Saturday, April 25, 2009

723490 Parks and Recreation

Weekly Report

Department: Parks and Recreation

Date: 4-24-09

Prepared by: B. O'Shea Burrell

Specific Weekly Activities



Daily cleaning HWHCC

Tutorial 3:30-5:00

Drained water from N. Helena Park (Sports Complex)

Cut and groomed grass at Solomon Park, and Community Center

Picked up baseball and softball registration forms from schools

Renovation continues for air conditioning unit at Community Center

Cleaned Malco and changed letters

Tuesday 4-21-09

Daily cleaning @ HWHCC

Prepared N. Helena Park (Sports Complex) fields prepared and restrooms cleaned for Central's girls last softball games

Adult free play 6pm-close

Summer food programs completed and submitted

Cleaned the Malco

Emptied trash and cleaned in N. Helena Park

Catholic Hollow and 19th Street Park grass was cut and groomed

Helena-West Helena swimming pool cleaning started

Wednesday 4-22-09

Daily cleaning @HWHCC

Prepared N. Helena field prepared

Trimmed grass and grooming done @ 10th street

Thursday 4-23-09

Daily- cleaning at HWHCC

Prepared field for soft ball game

Finished cutting @10th St. Park

Picked up paper @ 10th St. Park

Continued to work on A/C

Cut grass @ N. Helena Park

Adult softball @ N. Helena Park

Friday 4-24-09

Daily Cleaning @HWHCC

Prepared field 2 N. Helena Park

Removed trash @ N. Helena Park

Adult softball games 6pm-9pm

ASU Preschool Visited HWHCC 8am- 2pm


Future Activities

  • Check fire extinguisher every month and Initial after inspection.
    Fire extinguisher need to be replaced in light room.
    Ground work @ Washington Street Park

  • Prune all trees at North Helena Park and Washington Street Park(Via Street department)
  • Repairs to bathrooms in all parks
  • Order pool tables and table tennis for game room
  • Bids for repairs on cart shed
  • Order playground equipment from A&P funds
  • Bids for air rating golf course
  • Repairs to Washington St. bathrooms
  • Repairs to 10th street bathrooms
  • Tuesday Youth Boys basketball games starts at 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Repairs to A/C on house @ Golf Course
  • Repairs to lighting on 10th street and Washington St.
  • New play ground equipment in all parks
  • Replace basketball goals @ N. Helena, Washington St., Catholic Holler
  • Repair baseball field @ 10th street park
  • Storage space for equipment
  • Repairs to pump house @ N. Helena
  • Running water in all parks
  • Improve fencing around pool
  • Re-surface Greens at golf course
  • Repair clock at HWHCC
  • Order swing approved by A&P
  • Repair goals in Holler
  • Clean ditch in North Helena Park
  • Clean-up piles of debris in North Helena Park
  • Fix the trimming on backboards at HWHCC
  • Install Foul Poles at Little League Field
  • Replace lights at HWHCC








Staff Issues/Concerns


None at this time

imbroglio: Word of the Day Word of the Day

Word of the Day for Saturday, April 25, 2009

imbroglio \im-BROHL-yoh\, noun:

1. A complicated and embarrassing state of things.
2. A confused or complicated disagreement or misunderstanding.
3. An intricate, complicated plot, as of a drama or work of fiction.
4. A confused mass; a tangle.

The political imbroglio also appears to endanger the latest International Monetary Fund loan package for Russia, which is considered critical to avoid a default this year on the country's $17 billion in foreign debt.
-- David Hoffman, "Citing Economy, Yeltsin Fires Premier", Washington Post, May 13, 1999
Worse still, hearings and investigations into scandals -- from the imbroglio over Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination in 1991 to the charges of perjury against President Clinton in 1998 -- have overshadowed any consideration of the country's future.
-- John B. Judis, The Paradox of American Democracy
To the extent that Washington had a policy toward the subcontinent, its aim was to be evenhanded and not get drawn into the diplomatic imbroglio over Kashmir.
-- George Perkovich, India's Nuclear Bomb
The imbroglio over the seemingly arcane currency issue threatens to plunge Indonesia -- and possibly its neighbors as well -- into a renewed bout of financial turmoil.
-- Paul Blustein, "Currency Dispute Threatens Indonesia's Bailout", Washington Post, February 14, 1998

