Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

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Events Calendar

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.
Mar
26
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Mar 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.
Apr
9
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Apr
23
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Apr 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.
May
14
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
May
28
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
May 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.
Jun
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Quorum Court Agenda Committee The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
Jun
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ 4th Floor Quorum Court Room
Jun 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.

Pulaski County News & Announcements

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.

Regional Recycling District Searching for Executive Director

Due to the retirement of the current Executive Director, the District is searching for a new Director.

  • Good management and communication skills and experience
  • Budget development, execution and monitoring; prepare annual budget
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Prepare an annual report; develop needs assessment
  • Oversee grant applications
  • Monitor waste hauler application program
  • Oversee waste tire recycling program
  • Provide assistance to District board members and their staffs
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Computer skills – MSWord, Excel, Outlook
  • Other duties as specified in job description

Excellent salary and benefit package; desirable working environment

Requires a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university

If interested please submit your resume by 4:30 p.m., May 19, 2017 to:

John N. Roberts, Executive Director
Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District
c/o Pulaski County Judge’s Office
201 S. Broadway, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201

501.340.8787

john.roberts@regionalrecycling.org

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) will be operating the below listed locations during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017. The sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office maintains a 24 hour Rx Drug Drop Box at 2900 South Woodrow Street in Little Rock for those that are unable to dispose of their medications on the 29th.

This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. PCSO has collected over 5000 pounds of prescription drugs since beginning our program in 2010.

Bring your pills for disposal to the below listed locations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

LOCATIONS:

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202

Park West Pharmacy
904 Autumn Road Little Rock, AR 72211

Remedy Drug
8511 W. Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205

Walgreens
14820 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72223

Vision Coming to Life: Counties Awarded Federal Grant to Design Southwest Trail

We are pleased to announce that Pulaski, Saline and Garland counties have been awarded a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to the DOT website, the grant program “supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.”

Since 2014, the counties have been working in collaboration to obtain funding to design the Southwest Trail. In 2017, the county judges made the decision to share the cost and to move toward achieving a comprehensive design through collaboration, instead of each county pursuing a piecemeal design.

“We agreed that a seamless design was needed in order to complete the project in a cost-effective and timely manner,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. We want to see the trail designed as a whole; the grant will allow this to happen.”

The trail will extend from Little Rock Central High to Hot Springs National Park. As required by the grant, the project will extend from one federal site to another. The expected design cost is approximately $3.2 million; the counties will split costs after the grant is applied.

“This is a significant investment in our region’s future in terms of job creation and tourism,” said Hyde. “I’m proud of our partners Saline County Judge Jeff Arey and Garland County Judge Rick Davis and especially proud of Pulaski County Public Works Department Director, Barbara Richard who has taken the lead in making this vision come to life.”

Landscape Maintenance

Pulaski County Stormwater – Landscape Maintenance

It’s that time of year again, everything is blooming, the grass needs cutting, and it’s time to fertilize the flower beds. Did you know grass clippings, fertilizer, and soil can potentially pollute local waterways. Here are a few things you can do to cut down on the amount of pollutants entering the waterways.

Leave grass clippings on the ground after mowing. They will retain moisture and provide nutrients to the soil.
Avoid sweeping or blowing landscape debris into the street so the next rain cannot wash it into the storm drains. Rake or sweep the debris into a bag for composting or curbside pickup.
Avoid using a hose to wash landscape debris into the street or storm drains.

Add compost to planting soil and dress with mulch to improve plant growth and reduce stormwater runoff.
Follow directions and avoid overuse of pesticides and fertilizers. Pull weeds by hand when possible.

For more information regarding stormwater contact the Pulaski County Road & Bridge Department or visit the Pulaski County Road & Bridge website: https://pulaskicounty.net/pulaski-county-road-and-bridge/

A Second Chance: Sobriety Court offers repeat offenders another shot at a better life

In Pulaski County, alcohol is one of the most prevalent drugs of choice and directly correlates with a number of crimes seen in the Pulaski County District Court including assault, battery, criminal mischief and DWI. To address the ever-growing problem, in August 2016, the District Court of Pulaski County established the DWI/Sobriety Court.

“Alcoholism and drunk driving is an extraordinarily serious problem in Arkansas and our county,” said District Court Judge Wayne Gruber. “The purpose of our Sobriety Court is to address the problem head on at Pulaski County District Court with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that stresses abstinence, treatment and strict accountability.  The goal of the one-year program is to foster a life of sobriety, hereinafter, for the defendants, rid the roads of repeat DWI offenders, and to free jail space for more serious offenders.”

The 12-month program accepts individuals charged with their second or third DWI. The team consists of one representative from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, two representatives from Recovery Centers of Arkansas, one representative from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, one representative from the Public Defender’s office, a case coordinator, a project coordinator and presiding Judge; Wayne A. Gruber. The team has also developed several partnerships that aide in the recovery of each participant.

“I’m proud to have this program in our county,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “Judge Gruber and his team are doing excellent work—all without additional funding. We have a significant problem with alcohol dependency. With this program, I hope that we can get more people into treatment, out of jail and from behind the wheel.”

Once assigned to Sobriety Court, the treatment provider conducts a clinical assessment and designs a treatment plan for each participant. The case coordinator and law enforcement representative monitor each participant and utilizes an Alco-Sensor FST Intoximeter to detect alcohol consumption. The case manager also refers participants to services that assist with sobriety and recovery. The case manager keeps close contact with the participants to ensure each one is following his or her treatment plan objectives.

When a participant goes before Judge Gruber, the case coordinator provides a progress report and allows the participant to share his or her experiences since the last visit. The judge asks a series of questions regarding his or her progress. Unlike most court proceedings, Sobriety Court is more informal.

“We are focused on rehabilitation not punishment. In this court, we will push more social work,” said Judge Gruber.

The program has four phases that require 12-step attendance, random home visits, contact with a probation officer, alcohol screenings and employment or school enrollment. Participants are eligible for graduation following successful completion of each phase; sobriety for at 120 consecutive days and has a support system in place. Since established, one participant received a night in jail for violation of program rules, failure to appear and outstanding warrants.

“It’s a bit disappointing. We have high expectations for each individual in the program. We hope that this participant can rebound and continue the program successfully,” said Judge Gruber. “We are not naïve to the high level of difficultly in completing this program. That’s why it’s essential that each person involved understands how important they are to the recovery of the participants—that includes my team, the families and of course, the individual.

For more information about Pulaski County’s DWI/Sobriety Court, call 501-340-6824.

*article compiled from 2016 annual activity report and 2015 jurisdictional snapshot