Monday, July 30, 2012

Ward 4 meeting tonight (Do short takes free between 5 and 6 p.m. at public television)

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Photo from July 30, 2012, meeting

Another reason not to live in Little Rock: LR is not yet certified by National Wildlife Federation as an urban wildlife community

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Well apparently the City of Little Rock doesn't care about Certified Wildlife Habitats because my roommate and I were awoken this morning to find a brush hog tractor and six man crew with weedeaters cutting the whole thing down. We scrambled to save some tomatoes and squash. My roomate David, who is an architecture graduate and designer of many projects in Little Rock has been battling the city about this for some time. But it looks like they won today. Our wildlife habitat, which was certified with a sign from the National Wildlife Federation, had many plants that produced vegetables, multiple birdfeeders, provided shelter for animals like rabbits and more. You could look out at it in the day time and see hundreds of dragon flies, and dozens of birds where in other parts of our ghetto neighborhood you would see nothing. To become a certified wildlife habitat you must prove that the property provides four basic elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover and places to raise young. It also acted as a buffer to purify or filter the air since we are adjacent to 1-30. Now it's just another ugly manicured lot. By: Ryan Denham

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blessed rain reminds us of important fact: Removing vegetation allows massive, silt-laden flow from construction sites, while prairie vegetation keeps deep, rich soil in place to protect Beaver Lake watershed tributary from flooding and pollution

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Loose top soil washes downhill to bridge at MLK Jr Drive
FHS soil runoff enters same stream
Dirty water from construction sites at 11th St crossing
ZERO flow from vegetated prairies west of S. Duncan Ave 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Clean-energy town-hall meeting Thursday evening July 26: Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Aug 5, 2012

Public Meetings Calendar Thursday, July 26, 2012 Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods City Clerk Time: 6:00 PM Location: Room 326 AGENDA FOR THE FAYETTEVILLE COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOODS Thursday, July 26, 2012 6:00 p.m. Room 326, City Hall Call to Order 1. Introduction of neighborhood representatives OLD BUSINESS 2. Continued planning for FCON sponsored Mayoral Forum scheduled for September 27, 2012 3. Fayetteville Town & Gown Update 4. Neighborhood Updates & Chair report NEW BUSINESS 5. Agenda Items for August meeting 6. Announcements Adjourn

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Native plants and pollinators produce food for human beings and other living things

John Logan Burrow and Professor Emeritus James Richard Bennett discuss the days when John took an English class from Dr. Bennett

John Logan Burrow and James Richard Bennett

Dick Bennett was personally offering invitations to the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day gathering set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 starting on the south side of the Fayetteville square with the program to be presented at the Kaminski peace sphere at the Town Center. Speakers include Bill Williams and the Reverend Randi Henderson. Music by Still on the Hill and others.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fayetteville City Council approves new home energy-efficiency standards and update of tree-protection ordinance, but I still don't know why city needs to buy a slope mower and hay-baler: What slope needs mowing or what hay field needs a baler?

Spring International students recognized by Mayor Jordan during council meeting Council meeting rerun on video NOW.
Mayor Lioneld Jordan

City Attorney Kit Williams

City Clerk Sondra Smith
Ward 1 Position 1 – Adella Gray
Ward 1 Position 2 – Brenda Boudreaux
Ward 2 Position 1 – Mark Kinion
Ward 2 Position 2 – Matthew Petty
Ward 3 Position 1 – Justin Tennant
Ward 3 Position 2 – Robert Ferrell
Ward 4 Position 1 – Rhonda Adams
Ward 4 Position 2 – Sarah Lewis

Final Agenda
City of Fayetteville Arkansas
City Council Meeting
July 17, 2012

A meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will be held on July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM in Room 219 of the City Administration Building located at 113 West Mountain Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Call to Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor’s Announcements, Proclamations and Recognitions:

City Council Meeting Presentations, Reports and Discussion Items:

Agenda Additions:


1.Approval of the June 19, 2012 and July 3, 2012 City Council meeting minutes.

2.Parkland Dedication Fees:  A resolution approving a budget adjustment in the total amount of $38,426.00 recognizing parkland dedication fees from the Northeast and Northwest Quadrants to be applied for additions to Gulley Park and insurance proceeds related to the destruction of the Red Oak Park playground.

3.Bid #12-40 Luber Bros, Inc.:  A resolution awarding Bid #12-40 and authorizing the purchase of one (1) Deweze ATM72LG slope mower from Luber Bros., Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the total amount of $41,209.40, for use by the Transportation Division, and approving a budget adjustment.

4.Bid #12-48 Williams Tractor:  A resolution awarding Bid #12-48 and authorizing the purchase of one (1) large square baler from Williams Tractor of Fayetteville in the total amount of $81,488.00, for use by wastewater treatment, and approving a budget adjustment.

5.Bid #12-49 Sellers Trading Post:  A resolution awarding Bid #12-49 and authorizing the purchase of two (2) Rhino FR180 batwing cutters from Sellers Trading Post of Siloam Springs in the total amount of $30,192.00, for use by the Parks Department and wastewater treatment.

