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flummox \FLUM-uhks\, transitive verb:

To confuse; to perplex.

And when a poll's results happen to upset the conventional wisdom, orconfound the experts, or flummox the pundits, then that's a poll toremember.
-- Michael Kagay, "Unexpected Results Make for Memorable Polls", New York Times, March 23, 2000
The chronological order of the Stuart, Hanover, Lancaster and TudorBritish royal houses had me flummoxed.
-- Sara Ivry, "Game Show Wannabe: I Coulda Been a Millionaire", New York Times, February 27, 2000
Flummoxed by the surreality of history and the mind-bogglingchanges unleashed by the 60's, many writers in that era became minimalists,withdrawing, turtlelike, inside their own homes and heads.
-- Michiko Kakutani, "New Wave of Writers Reinvents Literature", New York Times, April 22, 2000

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Street Dept report 4/2/09

STREET DEPARTMENT REPORT – 4/6/09

 

Department: Street Department

 

Date: April 2, 2009

 

Prepared by Oscar Hoskins and Earnest Womack

 

Specific Weekly Activities:

 

Mechanic:

3/27

Replaced windshield wipers on Police unit 2

Replaced tire on Police unit 3

Replaced battery on Sanitation unit 27

Removed drive shaft on Sanitation unit 30

Picked up Sanitation unit 29 from Machine Shop

3/30

Checked oil and aired tires in Sanitation unit 101

Charged battery on 5310 John Deere

Changed oil in Police unit 3

Changed spark plugs in chemical spray rig

Repaired Street unit 106-nut and bolts on platform

Filled in ruts with back hoe on Abel St

Working on putting transmission in Police unit 11

3/31

Serviced track hoe-oil and diesel to begin work at 137 So 6th

Plugged tire in Street unit 30 trash trailer

Charged battery on Street unit 103

Changed oil in Code Enforcement truck

4/1

Installed exhaust gaskets on Police unit 11

Took drive shaft from Sanitation unit 30 to Twin City Machine Shop

Continued fine tuning transmission on Police unit 11

Removed debris from 137 So 6th

4/2

Charged battery on blue and white dump truck

Pushed up pile of debris at Hawkins St

Installed drive shaft in Sanitation unit 30

Replaced head light bulb in Police unit 1

Serviced 790 John Deere tractor

Prepared for pickup of Kubota tractor in Wynne to deliver to Searcy

 

Potholes:

Out of cold mix

 

 

 

Animal control:

  • Removed numerous dead animals from streets
  • Picked up three dead animals from vet

 

Other activities:

Continuous removal of debris throughout city designated trash routes

Litter pick up at primary routes of City:

            Rightor St

Walnut St.

            Cherry St.

            Porter St.

            Perry St.

            Elm St.

Franklin St.

            Oakland Ave.

            Quarles Lane

            Plaza St

Phillips St

 

3/27

Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Welded chain on bucket and replaced extension on roll away tarp Street unit 106     

Covered and sealed storm drain cover at Pecan & Elm

Repaired drain cover on Phillips St

3/29

Call out at Russell and Washington-tree leaning out in road

3/30

Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Removed standing water and several piles of debris from ditch on Baldwin assisted by East side Water Dept

Cleaned drainage ditch along 2nd Street from Baldwin to Anderson

Cut side streets East side and East side shop yard

Mowed lots at 100 block of Coanza beside and across from Pettis Memorial Church and Daycare

Mowed lots at 400 block Ladino from Coanza to Sam

3/31

Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Cleaned drainage ditch at 100 block of Baldwin assisted by West Side Water Dept

Womack and Duncan took Sanitation 27 to Scruggs for repair on arm, also took drive shaft to Tri-State Mac for repair (Sanitation unit 30)

Replaced street signs-West St, Dinan, Oakland at Sulphur Springs, DeSoto St

Placed Town Hall Meeting signs on West St

Removed damaged flowers from flower bed on Oakland median adopted by Billy Ray

4/1

Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Spraying West side center greens

Repaired sink hole at 100 block of No 7th assisted by East side Water Co

Sink hole with sewer problems completed by West side Water Co

Trimmed tree at 350 Dinan St and cut up dead tree at the end of the street

4/2

Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Cleaned out drains at 300 block of So 9th

Checking drainage ditch at Ladino and Baringo St for covering and installing pipe

Removed old tires and cleaned dump site at Hawkins St (burning wood pile)

