Saturday, June 13, 2009

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prestidigitation \pres-tuh-dij-uh-TAY-shuhn\, noun:

Skill in or performance of tricks; sleight of hand.

He was the man who had sat alone in a room for hundreds and hundreds of hours, his fingers manipulating cards and coins until he had learned and could perfectly reproduce every form of prestidigitation found in books of magic lore.
-- Brian Moore, The Magician's Wife
Some modern readers may be less surprised to find that efforts to use accounting prestidigitation to deflect borrowing away from current expenditure speedily came unstuck and that a return to more conventional ideas of financial integrity was rewarded by what seems to be a generation of calm, not entirely due to gaps in the record.
-- Peter Rycraft, "Fiscalitat i deute public en dues viles del camp de Tarragona: Reus i Valls, segles", English Historical Review, November 2002
One of his magician friends told me that practitioners of prestidigitation have great respect for their fellow magicians who also hold forth behind the bar.
-- Gary Regan, "Tricks and treats: cast a mystical spell on guests with a magician bartender", Nation's Restaurant News, March 3, 2003

Prestidigitation was adopted from French, from preste, "nimble, quick" (from Italian presto, from Late Latin praestus, "ready at hand") + Latin digitus, "finger." One skilled in sleight of hand is a prestidigitator.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekly Code Enforcement Report DHR 6-15-09

June 8, 2009 – June12, 2009

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

 

Department:   Code Enforcement

Date:     June 15, 2009

Prepared by:  Joshua McIntosh & Patrick Allen

Code Enforcement Officers

 

Special Weekly Activities

 

·         Demolishing homes on list

o   1806 Holly- Pending Billing to William Baker

·         CR Walker case- hand delivered contract to Walker's Attorney- waiting for response

·         927 Walnut- John Broome-Still Unresolved

·         317 Cherry- Met with Andre and Historic District regarding Stop Order for demolishion

·         Attended Planning Commission Public Hearing Meeting regarding 302 E Garland Ave Zoning for Business

·         Collecting information regarding fire in Sanitation trash truck- Pending near completion

·         Gathering information regarding burned out houses in city

o   Collecting information regarding Burned Homes- Per Mayor Valley

o   Preparing report due by June

 

Complaints by Citizens

 

·         127 Valley Dr. – Bernadette Messina- Sink Hole in Yard- pending

·         Grass on Radial St. – overgrown- pending

·         219 S Washington- Tree in Power Lines

·         Various Complaints of Lots 23,22,& 21 Block 74- S Baringo St.

·         21 Lincoln Ct- overgrown property pending resolution

·         Various Complaints of Dogs at Large x 12

·         Lot Corner Park and Parkdale St.-Overgrown

·         James Carter- 109 S. Ashlar St.- Water Carwash x 3

·         Illegal dumping in ditch off Guthrie St.

 

 

Cited Vehicle

 

o   None

 

Mailed Postcards

 

·         Lot 27 Block 68- West Russell Ave- Claudia Arrington

·         PT Lot 34 Block L- Longbell – Martha Scott

·         221 3rd St. N- Ray Jones

·         601 Thomas- Deloris Young

·         209 3rd St N- Scott Smith

·         227 3rd St. N- Lovell Williams

·         217 Longbell- William Rush

·         1014 Ohio St- Jimmy Shepard

 

 

Fuel

·         Dodge Charger- White 2008

o   none

·         Chevy Impala- 2000

o   None

·         GMC Truck

o   6/12/09-$ 51.00

o   6/04/09- $50.01

 

Mail

·         .49

Letters Mailed

 

·         Bertha Lucas- Lawn Care (Ditch over grown)

 

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.

·         817Blk Cherry St

·         510 W. Park St.

·         202 Madison St.

·         216 Beech St.

·         Joe Brady Dr.

