

 Prepared By: Bob Gaston 
 

 Specific Weekly Activities: 

 Employees Tommy and Larry come in at 6:30am to start equipment and                           do daily maintenance; Donna 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 Donna start sending trucks down. Donna 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. Donna 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.

 Donna 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. Build clean-out pad.
  3. Seed bare spots on west side of closed cell.
  4. Building road for wet weather area.
  5. Check cost for leechate line.
  6. Working on waste stream report.
  7. Quarterly gas report.
  8. Working on 2008 and 2009 budgets.
 
 

    Activities Completed: 
     

  1. ADEQ inspection on Nov. 20, 2008. Zero violations.
  2. Regular maintenance on Volvo and Dozers completed.
  3. Fire plug moved and water connected.
  4. Watering for seeded area complete.
  5. Report from PI completed.
  6. Weather road completed.
  7. Patched holes in front of scales.
  8. Training complete on heavy equip.
  9. Quarterly gas monitoring completed.
 
 
 
 

    Staff Concerns/ Issues; 

  1. None

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P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, 72342
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CID WEEKLY REPORT 1-12-2009

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PREPARED BY: Commander R. Covington Sr.

DATE: January 9, 2009 December 18 THRU January 08,2009


CRIMES AGAINST PERSON

11- THEFT OF PROPERTY

AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
TERRORISTIC ACT
DOMESTIC BATTERY 2ND DEGREE
02- BATTERY 2ND DEGREE

CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY
07-RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

02- BREAKING AND ENTERING

NARCOTICS CRIMES

SATURATION REPORT DONE SEPARATELY

OTHER FELONIOUS CRIMES

(2) THEFT BY RECEIVING

(2) FORGERY

(2) WARRANTS PENDING

CURRENT ACTIVITIES:

WE CURRENTLY HAVE 12 OPEN CASES FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, OF THE 3
CASES; WE'VE MADE 0 FELONY ARRESTS.

OPERATION SAFE WATCH –CITY WIDE

SATURATION OF PROBLEM AREAS

EVALUATING LAST YEARS PERFORMANCE

MAKING CHANGES TO IMPROVE LAST YEARS OUTPUT

PREPARING NEW INVESTIGATORS FOR THEIR NEW ROLES IN THE DIVISION

FUTURE ACTIVITIES:
SCHEDULE MORE ADVANCE TRAINING FOR THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT

STAFF CONCERNS:

PROMOTIONS AND RAISES FOR INVESTIGATORS

PROVIDE INVESTIGATOR DENNIS COX ADDITIONAL TRAINING

PROVIDE INVESTIGATOR CHANTA MANSFIELD ADDITIONAL TRAINING

PROVIDE INVESTIGATOR MICHAEL B. THOMAS ADDITIONAL TRAINING

UPDATE COMPUTERS IN THE OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

DEVELOP MORE ADVANCE WAYS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL NARCOTIC SELLING WITHIN
THE CITY AS WELL AS OTHER STREET CRIMES.


INVESTIGATOR DATE GALLONS FUEL USAGE
ROY COVINGTON SR. 12/21/2008
12/29/2008

01/02/2009

01/08/2009

20.9
22.0

21.4

21.9

$33.42
$33.00

$34.31

$38.00

DENNIS COX 12/26/2008
12/30/2008

12/30/2008

01/02/2009

01/05/2009

01/07/2009

10.0
13.3

13.3

13.3

8.8

8.3

$15.00
$20.00

$20.00

$20.00

$15.00

$15.00

TOMMY BIVENS 12/30/2008
01/05/2009

11.7
12.0

$20.00
$20.00


TOTAL 155 GALLONS $283.73


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MAYOR - Helena West Helena
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, 72342
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District Court Weekly DHR (1/12/09)

WEEKLY DEPARTMENT REPORT

(Period of December 19, 2008 - January 8, 2009)

 

 

Department: Helena-West Helena District Court

Date: January 12, 2009

Prepared by: Linda Danley

 

 

SPECIFIC WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

Dec. 19, 2008 - January 8, 2009 - 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., December 19, 2008 (9:00 A.M.) - Plea/Arraignment & Review Docket

Total number of cases scheduled - 331

 

Wed., January 7, 2009 (9:00 A.M.) - Civil and Small Claims Trials

Total number of cases scheduled - 1 civil; and 1 small claims

 

Thurs., January 8, 2009 (9:00 A.M.) - Bench Trial on Traffic Violations

Total number of cases scheduled - 152

 

Thurs., January 8, 2009 (1:30 P.M.) - Bench Trial on Criminal Actions

Total number of cases scheduled - 34

 

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Breakdown of Traffic and Criminal Actions

Resolved on December 19, 2008

 
NOTE: Due to the large number of cases scheduled for January 8, 2009, disposition of the court on those matters could not be entered into the court database within the time constraints imposed for posting this report. That statistical data will be provided in next week's report.
 
