Cozetta Jones
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cjones@pulaskicounty.net

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Events Calendar

Nov
15
Thu
4:00 pm Southwest Trail Public Meeting N... @ The Centre at University Park
Southwest Trail Public Meeting N... @ The Centre at University Park
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Southwest Trail Public Meeting Notice @ The Centre at University Park | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
For more information visit: https://pulaskicounty.net/counties-seek-public-input-at-meetings-about-the-southwest-trail-connecting-hot-springs-and-little-rock/  
Nov
27
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Nov 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.
Dec
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Dec
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Dec 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.
Jan
8
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Jan
22
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jan 22 @ 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.
Feb
12
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Feb
26
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Feb 26 @ 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.
Mar
12
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Mar 12 @ 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

County offices closed Monday

Pulaski County offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 to observe Labor Day. No garbage routes will run on Monday but will resume Tuesday and run one day late through Saturday. The Sanitation office will be closed on the Monday.

Proposed Changes to Floodplain Maps Available to Public

Pulaski County will adopt new floodplain maps this fall for areas of Unincorporated Pulaski County near Kanis and Denny Road.  Adoption of these maps is necessary to maintain Pulaski County’s accreditation in the National Flood Insurance Program.  Maps will be available until the close of  November. For questions concerning the proposed changes or to view the proposed map amendments in person contact the Pulaski County Planning and Development Department at 501-340-8260.

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Youth Services asks for back-to-school donations

Pulaski County Youth Services, with partners in the community, distributed more than 1,600 backpacks filled with school supplies last year. With your help, we can collect more supplies and do more good in our community. Bring new supplies to the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 South Broadway in Little Rock. Online donations accepted at https://donorbox.org/supply-drive.

Public Works Director Barbara Richard Retires after 33 years of Service

As a former securities investor and owner of a lumberyard, now retired Pulaski County Public Works Director Barbara Richard is no stranger to difficult and complex projects.

However, during the Great Inflation of the 1970s, the lumberyard closed making life even more complex. Richard held a few office positions, even becoming a decorator for JC Penney, which she loved.

Following her brief time with the department store, Richard found her way to Pulaski County Public Works in 1984.

She began as an administrative assistant in the sanitation department, followed by a promotion to sanitation assistant director in 1991. She moved up the ranks becoming a purchasing attendant for road and bridge to assistant director and director in 2001.

As director of Road and Bridge and a woman, she recalls how difficult it was.

“When I was promoted, I required the supervisors to take classes and become educated in new technology,” she said. “The ‘old guard’ made it clear that they were not interested in changing the way things were done.”

One day she overheard them talking and told them that if they were going to continue to talk bad about her that she would pipe in classical music all day, every day. They all laughed, needless to say, the chatter ceased.

Some of her best memories are of the former Public Works Director, Sherman Smith who passed away in 2014.

“Sherman was a classic jokester,” she said. “I remember returning from vacation, to find that he removed the face of the wall clock and replaced it with a picture of himself. He even placed stickers on the back of the former County Judge’s car that read “I Love Sherman Smith,” she laughed. “He drove around like that until someone showed him.”

When Smith got sick, it was hard to watch him grow sicker. She said he refused to give up and worked every day until he was unable to work.

After he passed away, Richard was appointed to acting director of Public Works, where she managed a workforce of approximately 150 and a budget of $27 million.

As a woman who led a predominately-male workforce, her advice to other women would be to use “your brain not your heart.”

“Base your decisions on logic rather than emotion and always be fair,” she said. “Do not show preference to either gender, it’s about who can do the job.”

She said overall, it takes being a multitasker and understanding that the f-word [funding] will be a major factor in planning.

“Funding depends on who’s in office [D.C.] and how much funding is in the Federal Transportation Bill each year,” she said. “The Pulaski County Public Works is in competition with other public works departments in Central Arkansas that also have great projects”.

During her tenure as Road and Bridge Director and Public Works Director, Richard managed hundreds of projects that total more than $100 million including the Two Rivers Bridge, Two Rivers Park—and the Big Dam Bridge.

