Friday, March 12, 2010

Street DHRa 3-22-10

                         STREET DEPARTMENT REPORT – 3/22/2010


Street Department


March 5-11, 2010


Prepared by
Oscar Hoskins and Earnest Womack


Specific Weekly Activities:




Repaired hose and replaced stabilizing arm on Police unit 3

Checked Sanitation 29 rear tires-bent rim

Removed PTO and pump Sanitation 21

Replaced two hoses on knuckle boom 106

Installed radiator on Police unit 1

Prepared Sanitation 26 to take to Scruggs in Memphis


Replaced headlight in Police unit 11

Mounted license tags Street unit F250

Loosened brakes and moved Sanitation 21

Replaced transmission on Street unit 30

Serviced Police unit 1-needs coolant reservoir

Changed oil in knuckle boom 106

Changed extension pulley and rod on Street unit 30


Removed hydraulic pump from knuckle boom 106

C Davis went to Memphis to pick up Sanitation 26 and pick up PTO and pump for Sanitation 21

Took hydraulic pump from knuckle boom 106 to Truck Pro for repair

Removed hydraulic hose from knuckle boom 107


Replaced hydraulic hose knuckle boom 107

Removed PTO from knuckle boom 106

Replaced PTO and pump in Sanitation 21

Replaced coolant reservoir on Police unit 1

Boosted white Suburban and fork lift

C Davis and T Collins to landfill

Replaced air line and flasher on Sanitation 21

Repaired hopper light Sanitation 29

Worked on fork lift-need alternator

Replaced PTO and hydraulic pump knuckle boom 106 and filled with hydraulic oil and transmission fluid


Replaced hose on diesel tank

Replaced brakes on CID unit 404

Filled knuckle boom 106 with hydraulic fluid

Assisted with repairing tongue under asphalt trailer

Assisted in putting seals and grabber on knuckle boom 106

Greased arm Sanitation 27




Repaired sink hole 300 block Waverly Wood Lane

200 block No 10th 1

200 block Waverly Wood Lane-1


1300 block Holly-1

1200 block Pecan-5

300 block Proffitt Dr-1

1100 block Walnut-2

400 block McDonough-1

300 block Miller-1

1000 block College-2

600 block Walker-6

500 block Walker-1

700 block Walker-5

1100 block Cherry-1

900 block Cherry-1

800 block Cherry-2

100 block Stratton-2


Animal Control:

Picked up 1 dead animals from vet

Picked up 4 dead animals from streets


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


Womack transported Sanitation 26 to Scruggs and took PTO and pump from Sanitation 21 for repair

Began working on Mimosa St project-exposed 24" pipe (bottom deteriorating)


Continuing Mimosa St project-moved pipe to site and picked up 3 pipe couplers from Ace Hardware in Marianna


Installed pipe with bands, covered pipe with backfield dirt on Mimosa St

E Womack and C Davis went to Memphis to pick up Sanitation 26 and parts for Sanitation 21

Cleaned drains on Miller, Market, McDonough, Cooke and No 5th

Pushed up leaves from curbing on Holiday Hills


Womack contacted Central Hydraulics about cylinder for Sanitation 28

Took PTO from knuckle boom 106 to Truck Pro for repair-serviced on site and returned

Raked and blew leaves from drain on Waverly Wood Ln

Centerpoint Energy started repairing street cuts

Filled in washout Waverly Wood Ln

Cut and pruned trees at Washington St Park

Started picking up litter from Hickory Hill Dr


Picked up leaf piles on Holiday Hills

Weed eat and cut around East side City Hall

Finished picking up litter from Hickory Hill Dr

Womack disassembled manifold and replaced seals in knuckle boom 106

Womack repaired 3 saws and a pole saw

Welded tongue under asphalt trailer and took to Smith Welding for permanent repair


Follow Up Activities:

Repair culvert at intersection of Valley Dr & Oakland

Repair loop at Oakland and Valley Dr, Hwy 242 and Hwy 49, Hwy 49 & Hwy 49B

Ditch in Lincoln Ct off Mississippi St behind DeSquare residence


Staff Concerns/Issues:

None at this time


Gas Log:


