Friday, October 24, 2008

Voting 101 on Casting Your Ballot

With the extremely high interest in both the national and local political races we are expecting a very heavy voter turnout for this election, and this week's early voting numbers confirm this! Hopefully we will see first-timers coming in to vote, both young and well, the not so young! For this reason we thought it appropriate to offer some guidance on how to cast your ballot on election day at our Precinct 50 Central Baptist Church location which will use the Optical Scan System to tabulate your vote. It's as simple as 1-2-3-Vote:

1. Receive Ballot - A poll worker issues a paper ballot and directs you to a voting booth.
2. Select - To select your candidate, use a pen to fill in the oval beside the candidate's name you wish to choose.
3. Review - Check your ballot carefully for overvotes or undervotes and for any votes you may wish to change. *If you make a mistake, simply ask the poll worker for another ballot; you may spoil up to two and vote a third.
4. Vote - Place your ballot in the optical scanner (after leaving the voting booth.).

* What if you make a mistake on your ballot? If you have not yet put your ballot into the ballot box, you may ask an election official for another ballot. You will be asked to sign a Spoiled Ballot Affidavit. Do not hesitate to start over. You may "spoil" up to two ballots and receive another (three ballots total). Once you drop your ballot in the ballot box, no changes can be made.

You should be receiving a sample Precinct 50 ballot with your NLAN Newsletter, mailed to arrive at your home tomorrow Saturday the 25th. Our thanks to Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels for his complimentary issue "Voting 101 - A Pocket Guide to Voting in the Natural State".

Argenta Neighborhood Block Party

Sunday Oct. 26 4 - 8 pm Corner of 4th & Orange Streets

Live Music Performed by Runaway Planet
Free Food and Fun Activities for all Ages! Prize Drawings!
Visit the Argenta Community Garden and Tour the Historic Manees House
For more information or to volunteer, contact Eric Francis at

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Up-Date on NLR Peddlers License

Received word from Jerry Reagan, NLR Director of Fiscal Control, that the current NLR Peddlers License has been improved. His office number and a unique license number have been added for easy verification of the license. These changes were the result of suggestions we offered to Jerry at our August NLAN Meeting. Also, Jerry states that he is considering developing a pre-printed blank license form so that it would be more difficult to make copies on an ink-jet printer. And to address our other concern regarding verification of the license after regular office business hours he is looking into adding a page to the NLR City's Website to post issued licenses on so that residents with internet access could indeed verify. Our thanks to Director Jerry Reagan for stepping up to the plate in his recognition of NLAN's and our fellow neighbor's concerns, and his commitment to continuous improvement! Below is the current NLR Peddlers License with noted improvements.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Early Voting -- WHY WAIT?

Pulaski County Regional Building 501 W. Markham Street, Little Rock
M-F Oct. 20-24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
M-F Oct. 27-31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 1 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mon. Nov. 3 Last day 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Last day

Other Early Voting Locations:
Early voting will be available at the following locations on the dates and times indicated:
Sue Cowan Williams Library 1800 S. Chester Little Rock
Dee Brown Library 6325 Baseline Road Little Rock
Roosevelt Thompson Library 38 Rahling Circle Little Rock
William F. Laman Library 2801 Orange Street North Little Rock
Jacksonville City Hall #1 Industrial Drive Jacksonville
Jess Odom Community Center 1100 Edgewood Drive Maumelle
Jack Evans Senior Citizen Ctr 2301 Thornhill Dr Sherwood
McMath Branch Library 2100 John Barrow Road Little Rock
M-F Oct. 20-24 - 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 25 - 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
M-F Oct. 27-31 - 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 1 Last day : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Last day :

Candidate Forum Broadcast

The NLR Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum was held Tuesday October 21st. It was reported that the forum would be recorded for broadcast on Comcast cable. Actually it was taped-delayed by NLRTV and will be seen on NLR Comcast Cable's Channel 4. This morning I talked with NLRTV and they reported they had received over 123 phone calls since last evening wanting to know when it would be shown, and that they were trying to edit the tape as quickly as they could. They stated that the first broadcast will be on Thursday October 23rd at 6, 8 and 10:00 pm Subsequent program broadcasts should be carried daily and we will have to check the community bulletin board postings on Channel 4 for their times. I trust this information is correct for you don't want to miss this one! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pre-Votin Ballot

