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Trails Master Plan Survey

The City of Arkadelphia is developing a Trails Master Plan that will assess the current condition of trails and prioritize recommendations for improvements.

This survey asks your opinions on walking, cycling, and using trails in Arkadelphia. The results of the survey at the link below will be used to inform the overall Trails Master Plan recommendations.
Please click the link below to complete our survey!

 

City Board of Directors Meeting 5/19/20

The Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Introduction of Ward 4 Candidates
  • Executive Session
  • Vote for Ward 4 Candidate
  • Ward 4 Oath of Office
  • Approval of Board Minutes from May 5, 2020
  • Consider Fire Department Tornado Siren
  • Resolution Regarding AWU-Gum Springs Water Rates
  • Approval of Lease Agreement with Gum Springs for AWU-Gum Springs
  • Request to Sell Parks & Rec Asset on GovDeals
  • Approval of Bid to Rehabilitate Water Plant Filters

Agenda Packet 5-19-20

Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting May 21, 2020

The Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet Thursday, May 21st at 5:30 PM at Fire Station #1. Items to be discussed are listed below with the attached agenda to follow.

Board of Zoning and Adjustment Meeting
Welcome and swear in new Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustment member(s) – Terry Roberts and Diedra Middleton
Staff Report
Public hearing to consider Shannon Clardy’s request for a rear yard variance and to exceed the allowable permitted size of an accessory building located less than ten ( 10) feet from the rear property line.

Planning Commission Meeting
Consider the February 20, 2020, Planning Commission minutes.
Staff Report – Mr. & Mrs. Bonner’s rezone request
Public hearing to consider Clayton L. Bonner and Connie M. Bonner’s request to rezone property located at 401 S. 29th Street from Office Commercial (C-4) to Highway Commercial (C-2).
Consider recommending a rezoning ordinance for the Bonner property to the City Board of Directors for approval.
Staff Report on Ordinance.
Consider recommending an ordinance to the City Board of Directors that amends B-425 Land Use Ordinance, Part A – Zoning: Chapter 14.04.05 – sign regulations
Other business – New development report

BZA/PC Meeting Agenda

City of Arkadelphia Cancels Girls Softball 2020 Spring Season and announces Fall Season

Due to uncertainty regarding COVID-19, City of Arkadelphia staff and softball coaches have decided to cancel youth girls’ softball 2020 Spring season. The 14U season is still scheduled to proceed. 

We are pleased to announce that we will host a full 11 game Fall season (if state guidelines permit) which will begin with the Jamboree Tournament on September 15, 2020!  The complete press release is available below.

Click to access Softball-Press-Release-5.13.20.pdf

City Board of Directors - Ward 4 Vacancy

The City Arkadelphia is accepting applications for the Director of Ward 4. Anyone interested in filling the term of the Board of Directors Ward 4 vacancy term expiring December 31, 2022 please send a letter of interest to the City Clerk’s office 700 Clay Street Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923.

Click to access Ward-4-Announcement.pdf

May 16, 2020, Hazardous Household Waste Event Canceled

The Spring Hazardous Household Waste event that was scheduled for May 16, 2020, has been canceled, as a result of health concerns regarding COVID-19. The Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District (SWCRSWMD) will continue with the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Event on October 17, 2020.  To view full press release, please see the link below.

Hazardous Household Waste Event Canceled

City Board of Directors Meeting April 21st, 2020

In response to health concerns related to COVID-19 and the welfare of the community, the Board of Directors will meet tomorrow April 21st, 2020 at 5:30 PM in the Fire Station #1 truck bay, 610 Caddo Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, Tuesday, April 201h. The change in location provides more space for those in attendance to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.
For public safety, we encourage you to view the meeting via Facebook Live in lieu of personal attendance. The meeting will be available on the City of Arkadelphia Facebook page.

If you have business that requires your attendance please park on the westside between Dr. Byrd’s Dental Office and Fire Station #1. The map for Fire Station #1 is provided at the link below.
The agenda for the meeting includes:

The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Second Reading Ordinance to Abandon Alley in Browning Addition Block 32
  • Ordinance to Repeal 0-20-01
  • Slurry Seal Bid
    Accept FAA Grant Resolution
  • Resolution to Address Capital Need at Airport
  • Approve Affidavit of Documents to Destroy

The meeting agenda is provided at the link below.
https://arkadelphia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4-21-20-Agenda-Packet.pdf

Clark County Organizations Collaborate to Provide Services to Those in Need

The press release at the link below includes information regarding services provided by local school districts and healthcare providers related to COVID 19 Pandemic.