Jurisdiction: City of Helena-West Helena

Finding

Criminal

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

DM

   

1

1

G

30

2

36

68

NP

15

 

9

24

WQ

1

   

1

WR

1

   

1

TOTAL

47

2

46

95

 
Jurisdiction: City of West Helena-OLD

Finding

Traffic

Total

G

1

1

TOTAL

1

1

 
Jurisdiction: Highway Police "Z" Tickets

Finding

Traffic

Total

G

1

1

NP

2

2

TOTAL

3

3

 
Jurisdiction: Phillips County

Finding

Criminal

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

G

1

1

30

32

NP

3

1

6

10

TOTAL

4

2

36

42

 
ALL JURISDICTIONS

Finding

Criminal

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

DM

   

1

1

G

31

3

68

102

NP

18

1

17

36

WQ

1

   

1

WR

1

   

1

TOTAL

51

4

86

141

 
KEY:

DM - Dismissed

WQ - Warrant Quashed

G - Guilty

WR - Warrant Recalled

NP - Nolle Prosequi

 

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Jail Roster

(December 19, 2008)

 

Defendant

Docket #

Arrest

Date

Release/

Sent. Date

Status/

Disposition

Ewing, Aaron

CR-08-4476

CR-08-4477

Served while in jail on other charges

12/19/08

Plea of not guilty. Cases set for 1/15/09.

Henry, Natasha

TR-08-991

CR-08-1353

CR-08-1354

TR-08-1435

CR-08-3340

CR-08-3341

CR-08-3342

CR-08-3343

CR-08-4398

12/12/08

12/19/08

Plea of not guilty.  Case set for 1/22/09.  Released to her attorney.

Robinson, Janice

CR-08-3016

CR-08-4535

Served in jail after arrest on felony charges.

01/08/09

Plea of not guilty on 12/19/08. Set for trial on 1/08/09.

 

At trial, defendant was

ordered to pay $100 within 30 days on CR-08-3016. Case set for review on 02/12/09.

 

Sentenced to 30 days in jail and given credit for time served on CR-08-4534.

 

 

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Breakdown of the Number of Cases

Entered into the Court Database During the Year (2008)

 

Case Type

# of Filings

Criminal

4,803

DWI

124

Juvenile

148

Ordinance

14

Traffic

4,399

Civil

944

Small Claims

108

Total

10,540

 
 

FUTURE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
•Thurs., Jan. 15, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations
•Thurs., Jan. 15, 2009 (1:30 p.m.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions
•Fri., Jan. 16, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Plea/Arraignment
•Mon., Jan. 19, 2009 - Office closed. (Martin Luther King Holiday)
•Thurs., Jan. 22, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations
•Thurs., Jan. 22, 2009 (1:30 p.m.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions
•Fri., Jan. 23, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Plea/Arraignment
•Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations
•Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009 (1:30 p.m.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions
•Fri., Jan. 30, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Plea/Arraignment
 
 
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:
• Enter dispositions into court database of cases brought before the court on January 8, 2009 (Bench Trials) and January 9, 2009 (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.
 
• Prepare pending actions for trial.
 
 
STAFF CONCERNS/ISSUES
:
• Server for the court database system.





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Weekly Code Enforcement Report

January 9, 2009

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

December 29, 2008 – January 9, 2009

 

Department:   Code Enforcement

Date:                 January 9, 2009

Prepared by:  Joshua McIntosh & Patrick Allen

Code Enforcement Officers

 

Special Weekly Activities 12/29/08 – 1/9/09

 

·        824 Franklin- Vernon Felix Requested 2 wk Extension

·        1308 Cherry St.- Olive Finley- Quote to Condemn- Referred to Victor

·        825 Alabama St.- Williams- Requesting Extension (faxed)

·        206 Beech St. Maxine Bynum- stated that property has been submitted to the state.

·        1022/1024 Poplar St.- Sent to state- Pending Auction

·        Otis Turner- requesting 3rd extension Making progress

o       1603 Sulphur Springs

o       1000; 1003; 1009; 1011 College St.

·        Spoke with Richard Beckwith regarding properties; Requesting time to correct problems;

o       305 Lithicum St.

o       1535 Sulphur Springs Rd.

·        301 E. Garland Ave. – Requesting quote to clear debris from sidewalk

o       Received quote from Oscar; Spoke with Mr. Bailey concerning contract

·        Followed up on

o       Jane St. Ohio St. Sulphur Springs Holly St. Franklin St. Sears Ln.

o       Westwood St. Arlington St. Buckeye St.

