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6 p.m., Thu., Dec. 5, Dunbar Community Center
5:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 11, NW Police Substation
Message from Porter Briggs
I learned recently about a program of the city sewer department called Little Rock Wastewater. It has been set up to upgrade the sewers in the Heights among other places in the city and is called the “SSLR Program.” The city will pay $2,500 to the cost of having new sewer piping installed from houses to the sewer line if your pipes are not either metal or plastic (or PVC or whatever they call it). All of the ones we replaced were terra cotta tile and we were not working as they were supposed to.
We have had this done this on five properties for family members in the Heights taking advantage of the program.. Here is how it works: you have a licenses plumber dig down to your sewer pipe to see what kind it is. We have a plumber who will do this at no charge and the hole they dig is small. I am sure there are other plumbers who will do this. If it is not the right kind of pipe, the plumber calls the City inspector who comes out, usually the same day, and checks it and approves it. You then submit a reimbursement request via email by filing out a form with the approval form from the inspector. All five of our houses where approved for us quickly. Then the plumber digs up the old pipe and lays down new pipe.
In two of the five cases with us, there was a huge job and it cost an extra $1,000 in one case in $1,500 in the other above the $2,500. The other three were done for $2,500. What astonished me was the terrible condition of the sewer piping. There were roots that had grown through them years earlier and other piping had collapsed long ago with the result that sewage was just seeping into the ground. For one house, we had to apply lye throughout most of the area under the house because of the sewage that had been there for I don’t know how long. It was a mess but they cleaned it up and got it back to near normal. I had to plant turf grass to cover where they had dug and they did that as a part of their work, although I had to pay for the turf which cost $300.
The man at the LR Wastewater I have been dealing with is Alan Gatlin, and I asked him if I should tell others about this and he said, “As far as providing information to your Neighborhood Association please feel free to share any information you feel would be pertinent as well as giving out my contact information to anyone interested in the program. I have attached a PDF copy of the procedures and application information. I also have some smaller Brochure type handout if you would like to come by and get some.
You are absolutely correct in your reasoning for why the program was put in place. Not only the environmental impact of leaking sewers but the problem we face with storm water infiltration into the system during storm events. Hopefully by replacing the old failing private lines we can cut down on the amount of storm water that has to be treated which drives up costs for everyone.
If I can be of any other assistance please feel free to ask.”
The plumber we used is John Bailey plumbing and he can be reached at 501 681 4989. He got the work in one or two days.
The City of Little Rock will provide and install 25 to 50 street signs throughout the City. They are requesting that we provide a list of locations to install them. This is intended as a multi-year project in which more signs will be place in succeeding years. If your request is not able to be filled this year, it will be considered in future years. We will review and try to place the signs as effectively as possible each year.
We, the Community Truancy Board, are requesting that a request for locations be distributed through your networks. Each proposed location should have street address or intersection location listed. In addition please note any location specific suggestions such as east-facing, next to XXXX building, etc. All suggested locations shall be submitted by email to Sandy Becker at email@example.com or by hand delivery to 810 W Markham (LRSD) in care of Sandy Becker. The phone number is 501-447-1115. All requests should be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
We would like to thank the City of Little Rock for their support in keeping our students in school and involved in learning.
To all Pettaway residents:
This is a reminder about our monthly neighborhood association meeting which will be held on tomorrow which is Thursday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m., at the East 21 Street Alert Center which is located at 500 East 21 Street. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Maggie Hawkins, Alert Center Community Facilitator
Members of the Coalition of Greater LR Neighborhoods reviewed progress to date in publicizing and promoting using the state historic tax credit, under which owners renovating historic houses may get up to $25,000 applied against their state income taxes. Every derelict house offers its owner a $25,000 reward for making repairs. Preservation advocates succeeded in getting the city list of 700 Unsafe and Vacant addresses, getting a state review and report listing 100 houses as having historic significance, and getting names and addresses from Assessor Janet Ward of Pulaski Co., so contacts could be made. A display showing the properties grouped in Historic Districts was made. City officials then agreed to mail the state tax credit brochure to those 100 property owners, urging use of this historic tax credit to save houses from demolition.
Coalition members discussed what to do next, and agreed with a proposal from V. Pres. Jim Lynch to propose adding staff to the city payroll to work full-time on historic preservation, as well as quieting titles in the city attorney’s office, in view of the prospect of an expanded effort on this. Mayor Mark Stodola told advocates he was pressing for filing the first lawsuit to foreclose on weed lot liens and board and secure liens in order to move the neglected house into redevelopment and new owners. More staff will be needed to do this for hundreds of houses, all agreed. An appointment with the mayor will be requested to ask his support for adding an Historic Preservation Officer and quiet-title attorney to staff.
501 W. Ninth Street
Shades of Greatness: Art Inspired by Negro Leagues Baseball
Thru November 21. Closing celebration 5:30-7 p.m.
“Building the Economy through Livable Communities: Little Rock’s Partnership with the EPA, HUD, and DOT”
Tuesday, November 19, 12 noon -Rescheduled from October 2. join the three Deputy Secretaries of HUD, DOT and EPA for a panel discussion on how communities, including Little Rock, are using their Partnership for Sustainable Communities collaboration to plan the housing, transportation and economic development they need as infrastructure for economic growth, helping them attract businesses and improve quality of life for residents.
Clinton School Lectures
Native American Month Observance
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History,
Wednesday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The museum and the Arkansas National Guard will host a celebration of Native Americans who have served in our armed forces. Guest speaker: Cubert Bell Sr., Live performance featuring a Native American drum group and dancing. Free and open to the public.
Little Rock Watch Party of the
2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award Ceremony
Wednesday, November 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall
President Bill Clinton, along with 15 others, will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to significant cultural, public, or private endeavors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the executive order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony, which honored the inaugural class of 31 recipients. Since that time, more than 500 exceptional individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. There is no charge to attend the Little Rock Watch Party but reservations are necessary by emailing. Learn more.