PCSO to Host 17th Annual Teddy Bear Run

The 17th Annual TEDDY BEAR RUN will be held Saturday, May 20.  Each spring the Ladies of Harley sponsor and conduct this fun motorcycle run from the Rock City Harley Davidson (formerly Landers) on I-30 to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.  They bring with them hundreds of teddy bears that are donated to the Sheriff’s Office.  The teddy bears are distributed to Sheriff’s Deputies to give to children in need or who are going through a traumatic situation.

The motorcycle run will leave Rock City Harley Davidson at about 11:30 a.m. and arrive at the upper front parking lot of the Detention Facility (3201 W. Roosevelt Road) about 15 minutes later.  We will escort the riders and then unload the teddy bears into PCSO vehicles.

Pulaski County Begins County-Wide Recycling

Beginning June 5, 2017, residents of the unincorporated areas of Pulaski County will have residential recycling service.  This program will allow the community to participate in similar curbside recycling as in cities like Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood and Jacksonville.

Pulaski County entered into a contract with Waste Management to provide curbside recycling to nearly 18,000 residences.  This will allow residents to recycle all their plastic bottles, cans paper, and cardboard.  Residents are asked not to recycle glass, plastic bags or medical waste like syringes.  All acceptable recyclable items should be placed directly into the new 96-gallon cart – don’t bag your recyclables!  The recyclables will then be transported to Waste Management’s materials recovery facility in Little Rock.

Pulaski county residents’ garbage will continue to be picked up on their usual pickup day, once a week. Recyclables will be picked up every other week, on the same day as garbage, beginning either June 5 or 12, depending on where you live.   Recycling collection calendars will soon be provided to residents identifying their GREEN or GOLD every-other-week recycling service.  The 96-gallon wheeled carts are currently being delivered to residents and will continue until all carts are delivered. The new green cart with the yellow lid should be used for recyclables only.  It will NOT be picked up if it contains garbage or non-acceptable recyclable materials.

Residents should look for a mailing at the end of May informing them how to recycle right and whether their recycling will be picked up on the GREEN or GOLD weeks. For further information, residents are asked to please contact Pulaski County Sanitation at 501-210-7500.

Pulaski County Youth are Saying “I Have Better Things to Do”

Students in the 9th – 12th grades, help Pulaski County Youth Services produce a PSA about alcohol and drug prevention this Saturday. The content of the PSA will be student led, and will be filmed in conjunction with PCYS’s Youth Leadership Development Summit this Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Pulaski County Regional Center located at 501 W. Markham Street in Little Rock.

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Pamela L. Sell, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) State Program Director; participate in breakout sessions; receive training on using social media as a prevention tool, and take part in filing the “I Have Better Things To Do” PSA with videographer Corrigan Revels. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for participating students. Call 501.340.5615 for more information.

“I Have Better Things To Do” is a community program focused on educating Pulaski County’s youth about alcohol and prescription drug abuse and prevention. A partnership of Pulaski County Youth Services programs, UA Little Rock MidSouth Center for Prevention and Training, and the Arkansas Department of Health’s Division of Behavioral Health and Prevention Services, “I Have Better Things To Do” works to help the youth of Pulaski County make good decisions today and prepares them for an alcohol and drug free tomorrow.

Pulaski County Youth Services works to encourage and inspire the youth of Pulaski County. In collaboration with community partners, we seek to encourage academic achievement, build character, and refine healthy habits in our county’s youth.

Vision 2025 Youth Leadership Institute identifies young women (ages 13-19) with extraordinary potential and empowers them as leaders. The yearlong program focuses on empowerment, building leadership skills, mentoring, community service, academic enrichment, and academic & career advising.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Pulaski County Youth Services programs.

Regional Recycling District Searching for Executive Director

Due to the retirement of the current Executive Director, the District is searching for a new Director.