“The Big Dam Bridge was the best project and the most complicated project,” she said. “Until we received the first vote of confidence from Metroplan we didn’t think it was going to happen. We had to obtain approval from the Corp of Engineers who was apprehensive about building a bridge over a dam. We also discovered there was an historical African American burial site that had the potential to shut the project down.”

Richard and Smith managed to collaborate with several agencies to complete the bridge including the City of Little Rock, City of North Little Rock, Federal Highway Department, U.S. Coast Guard and the Arkansas Department of Transportation. At completion, the Big Dam Bridge, including the decorative lights was a $13 million project.

With the many projects under her belt, she does have a few things that she feels have been left undone.

“If there was anything I wish I could have completed or started, it would be to build another bridge across the Arkansas River at David D. Terry Lock Dam and to see the completion of the Southwest Trail,” she said. “The Southwest Trail is going to be an amazing project once complete.”

In her 33 years of service to Pulaski County, she said she’s made friendships that will last a lifetime and plans to remain connected to those friendships. In retirement, she has no plans to slow down any time soon. Richard plans to travel, consult, spend time with her son and grandson and try her hand at real estate investing—“just for fun.”

Image of College Station Sports Complex

College Station Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – July 4

Pulaski County and the Progressive League of College Station will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new sports complex Wednesday, July 4 at 9 a.m. at 5816 Frazier Pike/Sloane Drive.

It has been 21 years since a tornado ripped through College Station, claimed lives and destroyed multiple homes and the ballpark. Since 1997, the championship-winning youth baseball team has been without adequate facilities for games and practice.

The team will now host games in a five-acre complex that includes a regulation-size baseball field, complete with dugouts, bullpens, perimeter fencing, bleachers, asphalt parking lot, landscaping and irrigation. The seating capacity is approximately 100.

“The community is really excited to open the new sports complex,” said Dexter Doyne, Progressive League member. “This will reinvigorate our community and hopefully engage local businesses especially in the Little Rock Port.”

The new construction project was made possible through fundraising efforts and federal grants that totaled approximately $400,000. The progressive league is in phase 2 of fundraising to build a concession stand, a scoreboard, restrooms and ball field lighting.

Image of College Station Sports Complex

Marche Community Town Hall Set for June 19

Residents of the Marche Community and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend our second town hall meeting, Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Speakers included Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and public works representatives. For more information call 501-340-8305. See you there!

Pulaski Inter-District Used Tire Program Job Opening – Illegal Dumps Control Officer

The Pulaski Inter-District Used Tire Program is looking for an IDCO (Illegal Dumps Control Officer) to manage and eradicate illegal dumping in Pulaski County and waste tire illegal dumping in a nine-county area of central Arkansas. The Pulaski Inter-District is headquartered in downtown Little Rock and serves other regional solid waste management districts in the central Arkansas area.

Assignment will be considered an Independent Contractor and not eligible for benefits. Candidate will be required to sign a terms of service agreement.

Qualifications for this assignment include the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good computer and math skills
  • A team player
  • Environmental interest
  • A professional appearance
  • A good driving record
  • Preferred knowledge of laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances and violations pertaining to solid waste management and illegal dumping
  • Ability to complete designated mandatory training for IDCOs
  • Ability to conduct on-site investigation of areas affected by illegal dumping
  • Starting fee: $40,000 – $45,000

Please submit all resumes to Desi Ledbetter at desi.ledbetter@regionalrecycling.org

Deadline for resumes to be received is June 8, 2018 at 4:30pm.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Pulaski County Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District

300 South Spring Street, Suite 200

Little Rock, AR 72201

501.340.8787

www.regionalrecycling.org

Pulaski County Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

Pulaski County offices are closed on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Garbage routes will run one day late.

Public Notice: PCYS Arkansas Department of Education Application

Pulaski County Youth Services, in partnership with the North Little Rock School District and New Hope Baptist Church, will make an application to the Arkansas Department of Education for a 21st Century Community Learning Center.

The application will be made available for review after May 28, 2018 at the Administrative Offices of Pulaski County Youth Services, 201 S. Broadway Suite 220. Little Rock, AR 72201. Specific questions should be addressed to: Ms. Jamie Scott, Executive Director of Pulaski County Youth Services.