Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fayetteville Communication director Lindsley Smith introduces newly elected members of City Council to director of Fayetteville Senior Center

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For many more photos from Fayetteville Senior Center, including today's photos of youngsters from New School visiting with senior residents of Fayetteville, please see Senior Center set on Flickr.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Clean-energy economy subject of tonight's free informational session at Jones Center in Springdale

    • 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Join us for a free, informative session to learn about Arkansas's developing clean energy economy! This is a great chance to learn about the opportunities in Arkansas for improving our energy security, creating jobs and stabilizing energy prices by broadening our use of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy, and alternative fuels. Refreshments will be served.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012
    The Jones Center, Springdale, Arkansas
    Room 227
    6:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tonight at Fayetteville Public Library one can learn all about Little Free Libraries

Dear Neighbors, attached is an article posted today in the Fayetteville Flyer online news publication.  I also included a link to the website where the article appears.  The writer says there presently are four little free libraries in Fayetteville.  That didn't include the newest addition on Hall Avenue.   Perfect timing for D'lorah and Joy!  Beverly

Little Free Library co-founder Todd Bol to speak in Fayetteville Dec. 4

By Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Monday, December 3, 2012 

Jeanie Hill stands next to her Little Free Library at 422 W. Cleburn St. near Wilson Park in Fayetteville.
Courtesy photo

Ever dreamed of running your own library? If so, then join Todd Bol, co-founder of the Little Free Library program, for a discussion this week at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Bol will speak about the program and how to generate interest in a community from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 inside the library’s Walker Community Room.

Little Free Library is a community program that promotes the love of reading by constructing book exchange boxes in convenient locations at the front of your home where bibliophiles can share books.

There are currently four little libraries in various locations throughout Fayetteville.

Readers are welcome to take a book from the exchange boxes while replacing it with another one. The mission of the program is to develop community relationships, promote conservation, and encourage literacy.

For more information about the event, contact Melissa Lockaby, Reference Librarian, at 479-856-7205.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Public meetings Fayetteville AR Nov. 26-30, 2012

City Clerk Division
113 West Mountain Fayetteville, AR 72701 PH. (479) 575-8323 city_clerk@ci.fayetteville.ar.us
* Meetings scheduled to be televised by the Government Channel are indicated with an asterisk *
Monday, November 26
5:30 PM 6:00 PM
Tuesday, November 27
4:30 PM
5:15 or Immediately following Agenda Session
Wednesday, November 28
Thursday, November 29
9:00 AM 2:00 PM
6:00 PM
Friday, November 30
2:00 PM
Planning Commission * Ward 4 Meeting *
City Council Agenda Session*
Equipment Committee *
No Meetings Listed
Subdivision Committee *
Bid Opening: Bid 12-78, Construction - Server Room Storm Shelter
Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods *

Bid Opening: Bid 12-79, Rear Load Solid Waste Truck
Room 219 Room 111
Room 326
Room 326
Room 326 Room 326
Room 326 Room 326 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

2 p.m. at the Town Center today! Sample video added later

Arkansas' Stand for the Children of Syria in Fayetteville

Say hello these beautiful people tomorrow--they've been working tirelessly to put on this event--the Arkansas Stand for the Children of Syria, taking place Saturday Nov 17. And a grateful shout-out to ALL who've volunteered to help in tons of ways!
(We are SO gonna beat the Dallas Walk, everyone--they think we're small; they just don't know how much heart and spirit we've got going here. Whoops--back to the focus: the children. The children.)
See you at the Town Center plaza on Mountain Street in Fayetteville at 2pm!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Environmental Action Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012: See video of October meeting below

Hello EAC! Please plan to attend the EAC meeting Thursday November 15, 2012 at 5:30pm in room 111 of City Hall. We'll discuss the following topics. 1. Update on Brookberry and other council agenda items 2. Community Wildlife Habitat 3. EAC notification process 4. 2012 achievements 5. December meeting topics 6. Certificates for new members Looking forward to seeing you! Sarah -- Sarah E. Lewis, Ph.D. Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Sector Manager The Sustainability Consortium Fayetteville, AR City Council Member Adjunct Professor, UALR www.sustainabilityconsortium.org www.accesssfayetteville.org (479) 575-4296 office (479) 263-2087 mobile

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mayor Lioneld Jordan praised for great leadership: Council members agree

Mayor Lioneld Jordan is the greatest leader Fayetteville has had, at least in my 39 years here. He’s honest, straight-forward, respectful, hard-working, and inclusive. 