Imbroglio derives from Italian, from Old Italian imbrogliare, "to tangle, to confuse," from in-, "in" + brogliare, "to mix, to stir." It is related to embroil, "to entangle in conflict or argument." Entry and Pronunciation for imbroglio

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekly Code Enforcement Report DHR April 27, 2009

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

April 20, 2009 – April 24, 2009


Department:   Code Enforcement

Date:                 April 27, 2009

Prepared by:  Joshua McIntosh & Patrick Allen

Code Enforcement Officers


Special Weekly Activities


·        Great American Clean Up-

o       Thank you notes sent

·        315 S. 6th St. – demolished and Cleaning Up

·        Daycares requesting information to open referred to Planning Commission

·        Kid for the Future requesting information on installing Proposed Module Unit

·        Spoke with Labertha Jackson regarding Culvert to allow access to property. – Pending consideration.

o       - Referred to planning Commission

·        Spoke with Louise Kerr regarding holes in ground on North 9th St.-

·        Cited many lots and properties- pending postcard notices

·        Checking for Occupational Licenses of local business-still in progress

·        Collecting information regarding Burned Homes- Per Mayor Valley


Complaints by Citizens


·        305 N. 5th St. – Complaint regarding next door neighbor

·        838 Georgia St.- Overgrown lot needs cutting

·        Various Complaints of Dogs at Large x3

·        900 Blk Garland and 9th St.- Potholes and ground erosion –Unresolved



Cited Vehicle


·        None


Mailed Postcards


·        1311 Perry (Extended)- Willie Thornton –3rd Notice




·        Dodge Charger- White 2008

o       None

·        Chevy Impala- 2000

o       4/13/09- $31.00

·        GMC Truck

o       4/20/09- $ 40.00



·        $58.83

Letters Mailed


·        408 Valley Dr.- Lakeisha Ross

·        517-519 Cherry St.- Laura Ellenburg

·        Lot PT 85 Middle Addition / Elm & Walnut- Rammanohar Kormpalli

·        1108 Porter St.- Patricia Cole

·        Block 42 Lot 1S1/2 & Lot 2- Btwn Franklin & Holly- Barbara King

·        246 N. 6th St. -Maxie Key

·        228/230 Pontotoc St.- Elliott Watson

·        645 Seminole St.-Royce Dressel

·        1806 Holly St.- Zenobia Baker

·        Jerry & Linda Teague

o       180 Dennis Dr.

o       915 Plaza St.

·        638 Kentucky St.- Lloyd James

·        Jacqueline Mills

o       803 Cherry St.

o       103/105 Moore

o       300 Don St.


Lots with piles of debris


·        141 Center St.

·        138 S. 6th St.- In Process of Clearing and Cleaning

·        727 Pecan St.

·        462 Washington St.

·        207 S. Sam St.

·        200Blk Jane St.

·        800Blk Cherry St

·        510 W. Park St.

·        202 Madison St.

·        216 Beech St.

·        Joe Brady Dr.


