Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

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Events Calendar

Dec
17
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Pulaski County Administration Building
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Pulaski County Administration Building
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 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
14
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee Updated Committee Agenda Committee Minutes
Jan
28
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jan 28 @ 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
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee Updated Committee Agenda Committee Minutes
Feb
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Feb 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.
Mar
10
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee Updated Committee Agenda Committee Minutes

Pulaski County News & Announcements

Pulaski County Experiences Historic Flooding

Pulaski County experienced a major flood event following a flood system that passed through Oklahoma, May 20. What began in Sebastian County slowly made its way to Pulaski County. Once expected to reach 1990 levels quickly the Arkansas River exceeded those levels. Prior to the flood, our primary areas of concern were the Pinnacle Valley Community, Two Rivers Park and Isbell Lane. Our secondary areas were Palarm Creek, Natural Steps, Colonel Maynard Road, John Branch Road, Settlement Road and Grassy Lake.

Below is a timeline of significant events. 

May 24, 2019

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declared State of Emergency

May 27, 2019

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde Verbally Declared followed by a written declaration

May 28, 2019

Pulaski County Public Works closed the Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Bridge. Residents near Two Rivers Park evacuated.

May 31, 2019

Residents of the Pinnacle Valley Community were evacuated and the remaining homeowner near Two Rivers Park was also evacuated with the assistance of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. We evacuated a total of 18 families from May 30 – May 31

After meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Colonel Robert G. Dixon regarding the status of levees, there was a concern about the Woodson Levee District. Residents in that area were advised to prepare in case an evacuation became necessary. This information is being provided as a precaution. No mandatory evacuation was issued. Residents were encouraged to make preparations in case and evacuation became necessary.

It was discovered that a drainage pipe was placed near the Old River Levee Near Scott. The National Guard used Black Hawks to drop super sand bags to plug the pipe but leaks were still experienced.

Pulaski County Public Works placed sand and bags at the following areas:

Scott Volunteer Fire Department
7600 AR-161
Scott, AR 72142

Wrightsville City Hall
13024 AR-365
Little Rock, AR 72206

Pinnacle Valley Road and Simmon Loop
Big Rock Township, AR 72223

June 1, 2019

The flow at the Old River Levee slowed significantly but seeping still existed.

June 2, 2019

The Old River Levee still showed slow leaks. Pulaski County Public Works continued to monitor.

For day by day updates on the work of Public Works please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiAR/

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

501-340-8523

Pulaski County Offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day

Pulaski County offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. No garbage routes will run Monday but will resume and run one day late, Tuesday through Saturday.

New development brings more than 500 jobs to Pulaski County

More than 500 jobs with an average salary of $50,000 are coming to Pulaski County. Firearm manufacturer CZ-USA is building a new facility at the LR Port.

The new Development is made possible through a collaborative effort by Governor Hutchinson, the City of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Little Rock Port Authority, AEDC, Little Rock Chamber, UA-Pulaski Tech and Entergy Arkansas.

“This a huge victory for Pulaski County and the region. The City of Little Rock has been working to expand the Port for a number of years. I’m glad to see the fruits of that labor,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “Through a partnership with the City of Little Rock, the County is developing the infrastructure to accommodate the new development within the expanded Little Rock Port.”

For job information visit https://www.littlerockchamber.com/cz.

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net
501-340-8523

County free mulch giveaway May 3 and 4

This is the “We Load, You Go” event of the year … and just in time for Spring!!

FREE MULCH will be available at the old Smoky Hollow building.

Dates: Friday & Saturday, May 3rd & 4th

Times: 8am-4pm Friday, Saturday 8am-4pm, unless we run out before 4pm!

Where: Smoky Hollow Building (3200 Woodrow Street LR AR, 72204)

Look for the signs and please enter on Brown Street!

If you need mulch, you don’t want to miss this.

Governor Hutchinson signs bill adding benefits for members of the quorum court

Act 400 clarifies the law regarding compensation of elected county and township officers by including other benefits such as dental coverage.

Read Act 400: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2019/2019R/Acts/Act400.pdf

USA dog tags on wooden background

County Hires New Veterans Service Officer

Pulaski County Veterans Service Officer, Albert Hawkins represented the county at “Veterans Recognition Night” at the Arkansas Travelers baseball game.

Pulaski County proudly welcomes our new Veterans Service Officer, Al Harkins to serve our retired military service men and women.

As the Pulaski County VSO, Harkins will counsel and assist veterans and their dependents with completing VA paperwork and filing claims. He will ensure eligible veterans and their dependents receive their earned benefits through federal, state and/or local organizations.

“Veterans need someone who understands their needs and knows how to meet those needs in a timely manner,” said Harkins. “I expect to make this position proactive and very visible in the community to reach the many veterans in Pulaski County through a vast group of sources already available but previously not engaged.”

“I’m pleased to have Mr. Harkins as part of our team,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “I am confident he will carry out the duties of the VSO with integrity and demonstrate total commitment to our veterans and their families.”

Born and raised in Alexandria, La., Harkins served in the Air Force 3902nd Combat Squadron, Blue Beret Elite Guard. He was stationed in Guantanamo; Thule, Greenland; and Goose Bay, Labrador where he learned “personal discipline, comradery and self-confidence.”

After his military service, he moved to Arkansas in 1964 and attended the University of Arkansas graduating with a degree in finance and accounting. He is also a banking graduate of Rutgers University and the CBS School of Broadcasting.