Yet the NWA Times editorial board surprisingly chose to endorse Lioneld’s opponent, though their reasoning appears cloudy and conflicted. 

Quoting: "Lioneld Jordan deserves a lot of respect for maintaining city government during crises that included a dramatic economic slump and a crippling ice storm. His affable personality and focus on inclusion of citizens and city staff deserve high praise. When it comes to making people feel good, Jordan gets high marks. Jordan is visible at practically any gathering of any size in town, where he can passionately proclaim “I love this city.” And it’s clear that he means it." 

"Everybody likes Lioneld Jordan, including us." 

In contrast: "We wish Coody had the relationship skills of Jordan. He says he's mellowed a bit, and having had four years to ponder his leadership style, will work differently this time. We hope that's true." "His biggest challenge with some voters is convincing them he can be believed."

I'm befuddled. 

To paraphrase: Lioneld is genuinely nice. He's managed the city well through multiple record-breaking crises. He is inclusive and cares what citizens and city employees feel and think. He makes people feel good about themselves and our city. He’s supportive of causes and concerns important to a wide range of citizens. He’s not posturing --he loves this city!

Coody says he'll be nicer now, but he garnered resentment amongst city employees and citizens in his terms. His relationship with fellow elected officials on the Council was contentious. He's gonna have an uphill climb convincing those who remember that he’s veered more towards honesty and candor and respectfulness than he demonstrated before.

No mention of the stark differences in management of taxpayer dollars. No kudos to Lioneld for getting us through the recession without cutting services or layoffs of city employees and no tax increases. No credit to Lioneld for presenting the first balanced budget in many moons to the Council. 

No reference to Coody’s >$60 million dollar cost overrun on the sewer treatment plant, or the resulting sales tax increase to cover that debacle. No reminders of the hole in the ground with the giant crane or taxpayers in the TIF district who’ll be paying for that spectacular failure for many years. Or failed developments, Ruskin Heights and SouthPass for example, that Mr. Coody championed and from which several of his largest campaign contributors in 2008 would have been enriched greatly.

I support Lioneld Jordan's re-election with certainty he’s the superior choice for Fayetteville's future. Hundreds of citizens had our names published . Our firefighters and police officers who risk their lives every work-day and worked with both are enthusiastically supporting Lioneld. We're joined by an impressive majority of current and former councilpeople who’ve governed with both candidates. The Sierra Club endorsed Lioneld.

Consider what those endorsements say about Lioneld.

Please join us in voting for Lioneld Jordan!

Beth Presley
-----Original Message-----
From: Brenda Thiel

Subject: Re: Undecided about the Mayoral Race? Read this.

I couldn't agree more about Beth's letter. It was EXCELLENT!
Brenda Boudreaux

SOUTHPASS Sign at entry to the proposed regional park that awaits potential surrounding development to kick-start the required flow of money to pay for the list of park amenities. This magnificent wildlife habitat would long ago have been graded down and its vegetation removed if Coody's fantasy had come to fruition. The city remains responsible for the old landfill adjacent to it. The VISION didn't include recognizing the possibility of a recession that would bankrupt over-reaching borrowers and banks alike. Go back in the Government Channel archives or read the minutes of city park, planning and council meetings to see how it all came about, including the warnings from many individuals that it was risky business. Notice which council members voted against the boondoggle.

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View through 36-power zoom from so-called landfill road to downtown Fayetteville. October 2012 foliage hides landfill that may be leaking many dangerous pollutants into the underground water channels and into Cato Springs Branch, the southwest-most tributary of the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River, thus the region's main water supply: Beaver Lake.

