Tuesday, December 22, 2009

NLR Council Agenda - December 28th

NLR Council Agenda - December 28th @ 7:00 p.m.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Shop with a Cop

Volunteers are needed Sunday morning to help wrap gifts for the Shop with a Cop program. If you can help, please go to the Walmart Supercenter on McCain Boulevard at 7:45 AM. It will take approximately two hours. You may contact Officer Tommy Norman with the NLR Police Dept if you have any questions or if you just want to let him know you can help. His cell number is 580-6959.
Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

History Of NLR Book for Sale

In time for holiday gift giving, the North Little Rock History Commission has copies of "On the Opposite Shore: The Making of North Little Rock" on sale for just $15.00. Published in 2004, the hardback book is beautifully bound with 288 pages and 160 photographs that tell the story of North Little Rock from its earliest settlers to the modern era and aspirations for decades to come. Autographed books are available from the History Commission at 506 Main Street. Books may also be purchased at Galaxy Furniture next door to City Hall.

Friday, December 11, 2009

LRID Parking District enforcement

From Alderwoman Debi Ross

The approved parking district for Lakewood signs have been installed. Notification has gone out in the form of the Lakewood newsletter that is mailed to all residents in the LRID. Below is the information the residents received in the newsletter. Enforcement will begin January 1, 2010. Our number one goal should be education for the individuals for one reason or another that did not know of the new regulations for the first few months. The Code Department and Police Department have the authority to write citations.

On September 28, 2009, the City Council of North Little Rock adopted Ordinance No. 8196 establishing the LAKEWOOD RESTRICTED PARKING DISTRICT #2. The District was established after application was made by the Lakewood Recreational Improvement District in accordance with Ordinance No. 8128, the City’s Parking Ordinance. The boundaries of the Restricted Parking District are identical to those of the Recreational Improvement District. The specified area and map is on file with the NLR City Clerk’s Office. I am providing this simplified narrative to introduce the district residents to their new parking regulations.

Within the Lakewood Restricted Parking District, the rules for parking vehicles are now more stringent. The following rules apply in addition to the rules that apply throughout the City:

1. Parking on front or side lawns is prohibited.

2. Parking commercial vehicles is prohibited.

The first rule means that whenever someone in the district parks a vehicle in front of their house or beside their house, it must be parked on an improved surface of concrete, asphalt, or pavers. The term “vehicle” includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, trailers, and the like. Please note that the definition of side yard does not include areas behind a fence. So, this rule does not regulate vehicles parked behind a fence or in the backyard.

The second rule only regulates commercial vehicles, which are generally defined as: (1) construction and transport vehicles; and (2) vehicles that require a commercial driver’s license for operation. It does not apply to vehicles just because they are labeled with commercial advertisement, such as a work truck or van. The rule means that commercial vehicles can only be parked within the district while conducting business.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Deer Spotted

Tuesday morning at 8:20 AM, Nate B. spotted three good-sized does on Valley Brook - South side of street), and then they bounded towards 5 Mile Creek. This is the first time he could recall seeing them this far out of the creek, venturing into the neighborhood! Perhaps the hunting pressure and/or the high water levels this year have pushed the deer seeking new shelter and food.
Be on the lookout for deer, especially in the early morning and evening hours when you may be driving around or through the area. Our neighborhood walkers could be in for a visual treat, too!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

December Planning Commission agenda

December 8, 2009 – 4:45 PM

Public Hearing – Old Business:
1. Special Use # 684. To allow 3 residential units with one unit being an office/residence combination in a R-2 zone. The request is located at 300 West 4th.

Public Hearing – New Business:
2. Special Use # 686. To allow a photography studio and a retail shop in a I-3 zone. The request is located at 805 West 4th Street.

Special Call Meeting for November 23, 2009

Jason Carter, NLR City Attorney, sent this

Honorable Members of the North Little Rock City Council:
The purpose of this e-mail is to advise you that Mayor Hays has called a special meeting of the North Little Rock City Council for 7:05 p.m. on November 23, 2009, at City Hall, Council Chambers, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The following will be on the agenda:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shop WIth A Cop

Volunteers are needed to accompany kids as they pick out gifts and also to help in wrapping the gifts chosen by the kids. These activities for Shop-With-a-Cop will take place at the Walmart Supercenter on McCain Blvd on two Sundays, December 13 and 20, from 8:00 AM up to 12:00 noon.If you would like to volunteer for one or both days, contact Officer Norman at: 580-6959 or by email: ofthomasnorman@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Vote for the Old Mill!!!

