PULASKI COUNTY ANNOUNCES FIRST COMMERCIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PACE PROJECT

Pulaski County held a check presentation Wednesday, Dec. 7 to mark Pulaski PACE’S first approved energy efficiency project. The development is a 50-unit, 56,200 sq. ft. multi-family apartment complex, owned by The Preserve at Aldersgate, LLC, which will sit on two acres in West Little Rock and is expected to be completed in November 2017. Pulaski PACE has authorized funding of upgrades totaling approximately $650,000 for interior and exterior LED lighting, water conserving fixtures, high-efficiency HVAC, efficient windows and a cool roof.

“After learning more about the PACE program, we found its creative financing mechanism to be extremely attractive. PACE allows us to make our properties energy efficient without the up-front out-of-pocket costs,” said managing partner for Newcap Investment Partners, Adron Gilbert. “As a real estate developer, it is important to find sources of capital which are affordable and PACE’s cost of capital is more competitive than most other sources of funding. The 20-year financing term allows us to spread those costs out, creating less of a burden to the project.”

The project is being financed by PACE Equity, LLC, which pays upfront costs of the upgrades. Upon completion, the appraised property value will be approximately $6.6 million and the PACE authorized improvements will result in savings of $1,625,000 in utility and operating costs over the payback period.

In 2015, the County established the Pulaski PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program to allow commercial property owners to fund and install approved energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements by attaching the improvement cost to their property tax bill. Each energy savings project is amortized up to a 20-year period, providing the property owner with a cash-flow positive energy savings solution.

“Pulaski PACE puts the County at the forefront of providing a cost effective mechanism for implementing energy efficiency and minimizing companies’ environmental footprint,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “Through this project, the property owner is showing their commitment to being good stewards of resources, both environmental and financial. It is our hope that more property owners will take advantage of this cost saving program.”

Visit pulaskicounty.net/pulaski-pace to learn more about Pulaski PACE.

 

Pulaski County Goes Mobile with Official County App, Pulaski Works

pulaski-county-app-icon_1Pulaski County is pleased to launch Pulaski Works, the official platform for residents to access the County in a single location. With this new tool, residents can submit, track, and view nearby service requests through their smartphones, online, via phone and SMS. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find information about events, public facilities, news and more.

The mobile app is part of an overall program for the County to improve resident communications and service delivery. On the backend, the Public Work staff redirects and responds to submitted requests through their customized workflow management system.  The County also uses the backend system to provide residents real-time status updates and comments on the submitted requests.

Pulaski County launched the application in partnership with Accela, an innovative civic software company that provides a platform of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions to governments of all sizes worldwide.

Pulaski Works is free service and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. Search Pulaski Works in the stores or go to these URLs to access.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accela.pulaski_works&hl=en

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pulaski-works/id1144608406?mt=8

Pulaski County Launches New Logo and Seal

Pulaski County unveiled a new brand identity today, which includes a new logo for Pulaski County, along with a county seal and identity system for other departments within the Pulaski County Administration.pc-logo-horiz-2line-4c

“The new identity reflects our commitment to bringing Pulaski County and its residents into the 21st century,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “Many residents are unaware of the services offered by the county government. It’s our hope that residents will see this rebrand as part of an investment in improving services.”

pc-sealThe Pulaski County seal is designed for formal display in Quorum Court and on official proclamations and citations. The artwork represents the local landscape, waterways and infrastructure overseen by the county. The seal also features eight stars representing the number of cities that call the county home as well as the year the county was founded, 1818.

Pulaski County offers a wide variety of services for residents including animal control, sanitation, youth services, community services and much more. Structures that were built and are maintained by Pulaski County include Big Dam Bridge, Two Rivers Park and the Junction Bridge.

The last update made to Pulaski County brand was in 1991.

Pulaski County to Host Winter Market at Two Rivers Park

Pulaski County is proud to host the 2nd Annual Winter Market at Two Rivers Park on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

This FREE event will be filled with activities for the entire family to enjoy including hay rides, arts & crafts, food truck vendors and special guest—Santa Claus. Special thanks to Riverfest, Inc. who will sponsor the Winter Market Beer Garden. Event goers will also enjoy live entertainment from local choirs and high school bands.

In partnership with the Little Rock Yacht Club, we will host a floating festival of boats decorated in Christmas lights. The boat with the best design will receive a trophy.

Sundown Entertainment will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Taylormade Rocks and DeFrance with special guest Aaron Stephens.

We are now accepting applications from food vendors and local artisans that would like to participate. For more information, please contact Pulaski County Public Works at 501-340-6800.

See photos from 2015 courtesy of Ed Levy http://tworivers-studio.com/Winter_Market_2015/index.html.

