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4 p.m. Wed. Mar. 5, 2013 – Mayor’s Public Safety meeting - Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol
Update on city contract to allow Capitol Zoning District Commission violations to be handled in LR Environmental Court – Tony Bozynski, city planning director
* gunshots at 2304 S. Arch, fleeing man, flattened truck tires, Feb. 27 – update on investigation
* man exposing himself to S. Main residents, first of Feb., emerging from red car, thought to live in area – update on investigation
* aggressive panhandling on S. Main – police response
* drug dealing at 2201 S. Center St. – police raid, drugs seized & two arrests Feb. 5 – thanks, LRPD!
* update on function of police camera at Arch & 23d St.
* trash blowing toward neighbors from 118 W. Charles Bussey, Jan. 14 – update
* 101 W. 24th – loud parties, public urination, nuisance behavior at rental house
* Parris Towers used by drug dealers & prostitutes. Update on police investigation.
* aggressive panhandling of tenants at Broadway & 16, convenience store next door
* update on court abatement action on 1521 S. State St. – heir now handling property. renovations never completed; illegal occupant; tarpaper exterior.
* 1406 S. Broadway, vermin, chimney in disrepair – update on code inspection
Update – on Jericho Way, city day center for the homeless, 3000 Confederate Blvd.
– city support to save Woodruff House, 1017 E. Eighth St.
– update on feral dogs killing pets, trapping by Animal control.
– controlling speeding for pupils crossing Chester at 16th St.; request flashing yellow light
concerns of residents:
Next Meeting: Wed. May 7, 2014
KTHV/11 documents Little Rock’s Harlem District during Black History Month and notes that Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Dreamland Ballroom hope to see this downtown area revitalized. Link here to video.
Mayor Mark Stodola Joins U.S. Mayors in National Effort to Stop Violent Death among African American Men and Boys
Stodola, Richardson among leaders from 37 cities participating in Cities United in coordinated effort to reduce violence and homicide among African American men and boys by 50 percent
- Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined mayors and city leaders from across the country in New Orleans, La. for the inaugural Cities United meeting.
- The meeting was aimed at exploring solutions to reduce the tragic number of violence-related deaths of young African American men and boys by 50 percent.
- The two-day working session brought together 225 local officials and staff from 37 cities with the goal of developing a plan of action that will end homicide as the leading cause of death for African American males between the ages of 15 and 24.
- “It is time to stop the violence. So it is time to marshal every resource—federal, state, local, private, faith based, and not-for-profit—to turn the tide,” Stodola said.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISANA — Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined mayors and city leaders from across the country in New Orleans, La. for the inaugural Cities United meeting to explore solutions aimed at reducing the tragic number of violence-related deaths of young African American men and boys by 50 percent. The two-day working session brought together 225 local officials and staff from 37 cities—including Stodola, Little Rock City Director Ken Richardson and Community Programs Coordinator Marq Golden—to develop a plan of action that will end homicide as the leading cause of death for African American males between the ages of 15 and 24.
“As leaders, our highest responsibility is protecting the safety and prosperity of our communities and our people. This means preventing violence and investing in the opportunities that everyone needs to feel hopeful about their future and to flourish,” Stodola said. “It is time to stop the violence. So it is time to marshal every resource—federal, state, local, private, faith based, and not-for-profit—to turn the tide. Finding Little Rock’s strategies and executing them is our imperative.”
Through his participation in the meeting, Stodola will help guide the Cities United movement and its work to restore hope and opportunities to young men and boys directly affected by violence. Topics covered included effective strategies for engaging black men; rethinking juvenile justice; restorative justice as a tool for community healing; educating for a strong community; leveraging philanthropic partnerships; and developing strategies that ensure a long-term impact.
The conference featured a number prominent speakers, including: Professor Pedro Noguera, executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools; Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink; and Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General of the United States.
Cities United was launched under the leadership of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu with support from National League of Cities, Casey Family Programs and Open Society Foundations. Since it launched in 2011, Cities United has forged a growing network of 56 mayors working to equip local elected officials with the tools, practices, skills and resources needed to effectively eliminate the violence-related deaths of African American men and boys. The initiative is headquartered at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families.
