Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

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Events Calendar

Apr
23
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting 201 S. Broadway – 4th Floor Quorum Court Room. Copies of the most current meeting agenda(s), and links to the Pulaski County Livestream may be found here.
May
14
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
May
28
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting 201 S. Broadway – 4th Floor Quorum Court Room. Copies of the most current meeting agenda(s), and links to the Pulaski County Livestream may be found here.
Jun
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Jun
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting 201 S. Broadway – 4th Floor Quorum Court Room. Copies of the most current meeting agenda(s), and links to the Pulaski County Livestream may be found here.
Jul
9
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Jul
23
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting 201 S. Broadway – 4th Floor Quorum Court Room. Copies of the most current meeting agenda(s), and links to the Pulaski County Livestream may be found here.
Aug
13
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Aug
27
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting 201 S. Broadway – 4th Floor Quorum Court Room. Copies of the most current meeting agenda(s), and links to the Pulaski County Livestream may be found here.
Sep
10
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.

Pulaski County News & Announcements

Adult and Veteran Drug Treatment Court Receives State Grant to Enhance Services

Sixth Circuit Court Judge Mary Spencer McGowan announced the Adult Drug Court and Veterans’ Drug Court, specialty programs for non-violent offenders battling drug addiction, received more than $290,000 in grant funding from Arkansas Community Corrections’ Accountability Court Grant Program.

Through Act 895 of the 90th General Assembly, Gov. Asa Hutchinson provided more than $2.9 million in funding to allow Arkansas Drug Courts to compete for grant funding from Arkansas Community Corrections to enhance program services. The one-time grant is awarded to applicants who “can demonstrate a reduction in the number of offenders committed to juvenile detention, state juvenile/treatment facilities or adult confinement facilities.”

The act also created the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force that will study the performance and outcome measures.

“On behalf of the more than 600 defendants in both my Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court, I would like to thank the Governor for his generosity in funding these grants and the Arkansas Community Correction for awarding the grants,” McGowan said. “This money will allow us to enhance our Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court in keeping defendants off of drugs and out of the penitentiary.”

The grant, the largest in the State, will enable defendants to receive mental health counseling, bus transportation, incentives for positive performance to name a few areas covered by the grant said McGowan.

“Kicking drug addiction requires a lifestyle change, this often requires a change in environment, a change in habits that are associated with drug use and even a change in friends,” McGowan said. “It’s important that we provide these individuals with the tools necessary to make the transition into sober living and complete the program successfully.”

The Pulaski County Drug Court was created in 1994 through Department of Justice and Arkansas Department of Health funding. The Sixth Circuit Court is one of 55 drug court programs in the State of Arkansas. Judge McGowan has presided over the Pulaski County Drug Court since 1995 following the retirement of Judge Jack Lessenberry.

Pulaski County Youth Services Receives $150,000 in Grant Funds

Pulaski County Youth Services received $150,000 in grant funding from the City of Little Rock Department of Community Programs to continue after-school and summer programs that serve the John Barrow Corridor.

Since 2015, Second Baptist Church on John Barrow Road has been the site for these programs and serves youth who live in the 72204, 72205, 72210 and 72211 zip codes. This includes the Little Scholars Academy that serves youth ages 6-11 and the Youth Intervention and Prevention (YIP) programs that serve male and female youth ages 13-19.

These free, out-of-school programs focus on academic enrichment to bridge the educational gap and college readiness for kids of all ages. Activities include cultural enhancement, health and nutrition, physical fitness, challenges and choices, tutoring, anti-bullying education, service learning, mentoring, STEM, career development and leadership programs.

“It’s imperative that we continue to work to expand all our programs and establish new programs across Pulaski County,” said Youth Services Director, Jamie Scott. “I’m humbled and very excited about the renewal of three of our new after-school programs at Second Baptist. Our partnership with the City of Little Rock and Second Baptist has allowed us to reach many youth and families and has been a great success over the past year.”

Participating students will also have the opportunity to experience educational field trips, education and engagement in the fine arts, and leadership development activities and much more.

“My staff works very hard to provide quality programs,” Scott said. “We’ve put an incredible team together who is truly committed to helping our youth reach their full potential inside and outside the classroom. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far and very excited about what is to come.”

For more information, call 501-340-8250 or visit our website.

County Housing Agency to Add 150 to Wait List

Pulaski County Housing Agency will add 150 names to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list, Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8 a.m. at the Southwest Community Center at 6401 Baseline Road. This is for placement on the waiting list. No vouchers will be issued. Those who wish to be added to the list must bring a valid photo ID. For safety and security reasons, no lines or standing will be allowed before 7 a.m. For more information please call 501-340-8230.