Merchant Vendors

Bullets and Sass

Copper Fire Designs

Distance Makes

Eden’s Wake

It Works Global/Skinny Magic Wraps

Madd Scents & Madd Twist

Me and McGee

Nanna’s Sweet Treats

Noonday Collection – Independent Ambassador

Messy Jessy Creates Art

Quilts Not Blankets

Sacred Earth Gifts

Ramsey

Ba’s Construction & Landscaping

Pulaski County

Queen B’s Photo Cards

Daisy’s Delights

Crystal P Designs

Bath Fitter

Allison Eastman Britt Design

LulaRoe Debbie McAnally

Paparazzi Five Star Fashion Shop

Sew Stacey

Conley K. Boutique

Blackbird Soap Company

Crockett Creatives

Ole River Specialties, Inc

Usborne Books & More

You Know You Want It!

Kenzie’s Leigh’s Beads

Knotty Barn Furniture

J&K Woodworking

Arora

Punc

Kali Boutique

Upstar

Arkansas Baby, LLC

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Four Dragons Farm LLC

Lime Light by Alcone

Raymond & Georgia Limbrick

Cassie’s Corner

 

Food Trucks

Katmandu Momo

Pat’s Kitchen

Haygood BBQ

Hot Rod Wieners

TMW Kettlecorn

Ozark Candies & Nuts

Big Munchies

Loblolly Creamery LLC

Reggae Flavas LLC

Blackhound BAR B-Q

 

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National Guard to Decommission Broadway Bridge

The Arkansas Army National Guard, assisted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, will decommission the Broadway Bridge (Hwy 70) in a special ceremony, Wed., Sept. 28 at 10:45 a.m.

Opened to traffic on Christmas Day 1922 and completed in 1923, the Broadway Bridge was dedicated to “Soldiers of the World War.” The opening celebration was held March 12-17, 1923, sponsored by the Little Rock Board of Commerce. The six-day event included a carnival, banquets, receptions and boat races and closed with a fireworks display and a “Grand Ball for Queens and Princesses.”

“It’s important that we honor the memory of our U.S. soldiers who fought in WWI and all U.S. wars,” State Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Lynch said. “I’m honored to take part in this one of kind ceremony that gives Arkansans the opportunity to appreciate the nearly century old bridge and its rich history.”

The decommissioning ceremony will be preceded by speakers Arkansas Highway and Transportation Director, Scott Bennett; Pulaski County Judge, Barry Hyde; City of Little Rock Vice Mayor, Lance Hines; City of North Little Rock Mayor, Joe Smith; and a representative of the Arkansas State Highway Commission. The event will close with a procession of Arkansas State Highway Commissioners, recreating the 1922 opening.broadway-dedication-1broadway-dedication-3broadway-dedication-2

 

County and Program Administrator Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

dsc_0572Pulaski County and Josh Fout, Pulaski County Brownfields Administrator, were recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for obtaining the highest grant amount funded by the agency–$820,000.

“It’s rare that programs choose the revolving loan fund option, most choose to sub-grant the funds. But Pulaski County Brownfields loans the money which enables communities to see continued progress,” EPA Team Leader, Mary Kemp said.

Pulaski County Brownfields is one of two programs in Region 6, which includes Louisiana and Texas, to receive the highest grant award. The grant funds will be used for cleanups and community engagement activities to be distributed as follows: $620,000 for hazardous substances and $200,000 for petroleum.

“Without the support of County Judge Barry Hyde and Community Services Director Fred Love,  the program would not be what it is. With the awarded funds, communities are able to experience economic growth,” said Fout. “The EPA is truly a partner of the Pulaski County Brownfields Program…I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Kemp said, “The grant process is so competitive. We award approximately $35 – $39 million but the needs are actually $70 – $80 million. Pulaski County should be really proud of the program and of Josh.”

County Judge to Host Judge’s Cup Tournament

County Judge Barry Hyde will host the 22nd Annual Judge’s Cup CASA Classic on Sept. 23 at Rebsamen Golf Course in Little Rock. The tournament is a four-man scramble and the entry fee is $300.00 per team.  The entry fee covers the 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. flight, a cart, lunch for all participants and prizes for various challenges. Trophies and other prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams for both flights.

“The funds raised through the Judge’s Cup CASA Classic are vital to supporting the work we do on behalf of abused and neglected children in Pulaski County. These children deserve and have the right to have a voice; our volunteers are that voice,” CASA Executive Director, Darry Capps said.

All proceeds benefit Pulaski County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA is a non-profit organization that trains volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care that are going through the court system. CASA Advocates speak up for the best interest of those children in court, in their schools and other areas and monitor those cases until the children find a safe, permanent home and the case is closed.  With over 800 children in foster care in Pulaski County alone, there is a great need for volunteers that are willing to be trained to become CASA Advocates.

For more information about becoming a volunteer and about the Judge’s Cup CASA Classic, please visit our website at http://www.pulaskicountycasa.org or call 501-340-6741.