About Cities United
Cities United is a national movement to equip mayors and local elected officials with the tools, practices, skills and resources needed to effectively eliminate the violence-related deaths of African American men and boys. Cities United was launched in 2011 under the leadership of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu with support from the National League of Cities, Casey Family Programs and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Addition support comes from the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.
Free Job Skills Workshops
Saturdays in March, 1:00 p.m.
Main Library, 100 Rock Street
The sessions are free, but registration is required.
Another resource available to job-hunters is
one of the hundreds of FREE databases
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job hunters can not only find information
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Bike Friendly Community Committee Meeting Agenda
Agenda for Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Board Meeting
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Public Input Session
28 in attendance, 5 board members present out of 7 attended December 11th Meeting.
18 in attendance, 1 or 2 board members present
2. State of the City Bike Projects: Jon Honeywell, Public Works:
- Closing the loop
The board approved staff to proceed with negotiating right of way acquisition for both sides of the Dillard’s property.
Current design of the section between Dillard’s is 90% complete
*Ed would like to have Jeremy speak with Mayor about this issue: Discuss with Mayor having those drawings be 100% complete and ready to go to bid
- South Main Project Update.
Preconstruction meeting with contractor. Work should begin within the next couple of weeks. Start at 100 block and move south. Will have sharrows not bike lane but not 100% firm
- Pinnacle Valley Connection to Chenal
Still in design. Public meetings will be held once the designs reach a certain point. Jeremy will spread the word about these public meetings
- Connection from River Trail to N. Rodney Parham/Hinson
Public meeting 2 weeks previous. Proceeding to install bike lanes on Rodney Parham from Valley Club to Cantrell. Will include widening the road surface the designs are 30-60% complete
- Broadway bridge reroute
Pushed off until the end of the year due to AHTD not acquiring the contractor yet
- Louisiana Resurfacing.
Scheduled to be resurfaced before June of 2014. Utility work issues are causing a delay. Study about this being a buffered green lane or a bike lane? City has only considered bike lane due to the impact on the parking. Going larger would impact vehicular bike with 2 lanes of traffic. Mason discussed the ability to fit more than just a bike lane into the size of parallel parking.
City will consider a buffered bike lane but no promises
Any plan to convert one way streets to dual way in downtown area? No general overarching design to convert. Do receive requests for conversion but they are managed on a case by case basis
- Daisy Bates Resurfacing
Examining for road diets with 3 lanes and bike lanes. Not final but leaning that way
Concerns raised about schedule and effects on Central High School. Concerns addressed saying that all measures would be taken to accommodate the school to the best of the city’s abilities
- Chester Street Resurfacing
- 17th Street Bond Project
Small section. Will meet with Jeremy to see what he is thinking for that particular project
- Asher Avenue – Bond Project
Proceeding with design. Will be at the end of this 3 year cycle. Only in preliminary stage.
- Overlook Drive – Sales tax project
Scheduled for 2014 overlay. Will have dedicated bike lane on the uphill lane and sharrows on the downhill lane due to a lack of road surface and the inability to increase the road surface. Believe this is the safest arrangement
Questions about the railroad crossing? City will have to petition the railroad to fix it. Will investigate if the city has petitioned the railroad and the city will contact them and ask about railroad crossings being fixed
Should ask Judge Villenes how a different railroad crossing on the same line has been upgraded.
*Ed will ask RVOPA about railroad crossings being fixed
- 36th Street and Shackelford – Sales Tax
Currently in design. Will attempt to accommodate bicycle infastructure
- Barrow Rd Streetscape – Bond project
Mutli-phase project. Master plan has an end goal with a separate bicycle facility off of the road surface. Not part of the current construction but the master plan will be in place. Current project calls for items such as streetscape improvements. Will do detail plan work off of master plan according to budget. The project is for the East side.
- 2014 Resurfacing Scheduled Plans in relation to the Bike Master Plan
Bids for next year’s resurfacing project will come in next week. At next meeting will be able to address what will be overlaid in 2015
The updates to the bike master plan must be approved and will be required to have public meetings to address.
Wednesday February 26 5-7 at Current hall on East Capital Ave will be first public meeting for Downtown. There will be additional meetings in the hillcrest and West Little Rock area.