 

Abandoned House List for City Council – pending Submission

 

·         252 West Wood Pl.- Alfred & Michele Kines

·         503 Biscoe- John Palmer

·         330 S. 6th St- Charles Graham

·         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

 

·         Historic District Council meeting- TBA

·         City Council Meeting- June 16, 2009

·         Municipal League- June 17-19, 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

·         Invoices for demolished properties

·         Propose adopting of Mechanical ordinance- Per City Attorney

 

 

 

Staff Concerns

 

·         Office Space

·         Adopting of Mechanical Ordinance.

·         Training and Testing

 

Work Order Request Form (WORF) Report

 

·   503 Biscoe St.- Lawn Care

·   21 Lincoln Ct.- Lawn Care (numerous complaints)

 


Sanitation DHR 6-15-09

SANITATION DEPARTMENT


 

PROGRESS REPORT


 


 

Specific Weely Activities:


 

Monday 6-8-09

Ran Lakeview regular trash route, residential and commercial

Serviced vehicles and equipment

Picked up boxes from local merchants, Corner Market ,Sears and Food Pantry

Replaced hydralic seal on unit#25


 


 

Tuesday 6-9-09

Begin regular trash route at 4:00am

Purchased safety equipment for the summer workers, glasses and gloves

Cleaned the alley behind the Public Library with the dozer

Demolished vacant house on Holly St.

Picked up boxes from Perry St. Market, Kwik Stop and Conoco

All empioyees attended the safety meeting


 


 

Wednesday 6-10-09

Begin regular trash route at 4:00 am

Removed several carts from residents of closed accounts

Replaced switch for head lights on unit #21

Removed dumpster from Blues Stage area following the Mothers Best Festival and delivered it to the old Chicago Mill lot

Received new lids for dumpsters

Picked up boxes from Juengels, Dixieand Sonic

Replaced brakes on the Surburban

Took unit #25 out of service due to leakage

Thursday 6-11-09

Begin regular route at 4:00am

Replaced hydralic line and air conditioning belt on unit # 26

Placed labels on carts on the North Helena route

Installed headlight on uni t # 28

Replace hydralic line on unit #21

Picked up boxes from Freds, Cato and Family Dollar

Started demolition on Lithicum


 

Friday6-12-09

Begin regular trash route at 4:00am


 

Continued demolition on Lithicum, plans are to complete this project by 4:00pm

Picked up the Plymouth Van from Gibson repair shop

Took the Auto Car to Helena Machine shop to have a PTO shaft cut

Put unit #25 back in servic e

Picked up boxes from Counseling Services, Wendy's and Kelley's


 


 


 

Follow up Activities:

Conti nuing to work with Code Enforcement to keep up with demolition demands as well as working with other departments


 


 

Future Weekly Activities:

Continuing to improve trash collection and pursuing recycling


 


 

Staff Concerns:

No major staff concerns at this time


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Police (DHR) June 15, 2009

HELENA-WEST HELENA POLICE DEPARTMENT
“WE SERVE, WE CARE”


Date: June 15, 2009
Reporting Dates: June 4-10, 2009
Prepared By: Office Manager / Records

Crime Data
Disturbance: 37
Burglary: 14
Stolen Vehicle: 00
Escort: 12
Alarm: 20
Call for Police: 28
Missing Person: 00

Communication Center:
Dispatch / Call Intake
Landline: 3,261
911: 713

Officer Contacts:
Tickets: 24
Arrest: 10
Affidavit: 05
Reports: 106
Warrants: 20
Accidents: 06
Building Checks: 512
Officer Response / Contacts: 594

Tickets:
D.W.I.: 00
Suspended D/L: 05
Possession of Control Substance: 00
Speeding: 07
Loud Music: 07
Warrants: 20
Seat Belt: 03
Stop Sign Violation: 01
No Vehicle Registration: 02
Warning Tickets: 08

Officers/ Weekly Gas Report:
$1,073.99

Bond & Fine:
$8,840.00

Vehicle / Repairs / Fleet Management:
Repairs/ Motor / Unit 01
Repairs/ Transmission / Unit 10
Repairs/ Transmission/ Unit 12

Specific Weekly Report:
Community Event / Phillips County Adolescent Health Promotion/ June 16
Training/ Captain Meeting / West side PD / June 17
Training/ ALETA / Graduation / June 19