 Press Release COVID19 (4.15.20)

4/7/2020 City Board of Directors Meeting

In response to health concerns related to COVID-19 and the welfare of the community, the Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the Fire Station #1 truck bay, 610 Caddo Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, Tuesday, April 7th. The change in location provides more space for those in attendance to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.
For public safety, we encourage you to view the meeting via Facebook Live in lieu of personal attendance.  The meeting will be available on the City of Arkadelphia Facebook page.

If you have business that requires your attendance please park on the westside between Dr. Byrd’s Dental Office and Fire Station #1. The map for Fire Station #1 is provided at the link below.

https://www.google.com/…/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x76a053dec3a8…

The agenda for the meeting includes:
Public Hearing To Abandon Alleyway Browning Addition Block 32
Notification of Selling Assets on Govdeal.com
Notification of Documents to be Destroyed
Approval of Aquatic Park Contract for Deferred Maintenance
Approval of Plan Aquatic Park Repairs – Slide Towers

The meeting agenda is provided at the link below.
https://arkadelphia.gov/…/…/2020/04/Agenda-Packet-4-7-20.pdf

COVID 19 DRIVE THROUGH CLINIC INFORMATION

April 1st, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ouachita Baptist University – Cliff Harris Stadium Parking Lot
Enter from 8th Street; exit onto 10th Street

Screening does not guarantee a COVID 19 test. Testing will only be performed if patients are found to be symptomatic during screening.

Bring Photo ID and any available health insurance information.

Testing Priority will be given to high-risk patients:

  • Patients Ages 60 years or older
  • Patients with the following conditions:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Pregnant
    • Immunocompromised patients (cancer, organ transplant, Human
    • Immunodeficiency Virus-HIV, rheumatologic disease, chronic steroids)
    • Healthcare workers
    • Institutionalized patients (nursing home, dormitory, shelter, or prison)
    • Dialysis patients

Baptist Health Establishes 24/7 Hotline for COVID-19 Questions

Please see the attached press release from Baptist Health regarding remote services for COVID-19.

Baptist Health Establishes 24/7 Hotline for COVID-19 Questions 

Joint Communication from the County of Clark and City of Arkadelphia.

Please see the attached press release from the City of Arkadelphia regarding the update of a positive test in Clark County.  City and County Officials will provide additional information tomorrow.

Planning Commission/Board of Adjustments Meeting Cancelation

 
“In an effort to protect the public and staff from the spread of the COVID-19, the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustments meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19th at 5:00 pm has been canceled.

We will continue to update you as to events and cancellations as we work through the COVID-19 issue together.” – Gary Brinkley

Baptist Health COVID-19 Drive-Thru Clinic

The attached information has been provided by Baptist Health. Please follow the instructions listed on this document if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. To schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic please call (870)245-2198.

Unemployment Applications

Applications for Unemployment Insurance Benefits are attached below and available at the south entrance of Town Hall by the Water Department Payment Window.

  1. Attempt to apply thru the website https://www.ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov/
    (if not working step 2)
  2. Print the attached benefit application
  3. Complete application
  4. Deliver to Department of Workforce Services with proof of ID to the local office at 502 South 6th

The employment benefits form can be emailed to Jenna.ramos@arkansas.gov

Preemptive Measures to Protect Yourself and Others

Please visit the link below for additional pre-emptive measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 provided to us by Baptist Health.

https://www.baptist-health.com/…/baptist-health-encourages…/

COVID-19 Information from Dr. Pahls

Dr. Wendell Pahls of Baptist Health shares information regarding COVID-19 on KATV’s Saturday Daybreak at the link below.

Flattening the Curve​

Our friends at Baptist Health have shared links and information that we will be sharing today. The first link speaks about flattening the curve. Preventing the spread and exposure from person to person contact allows our medical professionals and facilities to adequately serve those that need immediate care.

https://www.baptist-health.com/helping-to-flatten-the-curv…/

Modified Operations/Closings

The current emergency regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an ever-changing, fluid situation. In our best efforts to protect the citizens and our employees we working with the appropriate healthcare officials to ensure we have the most current information. We encourage you to follow the guidelines determined by the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC. Below are updates regarding public facility operations.
 