Condemned House List for Planning Commission


·        602 Kentucky – Adail Lillie Dunlap

·        252 West Wood Pl.- Alfred & Michele Kines

·        503 Biscoe- John Palmer

·        1114 Porter St. – Mayweather & Bailey

·        311 Walnut- Robert Titus

·        315 Walnut- Robert Titus

·        353 Prairie St.- Roger & Janet Sanchez

·        812 Elm St.- Carrie Kelly


Lien or Affidavit Issued


·        None


Future Weekly Activities


·        City Council meeting- May 5, 2009

·        HVAC/R Certification Course. - U of A Batesville AR- May 5 & 6

·        Historic District Meeting April 30, 2009


Follow-up Activities


·        Continue to address Non complaint properties

·        Focus on Lots and clean up efforts

·        Mail out Postcards and Canvassing neighborhoods

·        Meet with neighborhood watch organizations


Staff Concerns


·        Code Enforcement Software- Iworqs

·        Training and Testing

Great American Clean Up

During the week of April 12 to the 18 Helena West Helena participated in the Arkansas Great American Cleanup project. Different groups participated and cleaned up designated areas throughout the city. Many businesses donated goods and services to help and assist the volunteers and dispite the rainy weather on Saturday April 18th more than 50 volunteers still showed up to lend a helping hand. I would like to give special recognition to the following businesses that helped out.

Wal Mart, Sonic, Marty Mart, Cunningham's Gas Station, H & M Lumber, Sherwin Williams, Delta Grass Masters, Mike Alexander's Lawn Care Service, Brown's Equipment Rental, BPS Plant, Southern Bancorp, The Sign Shop, Budweiser Distributors

Along with those businesses I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the following groups from The Boys and Girls Club, Kipp School, and the Wal Mart Associates for sacrificing their time and energy. Thank you everyone. I look forward to doing this again until everything is Safe, Clean, and Green!

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Helena- West Helena Police Dept.- Criminal Investigations Office

Commander R. Covington Sr.
DATE: April 24, 2009 Month of April 17-23, 2009
Investigators are currently working several cases involving crimes against property and those cases are,3 Attempted Commercial Burglaries,1 Residential Burglary,1 Commercial Burglary, and 2 Theft of Properties.
Of those 7 cases there have been 2 arrest made and 3 arrest pending in those cases.
Investigators are currently working several cases involving crimes against person and those cases are 1 Credit Card Fraud, and 2 alleged Kidnapping charges that were resolved without criminal incident.
We have one arrest probable pending further investigation in the matter.
1- Suicide Ruled Death Investigation

ROY COVINGTON SR. - Visited Pettis Memorial Daycare and spoke with children on safety.
MICHAEL THOMAS- Attended CID 1 Course, Fayetteville, AR
CHANTA S. MANSFIELD- Currently attending the Academy

Off-site recording for C.I.D. Office
Promotions and Raises for Investigators
Clothing Allowance

Criminal Investigation Division fuel Purchased for the week of April 17-23, 2009

Investigator Fuel Usage Cost

Roy Covington Sr.- 04/17/2009- 22.5 gallons- $44.68

Dennis Cox- 04/22/2009- 11.0 gallons- $22.00

Michael Thomas 04/20/2009 - 16.1 gallons- $32.00
04/20/2009 - 03.0 gallons- $6.00

Chanta Mansfield n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL 52.6 gallons $104.68

Weekly Fire Department Report 4/27/09


Department: Fire

Date: 4/27/09

Prepared by:     Chief Reginald Wilson

Specific Weekly Activities:

East Side Runs:

4/20/09-1325 Cherry Street -Structure Fire

West Side Runs:

4/20/09-Southland Rd.. (PC 241)-Trash Fire

4/21/09-500 Blk. Garland-Trash Fire

4/22/09-Sears-Controlled Burn

4/23/09-P C 249-Tractor Fire

4/24/09-Airport Rd.-Car Fire


Future Activities

***Schedule Fire Inspections in Helena-West Helena

***May 4th-JF Wahl (May Day)-10:30 setup

***May 1st May Day)-Woodruff @ 11:30

***Aug 8th-8:30pm Back to School Rally

Staff Concerns/Issues

***2 Firefighters out on Military Leave

-Franklin Tyner

-Demarcus Foreman

***One Auxiliary Firefighter Being Added

***Four Full Time Being Added

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Date: April 27, 2009
Reporting Dates: April 16-22, 2009
Prepared By: Office Manager / Records

Crime Data
Disturbance: 56
Burglary: 19
Stolen Vehicle: 00
Escort: 12
Alarm: 17
Call for Police: 26
Missing Person: 00