Weekly Fire Department Report 3/15/10

Weekly Department Report


Date: 3/15/10

Prepared by Chief Reginald Wilson


Specific Weekly Activities

East Side Runs

3/7/10-Newman Drive – Grass Fire

3/7/10-210 Adams – Car Fire

3/9/10 – 1100 Blk. Franklin – Good Intent

3/9/10 – Hwy. 20 – False Alarm

West Side Runs

3/5/10-Old Little Rock Rd. – Grass Fire

3/6/10-700 North Sebastian ( H&M Lumber) - Alarm

3/6/10-Hwy. 242 & Old Little Rock Rd. – MVA – Oil clean up

3/7/10 – H&M Lumber – 700 Sebastian – Alarm

3/7/10 – 404 West St. – Smoke Scare

3/8/10 – 416 East Cleburne – Shed Fire

3/9/10 – 426 East Cleburne – House Fire

3/11/10 –( Walmart)- 602 Sheila Dr. – Car Fire

3/12/10 – 700 North Sebastian – Alarm





Future Activities

***Schedule Fire Inspections in Helena-West Helena

***Drug Education Class – March 16, from 10:00 – 12:00 in Council Room

***Banquet – March 20, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. @ Faith Outreach Church 1430 Springdale Road

***Arkansas Fire Convention – June 22 – 25 Conway, Arkansas



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HMWS- East DHR 03-15-10

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East Water Weekly Report

Weekly Department Report

Date: 3-12-10

Prepared by: Terry McGinister

Specific Weekly Activities 3-5-10 - 3-11-10

Monthly meter reading

Completed weekly reports

Cleaned out ditch on Old Little Rock Road

Changed out chemicals at the water plant

Checked lift stations

Repaired water leak at Walnut and Beech Street

Installed pump at lift station #3 and installed motor and pump at lift station #4

Repaired sewer line at Proctor Street

Checked out baskets at lift station #4 and #6

Two employees attended District Meeting at Marianna, AR

Future Weekly Activities

Finished repaired on pumps at lift stations 1, 2

Follow up Activities

Finish putting rip rap on levees at the sewer ponds and finish installing by pass hook up at the remaining sewer station 2, 4, 6

Staff Concerns/Issues

Scheduling classes for all employees to attend to have enough hours to renew their licenses

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fwd: Indecent Exposure complaint against Jack Crumbly

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


The City of Helena-West Helena is nearing the completion of a telephone system upgrade. We have installed T-1 telephone line. We essentially have one phone number that will reach 95% of the city telephones. 

Our new number is (870)817-7400.

Each station will have its own direct inward dialing number where our staff may be reached. We have compiled a listing online that is updated regularly. Here's the current directory: City Directory

Here is a quick listing of city office numbers:

Emergency --- 911

Helena Water  870-817-7460
District Court   870-817-7450
Mayor's Office  870-817-7439
City Clerk's Office  870-817-7420
Fire East Side  870-817-7444
Fire West Side  870-817-7541
Police East Side  870-817-7411
Police West Side  870-817-7511

The old numbers will be disconnected. Many of the old numbers are not reaching us now anyway. Our new numbers will be printed in the upcoming telephone directory.

Your patience and understanding during the continuation of this process will be appreciated.


James F. Valley, Mayor


Stay informed: (Mayor Valley's Homepage) (Mayor's Journal) (Mayor's Blog)

Honorable James F. Valley
MAYOR - Helena West Helena
P O Box 248
226 Perry Street
Helena-West Helena, 72342
870-817-7400 Phone
870-817-4035 Cell
800-517-7240 Fax (City Council Agenda)

Death of Gene Raff

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ben Story <>
Date: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Death of Gene Raff

Dear Attorneys,
 Gene Raff of Helena passed away.  Funeral Service will be graveside at Maple Hill  Cemetery in Helena, Saturday, March 13th at 10:30 a.m.  
    Ben Story


Stay informed: (Mayor Valley's Homepage) (Mayor's Journal) (Mayor's Blog)

Honorable James F. Valley
MAYOR - Helena West Helena
P O Box 248
226 Perry Street
Helena-West Helena, 72342
870-817-7400 Phone
870-817-4035 Cell
800-517-7240 Fax (City Council Agenda)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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The 2010 Census will arrive in the mailboxes of more than 120 million households next week. Is your community ready?