Prior to voting early or on Election Day, if you would like an advanced peek at the November 4th General Election Ballot it is available on the web at . This is a custom ballot tailored for NLANders scheduled to vote at the Precinct 50-1 Central Baptist Church. Just follow the directions offered on the site and you will receive the ballot as well as confirm your voter registration status! Doing so will also provide you a review of the three Proposed Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Initiative Act No. 1 and Referred Question No.1 (referred to the People by the General Assembly).
In an effort to try and make sure all NLANders have the ballot copy we will be placing it in and with our NLAN Newsletter to be mailed this coming Friday to every home. Also, as a last minute effort we will have copies available at our forthcoming NLAN Meeting on Monday November 3rd at the Lakewood Property Owners Association Activity Room, 4500 Lakeshore Drive. Greet & meet will be at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm. The meeting agenda and more details will be in our newsletter. Thank you, and we hope to see all NLANders on the evening before our 'national voting day freedom celebration' begins!

Arkansas Spay or Neuter License Plate

North Little Rock Friends of Animals has submitted an application has been made with the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles for a Statewide Spay or Neuter Specialty License Plate Decal. If you are interested in signing the petition, please contact either Billy Grace, Director North Little Rock Animal Control at 501-791-8577 or Diane Whitbey at 501-340-5320.

October 27, 2008 North Little Rock City Council Agenda

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Reminder For Today!

North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Political Candidate Forum today.
5:00 p.m. Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Candidates Q & A
For more information, call 372-5959.

North Little Rock Fire Department’s Annual Fire Fest today (rescheduled due to rain).
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kroger Parking Lot on McCain
Free Hot Dogs, Snow Cones and more! Demonstrations, Fire Smokehouse, hands-on activities!
Bring the kiddos!
For more information, call 340-5377.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Be Better Informed

There are forthcoming opportunities for all NLANders to be better informed on the NLR Mayoral Candidates seeking our votes, as well as personal knowledge to be gained on the candidates for NLR Aldermen seeking City Council seats in Wards 1, 2, and 3. Our Alderman Charlie Hight is unopposed in Ward 4. Following please refer to two of these opportunities with Comcast Cable viewing schedules which will provide you with information to become a better informed voter:
Pulaski County League of Women Voters Candidate Forum held October 7th. Post viewing schedule for Comcast Cable Channel 18, NLRTV is:
Saturday, October 18th - 1:30 PM
Monday, October 20th - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 21st - 9:00 AM
Saturday, October 25th - 1:30 PM
Monday, November 3rd - 7:30 PM
North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Forum to be held Tuesday October 21 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Mayoral candidates are scheduled to speak first, then those running for alderman. For more information, call the NLR Chamber at 372-5959. This event will be broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 4, NLRTV.

Fire Fest

This coming Tuesday, October 21st the North Little Rock Fire Department will be sponsoring "Fire Fest," to be held on the parking lot of Krogers, McCain Blvd. location. This is an annual event that promises to be both informational as well as fun for the whole family - children and parents! We understand that it will be available from noon until approx. 8:00 PM. Besides fire engines and trucks on display they will have their "smoke house" and other activities! Stop by and meet some of the men & women that place their lives on the line every day for you and those you love!