·        Sent email to Clayton of See Co.

o       Bill board advertising (501) 907-9972

·        Contacted Betty Riley (Shay's Childcare) on Cherrydale-

o       Zoning letter for increase child care number

·        Completed Comparative analysis of dog ordinances

o       Submitted report to council-January 6, 2009

·        Spoke with Vic regarding the status of these properties- Awaiting response

o       Old Little Rock Rd.-Blanca Diaz

o       1023 College- Marva Bobo

o       1302 Cherry St.- Canlas Corazon

 

 

Complaints By Citizens

 

·        562 Kentucky- Dog Brown Bull Master running in street-

·        108B S 9th St. Junk Behind Shed

 

Cited Vehicle

 

·        None

 

Mailed Postcards

 

·        None

 

Fuel

·        Chevy Impala

o       $25.01-16.6gal

 

Mail

·        $11.26

Letters mailed

 

·        110 Jordan St. Vincent Bell

·        203 Jordan St. –Rafe Mitchell

·        404 Helen St. Shandrea Coleman

·        Lot Pt 1S Block 103- Darnell Jones

·        1114 Porter St. M.M. Mayweather

·        705 Miller- Dorothy & Eddie Spencer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & nbsp;                                                                              

·        107 Jordan St. – Andrew Davis

·        127 Jordan St. – William & Roxie Siddon

·        717 St. Regis- Bernice Bobo

·        721 St. Regis- Felicia M. Ross

·        207 Jordan St.- Oscar Billie Heard

·        1433 Perry St. – Augustine McKinney

·        207 S 6th St- Merrill Lambert

·        Lot1S1/2 &Lot 2 Block 42- Barbara King Invoice

·        1133 Franklin St.- Benella Armstrong

·        209 Jane St.-Richard & Ruth Armstrong

·        1717 Holly St. Larry Delk

·        107 S Sebastian St.- James English

 

 

Lots with piles of debris

 

·        141 Center St.

·        138 S. 6th St.

·        727 Pecan St.

·        462 Washington St.

·        207 S. Sam St.

·        Jane St. –200 Block

·        58 Lincoln Ct.

·        800Blk Cherry St

·        100Blk E. Park St

·        1030 Arkansas St.

·        216 Beech St.

·        Joe Brady Dr.

 

Approved Condemned House List-

 

·        None

 

Pending Condemned House List

 

·        1429 Holly St. – Carolyn Lockridge,

·        717 Bennet- Steve Moots                                                                                         

·        238 N 7th St.- Robert Lewis

·        909 College St.- Delta Redevelopment Corp of America

·        1503 Franklin St.- Mary Huhnke

·        200 S. Sam St.- JB King

·        837 Alabama St. – Tonya Lee

·        315 S 6th St.- Esselene Meiers

·        1510 Holly St.- Melvin Wright

·        314 Hernando- Daphne Anderson

·        1128 Beech St.- Webster Ovie & Dorothy

·        731 Aaron St.- Warner Helen Barrow

·        1513/1517 Franklin – Garland Ridenour

·        401/403/405/407 Missouri St.- Alex Childs Jr.

·        510 Valley Dr David Braggs

·        305 Lithicum St.- Richard Beckwith

·        1535 Sulphur Springs Rd- Richard Beckwith

·        276 Westwood PL. Freddie Hill & Sadie Hill

·        717 Bennett St.

 

 

 

 

Citation or Affidavit Issued

 

·        322 Market St.- Francis Wilson

·        412 N. Sebastian –Crown Inn

·        503-503.5 Franklin St. – James Holmes

·        927 Walnut St.- John M. & Linda C Broome

·        624 Biscoe- Gerald Coleman

·        Lot 22 Elm St.- Carolyn Sparks

·        741 Liberty- Michael & Etta Arrington

 

Future Weekly Activities

 

·        Get condemnation listing from Daily World

·        Locate all city property

·        Call North Little Rock Attorney regarding nuisance abatement program

·        Continue addressing overgrown lots and dilapidated structures

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

·        More Focus on Vehicles out of compliance

·        Focus on liens on property for outstanding Invoices

·        Adopt International Property and Zoning Codes

·        Planning Commission Meeting- January 14, 2009

·        Council Meeting- January 20, 2009

·        Planning Commission Training- Hot Springs March 11,2009

·        EduCode Conference- Las Vegas February 23-27

·        Municipal League Conference- Little Rock January 14-16

·        Historic District Meeting list of Property owners to contact-Pending

o       810 Columbia- Ed & Verna Boyd

o       1321 College St.- Laura Ellenburg

o       522-528 Cherry St. -Dorothy Ellis of California

 

Follow-up Activities

 

·        Followed Up on various properties to close out files before end of year

o       Completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Concerns

 

·              Chevy Impala (2001)

o       Problems with power steering

o       Shutting off

o       Making popping noise when making turns

o       Heat and AC fan cuts off and on

o       Driver window not working

·              Blue Prince Code Enforcement Software or iWorkQ Software

·              Training and Staffing

o       Pending Testing –

§         International property maintenance code Test

§         Zoning Test