  • Good management and communication skills and experience
  • Budget development, execution and monitoring; prepare annual budget
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Prepare an annual report; develop needs assessment
  • Oversee grant applications
  • Monitor waste hauler application program
  • Oversee waste tire recycling program
  • Provide assistance to District board members and their staffs
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Computer skills – MSWord, Excel, Outlook
  • Other duties as specified in job description

Excellent salary and benefit package; desirable working environment

Requires a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university

If interested please submit your resume by 4:30 p.m., May 19, 2017 to:

John N. Roberts, Executive Director
Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District
c/o Pulaski County Judge’s Office
201 S. Broadway, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201

501.340.8787

john.roberts@regionalrecycling.org

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) will be operating the below listed locations during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017. The sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office maintains a 24 hour Rx Drug Drop Box at 2900 South Woodrow Street in Little Rock for those that are unable to dispose of their medications on the 29th.

This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. PCSO has collected over 5000 pounds of prescription drugs since beginning our program in 2010.

Bring your pills for disposal to the below listed locations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

LOCATIONS:

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202

Park West Pharmacy
904 Autumn Road Little Rock, AR 72211

Remedy Drug
8511 W. Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205

Walgreens
14820 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72223

Vision Coming to Life: Counties Awarded Federal Grant to Design Southwest Trail

We are pleased to announce that Pulaski, Saline and Garland counties have been awarded a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to the DOT website, the grant program “supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.”

Since 2014, the counties have been working in collaboration to obtain funding to design the Southwest Trail. In 2017, the county judges made the decision to share the cost and to move toward achieving a comprehensive design through collaboration, instead of each county pursuing a piecemeal design.

“We agreed that a seamless design was needed in order to complete the project in a cost-effective and timely manner,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. We want to see the trail designed as a whole; the grant will allow this to happen.”

The trail will extend from Little Rock Central High to Hot Springs National Park. As required by the grant, the project will extend from one federal site to another. The expected design cost is approximately $3.2 million; the counties will split costs after the grant is applied.

“This is a significant investment in our region’s future in terms of job creation and tourism,” said Hyde. “I’m proud of our partners Saline County Judge Jeff Arey and Garland County Judge Rick Davis and especially proud of Pulaski County Public Works Department Director, Barbara Richard who has taken the lead in making this vision come to life.”

Landscape Maintenance

Pulaski County Stormwater – Landscape Maintenance

It’s that time of year again, everything is blooming, the grass needs cutting, and it’s time to fertilize the flower beds. Did you know grass clippings, fertilizer, and soil can potentially pollute local waterways. Here are a few things you can do to cut down on the amount of pollutants entering the waterways.

Leave grass clippings on the ground after mowing. They will retain moisture and provide nutrients to the soil.
Avoid sweeping or blowing landscape debris into the street so the next rain cannot wash it into the storm drains. Rake or sweep the debris into a bag for composting or curbside pickup.
Avoid using a hose to wash landscape debris into the street or storm drains.

Add compost to planting soil and dress with mulch to improve plant growth and reduce stormwater runoff.
Follow directions and avoid overuse of pesticides and fertilizers. Pull weeds by hand when possible.

For more information regarding stormwater contact the Pulaski County Road & Bridge Department or visit the Pulaski County Road & Bridge website: https://pulaskicounty.net/pulaski-county-road-and-bridge/

A Second Chance: Sobriety Court offers repeat offenders another shot at a better life

In Pulaski County, alcohol is one of the most prevalent drugs of choice and directly correlates with a number of crimes seen in the Pulaski County District Court including assault, battery, criminal mischief and DWI. To address the ever-growing problem, in August 2016, the District Court of Pulaski County established the DWI/Sobriety Court.

“Alcoholism and drunk driving is an extraordinarily serious problem in Arkansas and our county,” said District Court Judge Wayne Gruber. “The purpose of our Sobriety Court is to address the problem head on at Pulaski County District Court with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that stresses abstinence, treatment and strict accountability.  The goal of the one-year program is to foster a life of sobriety, hereinafter, for the defendants, rid the roads of repeat DWI offenders, and to free jail space for more serious offenders.”

The 12-month program accepts individuals charged with their second or third DWI. The team consists of one representative from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, two representatives from Recovery Centers of Arkansas, one representative from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, one representative from the Public Defender’s office, a case coordinator, a project coordinator and presiding Judge; Wayne A. Gruber. The team has also developed several partnerships that aide in the recovery of each participant.