Public meetings will receive input and then planning commission will evaluate the proposed amendments to the Bike Master Plan. The board will then receive the recommendations and have final say to adopt the amendments to the Bike Master Plan through ordinance
BFCC will send out schedule of Public Meetings on amendments to Bike Master Plan
3. Complete Streets Committee Update: Mason Ellis, BFCC
Having meetings every 2 weeks. Focus of the discussion is on other cities’ complete streets policies. Defining classes of bike lanes and exemptions from the complete street policy. Working out the fine details of the policy. Comparing to other policies from comparable cities in size and location. Missouri cities have been discussed as great examples. Plan to have a resolution to the City Council by May for Little Rock.
Support will be needed once this reaches the city council. Updates will come on meetings
4. Bicycle Friendly Community Feedback Report – Mason Ellis, BFCC –
Include the feedback sheet with minutes
North Little Rock has received Bronze Status
Check BikeLR.com for the Feedback report and post to BikeLR Blog
5. Traffic + Engineering: Nat Banihatti
Looked at road diet reports on Markham and Kavanaugh. Concerns were raised over the width of the road surface; being only 40-43 feet in some locations which could make it too small for 3 travel lanes and 2 bike lanes. Would recommend a minimum of 6 ft bicycle lanes due to the high speeds of the road traffic. Section of concern is from the gas station to the pedestrian road bridge. Also, concerns about the amount of debris coming down the hill onto the bike lane.
Looking at traffic volumes. The study will look at if the traffic is taking Woodrow. Study will be ready for next BFCC meeting. 3rd street is on the plan for repaving in 2015
Asked for a list of concerns for the section based on Traffic+Engineering
6. Trails Update: Jon Light
Parks & Rec Broadway bridge reconstruction. Bike Lane is on the East side of the bridge. Will bring the trail over the park on a bridge 16ft wide to accommodate tight turn down back to the trail. Will be comparable to the Big Dam Bridge exit on the Little Rock side. Will have Rider Caution signs due to the amount of traffic. Will be on a 5% grade to make it ADA compliant.
John pointed out that there will be significant interference to the River trail to complete the park access ramp. Bridge will close the trail for significant portions.
*Mason will send PDF of the design
Jon will check to see what Radius is and report back
Ballard at the bridge on Two River Park: The socket has been altered so that it will not stick up if the bollard is removed for an event.
Rose creek trail section has been paved
Mtn. Bike trails have been redone in Boyle Park by the new CATA group
Jimmerson creek bridge having rocks coming out on the trail during rain. Plans to install barrier to prevent this by LR Parks & Rec
7. Police Update Heath Helton
77 pedestrian collisions: 12 hit and run, 10 involved children 2 wheelchairs struck. 21 citations, 5 DWI, 2 citation recipients were to cyclists
5 total accidents YTD, non-downtown, 1 fatality, 1 hit and run, and 1 citation issues
8. BACA Update Mason Ellis
BACA board meeting is this Sunday and no new business from last BFCC meeting. Next general meeting will be in the spring.
9. CATA Report – Matthew Long
10. New Business
May 3rd – Criterium races will be on Saturday and Sunday. SOMA area and 3rd rock. The goal is for 250 people to attend. Will also include a 5k road race. Eventually looking to grow and possibly include a gran fondo (Big Dam Bridge style event) Marketing material will be complete by the end of this month
AHTD has hired consultant to evaluate Bike Head Plan in Arkansas. Their website is Arkansasbikeheadplan.com. There is a survey to provide feedback to the AHTD
Mark your calendars for 2014 meeting dates:
2nd Wednesday of Every Month
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Tree Streets Members & Vols:
This Saturday morning, Tree Streets will march into its 17th year planting trees in the neighborhoods of downtown Little Rock.
We will meet this Saturday morning at Community Bakery (I-630 & Main St.) at 9:00 a.m. and we should be finished by 11:00 a.m. Our tree planting work this week will along Wright Avenue (17th Street) in the blocks west of Arch Street. If it is raining steadily at 8:00 a.m., the day’s work will be cancelled. Tree Streets will provide all of the necessary tools. Children, grand-children, and pets are all welcome to join in the work.
Please consider volunteering with us as we get our hands dirty for a better and leafier Little Rock. Thank you for your support.
John K. Baker, Board Member
Tree Streets, Inc.
P.O. Box 3254
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 688-8850 (direct dial)
(501) 940-8850 (cell)
(501) 663-8494 (home)