Robin Powell, president of the Friends of the Old Mill, is asking that you visit the website www.hamptonlandmarks.com click on Arkansas then vote for the Old Mill as their 2010 Save-A-Landmark winner! Since the program‚s inception in 2000, Hampton® Hotels‚ Save-A-Landmark® program has been dedicated to preserving America's historical, fun and cultural landmarks that reside along our country's treasured highways. In 2010, our efforts will continue to pay homage to the breadth of what it means to be American, while also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Save-A-Landmark program.

If chosen the Old Mill will receive a refurbishing of our choice. The Old Mill will not be changed or updated just have some much needed work done!

NLR Council Agenda - November 23

NLR Council Agenda - November 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 16 Meeting Agenda

Welcome to guests and first-time attendees

Approval of August 3, 2009, meeting minutes

Treasurer’s Report—Wanda Smith

Neighborhood Crime Report—NLR Police Officer Brandon Davidson

Update on past petition for LRID to include certain Lakewood Northeast properties—Ken Sullivan, Executive Director of LPOA

Electronic Changeable Copy Signs—Alderman Murry Witcher

Coat Drive

Unified Coalition of Associated Neighborhoods--October 22 meeting report

Bucket List—Charlie Knott

What’s on your mind?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cruisin' in the Rock Friday Nite!

Cruisin' in the Rock features muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from across central Arkansas. River Market Pavilions, Friday, 6-9 p.m. Free admission.

Free Admission to Clinton Library Saturday

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center: Free Admission Day to kick off of the Five Days of Giving. Includes admission to Jewels to Jelly Beans: Treasures from the Presidential Vaults.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Car Stolen

On Saturday, November 7, around 7:30 PM a car was stolen from a residence on Dawson Drive. The residents were home. The car was in the garage, the garage door was open and the keys were in the car. The car was only four months old. It was later found in Nashville, Tennessee.

We must all take precautions to prevent crime in our neighborhood.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November Newsletter

Please see our newsletter for the following articles

• A change in the Vice President's position for the association

• Coat Drive--We hope you will donate a coat as we reach out to particitpate in a coat drive by the Rose City Neighborhood Association. Details are in the newsletter.

• Electronic Changable Copy Signs--It is important to speak up now

• New parking restrictions coming soon

• Our next meeting will be November 16 – please come and bring a neighbor

• The printed newsletter will have the current crime report for our area

• As always we will appreciate your comments or suggestions for the newsletter

NLR Council Agenda - November 9

NLR Council Agenda - Monday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
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NLR Planning Commission - November 10, 4:45 PM

Subdivision Administrative:
A. SPR-2162-09 River Breeze at North Shore, Lots 6A and 6B (revised preliminary plat and site plan review of medical offices located at corner of Northshore Drive and Northshore Court)
B. Rep-2163-09 Park Hill Addition, Lots A1 and A2, Block 35 (replat of a residential lot located at the SW corner of Magnolia and “A” Avenue)
C. Rep-2164-09 Springhill Plaza, Lots 1R and 2R (replat of commercial lot located at SE corner of McCain Blvd and Springhill Plaza Court)
D. SPR-2165-09 Springhill Plaza, Lots 1R (Site Plan Review of a hotel and restaurant located at SE corner of McCain Blvd and Springhill Plaza Court)
E. SPR-2166-09 Homer Graham, Lot 1 (Site Plan Review of a contractors office located at 1201 Parkway Drive)
F. SPR-2167-09 Counts Massie Industrial Park, Lot 14 (Site Plan Review of a warehouse located at the east end of Commerce Cove)
G. SPR-2168-09 Choctaw Addition, Lot 1, Block 32 (Site Plan Review of a restaurant located at the NE corner of East Washington and Palm Street)

Public Hearing – New Business:
1. Conditional Use #58 To allow a contractors office, auto detail shop and auto repair shop in a C-3 zone. The request is located at 1201 Parkway Drive.
2. Special Use # 684. To allow 3 residential units with one unit being an office/residence combination in a R-2 zone. The request is located at 300 West 4th.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Association meeting on November 16

Our next next neighborhood association meeting will be on November 16. We changed the date of the meeting because neither of our aldermen could attend on November 2. I will send additional information in advance of the November 16 meeting.
Charlie Knott
President, Northeast Lakewood Associated Neighborhoods

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NLR Council Agenda - October 26

NLR Council Agenda - Monday, October 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Electronic changeable copy signs

We have arranged for a special meeting with our aldermen, Murry Withcher and Charlie Hight to discuss how we can best prohibit electronic changeable copy signs in our neighborhoods. The meeting will be October 20, 6:30 PM, at the Lakewood Property Owners Association office building.