We are asking leaders nationwide to take part in the Take 10 Challenge – Inspire your constituents to take 10 minutes to fill out and mail back their 2010 Census forms.

Here's what you can do:

1. CHALLENGE the people in your town, city, county, state or tribal area to respond at a higher rate than they did during Census 2000. Check out how you did in 2000 by finding it on our ( See how it compared to the national average. Tell your people about it!

2. SET UP A FRIENDLY COMPETITION with another area. Think you can beat them in 2010? Set it up, announce it, and use our automatic tracking tools (coming March 22!) and ( to inspire your residents to mail back their census forms.

3. PROVIDE CONSTANT REMINDERS. Let's face it, when the mail comes we don't always get to it right away. Keep reminding the people in your community that they need to TAKE 10 minutes to fill out the very simple, 10-question census form. Use the templates and ideas in the to help (

4. MAKE SURE YOUR PEOPLE KNOW HOW THEY'RE DOING. Your area's census mail participation rate will be updated daily beginning March 22. You'll be able to download a Web-based "widget" that will automatically update your area's daily rate on your Web site. Post it on your area's Web site, encourage your media as well as others in your community to post it. Be creative. Got a centralized electronic billboard? Update it daily. Community access channels? Get them on board too.

5. TELL YOUR PEOPLE HOW A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE CENSUS WILL BENEFIT YOUR COMMUNITY. Census data help determine how more than $400 billion is distributed to state, local and tribal areas every year. Make sure your community gets its fair share by being counted in the 2010 Census.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Letter to editor - stand up

Letter to the Editor of Daily World Newspaper Helena-West Helena, Arkansas


Dear Editor


This is NOT a political Letter.  I am not running for anything.

This is a call to all of the citizens of Helena-West Helena to tell our City leaders that they are embarrassing our city and we have had enough of their “BAD ACTING WAYS”. We need you to STAND UP and GET INVOLVED. Our city is the laughing stock of the whole United States.  It is not just one person either. It is all of us.  It's the Mayor, the City Council and the citizens of our city for putting up with it.  If you listen closely, each one is angry about not getting their way.  I don't want to hear it and I don't care.  What about the City's way?

The Mayor of our City is the Honorable James Valley, I live in Ward 2 and my Council Representatives are the Honorable Jay Hollowell and Honorable Joe St. Columbia. I have tried to talk to the three of you privately, and I have also talked to other council members and community citizens. But my words are already being twisted and I am already hearing that I am taking sides or I just want to protect the mayor.  This is not the truth.  I will work to support anyone who is elected to serve whether I voted for them or not and I encourage all citizens to do the same.  I grew up with Arnell Willis; James Valley was a member of my church and Joann Smith and I are fellow Rotarians. I will not publicly endorse anyone.  But, I will VOTE.  I have tried to do my duty as a citizen and support Mr. Weaver, Dr. Miller and Mr. Valley, those who have been in the office of mayor, since I returned home to Helena in 2002.  I believe you should respect the office and encourage the office holder.

You can say what you want to say, but you know as I have told you, my stand is for all of you to act with dignity. We are fortunate to have such a diverse and intelligent group of officials but somehow you have gotten misdirected.  And I don’t think it is too late to change.  Acting with human dignity and common courtesy does not mean that you are agreeing with or supporting a political opponent.

If your choices for mayor or any other positions were elected, then the other side will be acting the way you are acting now.  Then the same problems will exist with new faces.  This city cannot afford to wait any longer.  We need to be able to promote this city to companies and tourist today.  Everyone should be doing as I am doing, talking to your representatives.  We should be telling our elected officials, that the citizens of Helena-West Helena are in charge; you are only empowered to work on our behalf. You should let your city councilperson know that being elected to the city council is a privilege and not a rise to the throne.  No one city council member speaks for the whole city.  Your city councilperson should be speaking for your ward as a part of the city council so we all can get better services and live well.

At Eliza Miller High School, Mr. Seaton taught me how to use “Robert Rules of Orders when conducting a meeting, if he were to look down on the council meetings today, I'll bet it would be something a kin to Jesus whipping the moneychangers out of the temples.