“I’m proud to have this program in our county,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “Judge Gruber and his team are doing excellent work—all without additional funding. We have a significant problem with alcohol dependency. With this program, I hope that we can get more people into treatment, out of jail and from behind the wheel.”

Once assigned to Sobriety Court, the treatment provider conducts a clinical assessment and designs a treatment plan for each participant. The case coordinator and law enforcement representative monitor each participant and utilizes an Alco-Sensor FST Intoximeter to detect alcohol consumption. The case manager also refers participants to services that assist with sobriety and recovery. The case manager keeps close contact with the participants to ensure each one is following his or her treatment plan objectives.

When a participant goes before Judge Gruber, the case coordinator provides a progress report and allows the participant to share his or her experiences since the last visit. The judge asks a series of questions regarding his or her progress. Unlike most court proceedings, Sobriety Court is more informal.

“We are focused on rehabilitation not punishment. In this court, we will push more social work,” said Judge Gruber.

The program has four phases that require 12-step attendance, random home visits, contact with a probation officer, alcohol screenings and employment or school enrollment. Participants are eligible for graduation following successful completion of each phase; sobriety for at 120 consecutive days and has a support system in place. Since established, one participant received a night in jail for violation of program rules, failure to appear and outstanding warrants.

“It’s a bit disappointing. We have high expectations for each individual in the program. We hope that this participant can rebound and continue the program successfully,” said Judge Gruber. “We are not naïve to the high level of difficultly in completing this program. That’s why it’s essential that each person involved understands how important they are to the recovery of the participants—that includes my team, the families and of course, the individual.

For more information about Pulaski County’s DWI/Sobriety Court, call 501-340-6824.

*article compiled from 2016 annual activity report and 2015 jurisdictional snapshot

Storm Drain Illicit Discharge

Pulaski County passed a stormwater management ordinance in 2007. This ordinance was passed to assist in keeping local waterways clean and free of debris and other contaminates by regulating residential and commercial development, as well as illicit discharges.

Did you know gray water is considered wastewater?

According to the ordinance gray water is considered wastewater, defined as any water or liquid, other than uncontaminated storm water, discharged from a facility.  Wastewater dispensed into a County drainage system, street, catch basin, gutter, ditch, man-made channel, or any other storm drain is considered an illicit discharge and can be harmful to local waterways.

Illicit discharges can be reported to the Pulaski County Road & Bridge Department or by the Pulaski Works App, available through Iphone or Android download.

For more information regarding stormwater contact the Road & Bridge Department or visit the Pulaski County Road & Bridge website: https://pulaskicounty.net/pulaski-county-road-and-bridge/

 

Pulaski County Launches GIVE 5 Campaign

In 2016, Pulaski County Quorum Court passed an ordinance providing county taxpayers the opportunity to contribute an additional $5 to their business or personal property tax payments. Funds contributed will go directly to the “Pulaski County Animal Control Spay and Neuter Fund.” The purpose of the fund is to provide pet owners with financial assistance through a variety of methods, which may include:

  • Financial vouchers (i.e. discounts) with animal shelters,
  • Financial vouchers with partnering veterinary clinics,
  • Special spay and neuter clinics organized, publicized and held throughout the various county communities, and
  • Possible access to mobile spay and neuter clinics in target neighborhoods.
  • Services will be limited to spay/neuter, vaccinations against preventable diseases and wellness screenings.

“We are proud to say that this fund is an expansion of our pilot program with ‘Arkansans for Animals,’” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “Through this pilot program, significant strides have been accomplished toward controlling our stray pet population. Seeing its success provided evidence to support the ordinance that created the fund,” he said.

Pulaski County residents have two options to GIVE 5: use the $5 voluntary tax payment coupon when paying by check or check the “animal control” box via the online payment system.

For questions about the Spay and Neuter Fund or the ordinance call 501-340-8523 or visit http://pulaskicountytreasurer.net/voluntary/. For more information on how or where to pay your personal property tax, visit http://pulaskicountytreasurer.net/.