The aldermen and alderwomen on City Council are currently working on an ordinance to regulate electronic changeable copy signs. A proposal, currently being considered, will allow this type on sign in residential areas. This can adversely affect the appearance of our neighborhoods and also be a nuisance. We must speak out now, while they are working on this ordinance.

I ask that you attend this very important meeting. Please respond by email and let me know if you can attend.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Electronic Sign Committee meeting

Wednesday October 7th at 6:00pm in the NLR City Council Chambers. The meeting will be open to the public for all interested citizens, sign company representatives and NLR business owners to join with the NLR Chamber of Commerce employees, City Attorney and Committee Aldermen to discuss this subject matter in an attempt to determine appropriate action steps towards reaching a workable solution.

NLR Planning Meeting – Oct. 13, 4:45 PM

Subdivision Administrative:
A. NS-2161-09 Riverponte Plaza, Lots 2A and 2B (preliminary plat and site plan review of a restaurant located at 10601 Maumelle Blvd.)

Public Hearing – Old Business:
1. Special Use # 679. To allow 50 short term rentals at an apartment complex in an R-4 zone. The request is located at 12025 Paul Eells Drive.

Public Hearing – New Business:
2. Special Use # 681. To allow a daycare center in a C-2 zone. The request is located at 723 Beech Street.
3. Conditional Use # 55. To allow a daycare center in a C-3 zone. The request is located at 910 West 25th Street

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

NLR Council Agenda - September 28th

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Patriot Day (USA)

On the calendar, Friday, September 11, 2009, is labeled as "Patriot Day (USA)! On his day why not consider having an American Flag be displayed outside every NLANder home? On this eighth anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies we should give honor with the display of our flag. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11; their families, loved ones and friends who continue to endure the pain. And we do this to honor those who today are fighting at home and overseas to preserve our cherished freedoms! Do you remember how you felt back on 9/11? Why not let those feelings guide your actions for this coming Friday, and for every day that follows! God Bless America!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


RazorRock, billed as Central Arkansas' week-long Razorback football rally, will lead into Arkansas' September 5th home opener against Missouri State in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium. The week will culminate in a first-ever, Friday night pep rally on the historic Junction Bridge, connecting the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.RazorRockRally.com. All events and times are subject to change.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Electronic changeable message signs

If you have an opinion on how the use of electronic changeable message signs should be controlled in North Little Rock, now is a good time to contact our aldermen. Their contact information is:
Charlie Hight chight@northlittlerock.ar.gov 758-8396
Murry Witcher mwitcher@northlittlerock.ar.gov 835-0009

Contact information for other aldermen and alderwomen is on the City of North Little Rock website www.northlr.org

These bright, programmable signs with messages that can change every few seconds can adversely affect the appearance on our neighborhoods and community and can possibly be distracting for drivers.

A work session has been scheduled for the aldermen and alderwomen on Thursday, August 6. They will be trying to draft an ordinance by the end of August to regulate the installation and use of this type of sign . This would enable them to present the draft ordinance at City Council and have a public hearing in September.

On April 27 the City Council voted to place a moratorium on this type of sign and prohibit installation through August 31, while they work on an ordinance. They have since extended the moratorium through September 30.

Don't miss this opportunity to express your opinion, while this ordinance is being written.

Thank you,
Charlie Knott
President, Northeast Lakewood Associated Neighborhoods

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

NLR Council Agenda - August 10th

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National Night Out

Many of your neighbors came together to share ice cream and a walk around the neighborhood. Several police officers as well as our fire fighters came to become better acquainted with us.

The ice cream and cold drinks were certainly welcome after such a hot day.


1. BHBA Case # 528 – Mr. Rocky Govind, McCain Lodging, representing Hilton Garden Inn at 4100 Glover Lane – To allow a wall mounted sign on the south side of the building not facing the street frontage, allowing a sign on a second façade of the building in a C-3 zoning district.
2. BHBA Case # 529 – Mr. Jasper Burton, Cuerden Sign Co, representing Broadway Motel (Haman Patel) at 2800 E. Broadway St - To allow a 4 foot height variance and/or a 5 ft setback variance from the front property line for a monument sign in a C-4 zoning district and the E. Broadway Sign Overlay District.
3. BHBA Case # 530 – Mrs. Lisa Douglas, Douglas Law Firm at 2300 Main Street – To allow wall sign of 94.5 sq. ft, a variance of 43.5 sq. ft. above the 10% allowed (51 sq. ft.), for a wall sign on the front façade of the building in a C-3 zoning district.
4. BHBA Case # 531 – Mr. Tom Gibbons, Lamar Outdoor Advertising – Billboard location 2620 E. Broadway St – To appeal Planning Director's administrative decision that half of the value of the structure was lost by storm.

