Pulaski County to Host Veterans Benefits Fair

Veterans Benefits Flyer

Pulaski County Community Services will host a free Veterans Benefits Fair, Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pulaski County Regional Building in Downtown Little Rock at 501 W. Markham. This is the first veterans benefits fair held by Pulaski County. Vendors will share information, answer questions regarding healthcare needs and perform wellness checks. Veterans are asked to bring their DD214. Lunch is provided thanks to Ben E. Keith, Riggs CAT and First Security.

“This event offers veterans a direct line of communication with the VA Healthcare System as well as an opportunity to fellowship with other veterans,” said County Veterans Services Officer, Carlos Cervantes. “We have an aging Vietnam veteran population who need healthcare coverage. Our young veteran population often feel that health benefits aren’t needed because they’re young. It’s important to get all of our veterans signed up—they’ve earned it.”

Arkansas is home to more than 225,000 Veterans with 30,934 in Pulaski County. The estimated total Arkansas economic impact is $4.5 billion to $5 billion, making them, if they were an industry, the fourth largest in the state.

About Pulaski County Community Services, Veteran Services:

Pulaski County Community Services is a department within Pulaski County Government aimed at providing economic development assistance, safe and affordable housing, quality of life essentials, and grants assistance to all residents and businesses within Pulaski County. Community Services views itself as a tool to improve the quality of life for each individual in the county. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of service and public value to the citizens and businesses of Pulaski County. The Pulaski County Veterans Services Officer (CVSO) counsels and assists veterans and their dependents with completing VA paperwork and filing claims. The County Veterans Service Officer ensures eligible veterans and their dependents receive their earned benefits through federal, state and/or local organizations. The Pulaski County Judge appoints the CVSO, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Along with providing outreach, the CVSO presents programs on veterans’ benefits to the approximately 30,000 veterans within Pulaski County.

 

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Pulaski County and Entegrity Energy Sign $4.96 million energy contract to improve energy efficiency

Pulaski County and the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) recently executed a $4.96 million energy and water savings performance contract, through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Program, to address the county’s deferred maintenance concerns while improving county facilities’ operations. This public-private partnership is possible though Arkansas’ Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings Act. Entegrity Energy Partners, LLC is the Energy Services Company (ESCO) performing the work for the project.

The performance contract is entirely budget neutral and guarantees energy and water savings of more than $8 million dollars for the county, over the financing term of 15 years. The savings are realized through improved equipment efficiency, including new LED lighting, water fixtures, HVAC replacements and building controls. Additionally, AEO estimates the economic impact of the project to exceed $15 million for the Central Arkansas economy.

“We are proud to be the first county in the state to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by AEPC program,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “These improvements will help the environment and save the county money in labor and material costs—ultimately saving tax payer dollars.”

 

Photos: (above) Twenty-year-old chiller that cools the county courthouse. (below) New air-cooled scroll compressor chiller set to arrive within the next 90 days has a sound reduction package and ice storage capability to reduce operating costs.

 

Arkansas Flood Survivors Urged to Register for FEMA Assistance

 

 

 

 

Congressional Advisory from FEMA

June 23, 2017

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Arkansas Flood Survivors Urged to Register for FEMA Assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A June 15 major disaster declaration for Arkansas has opened the door for flood-stricken residents of 13 counties—Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell—to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Residents should be aware that FEMA disaster assistance is for specific purposes centered on getting a disaster survivor into a functioning home that is safe for occupancy and secure. FEMA grants don’t cover all damage, especially to insured property, but residents with insurance are encouraged to apply anyway.

Insurance settlements often happen after the FEMA registration period has ended.

FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance and does not cover pre-disaster conditions. Essential personal property, such as a refrigerator, must be significantly damaged and the only such item in the home before replacement may be considered.

Residents of the 13 counties who sustained property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornados, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19, 2017, may apply in a variety of ways for assistance to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other disaster-related expenses.

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require special accommodations, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);
  • Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit fema.gov/mobile-app;

Be ready to provide Social Security number, address of the damaged primary residence, description of damage, insurance policy information, current contact information including an address to receive mail, and bank account and routing numbers if direct deposit is desired.

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Survivors contacted by SBA regarding a loan application should complete and submit it as soon as possible as it may open the door to other forms of assistance. There is no obligation to accept a loan.

Applicants receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA. FEMA inspectors contact applicants to conduct a home inspection and carry the applicant’s registration number and photo ID.

Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection. Beware of fraudulent inspectors or contractors claiming a fee must be paid to get help.

FEMA inspectors ask for proof of ownership or occupancy. Tax bills, utility bills, rent receipts or other documents may be used as documentation. Applicants also need to present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID.

It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. Survivors may have to log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov  or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving.

Keep address and phone number current with FEMA so you can be reached during the application process.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and www.adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

 

Juvenile Justice System Study Recommends More Collaboration Among Stakeholders

As stated in County Judge Hyde’s State of the County Address, Pulaski County is reviewing the Juvenile Justice System from top to bottom. In April 2017, the County signed a contract with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) to conduct a juvenile justice system assessment.

“We are proud to have taken the initiative to use an unbiased third-party to provide an honest assessment—and ahead of schedule,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “While the study does point out problem areas; it lays the foundation for future improvements. We hope this study will assist us in partnering with DHS-Division of Youth Services, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative program (JDAI) and Annie E. Casey Foundation.”