2016 Golf Entry Form

2016 Golf Sponsorship Form

September Marks Big Dam Bridge 10th Anniversary

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Can you believe it? The Big Dam Bridge is turning 10!

Please join us for a “Celebration of the Bridge and a Vision of the Future” on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10 a.m.  The event will take place on the Little Rock Side of the bridge and will highlight the economic impact of the bridge as well as the positive impact on Central Arkansas tourism.

Event speakers will include Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola; Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; Bob Major, North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; Dr. Randy Hathaway, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Mason Ellis, Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas.

The program will be followed by a commemorative ride across the bridge. We are appreciative to Garver, LLC. who provided water bottles with the 10-year anniversary logo as giveaways.

Pulaski County appreciates the community’s continued support and ask that you help spread the word about this event by sharing photos of the bridge on Facebook or Twitter #pulaskicounty. Your memories and stories will demonstrate how significant and beneficial the Big Dam Bridge is to our community.

Fast Facts:

  • Since 2006 approximately 8.9 million people have crossed the bridge.
  • Links approximately 15.6 miles of scenic riverside trails
  • 4226 linear feet long (it’s the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in the world, designed and built for that purpose)
  • 90 feet above the Arkansas river
  • 14 foot-wide concrete deck
  • 8 observation areas with benches
  • Contains more than 3 million pounds of steel.
  • Has won several awards such as the Concepter Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas. Named one of the top 10 bridges to visit in 2012 by the Society of American Travel Writers.

Pulaski County Government Completes New Lobby Furnished with LRSD Student Art

 

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Pulaski County Government celebrated the opening of its new lobby at the downtown Little Rock administration building with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The lobby includes turnstiles that require county employees to swipe their ID badges to enter the building. There is a security guard and a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy who monitors the entrance daily. All visitors will sign in and wear a visitors badge while in the building.

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Dr. Danny Fletcher of the Little Rock School District’s Instructional Resource Center.

“The lobby renovation was done in an effort to increase security and the safety of Pulaski County employees and visitors,” County Judge Barry Hyde said. “My goal is to create a more modern and professional appearance in the administration building. We want visitors to feel that they’ve entered a professional environment where the number one priority is customer service.”

The lobby also features artwork from Henderson Middle School students, grades 6th – 8th and art teacher, Cathy Dillon. Danny Fletcher, Ed.D. of the Little Rock School District’s Instructional Resource Center and Elsa O’Neal of Henderson Middle School worked with the county to select the best pieces to display.

“I am honored to have our students’ work displayed in the Pulaski County Administration Building.  I hope that visitors enjoy the work on
display in the newly renovated space,” said Henderson Middle School Art Educator Elsa O’Neal. “It is wonderful for the students’ work to be displayed and appreciated by the community and we appreciate the opportunity. Special thanks to Judge Hyde for his appreciation of the visual arts and his invitation to display our student’s artistic efforts.”

“Using local students’ artwork is a wonderful way to showcase their amazing work and it’s cost effective for Pulaski County,” Hyde said.
“Why spend unnecessary funds on expensive artwork, when we can give these kids the opportunity to display their best work to Pulaski County employees and visitors. We’ve even had a few patrons express interest in buying the artwork.”

Judge Hyde plans to provide the opportunity to all Pulaski County School Districts.

County Assessor’s Office Completes Annual Cereal Drive for 15th Year

Assessor 2The Pulaski County Assessor’s Office, for the 15th year, donated 488 boxes and $200 to the Amboy Community Food Pantry to fight hunger during the summer months. This year, through an agreement with Kroger, the staff was able to purchase the cereal by the case instead of single boxes.

“We are grateful to the Kroger management staff in Bryant who made it easier to transport the cereal to the food pantry,” said county assessor employee and project coordinator, Lisa Mayers. “We’ve had years where we had 500 loose boxes. Visually it looks great but logistically not so much.”

The food pantry serves approximately 2,700 families per year in North Little Rock and surrounding areas. It is governed a board that consists of local pastors who work together to ensure the communities in which they serve are fed both physically and spiritually.

“No one is turned away. Everything that’s on the shelf goes to someone who’s hungry,” Mayers said. Patrons are able to sit down with the pantry volunteers, discuss their needs, and make a list and ‘shop’ the pantry. “There are no pre-made packages. The volunteers make sure that exact needs are met.”

The Assessor’s Office partners with the food pantry twice per year; cereal drive in summer and hams in the winter. Last year the Assessor’s office collected funds to purchase more than 100 hams that were donated to the food pantry.

“The duties of the Assessor’s Office place us out in the community and provide us with the opportunity to encounter the wonderful citizens of Pulaski County,” said County Assessor Janet Ward Troutman. “Perhaps this is why we feel the need to go to extra lengths to fulfill our civic duties rather than simply fulfilling our legal ones. We really do mean it when we say, ‘We love our taxpayers.’”