Water features? A water theme park or something?  Does it say stream preservation or wetland protection or forest or prairie preservation? Mayor Jordan has supported a streamside-protection ordinance, a stronger hillside-protection ordinance and pushed for the city to qualify as an urban habitat community now certified by the National Wildlife Federation. The former administration saw only land that could be turned into a huge project to benefit developers.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Longtime public-outreach coordinator explains difference between current and former mayors

Published in the NWA Times today, beautifully written by Julie McQuade:
In Fayetteville, we are about to choose whether to keep the current mayor, Lioneld Jordan, or bring back a past mayor, Dan Coody. I’ve had the unique opportunity to work for both men for approximately 3 years in each administration.
I want to share the lessons I learned through personal experiences in each mayor’s administration. The differences say a lot about the integrity and leadership qualities of each.
During Coody’s administration the lessons I learned were:
  1. My job was more about “spin” than real communication.
  2. An item that passed at City Council without any discussion was a win.
  3. If an issue was mentioned in an editorial, you expected to spend many hours covering the mayor’s position and also expected a city staffer to be the fall guy, if it reflected negatively on the mayor.
  4. Whatever the mayor promised in public, staff had to find a way to make it happen, regardless of legality or ethics.
  5. City staff survived only through keeping their heads down and covering their rears, at all costs.
  6. An expensive plan or program by outside consultants was more important than local community input. Financial feasibility or possibilities of implementation did not matter at all, as long as the mayor got impressive awards.
During Jordan’s administration the lessons I learned were:
  1. My job was communication and facilitating opportunities for everyone to get involved in city decisions.
  2. The mayor wanted many discussions, differing opinions, and wide-spread input on an item before developing a proposal for City Council and he encouraged continued discussion with the City Council.
  3. If an issue was mentioned in an editorial, expect to spend time getting the mayor all the relevant facts on the issue. If an issue was controversial, the mayor would give the City Council the opportunity to discuss and make a decision, rather than try to sweep it under the rug, even though he knew some would be unhappy with the decision the City Council would have to make.
  4. As staff, you could trust that the mayor would never compromise the legality or ethics of the city administration or city staff .
  5. As staff, the mayor was your biggest supporter. He would do his best to get you the recognition and compensation deserved.
  6. Several aspects were weighed before considering a project/ program/plan; financial feasibility, possibility of implementation, the long-term costs, return-on-investment, sustainability and the whole-community impact/involvement.
Admittedly I was a supporter of Coody before 2008. I did not know Jordan, and used to justify my supporting Coody by stating, “As politicians go, he isn’t too bad.” Then I got the privilege of getting to know Jordan and working with him. When I’m asked about my support of Jordan, I now say, “He is a good, honest man who happened to get elected to office.” Jordan isn’t a politician. You can trust what he says, whether you agree with him or not.
All hail and many thanks to Julie, for setting the record straight!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Alderman Matthew Petty endorsed for reelection by Ozark Headwaters Group of Arkansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Sierra Club Endorses Lioneld Jordan for Mayor, Matthew Petty for Ward 2