NLR Planning Commission - August 11, 2009 - 4:45 PM

Subdivision Administrative:
A. SPR-2151-09 O.T. Branch Addition, Lot A (site plan review of an addition to a warehouse at 3113 East Washington)
B. Rep-2152-09 Innerplan Office Subdivision, Lots 1R and 2 (replat of a single lot into 2 lots located along Innerplan Drive near Maumelle Blvd)
C. Rep-2153-09 Rose City Oil Mill Addition, Lot B (replat of 3 lots into 1 and site plan review of an addition to a tire store at 4017 East Broadway)
D. NS– 2154-09 Ranchettes at Deer Meadows, Lot 16A and 16B (preliminary plat and site plan review of a storage building at Colonel Maynard and Spectrum Road)
E. NS-2155-09 Faulkner Crossing, Phase 3 and 4 (preliminary plat of next phases of an existing residential subdivision at Hwy 391 and Faulkner Lake Rd)
F. NS-2156-09 Northshore Business Park, Lot 13, Block 10 (preliminary plat and site plan review of a golf driving range at the end of Northshore Cove)
G. NS-2157-09 Cooper Farm Addition, Lots 1-3 (preliminary plat of subdivision west of the Desoto Sand property along Faulkner Lake Road)

Public Hearing – New Business:
1. Rezone # 1492 / Special Use # 675. To rezone from R-1 to R-2 to allow a Special Use, and then a Special Use to allow for a manufactured home in a R-2 zone. The request is located at 4319 Aspen Drive.
2. Special Use # 676. To allow a daycare center in an R-3 zone. The request is located at 600 West 22nd Street.
3. Special Use # 677. To allow a daycare center in an R-3 zone. The request is located at 4509 Rogers.
4. Rezone # 1493. To rezone from R-1, C-2, C-6, GBW to R-1, I-1,C-2 and GBW and amend the Land Use Plan. The request is 362 acres located NE of intersection of Brett and Faulkner Lake Roads.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ice cream & neighborhood walk

Come join us for ice cream and a great get-together Tuesday, August 4, 7:30 PM, at 4533 Purnell Drive. Come at 7:00 if you would like to join the neighborhood walk before the ice cream.

Call Charlie Knott at 554-0425 or email charlieknott@sbcglobal.net

We expect some of our police officers to come by and some firefighters with a fire engine. This will be a good opportunity to show our appreciation to them.
Also, Aldermen Murry Witcher and Charlie Hight said they will attend.

Due to limited parking space, we ask that everyone walk to the event. Please call for a ride, if you need assistance getting there. Also, please bring a lawn chair.


We are inviting all our neighbors in Lakewood Northeast and Lakewood Heights to get together Tuesday evening, August 4, as our neighborhoods participate in National Night Out. Come and bring the family.

We will meet at 4533 Purnell Drive at 7:00 PM for a group walk through our neighborhood. After the walk, around 7:30 PM, we will have ice cream on the front lawn at that same address. This is the home of Kevin and Julie Nichols. If you want to come for ice cream only, that’s fine.

Ice Cream will be provided by Northeast Lakewood Associated Neighborhoods. Everyone is asked to bring a lawn chair to the ice cream social. We have asked permission to close Purnell Drive to traffic. Therefore, we ask that you walk and not drive to the get-together. We will provide a ride to anyone who needs assistance getting to the ice cream social.

This will be a great opportunity to get better acquainted. Hope to see you there.
Charlie Knott, Kevin Nichols, Judy McDowall, and Wanda Smith
Officers of your neighborhood association

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Northeast Lakewood Associated Neighborhoods
August 3, 2009

Welcome to guests and first-time attendees—Charlie Knott

Approval of May 4, 2009, meeting minutes—Judy McDowall

Treasurer’s Report—Charlie Knott

Neighborhood Crime Report—NLR Police Officer Brandon Davidson

Electronic Changeable Message Signs—Alderman Murry Witcher

Parking Districts and Regulations—Alderman Charlie Hight

Update on past petition for LRID to include certain Lakewood Northeast properties—Ken Sullivan

Island on Oak Tree Circle—NLAN initiative—Charlie Knott

Unified Coalition of Associated Neighborhoods July 6 meeting—Kevin Nichols

Bucket List—Charlie Knott

National Night Out—Neighborhood Get-together—Charlie Knott

What’s on your mind?


Monday, July 27, 2009

Local Events

keep up with all the events in North Little Rock. Click on WWW.NORTHLITTLEROCK.TRAVEL for more information.