Communication Center:
Dispatch / Call Intake
Landline: 3,156
911: 497

Officer Contacts:
Tickets: 29
Arrest: 18
Warrants: 10
Affidavit: 06
Reports: 51
Accidents: 09
Building Checks: 585
Officer Response / Contacts: 551

D.W.I.: 02
Suspended D/L: 06
Possession of Control Substance: 03
Speeding: 00
Loud Music: 08
Seat Belt: 01
Stop Sign Violation: 00
No Vehicle Registration: 02
Warning Tickets: 08

Bond & Fine Intake:

Officers/ Weekly Gas Report:

Vehicle / Repairs / Fleet Management:
Unit 10/ Repairs/ Transmission
Unit 12/ Repairs/ Transmission
Unit 15 / Repairs / Motor Replace
Unit 17/ Repairs/ Front End

Specific Weekly Report:
Community Project / Hog Fest / Security / April 23-25
Training /Dispatch / Joyner Dr. / April 28 & 29

Future Weekly Activities:
Training / Arkansas Crime Information Center/ May 12-14 / Hot Springs

Shift 1 / Target Areas:
05 Citations
11 Disturbances
04 Misd Arrest
03 Misd Warrants
52 Building Checks
10 Traffic Stops

Shift 2 / Target Areas:
06 Citations
05 Disturbances
07 Misd Arrest
192 Building checks
08 Traffic Stops

Shift 3 / Target Areas:
04 Citations
25 Disturbances
08 Traffic Stops
121 Building Checks

Shift 4 / Target Areas:
14 Citations
15 Disturbances
06 Misd Arrest
25 Traffic Stops
220 Building Checks

Staff Concerns:
Dispatch Center/ Eastside/ Computers/ Radio Room
Clerical/ Warrants/ System for Scanning (Documents)

East Water Department Weekly DHR 4/27/09

East Water Weekly Report  4/27/09
Weekly Department Report
Date: 4/24/09
Prepared by: Terry McGinister
Specific Weekly Activities 4/17/09 - 4/23/09
Yearly inspection by ADEQ
Checked lift stations
Monthly cut offs
Helped city clear storm drains in West Helena
Cut grass around plant, wells, tanks and fire hydrants and sewer ponds
Replaced screens on tanks and wells
Unstopped sewer at Waverly Woods, Walnut and Pecan Street
Changed out 2" inch meter at the fire department on Cherry Street
Repaired main backwash valve on filters at the plant
Future Weekly Activities
Replace suction valve and pump at lift station #3
Follow up Activities
Finish putting riprap on levees at the ponds, finish installing by pass hook up at the remaining  lift stations also rehab lift station #9 and Industrial Park
Staff Concerns/Issues
Scheduling classes for all employees to attend to have enough hours to renew their licenses. Meyer Word audit firm conducting annual 2008  Audit

gainsay: Word of the Day Word of the Day


Word of the Day for Friday, April 24, 2009

gainsay \gayn-SAY; GAYN-say\, transitive verb:

1. To deny or dispute; to declare false or invalid.
2. To oppose; to contradict.

In our present, imperfectly postmodern world, where most information still takes the potentially embarrassing form of printed matter lurking in archives, liars still must position themselves so that the historical record may not easily gainsay them.
-- Thomas M. Disch, The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of
But, owing to government's cynical policy of inaction, suppression and hoping the problem would go away, there was nothing to gainsay it either.
-- Mary Riddell, "I don't mind about midsummer madness, but I'd rather not have it in my fridge or purring on the sofa", New Statesman, July 26, 1996

Gainsay comes from Middle English geinseien, from gein-, "against" (from Old English gegn-, gean-) + sayen, "to say," from Old English secgan. Entry and Pronunciation for gainsay

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Street Dept Repprt for 4/27/09



Department: Street Department


Date: April 17-23, 2009


Prepared by Oscar Hoskins and Earnest Womack


Specific Weekly Activities:




Cleaned lot on Hawkins St

Installing pipes on Old Dominion St project

Installed hub cap assembly on Sanitation unit 30


Installed shocks and extension arm on Police unit 18

Plugged tire on black Dually

Tightened bolt on Sanitation unit 27 under carriage

Assisted with trash cleanup on Southland Rd from Sanitation unit 28 fire

Installed turn motor on Street unit 107


Installed air filter and fuel filter on Street unit 107

Tightened bolts on hydraulic lines on Street unit 105

Marianna Diesel installed #5 injector in Sanitation unit 27

Worked on arm of Sanitation unit 26

Assisted in brick removal on Walnut St

Installing transmission in Police unit 10


Escorted track hoe to So 6th St

Repaired lose fender wall on track hoe

Finished with transmission in Police unit 10


Removed and installed transmission in Police unit 17 (returned to PD)

Melvin Snyder picked up Police unit 4 for electrical repair

Arthur Coleman picked up Police unit 15 to install motor

Police unit 10 (old Helena Impala) to Spakes Sign for stripping

Moved Sanitation unit 24 and Street unit 5 to south end of lot



100 block Coanza-2                         1000 block College-1

900 block Anderson-1                      600 block Adams-1

700 block 1st St east-12                   100 block South 6th-1

100 block Stonebrook-2                  1100 block Guthrie-1

200 block No 5th-1                            900 block Georgia-1

100 Audubon-1                                 400 block Ladino-1

900 block Walnut-1                           300 block McDonough-2

North Helena Park-1             100 block Market alley-6

300 block Walnut-6                           1st Street west-2

200 block Quarles Lane-2               500 block Walnut-4

300 block Proffitt Dr-1                      400 block Monroe-1

100 block Short Mobile-6                 500 and 600 block East Park-9

Wire Rd-7                                          200 block Garland-5

200 block No 2nd-1                           100 block Porter (West)-3

200 block Panama-2


Animal control:

Removed numerous dead animals from streets and yards

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



Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Mowed Sebastian Shop parking lot


Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Cleaned up trash dumped from Sanitation unit 28 fire

Cut up and removed tree from No Summit at Beechwood

Closed Liberty St from Perry St to Bell (hazardous tree branch)


Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Mowed welcome sign at Hwy 49 and 49B

Womack installed flow restrictors in unit 107 turn motor

Replaced stop signs: Park & Hernando and Russell at Devilla

Cleaned hill behind 122 Oak Forrest

Removed old brick from Street cut at 600 block of Walnut St to Ohio Shop


Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Placed white rock at washout on Rose Circle

Hazardous tree removed from Liberty St by Entergy and Rob's Tree Service

Finished removal of bricks from 600 Walnut

Mowed East center green and lots intersecting Perry & Porter at Oakland Ave
Assisted East Side Water Co mowing sewer ponds



Continuous removal of leaf bags and debris from designated Sanitation routes

Assisted Sanitation in dumping and picking up trash carts

Opened drainage ditch at corner of 10th and Garland near Beechcrest School

Picked up barrels from Liberty St

Cleaned out storm drain at Liberty St and Bell

Mowed West center green

Cleaned out culvert at 707 Mimosa

Mowed Edgewood Circle cul-de-sac

Mowed lot corner of Poplar and Porter

Mayville & Sons repaired turbo hose on Street unit 107

Mowed shoulders:

            West St

            Midland Heights

            East side sewer pond

            Stonebrook Rd

            Military Rd

            Helena Crossing Old Little Rock Rd


Future Weekly Activities:

Old Dominion drainage

Ditch at Center St behind TIC


Follow Up Activities:

Cover ditch Ladino and Baringo (AR One call on 4/17)

Sidewalk-100 block Coanza


Staff Concerns/Issues:

Advertised for shop mechanic and two laborers

Telephones for Street and Sanitation offices (multiple lines)








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E Butler




E Womack




T Mitchell




J Lemaire




T Mitchell


Black Dually


T Wilson




E Butler




O Hoskins




E Butler