6.Bid #12-50 Countryside Farm & Lawn:  A resolution awarding Bid #12-50 and authorizing the purchase of one (1) mower conditioner from Countryside Farm & Lawn of Springdale in the total amount of $20,916.08, for use by wastewater treatment.

7.Bid #12-42 Endless Power Corp.:  A resolution awarding Bid #12-42 and authorizing the purchase of one (1) power generator from Endless Power Corp. in the amount of $61,330.00, plus applicable sales tax, for use at the Owl Creek lift station, and approving a budget adjustment.

8.Bid #12-54 Instrument & Supply, Inc.:  A resolution awarding Bid #12-54 and authorizing the purchase of three (3) large water pumps from Instrument & Supply, Inc. in the amount of $88,800.00, plus applicable sales tax, for use at the South Mountain pump station.

9.John David Brown Settlement Agreement:  A resolution approving a settlement agreement with John David Brown, concerning condemnation litigation filed as part of the Highway 265 Water and Sewer Relocation and Improvement Project, in the total amount of $46,666.50.

10.Richard and Caren Hanna Settlement Agreement:  A resolution approving a settlement agreement with Richard and Caren Hanna, concerning condemnation litigation filed as part of the N. Garland Avenue Improvement Project, in the total amount of $1,600.00.

11.Street Name Change - N. Chrysler Drive:  A resolution renaming Frazier Street between Vantage Drive and Mountain View Drive to N. Chrysler Drive.

B.Unfinished Business:

1.Amend §173.08 Arkansas Energy Code:  An ordinance to amend §173.08 Arkansas Energy Code of the Building Regulations chapter of the U.D.C. to adopt the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, for residential structures, with amendments herein.  This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the June 05, 2012 City Council meeting.  This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the June 19, 2012 City Council meeting and Tabled to the July 17, 2012 City Council meeting.    Left of the First Reading

C.New Business:

1.Amend §154.03 Private Parties/Zoning Amendment:  An ordinance to amend §154.03 Private Parties/Zoning Amendment to clarify the powers of the Planning Commission and City Council when a property owner seeks rezoning.

2.Amend §167.04 Tree Preservation and Protection During Development and §177.05 Street Tree Planting Standards:  An ordinance amending §167.04 Tree Preservation and Protection During Development and §177.05 Street Tree Planting Standards of the Code of Fayetteville to provide a fixed amount to be paid into the tree escrow account rather than reasonable maintenance cost estimates.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today's agenda for Environmental Action Committee of Fayetteville, Arkansas: Meeting open to all

  • EAC Agenda July 12, 2012‏

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To,, Angela Albright, Aubrey Shepherd, Connie Crisp, Dana Smith, James Barton, Lori Yazwinski, Meredith Lewis,

Hello everyone,
Please plan to attend the EAC meeting Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 5:30pm in room 111.  We have three
objectives for the meeting; provide a recommendation from the EAC to the Council and the staff about the
Resource Management Plan, provide a recommendation to the Council for the Residential Energy Code, and
finally hear from citizen concerns regarding burning.  Please read the following materials before you come
to the meeting.  The energy code amendments are on the next council meeting agenda.

1.  Form recommendation for Resource Management Plan - 20
2.  Form recommendation for Residential Energy Code - 20
3.  Discuss burning in Fayetteville - 20

Thank you, all!  Exciting things happening!


Sarah E. Lewis, Ph.D.

Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Sector Manager

The Sustainability Consortium

Fayetteville, AR City Council Member
Adjunct Professor, UALR

(479) 575-4296 office
(479) 263-2087 mobile

Monday, July 9, 2012

After Sarah Moore Chyrchel's first Fayetteville public showing of 'Witch Hazel Advent,' a 37-minute video on the lives of her grandmother and grandfather, Margaret and John Rule

John Rule reads a few of his Ozark poems after the film was shown Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology. Brief promotional 'trailer' of "Witch Hazel Advent" on Vimeo. Slide show of photos from "John Rule's Road to Frog Bayou," a set of still photos from several trips to John Rule's home at the southern edge of Washington County, Arkansas. Video of John Rule reading autobiographical essays in a work titled "Iris Manifesto."

Monday, July 2, 2012

Royal Oak deja vu: Anyone remember the big oak left 'protected' on the Aspen Ridge site in 2005? It soon died as will thick ancient oak that was to be 'protected' on the Campus Crest/ The Grove site

City's new urban forester or whoever was acting in that capacity when The Grove was approved required only this one tree to be protected. But nobody told the guys driving the machines or wanting to park in the shade or those who dumped various debris and red dirt under the tree's drip line and over its roots. Same thing that happened to some other 'protected' trees on the failed Aspen Ridge site now called The Hill Place. When members of the city council vote to approve a development or vote to rezone land for development, they also need to require the developer to provide funding so that the city can hire a full-time inspector to be at EACH SITE during ALL working hours. That way the promises would have to be kept and maybe the workers from out of state might learn to respect the rules designed to protect the watershed and to reduce the 'heat-island' effect. And while I was making some of those photos a funeral was going on in the Fayetteville National Cemetery with endless noise from the construction across the street. Are they going to work on Independence Day?