Some of the events listed are:

August 6: Keith Urban “Escape Together World Tour” with special guest Sugarland at the Verizon Arena for 7:30p.m. Ticket prices: $76.75 - $20.
Tickets available through Ticketmaster locations, charge
by phone 1-800-745-3000, or www.ticketmaster.com.

August 7: Methodist Family Health’s 3rd Annual Walk for Children & Families begins at 6p.m. at Cook’s Landing in NLR. Cost: $20 individual, $50 families. Register at www.methodistfamily.org or call Maggie Beeler at 501-661-0720 Ext. 7299 for details.

August 7 - 14: The National 12s Tennis Tournament at the Burns Park Tennis Center. For details call 501‑791-8585.

August 7 - 28: The Carousel Argenta Walking Club meets each Friday from 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. at the Carousel Fit4 Life Wellness Center. Health and Fitness training tips provided. For more info call 501-563-0861.

August 7 - 10: The AR Travelers VS AR Naturals at Dickey-Stephens Park. The Friday, Saturday and Monday games begin at 7:10p.m., Sunday game for 6p.m. Tickets and more information at www.travs.com or call 501-664-1555.

August 8: The 18th Annual Dixie Day Celebration at Conley Park in the Dixie addition of NLR. Health Screenings, Career Planning plus a community parade and lots of food and activities FREE! For details call Doris Allen at 501-280-4953.

August 8: Shriner’s Fishing Tournament at the North River Landing in downtown NLR. For details call Vince Miller at 501-834-5733.

August 10 - 13: Learn-to-Row Clinics at the AR Boathouse Club Boathouse from 6 -9 p.m. Fordetails visit www.arkansasboathouseclub.org.

August 14: NLR Community Band Concert Series at the Lakewood Village canopy for 7p.m. FREE Concert, bring your blankets and lawn chairs. For details visit www.northlittlerockband.com.

August 15: The Pulaski County Learning Center Benefit walk from 6 - 8p.m. beginning on the NLR side of the Big Dam Bridge. Early registration fees are: $25 individuals, $45 family, $15 youth, $500 teams. For details call Jamie at 501-247-3150 or visit

August 19: The Toltec Chapter of the AR Archeological Society meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30p.m. - 8p.m. at the John Gould Fletch Library in LR. The August lecture will be by Jim Rees, “What It Means To Dwell In Beulah Land: What Camp Meetings Can Tell Us About Ancient Ceremonial Centers & Sacred Spaces”. Call 501-961-2420 for details.

August 19 - 21: AR Travelers VS Corpus Christi Hooks at Dickey-Stephens Park for 7:10p.m. Fortickets or more information call 501-664-1555,visit www.travs.com.

The Argenta Market Make-A-Wish Event held Saturday, August 2

The Argenta Market will host a benefit for the local Make-A-Wish chapter. Join friends, neighbors and other locavores at the Argenta Market for a night of local chefs, preparing local foods making local wishes come true. The dinner will feature local chefs Jason Knapp from the governors mansion, Shane Henderson from the Argenta Market, Brian Deloney of Maddie's Place, and Jason Godwin from Simply The Best Catering.

The chefs will incorporate local products from the farmers market into their dishes. Be sure and take notes as the chefs explain how the bounty came from the farm to your plate.

The benefit will be held on Sunday August 2nd 6:30 pm in the Argenta Market at 6th & Main Streets, $75 a ticket includes a five course meal, local wine from Chateau Aux Arc, and Diamond Bear beer. Please call (501) 376-9474 for information and reservations.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Alert:Increase in residential burglaries in the Parkhill/Lakewood Area please report any suspicious activity

We have experienced several residential burglaries in the Parkhill and Lakewood areas in recent weeks. Suspect information is very limited; however, information developed is that the suspect or suspects will first knock on the front or side door and if no one answers they will gain entry to the residence by either breaking out a back window or kicking open the rear door. Please keep a watchful eye out and contact us if you see anything suspicious at 758-1234. Items being taken are flat screen TV's, jewelry, and other electronics. Please contact your neighbors and let them know of this information. If it is an emergency contact 911. If not an emergency call 758-1234 to report any suspicious activity. Remember TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Neighborhood News

Working Together to Make Our Neighborhood Better
Vol. 2 – No. 3 July, 2009


We are inviting all our neighbors in Lakewood Northeast and Lakewood Heights to get together Tuesday evening, August 4, as our neighborhoods participate in National Night Out. Come and bring the family.

We will meet at 4533 Purnell Drive at 7:00 PM for a walk through our neighborhood. After the walk, around 7:30 PM, we will have ice cream on the front lawn at that same address. This is the home of Kevin and Julie Nichols. If you want to come for ice cream only, that’s fine.