In addition to his experience in banking, Harkins was a wheat farmer in Woodson, Ark. for six years. He taught banking and economics at the University of Memphis, Arkansas State University and UA Little Rock.

He serves on the Arkansas State Board of Finance; is a member of the American Legion and Shriners International; he also works part-time at Rainwater, Holt and Sexton Law.

Harkins lives in Little Rock, is married with four children and five grandchildren. He attends Christ the King Catholic Church.

Welcome to the County Mr. Harkins!

Veterans, spouses or dependents who need assistance are encouraged to call 501-340-5622 or email aharkins@pulaskicounty.net.

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

501-340-8523

County Judge highlights new projects on the horizon in county address

Strong, emboldened and concise could be used to describe Judge Barry Hyde’s annual State of the County address.

In his 20-minute speech, Judge Hyde laid out several areas of improvement including plans to restructure the county’s juvenile justice probation and intake process. He intends to hire a Director of Juvenile Justice Services who will draft a policy and procedure manual, clarify roles and responsibilities, develop a management structure and develop a training curriculum. These probation and intake improvements will be carried out in collaboration with the County Attorney and the County Judge. All improvements are based on recommendations from the Robert K. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice’s 2016 Probation System Review Final Report.

Additionally, Judge Hyde, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, will make improvements to Terry Park to make the park more welcoming to patrons.

Despite continued cuts to grant funding, the county will use carry over funds to expand out of school and afterschool program in Higgins, Oak Grove and McAlmont.

“If the state and federal government want to reduce funds for our out-of-school care and Pre-K programs, which provide assistance to lower-income families, Pulaski County has to find a way to do it,” said Hyde. “Ignoring their needs, robbing them of opportunity and reducing services to these children is simply not an option.”

Read more about County Judge Barry Hyde’s plans for the future of Pulaski County

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

501-340-8523

State of the County set for March 12

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde will present the 2019 State of the County Address, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. The address will be given in the 4th floor Quorum Court meeting room in the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Downtown Little Rock.  Judge Hyde will highlight our 2018 accomplishments and 2019 goals and initiatives. He will discuss several ongoing projects such as our Crisis Stabilization Unit, Juvenile Justice Reform and the Southwest Trail.

Making Pulaski County Families Stronger

Housing and Urban Development Renews Funding for Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Pulaski County, AR – Pulaski County Government announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $43,000 to renew support to the Pulaski County Housing Agency’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, who serves on the U.S. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Relate Agencies Subcommittee, gave his support and congratulations.

“This investment allows the Pulaski County Housing Agency to assist more families in creating a better future,” Senator Boozman said. “I’m proud to support this grant that enables Arkansans to gain vital job-training skills that will put them on the path to financial independence,” he said.

Established in 1990, the FSS program is funded by HUD to promote employment and increase assets for low-income families receiving federal rent subsidies or public housing. FSS is a five-year program that helps participants become self-sufficient by accomplishing goals such as completing a degree or certification, purchasing a home and securing stable employment.

Participants must be an active client of the Section 8 housing program for one year. If interested, the participant is placed on a waiting list until one of the 26 spots becomes available. When a spot is available, he or she attends a FSS briefing meeting where the participant sets goals and signs a contract.

An important part of the FSS program is the Escrow Savings Account. Each participating family has the opportunity to develop FSS escrowed savings through an account established and controlled by the Public Housing Agency (PHA). As a participant’s earned income increases, so does the percentage they must pay for rent. For FSS participants; however, an amount generally equal to their increased rent because of increased earnings is placed in the FSS escrow account.

“Our participants, overall, have been extremely successful in reaching their goals and completing the program,” Community Services Director Fredrick Love said. “This program allows individuals to improve their quality of life for themselves and their families and truly become—self-sufficient.”

In 2018, FSS had one participant whose goal was to find a more suitable career path and repair her credit. She graduated from the FSS program, became a homeowner and is no longer a Section 8 recipient. Of the remaining participants, 19 have a goal of homeownership, 13 have goals to pursue higher education, and seven are pursuing higher education goals. Three of the participants have goals of entrepreneurship. All FSS clients are working to establish or repair their credit to prepare for homeownership.

“I thank Senator Boozman for his continued support of this program for citizens of Pulaski County,” Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said. “This program is proving to be a huge success for those who want to have more independence and cycle off government assistance,” he said. “Establishing goals with the help of our housing team and making a commitment to those goals, ensures accountability and completion of the program. I wish each participant continued success.”

ACT Prep Instructors Needed

Since 2006, the Pulaski County Youth Services ACT Prep Program has served over 4,000 students, offering classes that focus on English, math, reading, science reasoning, and test-taking strategies. This class has been offered in several models, including a six Saturday course, a once-per-month course, one-day boot camps and intensive summer camp programs. The purpose of our ACT Prep program is to assist students in achieving their highest potential on the ACT exam, making them eligible for more college scholarship opportunities and reducing the number of students required to complete remedial courses.

The last formal evaluation of the program showed an average of a one- to three-point score increase, with nine-points being our highest increase in 2018. It is our mission to help students avoid the need to take remedial courses at the college level, making it easier for them to complete their post-secondary education degree requirements.

As we kickoff our 2019 ACT Prep Program, we are in search of licensed and well-experienced instructors to facilitate these sessions. Sessions usually occur one Saturday mornings for about three hours. Instructors are expected to provide effective test-taking tips and strategies in the subjects of English, math, reading and science. If you are interested, please contact Kaprese Warren at kwarren@pulaskicounty.net.