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.

Big Dam Bridge Closing for Semi Annual Inspection

Per Pulaski County’s agreement with the Corps of Engineers we will close the Big Dam Bridge for the semi annual inspection. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be closed from 7:00am-5:00pm, on March 14th, 15th, and 16th for removal of the safety “cage” to allow the Corps to use a snooper crane to inspect the bridge deck. Pulaski County Road and Bridge has already erected signs on the Big Dam Bridge reflecting this closure.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde to Deliver 2016 State of the County Address

What: Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde will deliver his 2016 State of the County Address reviewing the county’s 2015 accomplishments and laying out 2016 goals and initiatives. A reception will follow the Judge’s address.

When: Thursday, March 3 @ 6 pm

Where: Pulaski County Administration Building, 201 S. Broadway, LR, Pulaski County Quorum Court Room, 4th Floor

Who: Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, Justices of the Peace, State Legislators, County Officials, City Officials, County Employees, Residents of Pulaski County

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Contact: Cozetta Jones

Construction Closing Administration Building Lobby

Beginning February 8, 2016 construction work will begin at the Pulaski County Administration Building, 201 South Broadway, Little Rock. All patrons will need to enter the building using the north entrance (2nd street side).

PULASKI COUNTY AWARDS ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Cozetta Jones, Communications Director
Phone: 501-541-4119
Email: cjones@pulaskicounty.net

PULASKI COUNTY AWARDS ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

Little Rock, Ark. – Pulaski County has awarded an energy performance contract to Entegrity to perform an audit of county facilities to determine building energy and water consumption and to identify opportunities for cost saving and efficiency improvements. Entegrity was selected following an interview and selection process established by the Arkansas Energy Office’s Energy Performance Contracting Program; recently expanded to counties and municipalities by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2015.

“We are eager to work with Entegrity on a project that will ultimately save tax payer dollars, improve county facilities, create jobs and allow Pulaski County to be a leader in energy performance,” Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said.

The investment grade audit, set to begin within the next few weeks, will result in a report containing recommendations to improve building performance through updates to building systems. Based on the information and analysis in the audit, Entegrity will guarantee savings to the County. The Pulaski County Quorum Court must approve the final cost before work can begin. Once approved, a bond will be issued to cover the initial cost of the work that will be paid off using the guaranteed utility savings and avoided capital costs. The audit will include approximately 14 Pulaski County buildings including the County Jail and the Juvenile Detention Center.

“We’re pleased to be selected by Pulaski County to help achieve its goal of reducing energy and operations expense through an energy savings performance contract,” Entegrity Partner, Matt Bell said. “I commend the leadership of Pulaski County for having the vision to utilize this program to achieve its goals of energy conservation and environmental stewardship while protecting taxpayer resources.”

About Entegrity

Entegrity Energy Partners is an energy services company (ESCO) based in Arkansas through a joint venture of Viridian and Nabholz. Built on over 65 years of experience in construction management and energy consulting, Entegrity is uniquely qualified to deliver turnkey solutions to building owners to help manage rising energy costs and maintenance expense. Entegrity helps its clients realize long-term energy savings by focusing on their needs: selecting the most cost-effective scope, contract structure, and financing strategy available to them. For more information about Entegrity visit www.entegritypartners.com

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UPDATE: Offices Closed January 22, 2015

Due to extreme Winter weather, all Pulaski County Offices will be closed Friday, January 22, 2016. Offices will return to normal schedules on Monday, January 25, 2016.

Pulaski County Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

public notice

Monday, January 18, 2016, all Pulaski County offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Offices will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED

Little Rock (12/31/15) – Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde announced that the County has hired a new communications director, Cozetta Jones.

Jones will be in charge of promoting Pulaski County initiatives and services and will serve as the public spokesperson.

“Ms. Jones will help spotlight all the wonderful work that is being done throughout the county and develop strategies to improve and strengthen the image of Pulaski County Government’s role in the community,” Judge Hyde said.

Prior to Pulaski County, Jones was the Communications Director and a registered lobbyist for the Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA). In that position, she was responsible for communications and brand management for ASEA and the State Employees Benefit Corporation (SEBCO).

During the 90th General Assembly, she worked with the Bureau of Legislative Research to draft ASEA’s first legislative bill to focus on state employee retention. House Bill 1954 now Act 1068 created the Arkansas Workforce Retention Task Force for which she served as chair from June 2015 to December 2015.

Prior to ASEA, she worked for the State of Arkansas at the Arkansas Minority Health Commission as the Communications Director and the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences as a writer/editor.

She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master’s degree in communications management from Webster University.

“Pulaski County has been my home for more than 30 years. I’m proud to serve in this role for the community in which my family and I live,” Jones said about the new position.

Cozetta’s contact information is as follows:

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
201 South Broadway
Suite 420
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501-340-8392
cjones@pulaskicounty.net