Ice Cream will be provided by Northeast Lakewood Associated Neighborhoods. Everyone is asked to bring a lawn chair to the ice cream social. We have asked permission to close Purnell Drive to traffic. Therefore, we ask that you walk and not drive to the get-together. We will provide a ride to anyone who needs assistance getting to the ice cream social.

If you can come, please send an email to charlieknott@sbcglobal.net or call Charlie at 554-0425.

This will be a great opportunity to get better acquainted. Come join us.

National Night Out
Two purposes of National Night Out are to 1) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and 2) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

By Presley Melton

Presley and Jo Melton, two active members of our neighborhood association, submitted the following article. NLAN officers invited them to submit an article because they are knowledgeable about this issue and how the signs may impact our community.

North Little Rock citizens have an opportunity to get involved and speak out about an issue that may adversely affect the appearance of our neighborhood and city, and may affect driver safety.

New technology has brought a new type of sign – the electronic message board sign. You may have already seen these at a few businesses and churches in North Little Rock, such as a travel agency in Park Hill on JFK between A and B streets and First Pentecostal Church on I-40. This type of sign is extremely bright, has vivid colors, and the message and background colors can change every few seconds. Many people across America have found them to be offensive to the eye and are concerned about the effect the changing messages have on traffic safety. Numerous cities from California to Maine and from Washington to Florida have already severely restricted or enacted total bans on these signs. Conway successfully enacted a total ban some years ago. I have recently visited Colorado Springs; Scottsdale, AZ; and some Florida cities that have also banned these signs. All those cities are growing and thriving since choosing to not allow electronic signs, and NLR would benefit by doing the same.

At the April 27th city council meeting the aldermen passed a four-month moratorium on installing these bright electronic message board signs. This moratorium gives us all time to learn more about these signs that draw our attention with intensely colored scenes and messages that totally change within seconds. The moratorium expires on August 31st, and if new legislation limiting these signs is not passed prior to that time, more of them will start appearing in our city.

At this time there is no regulation to protect our residential neighborhoods from these easily programmed signs being placed at nearby commercial businesses, churches, and schools.

If you oppose these bright, electronic message board signs in North Little Rock, please contact our aldermen and ask them to adopt strict laws regulating or totally banning electronic message board signs. We can make those other cities’ success stories our own, as we promote our attractive city to new homeowners, businesses, and tourists.

Contact Information for Aldermen
Charlie Hight chight@northlittlerock.ar.gov 758-8396
Murry Witcher mwitcher@northlittlerock.ar.gov 835-0009

Our Next Association Meeting
Monday, August 3 at 7:00 PM
Lakewood Property Owners Association office building

Come at 6:30 to meet and visit with neighbors
Bring a neighbor

• Alderman Murry Witcher will tell us the status of pending legislation on electronic changeable message board signs.
• Alderman Charlie Hight will give us an update on parking regulations that will affect our neighborhood.
• Ken Sullivan, Director of LPOA, will update us on the issue of 62 properties on Valley Brook, McKee Circle, and Oak Tree Circle and whether a petition was filed in court to include the properties in the Lakewood Recreational Improvement District.
• Police Officer Brandon Davidson will give a crime report


The Lakewood Recreational Improvement District has completed its application to become a “Restricted Parking District” which, when approved, will give them authority to implement certain parking regulations for our neighborhood. The commissioners for LRID signed the application at their July 13 meeting. When submitted, the City Clerk must give public notice, and then it must be heard at a City Council meeting.

As stated in our April newsletter the Commission had voted on April 13 to adopt new regulations as described below.

• Parking in front or side yards. It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store, or keep any vehicle on a front or side yard unless the vehicle is parked, stored, or kept within a carport, garage, or upon a proper parking surface, that connects to the street or roadway.

• Parking commercial or large recreational vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store, or keep any commercial or large recreational vehicle (taller than 8 feet or longer than 25 feet) on any front, side yard, or street within the district.

LRID included in their application a request that owners of large recreational vehicles be allowed to park in the street for up to 48 hours when loading for trips and unloading after trips. Previously existing regulations allowed 72 hours, but the new regulations did not include a provision of any time for this purpose.


Neighborhood website http://northeastlakewoodneighbo.blogspot.com
Check out our website for some information we have not had previously.

Newsletter--We will post the newsletter. You will be able to see it a little sooner than by mail and may be able to see it when you are away from home.
Agenda for upcoming association meetings—Since the agenda is not included in the mailed newsletter, you will be able to check it out online before the meeting.
Minutes of association meetings—“Draft” minutes of the previous meeting will be posted on the website to allow time for review before the next meeting.