Pulaski County Youth Services to Host Women’s Power Breakfast

Pulaski County Youth Services will host the Vision 2025 Women’s Power Breakfast Saturday, April 16, 2016. This annual fundraising event will launch the 2016 inaugural class of the Vision 2025 Leadership Institute.

The Vision 2025 Leadership Institute is the first program of its kind in the Central Arkansas area. Pulaski County Youth Services will introduce 33 girls between 9th-12th grades with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may have not yet been given the chance to truly be empowered as leaders. This program was created to provide a year-long training that focuses on empowerment, leadership development, mentoring, entrepreneurship, community services, and academic advising, thus allowing young women to complete high school and further their education at the post-secondary level.

Several women have been chosen to be honored during this event who are outstanding leaders, excellent role models, and who serve and empower other women to live and serve to their fullest potentials.

The Honorable Joyce Elliott, Senate District 31, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other honorees will include:

  • Georgia Mjartan, Executive Director of Our House
  • Tjuana Byrd, attorney at the Law Office of Tjuana Byrd
  • Linda Leopoulos, Co-Founder of the Thea Foundation

“I am very passionate about developing a stronger female leadership base for Arkansas,” said Jamie Scott, Director of Pulaski County Youth Services. “When you empower a woman, you change a community, and we are committed to accomplishing that at an early age at Pulaski County Youth Services.”

The event will take place at the Little Rock Club, located at 400 West Capitol Avenue #1601, Little Rock, AR, 72201. Doors open at 8:
30 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 9:00 am.  Entertainment will be provided by Rodney Block. Tickets are on sale for $40 each.

For more information contact Susej Thompson at 340-6686 or sthompson@pulaskicounty.net.

Pulaski County Supports Legislation to End Dual Holiday

The Pulaski County Quorum Court will vote tonight to support potential state legislation that would end the dual holiday commemorating Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Confederate General, Robert E. Lee.

“Pulaski County takes great pride in its longstanding tradition of celebrating Martin Luther King Day as a standalone holiday to honor his legacy and positive contribution to society and our community,” states the resolution.

“As one of the three remaining states that still celebrates this dual holiday, it casts a dark shadow on the State of Arkansas,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “Continuing this practice diminishes the work and sacrifices made during the civil rights movement; furthermore, it diminishes Dr. King’s legacy. With this resolution, we are showing our support of Governor Hutchinson in his effort to encourage the state legislature to end the practice of celebrating the dual holiday.”

“The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission commends Governor Asa Hutchinson’s decision to support the separation of commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day,” Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough said. “We also applaud Pulaski County for their efforts to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his special day.”

The quorum court meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in downtown Little Rock.

County Judge Announces Appointments to Personnel Task Force

Little Rock, March 18, 2016 – Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde announced today his appointments to the Pulaski County Task Force on Personnel Policies and Practices. The eight-member task force will evaluate and recommend necessary improvements to the county’s personnel policy.

Sherry Williams, former Senior Vice President of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services will chair the task force. Prior to her retirement, Williams spent much of her career in Human Resources for multiple international and Fortune 500 companies.

“Ms. Williams’ extensive experience and leadership skills will be an asset to the county as we move forward to bring our county’s personnel policy in line with 21st century standards,” said Judge Hyde. “The citizens of Pulaski County and our employees deserve and expect county government to function in a professional, equitable and efficient manner.”

In addition to Williams, Judge Hyde appointed Bryson Green, Human Resources Director, CARTI; Steve Kelly, Chief Deputy, Pulaski County Clerk’s Office; Mara Malcolm, Administrator, Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Mary Ann Zakrzewski, Pulaski County Human Resources Director; Debbye Wolter, Chief Administrator, Pulaski County Treasurer’s Office; and Justices of the Peace, Donna Massey and Phil Stowers.

“Every one of these appointments comes highly recommended and most importantly brings decades of experience to the table,” said Judge Hyde. “I believe it is imperative to put together a group of individuals who are knowledgeable in human resources policy and familiar with the issues employers are facing, not only from a government perspective but the private sector as well.”

Over the past year Judge Hyde has put a strong emphasis on reviewing and revising several Pulaski County policies that have been neglected over the years.

“I am committed to making county government more transparent, accountable and improving our way of doing business,” he said. “We have made strides towards this goal and I appreciate the support I have received from our Quorum Court members and fellow elected officials.  The bottom line is that outdated policy is not good for our image, our citizens or our employees. I believe the task force will meet this challenge and make recommendations that are reflective of the high standards our citizens expect.”