Cut two storm water run-offs on Springdale Rd near Rock House Church

Hauled 170 tires to Waste Disposal site

Placed dye in drainage at 127 Valley Dr to check source of water drainage

Call out-tree across Audubon preventing resident from getting in or out

Call out-tree across road at 800 block Kentucky

 

Future Weekly Activities:

Old Dominion drainage

Ditch at Center St behind TIC

 

Follow Up Activities:

Drain at 127 Valley Dr-found source of water problem

 

Staff Concerns/Issues:

Pay increases for 10 laborers

Advertised for shop mechanic and two laborers

 

 

STREET DEPARTMENT GASOLINE LOG

 

 

 

 

Week of 4/2/09

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE

UNIT #

GALLONS

RECEIVER

3/27/2009

30

24.6

E Butler

3/30/2009

Zero Turn

10.6

E Butler

3/31/2009

19

44.3

W Wilson

3/31/2009

13

21

J Lemaire

4/1/2009

30

27.6

E Butler

4/1/2009

Parks & Rec

7.3

G Carter

4/1/2009

Box Shop Truck

23

A Barry

4/2/2009

Black Dually

28.1

T Wilson

4/2/2009

103

20

R Smith

4/2/2009

19

25

W Wilson

4/2/2009

9

21.4

O Hoskins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL GALLONS

252.9

 

 

 

 

 

 


Code Enforcement DHR April 6, 2009

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

March 30, 2009 – April 3, 2009


 

Department: Code Enforcement

Date:      April 3, 2009

Prepared by:
Terrence Oliver, Joshua McIntosh & Patrick Allen

Code Enforcement Officers


 

Special Weekly Activities


 

  • 509 Grand – Judy Givens request more time to comply with ordinance
  • 250 Bart – Requested extension on complying on vehicle ordinance
  • Checking for Occupational Licenses of local business


 

Complaints by Citizens


 

  • 74 Lincoln Ct. – Debris clogged ditch
  • 185 Oakland – Vacant house break in
  • 770 Liberty – Discarded Furniture in back yard
  • 323 Desoto – Burnt house
  • 205 N. Sam – Animal Cruelty
  • 145 N. 4th – Neighbor steeling water
  • 138 S. 6th – Pile of debris across the street
  • 144 Anderson – Sewage in back yard


 

Cited Vehicle

  • 313 N 10th – Black Nissan Altima
  • 530 Elm – Black Pontiac Grand Am
  • 401 Franklin – Burgundy Jeep Cherokee
  • 200 Don – White Chevy Van
  • 405 E. Garland – Tan Ford Taurus
  • 512 Cooper – White Nissan Titan
  • 509 E. Park – Blue Dodge Dakota    


 

Mailed Postcards

  • None


 

Fuel

  • Dodge Charger- White 2008
    • 3/28/09 - $17.15
    • 4/3/09 - $25.00
  • GMC Truck
    • 4/3/09 - $37.00


 

Mail

  • $5.42

Letters Mailed


 

  • James Crockett – 251 N. Sam


 

Lots with piles of debris


 

  • 141 Center St.
  • 138 S. 6th St.
  • 727 Pecan St.
  • 462 Washington St.
  • 207 S. Sam St.
  • 200Blk Jane St.
  • 58 Lincoln Ct.
  • 800Blk Cherry St
  • 100Blk E. Park St
  • 510 W. Park St.
  • 202 Madison St.
  • 216 Beech St.
  • Joe Brady Dr.


 

Approved Condemned House List from Planning Commission


 

  • 602 Kentucky – Adail Lillie Dunlap

    

Lien or Affidavit Issued

  • None


 

Future Weekly Activities


 

  • City Council Meeting April 7, 2009
  • Helena-West Helena Great American Clean Up April 18, 2009
  • Planning Commission Meeting April 8, 2009


 

Follow-up Activities

  • None

Staff Concerns

Code Enforcement Software

District Court Weekly DHR (4-06-09)

WEEKLY DEPARTMENT REPORT

(Period of March 27 – April 2, 2009)


 

Department: Helena-West Helena District Court

Date:    April 6, 2009

Prepared by:    Linda Danley


 

SPECIFIC WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

March 27 – April 2, 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., March 27, 2009 (9:00 A.M.) - Plea/Arraignment & Review Docket

    Total number of cases scheduled – 378


 

Wed., April 1, 2009 – Civil and Small Claims Trials

    Total number of cases scheduled – 4 civil claims


 

Thurs., April 2, 2009 (9:00 A.M.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations

    Total number of cases scheduled – 49


 

Thurs., April 2, 2009 (1:30 P.M.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions

    Total number of cases scheduled - 62

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Breakdown of Traffic and Criminal Actions

Resolved during the period of March 27 – April 2, 2009


 

Jurisdiction: City of Helena-West Helena

Finding 

Criminal 

Juvenile 

Traffic 

Total 

DM 

5 

1 

1 

7 

G 

43 

 

81 

124 

NP 

3 

 

8

11 

PRB 

2 

  

2 

TOTAL 

53 

1 

90

144 


 


 

Jurisdiction: City of West Helena-OLD

Finding 

Traffic 

Total 

G 

1

1

TOTAL

1

1


 


 

Jurisdiction: Highway Police "Z" Tickets

Finding 

Traffic 

Total 

G 

2 

2 

TOTAL 

2 

2 


 


 

Jurisdiction: Phillips County

Finding

Criminal 

Traffic 

Total 

BF 

 

1 

1 

DM 

 

1 

1 

G 

7 

36 

43 

NP 

10 

2 

12 

TOTAL 

17 

40 

57 


 


 

ALL JURISDICTIONS

Finding 

Criminal

Juvenile 

Traffic 

Total 

BF 

  

1 

1 

DM 

5 

1 

2 

8 

G 

50 

 

120 

170 

NP 

13 

 

10 

23 

PRB 

2 

  

2 

TOTAL 

70 

1 

133 

204 


 


 

KEY:

BF – Bond Forfeit            NP – Nolle Prosequi

DM – Dismissed            PRB – Probation

G – Guilty


 

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Jail Roster

(March 27 – April 2, 2009)


 

Defendant

Docket #

Arrest

Date 

Release/

Sent. Date 

Status/Disposition

Butler, Antonio 

CR-09-1133

CR-09-244

TR-09-136

CR-08-3189

TR-07-1139

TR-07-1142

CR-07-3669

CR-07-3670 

03/22/09 

03/27/09

Plea of not guilty to CR-07-3669, CR-07-3670, CR-08-3189. Trial set for 04/02/09.


 

Plea of guilty to all remaining charges. Ordered to serve out fines+cost ($530) consecutively in jail. Pending charges in MS to take precedence over these matters.

Davis, Lakeshia

CR-07-2606

CR-07-2751

CR-08-2591

CR-08-2592

CR-08-3712

CR-08-3713

CR-08-3714

CR-08-3715

03/16/09

03/27/09

Plea of guilty to all charges.

Sentenced to 6 months supervised probation on CR-07-2606; ordered to get treatment at a custodial treatment facility; random drug testing; drug & alcohol counseling; and participate in G.E.D. program, job training and parenting class.


 

Sentenced to 30 days in jail consecutively; jail time suspended per 12 months probation on remaining charges.

Sheard, Erma

CR-08-1823

TR-08-4024

TR-08-4025

TR-08-4026

CR-08-4892

CR-08-4893

CR-08-4894

CR-09-728

CR-09-729

03/20/09

 

Plea of not guilty to CR-09-728 and CR-09-729. Trial set for 4/09/09.


 

Plea of guilty to all remaining charges. Sentenced to 10 days in jail for back fines and serve out fines+cost in jail thereafter totaling ($1,615.00).

Williams, Sandy III 

CR-09-106 

In jail on other charges.

03/27/09 

Plea of guilty. Sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Winford, Armond

TR-07-2079

CR-07-2850

Served while in jail on other charges.

03/27/09

Plea of guilty to both charges. Ordered to pay fines+cost totaling $335.


 

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FUTURE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

• Thurs., April 9, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations

• Thurs., April 9, 2009 (1:30 p.m.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions     

• Fri., April 10, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) – Office Closed (Good Friday Holiday) – NO COURT

• Wed., April 15, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) – Civil and Small Claims Trials

• Thurs., April 16, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations

• Thurs., April 16, 2009 (1:30 p.m.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions     

• Fri., April 17, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Plea/Arraignment

• Thurs. & Fri., April 23 – 24, 2009 – District Court Judges & Clerk's Meeting

(Hot Springs, Arkansas) – NO COURT

• Thurs., April 30, 2009 (9:00 a.m.) - Bench Trials on Traffic Violations

• Thurs., April 30, 2009 (1:30 p.m.) - Bench Trials on Criminal Actions     


 


 

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:

•    Enter dispositions into court database of cases brought before the court on April 3, 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:

•    Security during sessions of court, specifically Bench Trial on Thursdays and Plea/Arraignment on Fridays.

    

•    Training of dispatch personnel on use of Virtual Justice (court software).