Future Weekly Activities:
Training/Officers / CJI/ PCCUA/ July 20-23
Training / Auxiliary Class / July 20-August 27
Training / Dispatch / Customer Service / PCCUA/ August 7

Patrol:
Shift 1 / Target Areas:
02 Citations
10 Disturbances
12 Misd Warrants
09 Traffic Stops

Shift 2 / Target Areas:
05 Citations
08 Disturbances
12 Traffic Stops
158 Building Checks

Shift 3 / Target Areas:
12 Citations
10 Disturbances
08 Misd Warrants
15 Traffic Stops
166 Building Checks

Shift 4 / Target Areas:
05 Citations
09 Disturbances
09 Misd Arrest
18 Traffic Stops
188 Building Checks

Staff Concerns:
Police/ Copier/ Computer
Dispatch Center/ Westside/ Fax Machine
Dispatch Center/ Eastside/ Computers/ Radio Room
Clerical/ Warrants/ System for Scanning (Documents)
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WEST HELENA-WEST HELENA WATER DHR 06-15-2009

Department:    WEST HELENA WATER UTILITIES

                                            92 PLAZA

                              WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS

                                              72390

 

Date June 15, 2009

 

Prepared by  KEN FRATESI (06/12/09)  

WEEK OF _05/05/09—06/11/09

350 NORTH WASHINGTON REPAIR WATER MAIN

SECOND AND GARLAND CLEAN CULVERT

110 NORTH SEBASTIAN REPLACE SERVICE AND METER SET

111 TENNESSEE REPLACE ANGLE VALVE

731 NORTH RIDGE REPLACE ANGLE VALVE

606 NORTH SEBASTIAN NEW SERVICE

121 NORTH ASHLAR REPLACE SERVICE AND TAP

NINTH AND PLAZA RAISE VALVE BOX

714 RUSSELL REPAIR WATER MAIN

CLEAN SEWERS: EDGEWOOD CIRCLE

CUT GRASS

READ METERS

 

Future Weekly Activities:

CHECK PROBLEM SEWERS

 

 

Follow Up Activities:

HAVE ISSUED PROCEED TO WORK ORDER ON BOTH PUMP STATION REHABS.

 

 

Staff Concerns/Issues:

 

Fire Department Weekly Report 6/15/09

Weekly Department Report

Department:    Fire

Date:        6/15/09

Prepared by:    Chief Reginald Wilson

Specific Weekly Activities:

East Side Runs:

6/6/09- 1463 Hwy 20 – Dumpster Fire

6/8/09 – 529 Word – Structure Fire

6/8/09 – 517 Jean – Good Intent

6/11/09 – Biscoe – Structure Fire

West Side Runs:

6/8/09- 612 Beechwood – Good Intent

6/8/09 -708 St. Regis – Alarm

6/8/09 – 8525 PC 300 – Structure Fire

6/12/09 – 208 PC217 - Alarm

Future Activities

***Schedule Fire Inspections in Helena – West Helena

***Employee Appreciation Day – June 20th – 7:00 until @ Comm Center

***Senior Circle @ Hospital – June 19th @ 11:30

***August 8th – 8:30am – Back to School Rally

***August 8th – Sickle Cell – Walk – A – Thon from 9:00 – 1:00

Staff Concerns /Issues:

***2 Firefighters out on Military Leave

-Franklin Tyner

-Demarcus Foreman


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Helena – West Helena

Fire Dept. Gas


 

UNIT#

DATE

GALLONS

FILLED BY

DATE

GALLONS

FILLED BY

DATE

GALLONS

TOTAL

F-1

6/9/09

14.0

F - 39

     

14.0

          
          
          
          

F-2

6/8/09

23.2

F – 2

     

23.2

          
          
          

F-3

6/8/09

9.6

Bryan Carroll

     

9.6

          
          
          

#5

         
          
          
          

#8

6/3/09

11.7

J. Martin

     

11.7

 

6/7/09

12.2

Fluker

     

12.2

          
          
          
          
          

Cans

         

TOTAL

   

70.7