Using the JDAI framework for review, CCLP was able to provide suggestions for areas for improvement that include:

  • Collaboration among stakeholders,
  • Data collection and analysis,
  • Use of objective admissions criteria and risk assessment instruments,
  • Alternatives to detention and incarceration programs,
  • Case processing,
  • Reducing the number of youth detained for technical probation violations and failing to appear in court, and the number held in detention awaiting transfer to a residential facility,
  • Combating racial and ethnic disparities; and
  • Conditions of confinement in facilities that house youth.

“The areas identified are not unique to Pulaski County. These issues are seen throughout the country,” said Hyde. “This study gives us an exciting opportunity to make significant changes in our juvenile justice system. We now understand the issues and can make efficient use of resources for the betterment of at-risk youth in Pulaski County.”

Pulaski County Juvenile Justice System Assessment

County Seeks Grants Administrator

Interested individuals must come to the Human Resources Office to complete an application for the position between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.pulaskicounty.net. The Human Resources Office is located in Suite 100 of the Pulaski County Administration Building, 201 South Broadway, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.

POSITION: GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR

This position is open to County Employees and the General Public.

POSITION NO:                      06

STARTING SALARY:           $40,024-$45,023

DEPARTMENT:                    COMMUNITY SERVICES (4200)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY/FUNCTION: Responsible for the preparation of grant applications, fiscal management of grant funds and monitoring performance for compliance of grant objectives.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Receives input from department director as to need for grant programs.
  • Researches the availability, application process, eligibility criteria and funding requirements of federal, state and local programs for project funding.
  • Writes grant applications and ordinances for director’s review and County Judge’s approval for submission to funding source.
  • Prepares Excel spreadsheets for each grant monitoring all grant receipts and authorizing expenditures.
  • Prepares required financial status reports for local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Identifies need for modifications in grant fund budget; prepares budget changes and ordinance amendments.
  • Maintains grant files in preparation for annual audit which determines if record keeping is in compliance with auditing standards and relevant grant, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Appears before public hearing and relates information on grants such as purpose, status, availability and requirements of grants.
  • Conducts training sessions to instruct grant recipients as to grant objectives, requirements, performance regulations and other grant-related information.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Accounting or a related area.
  • Considerable work experience in Grants Administration, Fiscal Management, Program Development or a related field; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background examination.

OPEN DATE: 06-16-2017

CLOSE DATE: 06-30-2017 (5:00 p.m.)

Please Note:  Applications will not be accepted after the Close Date.  A selection will not be made until the Close Date and the selecting official has received all applications. 

County Seeks Health & Wellness Coordinator

Interested individuals must come to the Personnel Office to complete an application for the position between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00, Monday through Friday OR online.  The Human Resources Office is located in Suite 100 of the Pulaski County Administration Building – 201 S. Broadway Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72201.

PDF of HR Posting

POSITION: Health / Wellness Coordinator

This position is open to County employees and the General Public

POSITION NO:              19

STARTING SALARY: $36,388 – $40,930

DEPARTMENT:           Comptroller (4100)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY/FUNCTION:  To develop and administer an employee health/wellness program and coordinate an employee health/wellness committee dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for employees.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Develops a planning process for improvement of employee health and wellness.
  2. Works with Human Resources, benefits consultants, and health insurance providers to obtain information concerning employee health statistics and prioritization of employee health issues.
  3. Identifies key employee health issues and techniques to engage employees in health improvement areas.
  4. Coordinates a health/wellness committee including representation from offices of elected officials and departments to identify key issues and challenges to employees enjoying healthy lifestyles.
  5. Utilizes programs, training, and reinforcement tools available through benefit providers, health care providers, and community partners to motivate and promote health and wellness.
  6. Researches available grant sources for employee wellness programs; completes grant applications when approved.
  7. Administers health/wellness grants ensuring compliance with grant programmatic and fiscal requirements and stipulations.
  8. Develops and maintains relationships with community employers and organizations to enhance the employee wellness program.
  9. Performs other related duties as required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to communicate effectively orally in person and to large groups.

Visual acuity needed to obtain data from a computer monitor.

Manual dexterity needed to operate a computer keyboard, and other audio/visual equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work is primarily performed in a smoke free office environment.  Occasional travel to various County work sites and community locations is required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in public health, marketing, public relations, or a related field; considerable experience with a wellness, public health, or related program administration; or any combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

CLOSE DATE: 06-02-2017 (5:00 p.m.)

Please Note:  Applications will not be accepted after the Close Date.  A selection will not be made until the Close Date and all applications have been received by the selecting official.

Accepting Applications for the NexGen Youth Leadership Academy

Pulaski County Youth Services is proud to announce the formation of the NexGen Youth Leadership Academy, a year-round, neighborhood-based program for students ages 12 through 17 in ZIP Codes 72204, 72205, 72210, 72211, and 72212. This inspiring new program is focused on academic enrichment, community service, health, wellness, job skills training, character building, and much more.

NexGen Youth Leadership Academy is a free after-school and out-of-school program presented by the City of Little Rock Department of Community Programs, Second Baptist Church, and Pulaski County Youth Services. Capacity is limited, enroll here today! This program begins Monday, June 5th and concludes Sunday, December 31st.

County Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Pulaski County offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Trash pick-up will run one day late.

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.