HOT TIP: Do you need a smoke alarm for your house? Do you need a battery replaced in your smoke alarm? If so call 340-5377 and tell the NLR Fire Department that under their "Focus Program" you would like to request a free smoke alarm and/or battery replacement. Your NLR Fire Department will personally deliver and install the alarm or battery! That's right - deliver and installed at no cost! While quantities last! Now if you do call be prepared for a fire engine or truck to come and park in front of your house for delivery, for we have been told that our firemen can not leave their vehicles back in the firehouse while they are at your house providing this excellent personal service! Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? But you see - they do care about the citizens of NLR! Please don't abuse this service - but please be safe!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pulaski County Property Taxes Due

2007 Property Taxes will be delinquent as of October 11, 2008. For your convenience in making your tax payments, there is a drop box on the left side of Second Street between Spring and Broadway. This method of receiving your payment will be available until midnight October 10.
Downtown Office Extended Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday - October 8, 9, & 10
We will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Welcome to the official website of the Pulaski County Treasurer's Office where we strive to provide you with courteous and professional service. This website was created and is maintained to provide you with easily accessible and up to date information. From this site you will be able to find general tax information, convenient branch locations, helpful links, the ability to pay your taxes online and much more.

Amboy Block Party

We at the New Amboy Neighborhood Association would like to extend a formal invitation to you and your representatives. We will be having a Block Party on Saturday, October 18th, at 260 Military Road. That is the Parking lot of the Bookkeeping Plus on Military Road.
The Party will start at 1:00 pm. We would love to have representatives from every Neighborhood group and whomever you represent. Bring some literature about your particular organization to hand out.
We are really expecting a large crowd. People in the area are really excited about our new association and the response is getting a little overwhelming. Candidates have been invited and all have confirmed. They will be allowed to speak after 2:00 pm. We hope you all can find time to attend, if not for the full thing, drop by and show some support for our efforts. We want to meet you all, and hope that we can all work together for a better NLR.
Paul Myrick
Amboy Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Greetings Neighbor,
Hey, its Paulette here, Vice President of the Rose City Neighborhood Association. Just wanted to let you know about our new blog located at . Please stop in, take a look around, say "hey", post some comments, and please know that I am open to suggestions! This is our first blog and we are still trying to get things updated and added. Hope to meet you all soon !
Paulette Gorman

Monday, October 6, 2008

Another break-in

There have been two reported cases of breaking into cars on McKee Circle. Once again, please take everything out of your car and lock it.

NLR Planning Commission - October 14

Agenda Meeting / Public Hearing 4:45 PM
Arkansas Planning Association Conference – October 23-24, Fayetteville
Memo concerning trailer courts and manufactured homes
Approval of Minutes: September 9, 2008
Subdivision Administrative:
1. NS-2128-08 Overbrook Addition, Phase 19, Lots 19-41, Block 31 (Preliminary Plat of residential lots in the Overbrook addition)
2. NS-2129-08 Boulevard Business Center Add, Lot 1 (Preliminary plat and Site Plan Review of office warehouse buildings located on Dewafflebaker Drive)
3. SPR-2130-08 Walmart Commercial Addition, Lot 8 (Site Plan Review of a strip shopping center located at middle entrance to Walmart along Maumelle Blvd)
4. SPR-2132-08 Riverview Business Park, Lot 3 (Site Plan Review of Conveyor Technology on the north end of Riverview Corporate Drive)
5. NS-1863-05 Faulkner Crossing Addition, Phase 1-6 (approval of a new phasing plan creating smaller phases, going from 6 phases to 11 phases to allow more flexability)
Public Hearing – Old Business: None
Public Hearing – New Business:
1. Special Use #658. To allow 10 storage containers in a C-3 zone. The location is at 12001 Maumelle Blvd.
2. Special Use #657. To allow year round sales of mulch, firewood, fencing, landscape rocks and Christmas trees in a C-3 zone. The location is at 3929 McCain Blvd.
3. Special Use #661. To allow a transitional home for 8 male parolees in a C-3 zone. The location is at 1721 Maple Street.

Public Comment / Adjournment:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Rose City Neighborhood Association

We just heard the good news that the new Rose City Neighborhood Association has established their own blog site: and we will be adding their blog address as a link on our NLAN blog. We are encouraged by this news and anticipate improved communications with our neighbors in Rose City. We say welcome! And we look forward to hearing from you as a member of our NLR Electronic Neighborhood Group!