The Arkadelphia Recreation Center will close and remain closed until further notice.
 
Town Hall, Fire Station One and the Police Station will remain open for public business. However, to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, visitors to city facilities will be restricted to designated areas of entry. The designated area for Town Hall will be the South Entrance, (Water Department). The North end facing Clay St. will remain locked.
 
Additionally, following CDC guidelines and the President’s request, please don’t congregate in crowds of 10 or more in public parks.

Downtown St. Patrick's Day Spring Cleaning Sale

Our downtown businesses are doing a bit of spring cleaning on St. Patricks Day! Up to 80% discounts in participating stores. Come check out Downtown Arkadelphia on March 17th to find some great deals.

Pre-Census Fun Day

March 31st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Arkadelphia Recreation Center Gym the Complete Count Census Committee of Clark County will be hosting a Pre-Census Funday for the children of Arkadelphia. We will provide hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks to those that attend, and there will be bounce houses for the kids! If you are a member of an organization that would like to set up a booth to hand out candy or take away information to the children and parents please complete the short 4 question survey at the link below. The Census is very important to future funding for our community so please join us for this fun and educational event!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X6JKZ9D

Pine Street Signal Light Updates

1. The City has been given approval from ArDOT to move forward with a study for the implementation of a protected left-turn signal at WP Malone and Pine (coming into town). The engineering firm has been contracted and we anticipate the necessary study by March 17th. This will allow staff to bid the project and contract to have the light installed.

2. The light at 26th and Pine is not cycling property due to the loops in the pavement which have been damaged. Staff is working with a local contractor to provide new infrared cameras on the pole masts which will overcome the continuing issues with the sensor loops in the pavement being damaged and causing the lights not to cycle optimally.

3. The staff has been working with ArDOT for the installation of a traffic light at Professional Drive and Pine to protect ambulances and others going or coming from the hospital. The light passed a warrant study by ArDOT and we are in the process of securing an engineering contract to complete an installation study for ArDOT’s approval. This will take up to a year to complete and get the light installed but the journey has begun.

Pediatrics Plus Ground Breaking

The following photos are from the Pediatrics Plus groundbreaking ceremony hosted at Ouachita Baptist University this morning! This is a great step towards additional professional and educational opportunities within Arkadelphia!

With the development of this facility, Ouachita Baptist University will begin its new Masters of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, which is the only full applied behavioral analysis program in the state!

Updates to Youth Sport Complex Fields

Athletic Field Services of Arkansas did a fantastic job on our full sized baseball and softball fields at the Youth Sports Complex! The four little league fields are scheduled to be done within the next three weeks. This is a Move Arkadelphia Forward project.

For updates on all Move Arkadelphia Forward projects please visit the 2019 Arkadelphia Needs Initiative Page on our new website!

https://arkadelphia.gov/2019needsinitiative/

City Wins Business Excellence Award

The City of Arkadelphia was honored to receive the annual Business Excellence Award at the Arkadelphia Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet! We are very humbled to receive this recognition. We look forward to improving the city’s infrastructure and moving Arkadelphia forward in 2020!

In honor of Severe Weather Awareness Week and the City of Arkadelphia is sharing information to help you and your loved ones to be aware of safety measures to plan for in case of an emergency. Please review the infographics below provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rebranding Initiative

With input from graphic design professionals and other city leaders and residents, The City of Arkadelphia Board of Directors launched a rebranding initiative for the city at the March 3, 2020 meeting, by voting to adopt a new logo and visual identity. The image below illustrates the inspiration for the new design. The design is unique and graphically represents our geographic location, while providing an opportunity for us to tell our story.

City Board of Directors Meeting March 3, 2020

The Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Arkadelphia Branding Presentation
  • Approve Resolution to Annex 115 +/- acres
  • Legislative Audit Report

City Board of Directors Meeting February 18, 2020

The Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Approval of Board Minutes from February 4, 2020 – Mayor Byrd
  • Approval of Contract with Gum Springs Water Utility – Gary Brinkley
  • 2019 Financial Recap – City Manager’s Annual Report- Gary Brinkley
  • GovDeals Listing for Fire Dept. – Gary Brinkley

Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting February 20th, 2020.

The Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet Thursday February 20th at 5:30 PM in the City Hall Board Room.  Items to be discussed are listed below with the attached agenda to follow.

  • Public hearing to consider Taylor King Enterprises LLC’s front yard variance request to construct an addition to his existing office building at 320 Main Street.
  • Staff Report for Taylor King request
  • Public hearing to consider a request by Tate Temple Church of God in Christ to reduce the required num her of parking spaces for a new church at 2005 Pine Street.
  • Staff Report for Tate Temple COGIC request
  • Adjourn Board of Zoning Adjustment
  • Call the Planning Commission to order.
  • Consider the January I 6, 2020 Planning Commission minutes.
  • Building Department Report, DeAnna Graves

Remembering Mayor James Calhoun

The City of Arkadelphia grieves the loss of our former Mayor and friend, James Calhoun.  Mayor Calhoun served on the City Board of Directors for 18 years beginning his service as City Board Member-At-Large in 2001, until appointed as Mayor from 2015- 2019.  Mayor Calhoun was instrumental in various ways during his tenure on the City Board of Directors including the Arkadelphia Coming Together (ACT) initiative, which was the plan that brought the Aquatic Park, Recreation Center, River Park Amphitheater, the Youth Sports Complex, and updates to Feaster Trail.  During his tenure as Mayor, Arkadelphia progressed in various ways including the development of the new Ouachita River Bridge, Desoto Bluff Trail Pavilion, and Water Utility Consolidation between Arkadelphia and Gum Springs.  He also presented more than 100 proclamations for various events/celebrations held in Arkadelphia.  Originally from Star City, Arkansas, he and his family moved to Arkadelphia in 1984 when he accepted the position of Pastor at Baring Cross Missionary Baptist Church where they served for 20 years.  Mayor Calhoun continued his ministry service as the Promotional Director of Arkansas Missions Projects raising money for missionaries and building plans.  Mayor Calhoun retired from his position as Mayor in September of 2019.  During a 2019 interview, he shared, “This town has been good to us; we have a lot of friends here, and Arkadelphia is a Great Place to Call Home.”

New Career Opportunities in the Parks and Recreation Department

Join our team! Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation has three openings for the following positions!
Full Time – Recreation Center Operations Manager
Part-Time Seasonal – Concessions Manager
Full Time – Facilities Maintenance Manager
Details on each position are available at the link below!
https://arkadelphia.gov/careers/

City of Arkadelphia Board of Directors Meeting

The City of Arkadelphia Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 PM in the City Hall boardroom, Tuesday, January 21st.
The agenda for the meeting includes:
Approval of minutes from January 7th Meeting
Approval of minutes from January 7th Budget Workshop
Consideration and Action Regarding Resolution to Adopt 2020 Budget.
Acceptance of Ross Foundation Grant
Approval of the 2020 Alliance Contract
Sale of Arkadelphia Fire Department Airpacks
Crist Engineers Agreement
Resolution on Tourism

1-21-20_agenda_packet

Registration Now Open for Youth Softball!

Registration forms are available at the Recreation Center! We can email if needed. Fees MUST be paid when registration forms and birth certificates are turned in. The deadline to register is February 26th at 6:00 PM.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Operating Hours

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20th the City of Arkadelphia hours of operations will be as follows:
Town Hall (Administration, Building Department, Water Department) – Closed
Recreation Center – Open 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sanitation Department – Closed – No Residential trash pick-up and no make-up day.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Madden 20 Tournament on February 1st at Recreation Center

The Arkadelphia Recreation Center will be hosting a Madden 2020 Tournament on Saturday, February 1st.  Each participant must pay a $25.00 entry fee, 30% of the total entry fees collected will go to the winner of the tournament and 15% will be awarded to second place.  Special thanks to Game Stop of Arkadelphia for providing the equipment for the tournament!  For more information contact Junior Rodemeyer at junior.rodemeyer@arkadelphia.gov.

Phase 1 of Signage Upgrades Begins

 

Over the course of the next month, new signs will be posted on the streets highlighted on the Phase 1 Signage Map attached below. Batson Signs is helping the Street Department to replace older worn signs with new signs with enhanced reflectivity among the major streets within Arkadelphia.

