Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

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Events Calendar

Jun
12
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Jun
26
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jun 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.
Jul
10
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Jul
24
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jul 24 @ 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.
Aug
14
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Aug
28
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Aug 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.
Sep
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Sep
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Sep 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.
Oct
9
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Oct
23
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Oct 23 @ 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.

Pulaski County News & Announcements

County Judge Hyde’s Public Schedule

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: January 15th – 19th

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Judge Barry Hyde from Monday, January 15th, 2018 through Friday, 19th, 2018:

Monday, January 15, 2018
LITTLE ROCK
Martin Luther King Day Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
1800 Center Street
Little Rock, AR

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
LITTLE ROCK
Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Meeting
11:30 a.m.
201 S. Broadway, STE 401
Little Rock, AR

Schedule is subject to change.

CONTACT: Communications Director, Cozetta Jones at cjones@pulaskicounty.net or 501-340-8523

Youth Services breaks fundraising record

PCYS’ Little Scholars program at the Audubon Center in Little Rock. Song Bird, an academic enrichment program, visits every few weeks and provides chess lessons.

In 2017, Pulaski County Youth Services raised a record-breaking total of $505,735 for after school and out-of-school programs. Of the total funding, $466,260 came from grants awarded by the City of Little Rock, State Farm Insurance, First Electric Cooperative and other organizations.

Special events including Women’s Power Breakfast and the Fourth Annual Champions of Youth Awards Dinner raised $39,475. We extend a special thanks to Snell Prosthetics, Rick Fleetwood, Judy Tenenbaum and State Representative Clarke Tucker for helping Youth Services further its mission to inspire, encourage, and empower the youth of Pulaski County through academic achievement, leadership, character building, and healthy living education.

“To raise more than a half million is phenomenal,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “With those funds, we will provide invaluable services to Pulaski County families, saving families who utilize our services approximately $5,000 per year in after-school care costs. Youth are provided with mentoring, academic assistance, and are given opportunities that many would not have access to otherwise. I’m proud of the work that Youth Services Director Jamie Scott and her staff are doing for the youth of Pulaski County and their families.”

For more information about Pulaski County Youth Services’ programs

Offices closed for New Year’s Day

Pulaski County offices are closed Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of New Year’s Day. Garbage routes will run one day late, Tuesday through Saturday.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative to Launch in January

Pulaski County has been approved to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a nationally recognized model created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to promote detention reform. The model will be implemented in the county under the leadership of the juvenile courts and the Office of the County Judge and County Attorney.

This initiative is an opportunity to improve the “front-end” of the juvenile justice system based on research and evidence-informed practices, as part of larger juvenile justice reforms in the County.

Center for Children’s Law and Policy will provide technical assistance. Pulaski County is the third JDAI site in Arkansas following Benton and Washington Counties. Since implementation, the number of youth committed to state custody in Benton and Washington Counties dropped by 30 and 25 percent respectively.

“Our current juvenile system needs improvement. Having the guidance of JDAI and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we are poised to make the necessary adjustments to the juvenile justice system thereby improving the lives of at-risk youth in Pulaski County,” said County Judge Barry Hyde.

In June, Pulaski County released the findings of its juvenile justice system assessment study performed by the CCLP. Using the JDAI framework, CCLP provided suggestions for areas of improvement including collaboration among stakeholders, data collection and analysis, case processing and alternatives to detention and incarceration programs.

CCLP also provided recommendations for the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center “conditions of confinement in facilities that house youth.” These recommendations included discontinuing the use of orange jumpsuits and the 24-hour lock down after admission. Shortly after reviewing the recommendations, the juvenile detention facility discontinued the 24-hour lock down and offers khaki pants and polo shirts as standard attire for those housed in the facility.

“Young people make impulsive decisions but that shouldn’t mean we give up on them. We can hold young people accountable but give them the guidance, education and support they need to get their lives back on track toward a bright future. By working with JDAI, DYS and the juvenile courts that bright future will be realized,” said Hyde.

Pulaski County will host a kick-off meeting Tuesday, January 23 at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Conference Center at 9 a.m. at 100 Main Street. Representatives from JDAI, DYS and Pulaski County will convene to discuss the process toward participating in the initiative. Speakers will include County Judge Barry Hyde and Pulaski County Circuit Judge Joyce Warren. Governor Asa Hutchinson has been invited attend.

Deputy County Attorney Chastity Scifres presenting one of four training sessions that introduces JDAI core strategies. Attendees represented various organizations and agencies such as DHS, LRPD, LRSD, Circuit Court and the Public Defenders’ Office.

Pulaski County Big Fix – More than 100 Pets Receive Spay/Neuter Services

The Pulaski County Big Fix was a success with 34 public pets receiving spay or neuter surgeries at Arkansans for Animals. The surgeries were funded by the “Give 5” campaign, which is a voluntary tax added to property taxes, and provides money to offer county residents a way to spay or neuter their pets–for FREE. The overall goal of the “Give 5” campaign is to reduce pet populations in animal shelters around Pulaski County. Through the generosity of Pulaski County residents, approximately 150 public and shelter cats and dogs will receive surgeries. While the program is only for county residents, the impact is statewide. If you are interested in donating to Pulaski County Spay and Neuter Fund, next time you pay your Personal Property Taxes you can “Give 5.” If you are interested in having your pet spayed or neutered please call Arkansans for Animals at 501-455-5400.