If you would like to be included in email communication, please submit your email address to Wanda Smith at smith2767@att.net. When we send emails, we do not show individuals’ email addresses. If you have an item you want to communicate to our neighborhood by email, please call or email Charlie Knott. 554-0425 -- charlieknott@sbcglobal.net .

Please call or email Charlie with any feedback on our newsletter.

Having Way Too Much Fun
Since Nate Brandes finished his term as President of NLAN, he and Judy have made several trips in their RV with friends in the “Ark-A-Bago” camping club, including Hot Springs, Natchez, and Maumelle Park. Nate said he has been Social Director for the past two years, setting up camp activities—I think he’s the Party Guy. In March they joined another camping club called the “Arkansas Travelers Club” and went to Cotter with them. They just got back from Branson and have trips planned for Petit Jean, Bull Shoals, Lake Charles, Eureka Springs, Hot Springs, and Branson again.
This all started in 1969 when Nate and Judy spent their honeymoon in a 9’x12’ tent on the shores of Lake Superior. He didn’t tell me any more about the honeymoon. They have been camping ever since and love taking their grandchildren, when they can.
When he left office he assured me the job of president didn’t take much time. I still think about that when I’m on the computer, working on a newsletter, and call him only to find he’s not home—again. To make it worse he likes to tell me how much fun he’s having. Seriously, we appreciate all Nate and Judy have done and hope they have a great time.


Charlie Knott 554-0425 charlieknott@sbcglobal.net

Kevin Nichols 258-0246 remodelguy98@yahoo.com

Judy McDowall 758-1668 judymcdo@swbell.net

Wanda Smith 791-0717 smith2767@att.net

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

NLR Council Agenda July 27, 2009 @ 7:00 p.m.

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Minutes of May Meeting

NLAN Meeting Minutes May 4, 2009
Regular Meeting 7-8 p.m.
Crestwood Elementary School Cafeteria

The following are draft minutes and must be approved at our August 3 meeting before they can be considered final. If you have any questions or comments, please send email to charlieknott@sbcglobal.net.

1. Welcome: (Charlie Knott)
The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. The agenda was previewed.

2. Approval of Minutes of March 16, 2009 Meeting (Judy McDowall)
Minutes of the March 16, 2009 meeting were approved (motion by Presley Melton, second by Lynda Etheridge). Charlie Knott asked if anyone would object if the draft minutes were posted on the website. No objection was raised..

3. Treasurer's Report (Wanda Smith)
The bank balance is $232.72. There were no receipts or expenditures since the last meeting. The treasurer's report was accepted (motion by Faye Kirkwood, second by Buzz Smith).

4. Neighborhood Crime Report (NLR Police Officer Brandon Davidson)
Officer Davidson reviewed the highlights of the written crime statistics summary for February and March 2009 and responded to residents’ questions.

5. Transition of Officers (Charlie Knott)
Charlie Knott summarized some of the activities of the officers that related to assumption of responsibility. Specifically, the bank account signature authority has been changed; the first officer’s meeting took place; the first newsletter was produced and distributed. The President attended two city council meetings and the Vice President, Kevin Nichols, attended one city council meeting.

6. Bylaws – Adoption and Proposed Change to Article V, Nominations and Election of Officers of the Association (Charlie Knott)
Officer's recommend continuing with existing bylaws (motion Lynda, Presley, second) Passed.

Charlie Knott proposed a change to Article V of the bylaws on “NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION”. The purpose of the change was to have the election earlier and to allow transition time for the new officers before assuming responsibility. There was a recommendation from the floor that the officers assume responsibility at the beginning of the new calendar year rather than at the first meeting of the new year, as proposed. Move to accept with the changes. Robert Lumpp, motion. Bruce Dantzler, second. Article V, as approved, is attached.

7. Electronic Changeable Copy Signs
This is a controversial issue. As of the April 27 City Council meeting a moratorium on issuance of permits for changeable copy signs is in effect through the end of August 2009. Our aldermen, Murry Witcher and Charlie Hight, explained their positions on changeable copy signs. Murry expressed the opinion that electronic changeable copy signs need to be managed to protect residential areas and to prevent a hazard to driving. Charlie said he is against reducing the frequency of change to 5 seconds and favors legislating brightness. He expressed the opinion that there is a right place and a wrong place for location of electronic changeable copy signs. He indicated that he finds such signs useful and attractive.
One questioner asked Charlie his position on electronic changeable copy signs for churches in residential areas. Charlie said that he does not believe that electronic changeable copy signs should be in residential areas. Both of our alderman said that they did not want to see electronic changeable copy signs in neighborhoods.