Youth Volleyball League Beginning  in Late February 

Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Co-Ed Youth Volleyball League.  Registration deadline is February 8th by 5:00 PM, practice will begin February 19th and games beginning February 25th.  Participants will be divided into two divisions based on grades (3rd and 4th Grade Division and 5th and 6th Grade Division.)

Moving Arkadelphia Forward Update


•The water leaking into the north side of the Arkadelphia Police Department has been repaired.
•The air conditioning at the Arkadelphia Police Department has been replaced and is now operational.
•The leaking window on the north side of Arkadelphia Fire Department Station 2 has been fixed and the sheetrock repairs made.
•City Staff is working with an engineering firm to scope work for repairs at the Aquatic Park, drainage and street lights.
More to come!

Parks and Recreation Department Adopts Youth Fastpitch Softball Program

The Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Department proudly announces that we are adopting the responsibility of managing the Youth Fast Pitch Softball Program. This program was previously managed by the Arkadelphia Fast Pitch Association, and their dedication to this program is greatly appreciated. We are excited to move this project forward and to continue a wonderful softball program for the local youth and surrounding communities. More information and registration information will be coming soon!

Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting

The monthly Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting will be held on January, 16th at 5:30 PM in the Town Hall Board Room. Agenda items include:
2 Sign variances
1 Special permit request for signage
The Agenda Packet for this meeting is available at the link below.

Basketball After Dark

Join the Parks and Recreation staff from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday Nights from January 15th – February 19th.  $5.00 Drop-in fee, or $25.00 for all 6 weeks!  Contact Megan Engeler at megan.engeler@arkadelphia.gov for more information.

Founders Day Celebration

We had a great time celebrating the 163rd anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Arkadelphia!  Special thanks to Samantha’s Sweets and Java Primo for providing deserts and drinks!

Arkadelphia Founders Day Celebration

        Arkadelphia was incorporated on January 6th, 1857. To commemorate our founding, The City Staff invites the community to celebrate 163 years of Arkadelphia on January 9th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on the first floor of Town Hall. Cakes and other goodies from Samantha’s Sweets will be provided as well as cider and hot chocolate from Java Primo. After you celebrate with us, visit the Clark County Historical Museum and their special display of Arkadelphia’s history! Finally, to complete the evening, stroll around downtown during our first Open Late ‘Til 8 event of the year! Several of our Downtown businesses will be open until 8:00 PM and don’t forget to pick up your passport for a drawing. The winner of the drawing will be announced the week of January 13th-17th 2020.

New Police Vehicles Expected for Spring 2020

To begin phasing in our new Police Department vehicles, we will see 8 new vehicles in the department around April of this year! The attached image is a sample of what our new Police cars will look like in 2020!

Safety Upgrades at Youth Sports Complex

Baseball Field #5 at the Youth Sports complex has received safety updates recently. We have replaced the 20ft. poles with 30 ft. poles that will expand 145 ft. wide with netting to prevent foul balls from flying into the concession area, or toward spectators at nearby softball fields.

Concrete Work at Arkadelphia Police Station

 

Much needed improvements at the Arkadelphia Police Station began with foundation concrete work was completed!

Feaster Trail Drainage Upgrades

 

The Feaster Trail drainage project near the 10th Street Bridge is complete! This will improve drainage and provide a better recreation experience for those that frequent Feaster Trail!

Parks and Recreation Hosts Youth Volleyball Clinic

 The registration deadline for the Youth Volleyball Clinic is Jan. 17th at 6:00 PM! Boys and girls who participate will be instructed by HSU and OBU coaches and their student-athletes!

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League!  Registration Deadline is January 8th, and the league starts on January 13th.  Contact Megan Engeler at megan.engeler@arkadelphia.gov for additional details!

New Turnout Gear at Arkadelphia Fire Department

Christmas came early at Arkadelphia Fire. Our firefighters are now all fitted with new turnout gear replacing our outdated gear. This helps ensure the safety of each firefighter. Funded by Move Arkadelphia Forward 2019. A huge thanks to the Citizens of Arkadelphia for making this department better for our community.

New Extrication Tools Received by Arkadelphia Fire Department

A big thanks to the citizens of Arkadelphia.  Arkadelphia Firefighters are unpacking and prepping our new extrication tools to be put in service this week. These tools will allow our rescue crews to be more efficient while working vehicle wrecks. Funded by Move Arkadelphia Forward 2019.
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