Sold out event raises funds for youth services programs

The 2017 Champions of Youth Awards Dinner was Pulaski County Youth Services’ largest and most successful event to-date. More than 200 attended the sold-out event honoring Theresa Timmons Shamberger, Kathy Webb, Dawn Scott, and Rick Fleetwood. Special guests included: Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, event emcee Craig O’Niell, Reverend Betsy Synder, Judge Rita Bailey, Judy Tenenbaum, and Angela Moody. CLICK HERE to see photos of the event.

Brownfields Accepting Public Comments for Subgrant Award

Pulaski County Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund is accepting comments during a 30-day period on the subgrant award to First United Methodist Church Downtown Little Rock. The purpose of the public notice is to inform the public of the environmental issues present, and the proposed cleanup process for the property located at 307 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72205. First United Methodist Church Downtown Little Rock has been awarded a subgrant from the Pulaski County Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund for the abatement of contaminates found on the site. Public comments will be accepted through November 28, 2017.

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the Pulaski County Administration Room 401, 201 S. Broadway, Little Rock, AR.  All public comments on the cleanup process will be considered and a formal response memorandum will be filed in the project Administrative Record. A hard copy of the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) will be available for review at public meeting.  A copy of the ABCA will also be available at the Pulaski County Brownfields office, 201 S. Broadway, Suite 220, during normal business hours. All public comments should be submitted in writing to the Pulaski County Brownfields or via email to jfout@pulaskicounty.net.

The Brownfields Administrative Record for First United Methodist Church Downtown Little Rock cleanup will be maintained throughout the duration of the project and will be available for review at the Pulaski County Brownfields office, 201 S. Broadway, Suite 220, Little Rock, during normal business hours and at other times by appointment. To make an appointment to review the Administrative Record, or for questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Pulaski County Brownfields Office at (501) 340-3594.

PULASKI COUNTY TO OFFER FREE SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES TO RESIDENTS NOVEMBER 30

Voluntary Tax raised $45,000 for Spay/Neuter Services

In November 2016, the Pulaski County Quorum Court voted to create the “Voluntary Animal Control Spay/Neuter Tax.” This voluntary tax allows county residents to add $5 to their personal or business property tax bill. The County is proud to announce that in its first year, the spay/neuter fund collected approximately $45,000.

A portion of the funds collected will go toward the county’s first spay/neuter event—the Pulaski County Big Fix, Thursday, November 30 at the Little Rock Animal Village. Pet owners for a small deposit of $10 can have their pets spayed or neutered. Pulaski County will cover the cost of the surgery.

“Spay/neuter surgeries can typically cost up to $450 depending on the size or gender of the pet, the vet and the facility,” said Arkansans for Animals Director, Jake Hillard. “County pet owners who would not be able to afford the procedure are getting an invaluable service practically for free.”

Those interested must pre-register November 6 – 9, in person, at Arkansans for Animals at 11701 Interstate 30, Suite 2 Little Rock, AR 72209. Pet owners are asked to bring proof of Pulaski County residency such as a utility bill or a county property tax receipt and the $10 deposit.

The day of the procedure, if an owner can show proof of vaccinations, the deposit will be returned. Without proof, the $10 deposit will go toward a rabies vaccination; a vaccination required by law.

“The amount collected is great for our first year,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “I thank the Quorum Court for seeing the need and Pulaski County residents for their generosity. With the remaining funds, we will assist city shelters with spaying and neutering their adoptable pets. Through our partnership with Arkansans for Animals and the use of their mobile unit, we will provide subsidized spay/neuter services to residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. It’s my hope to see the fund grow each year, which will allow us to expand the service to more pet owners,” he said.

For more information about the Pulaski County Big Fix, call Arkansans for Animals at 501-455-5400.

PCYS presents Champions of Youth 4th Annual Awards Dinner

Please join Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde for an evening honoring Advocate for Youth Award recipient Dawn Scott, Director’s Choice Award recipient Theresa Timmons-Shamberger, Visionary Award recipient, the Honorable Kathy Webb, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Rick Fleetwood. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel located at 925 South University Avenue in Little Rock.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit Pulaski County Youth Services’ year-round afterschool and out-of-school programs for students ages 5 – 19. All Youth Services’ programs are free-of-charge, helping hardworking Pulaski County families save an average of $5,000 a year on childcare. In communities all over the County, Youth Services’ programs are keeping kids off the street and out of trouble. Annually, thousands of local young people improve test scores, increase financial literacy, develop job skills, and build self-esteem in more than twenty Youth Services programs.

Youth Services knows how to do a lot with a little; they stretch every dollar and pinch every penny. Your donation will help students in the ACT Prep program earn higher test scores and students in the Youth Leadership Academy tour a college or university. Your ticket purchase or table sponsorship can help a child to attend an afterschool program, like Little Scholars, and an out-of-school program, like the Summer Day Camp. By donating to Youth Services, you can help put new athletic shoes on the feet of young students in the A Shoe Into Success program and help the young ladies from the Vision 2025 program participate in Dale Carnegie Public Speaking workshops. Your donations go directly to programs that inspire and enrich the lives of young people in Pulaski County.

Tickets are $75 each. For more information please call 501.340.6673 or email hmoody@pulaskicounty.net.

Veterans health handwritten on a blackboard in white chalk with a doctors hand holding a stethoscope.

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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