The Sierra Club's Ozark Headwaters Group has endorsed Lioneld Jordan for Mayor of Fayetteville and Matthew Petty for Ward 2 Alderman in the November 6 election.
“During our endorsement process,” said Chairman Aubrey Shepherd, “Mayor Jordan stood out for his vision, temperament, and effective leadership in working with the City Council to enact important ordinances. During his current term in office, Fayetteville adopted the state’s first Low-Impact Development Ordinance, the state’s first Energy Efficient Residential Building Code, and the state’s first Streamside Protection Ordinance. In addition, he secured state and federal grant funds to open the Green Jobs Training Center in Fayetteville and establish the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund to help local non-profit groups make improvements to their buildings. Jordan is a member of the Sierra Club and has twice been named the Outstanding Local Government Official by the Sierra Club of Arkansas.”
“While both Jordan and Coody bring environmental credentials to the race,” he added, “the Sierra Club believes Lioneld Jordan has a more impressive record of environmental accomplishments and a stronger ability to involve residents and mobilize people for practical action that will help keep Fayetteville a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“Ward 2 Alderman Matthew Petty, during his first term on the City Council, consistently considered the environmental impact of all proposals and offered fresh ideas for making our community more livable. He co-sponsored the City’s new Energy Efficient Residential Building Code,” noted Shepherd. “As a member of the Street Committee, he has been a vocal advocate for expanding trails and sidewalks and for adding additional bicycle lanes on existing city streets.”
Petty is a former Chairman of the OHG Sierra Club’s Executive Committee. His priorities are reducing sprawl, improving alternative transportation, and expanding recycling to increase the diversion rate of solid waste from landfills.
In making this decision, Sierra Club members began looking carefully at the major candidates in September, reviewing records and responses to questionnaires this month. The endorsements are based on candidate responses to the Sierra Club questionnaire, records of achievements in office, and individual history of working with the Club on key environmental issues. The specific issues on the questionnaires included water quality, energy conservation, transportation, and recycling.
“We reserve our political endorsements for candidates we believe will be outstanding advocates of natural-resource conservation and, more importantly, who can work effectively to achieve actual results,” Shepherd said. “Our endorsements are for individuals who have shown a deep commitment to environmental protection to ensure a better quality of life for all by protecting the health and safety of our residents."
Both candidates received unanimous support from the Executive Committee and the Political Committee.
The Sierra Club is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and exploration of the earth’s natural environment. The non-profit environmental organization founded in 1892 has approximately 3,000 members in Arkansas and 1,100 members in the Ozark Headwaters Group region of Northwest Arkansas.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

David Whitaker receives endorsement of national and Arkansas state chapter executive committee of Sierra Club for election to Arkansas House of Representatives

Dear Sierra Club Member:

The Club's State Political Committee and State Chapter Executive Committee is endorsing David Whitaker for State House of Representatives, District 85. This endorsement is based on (1) the candidate's public records; (2) his responses to a series of detailed questions about environmental issues; and (3) our assessment of the candidate's likely effectiveness as a state senator with attention to environmental values.

Please consider voting for Mr. Whitaker on Tuesday, November 6 (or through early voting). And as always, please exercise your right and responsibility to vote.

Political Committee
Executive Committee
Sierra Club-Arkansas Chaptera

Monday, October 22, 2012

Megan supports her father, Lioneld Jordan, for reelection as early voting begins at 8 a.m. Monday

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Dickson Street at College Avenue

Early voting times and places listed in elevator
Parking deck full from top to bottom level at 8:00 a.m. Monday, Oct 22, 2012 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Jane Goodall at University of Arkansas TONIGHT

Jane Goodall's crowd may have been largest in Barnhill Arena since Razorback basketball stopped playing there.

Youngsters who already worship Goodall and understand her message of hope for saving the planet dominate line of thousands wanting their Goodall books signed.

On October 5, 2012, Dr. Goodall will give a keynote speech at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.

In her speech, Making a Difference, Dr. Goodall, will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field.
Dr. Goodall will also share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2012. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program.
In Making a Difference, Dr. Goodall will provide insight into the person behind the globe-trotting international icon:  a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world.  She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.
A book signing will follow Dr. Goodall’s speech. Books and JGI memberships will be available for sale on site.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dine Out for Peace today only

Please forward to friends!
Dine Out for Peace will be a one-day restaurant fundraising event held in Northwest Arkansas . The funds raised will benefit Peace at Home Family Shelter, allowing them to continue to provide comprehensive support services to those impacted by domestic violence.
It's SO easy to participate! All you have to do is eat at any of our 14 participating restaurants on October 4 and a portion of your bill will be donated to Peace at Home. That's it! The event is all day, so eat out and eat out often!
Participating Restaurants:
Vetro 1925 Ristorante
Jammin Java
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Emelia's Kitchen
Fresco Cafe and Pub
U.S. Pizza Co.
Loafin Joe's
Lucky Luke's BBQ
Sassy's Red House
Spiedini Italian Grill
bhk on the square
Thanks for all you do.
Peace at Home Family Shelter