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Notice of Public Informational Meeting

The Pulaski County Planning Board will hold a Public Informational Hearing on proposed amendments to the Pulaski County Subdivision and Development Code on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room, located at 501 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Narrative of Subdivision Ordinance Amendments -2-16-16

Final Rough Draft of Subdivision Regulations revisions – 2-23-16-1

Full event information page

Pulaski County Receives over $32,000.00 from Entergy Arkansas for Saving Energy

Date: February 16, 2016

For Release: Immediately

Contacts:

Beau Blakenship
501-377-3913(office)
bblan91@entergy.com

Cozetta Jones
501-541-4119(office)
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

Pulaski County Receives over $32,000.00 from Entergy Arkansas for Saving Energy

Little Rock, Ark. – Energy Efficiency incentives from Entergy Arkansas are helping Pulaski County save money by reducing the amount of electricity required for operation.

“The incentive provided by Entergy Arkansas was an excellent opportunity for Pulaski County Government buildings to become more energy efficient. These changes will improve the longevity of the lights, provide savings on labor which, in turn, saves tax payer dollars,” said County Judge, Barry Hyde. Moreover, these changes are good for the environment, which is very important to the people of Pulaski County and the State of Arkansas.”

Pulaski County employs approximately 1,150 people in the central Arkansas region. Participation in Entergy’s CitySmart Program resulted in a $32,610.95 incentive check to change out the existing lighting to more energy efficient LED lighting in the following buildings throughout the county:
• Juvenile Detention Center
• Roads & Bridges Offices
• Central Health
• Administration Building
• Central Health WIC
• Emergency Management
• Judges Office

Entergy Arkansas appreciates the opportunity to help Pulaski County reduce their electricity usage. By replacing inefficient lighting and equipment at multiple locations around the area, the county should realize lower electric bills as well as a reduction in maintenance costs. EAI provided financial incentives through our CitySmart program to help overcome the initial cost of replacement. The CitySmart program serves schools, cities, counties, and other public entities and is just one of many programs offered by EAI for business and residential customers. For more information about how EAI can help you save money on your electric bill, see our website at www.entergyarkansas.com/energy_efficiency/.

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.

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COUNTY APPROVES $30,000 INCREASE FOR JUVENILE COUNSELING SERVICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/11/2016
Contact: Cozetta Jones, Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

COUNTY APPROVES $30,000 INCREASE FOR JUVENILE COUNSELING SERVICES

Little Rock – Through conservative projections and effective management of taxpayer dollars, Pulaski County carried over funds from 2015. County Judge, Barry Hyde and County Comptroller, Mike Hutchens recommended to the Quorum Court’s Ways and Means Committee, and it approved on Tuesday, to allow $30,000 to go to the Juvenile Detention Center to increase their counseling contract funding.

“With our kids, there appears to be a great need to address areas such as impulse control, conflict resolution, decision making and anger management,” said Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center Director, Carma Gardner. “Our therapy and rehabilitation component aims to address the unique needs of the youth, both emotional and behavioral,” she said.

Currently the 48-bed facility has a contract with a licensed certified social worker (LCSW). The contract allows the social worker 10 hours per week, one hour per youth. The social worker will “triage” each youth and those who need immediate attention are seen first. Gardner said some are court ordered to receive counseling while they are in detention so the social worker must manage those 10 hours to accommodate the court orders.

“Ten hours is not enough time to reach all of our kids,” said Gardner. “With this additional funding we will have the opportunity to expand programming in the center, make programming more consistent and impact a larger percentage of the youth while they are detained.”

Approximately 771 youth were detained in 2015 with an average length of stay being 14 days. The average age of youth who are detained in the Juvenile Detention Center is 16.

“The services that the juvenile center provides are invaluable to reducing our recidivism rate and improving youth development outcomes,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “We want to do what we can, while we have them, to support reentry and prevent reincarceration into the Juvenile Detention Center—or worse the County Jail.”

In addition to the committee approved funds, Pulaski County Youth Services was able to secure a $10,000 grant from the Department of Human Services – Division of Youth Services. The funding will go toward alcohol and drug prevention services to be provided by the Juvenile Detention Center in collaboration with Youth Services.

“Pulaski County Youth Services is excited about our collaborative partnership with the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center,” said Youth Services Director, Jamie Scott. “This grant provides us with the unique opportunity to extend our scope of influence to a larger population of youth in Pulaski County. I believe we both share a common goal and vision to improve the lives of Pulaski County youth.”
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Pulaski County Offices to be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016

All County offices will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates’ Day.

Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.