We as citizens must stand up and say “enough” to our elected leaders must do better.  There is a lot of beauty in this town.  So, let' s show the good for a change. Let's stop talking about what we used to be and let's become what we ought to be.  But it will take working together.

I am sick and tired of hearing about “the Black vote”, “the White vote”, “the Black Folk”, “the White Folk”, “Yawl” or “They”.  This may be breaking news to some of you, but the Civil War is over.  And it seems everywhere else in America has progressed beyond the civil rights movement except Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.  I am interested in our city's growth and getting things done.  Let the young people wear their pants down and show their “A--es” because our leaders are showing theirs, which look even worse.  There are factions in this city that have been fighting so long that they don't know how to get along.  Since we are ranked by the Federal Government as one of the poorest counties in the United States, it seems to me that the fighting is not doing any good because nobody is winning.  Does anybody know what the score is anyway?  The song says “you look like a fool with your pants on the ground.”  I say we look like fools just fighting round after round.  What’s the fight about anyway?

This is an open letter and invitation to all citizens to join me.  Start by knowing who your city representatives are and demand that they represent you with dignity.  Look around the city and demand that your representative bring your ward's problems to the attention of the city council.  Do not be satisfied with a ditch for your drainage system.  Demand that the Helena Bridge is lighted for safety and attracting tourist.  We need jobs.  The Hewlett-Packard Company just moved into Conway.  We need to be talking to them about spin-off business that can be located here.  We have the resources.  But no company is going to come here and deal with a dysfunctional government.  No company is going to deal with “grown folks” acting like kids.  No head of any company is going to relocate their family to Iraq.  Because we are poor doesn't mean we are stupid or have to accept bad behavior.

Now, let's look at ourselves.  No company is going to come to a community where the citizens do not show signs of respecting its on community. We need to demand that we give good customer service with a smile in our stores.  Making the excuses that, “that's the way it is here” or they “ain't gonna” change is a reflection of you.  We are sending the message to our youths that the way to solve problems is come across the table and beat up whoever doesn’t agree with you.  And only go along when you get your way. Where are the ministers of the 108 churches we have here in Phillips County? 

I don't have all the answers to all our problems.  But, this is one answer to one problem.  Working with one idea doesn't mean excluding another.  Those of you who are already saying “that ain’t gonna work” please move over and let the others at least try.  Those of you who are saying “somebody ought to do something” take your on advice and do something besides talk.  Take the advice of Sarah Peoples, and  “Paint the Town Proud”.  Sarah graduated from Central High School and went off to Arkansas State University and was faced with other students telling her that she couldn’t be from Helena-West Helena because nothing good comes out of Helena-West Helena.  This is what your actions are facing our young people with.  To those on the outside, the face of our community is our government.  To those visiting our town the face is the people they see in our stores and on our streets.  No wonder our young people do not want to return home. Everybody may want to leave here, but everybody can't leave here. There are a lot of great people from here and that's exactly where they are, away from here.  We must take pride in our home.  And we must hang out the welcome home signs in our hearts.

Some one will probably write a rebuttal letter to the editor.  I bet it will be full of excuses, finger pointing and reasons for keeping thing the way they are.  And I bet they will not acknowledge that the problem I am talking about is the way we are going about conducting our city's business.  Get it through your head I am not saying this is the only problem. No one is above the law.  If somebody is breaking the law, let's prosecute.  I'm not saying agree with everything but I am saying for the greater good, compromise sometime. 

Back in 2002 when I was working in support of consolidation, a city official told me that I should go back to where I came from.  I did just that.  West Helena is where I came from.   I was born and raised in the new addition section of West Helena, Arkansas.  Educated at West Side Elementary School, Eliza Miller High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

After a career in Corporate America I returned home in hopes of living out my Golden years in an environment that one dreams of. But when I returned home, I was met with jealousy, hatred, division, poverty, hopelessness and just plain misery. 

Do you think our city deserves better?  Then let's demand our leaders do better.  And while you're at it, demand that you do better yourself.   Who will join me in taking back our city?  Businesses should be calling the Chamber of commerce and citizens should be calling the newspaper and radio stations and demanding good behavior from our government.




George Bingham, A concerned private citizen of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

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