Other questions / comments (and responses if any) included the following:
• when a draft sign ordinance would be available (on or before end of July - intent is to give public opportunity to provide feedback),
• how a neighborhood can have the protection that Argenta has (Argenta is a historic district),
• whether changeable copy referred to words or pictures,
• whether motion had been taken into consideration,
• whether the possibility that audio capability could be added had been considered, and
• whether there would be limitations on height and width (there is interest in changing billboards to electronic changeable copy signs).
Charlie Knott asked if those present would be in favor of electronic changeable copy signs if limited to commercial areas. There was no consensus on this. However, there was consensus against these signs in a residential neighborhood. The sign ordinance is on the city website.

8. Parking Districts and Parking Regulations
Lakewood Recreational Improvement District (LRID) has said it intends to apply for approval as a parking district. If / when approval occurs the parking rules adopted by the LRID will apply to our neighborhood. LRID has not yet submitted their application. Charlie Knott read the proposed rules. The intent of the regulations is: (1) no parking of vehicles in front or side yards off of a paved surface, (2) no commercial or large RV parking on any front or side yard or in the street. Charlie Hight explained the reasons for parking districts and legislation. There was discussion about the amount of time that RVs can be parked in the street when owners are preparing for trips or returning from trips.

9. Comments on Stimulus Monies (Murry Witcher)
As of today North Little Rock has been granted $4,679,249 of stimulus funds. Several projects have received funding. Areas mentioned included community development block grants, rehabilitation, ten new police officers for 3 years, rental subsidies, upgrading housing facilities, an electric department grant, transportation infrastructure (mostly being used in Baring Cross area). The website to go to for more information is www.recovery.arkansas.gov.

10. Unified Coalition of Associated Neighborhoods April 6, 2009 Meeting Report (Judy McDowall)
Judy represented NLAN at the Unified Coalition meeting. The meeting is attended by representatives of the various neighborhood associations in North Little Rock. It provides a venue for communication. Each neighborhood had activities to report on and events to announce. This is an interesting group of really committed people and a worthwhile meeting.

11. Bucket List (Charlie Knott)
Charlie Knott reported the status of open items from the March 16 meeting.
 meeting frequency: officers decided to stay with meeting every 3 months
 newsletter: will be published between meetings; every 6 weeks approximately
 website: want to encourage use; will post meeting agenda, draft minutes of this meeting, newsletter
 properties that petitioned to be in the LRID: filing has not been located and may not have been filed; still looking into that; awaiting resolution and decision on action to be taken with respect to these property owners
 5 mile creek: contacted Terry Paff; FEMA study may be proceeding faster than expected; Charlie and Terry Paff agreed to communicate regularly on this issue.
 Central Baptist Church gate: Charlie met associate pastor who is responsible; good discussion; requirement in PUD; CBC said they would follow requirement.

12. What's On Your Mind (Charlie Knott)?
 City wide clean up: was it rained out and is there a rain date? We will look into that. Charlie stated that he will look for future opportunities for our association to get involved in such activities.
 Kevin Nichols asked how can we get a left turn signal on Fairway and McCain? Charlie Hight said he would check on this.
 Is anyone keeping in touch with what's happening at McCain Mall? Concern about losing good business there. Action. Charlie Knott said he would see if he could find more information. Potholes in parking lot were fixed.
 Neighbor on Burrow has quite a few large parties with guests parking on both sides of the street. Is there anything that can be done? Police say they can't enforce no parking without a sign.
 There was a suggestion that we get an off-hours contact number for Central Baptist Church. Charlie said he would request a number.

13. Next Meeting: August 3, 2009
The next meeting will be August 3, 2009.

14. Adjourn:
The meeting was adjourned at 9:52pm.

See attachment on next page.


Proposed Change in Bylaws
May 5, 2009

Article V

Change to read as follows.


1. The officers of the Association shall be elected by a majority of the voting members present at the meeting in which elections are held.

2. All officers shall serve a term of two years and shall serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

3. At the next to last regularly scheduled meeting in the year in which officers’ terms are to end, the President will announce an election of officers to be held at the last regularly scheduled meeting on the year. The President may appoint a nominating committee to identify potential officers, if he chooses to do so.

4. At the last regularly scheduled meeting of that year the election of officers will be held. Nominations for office will be announced. Nominations will also be open from the floor. Any nomination from the floor must receive a “second” from the floor to qualify a candidate for election to office. As a practical measure, most votes will be taken by a show of hands or a voice vote. However, at the discretion of the President, a written ballot may be taken on any issue before the membership.

5. Immediately after their election new officers will begin working with outgoing officers to insure a smooth transition of responsibilities. The new officers will assume responsibility for the Association at the beginning of the new calendar year.

6. A vacancy in any office shall be filled by appointment by the remaining officers, and the appointee will hold office for the unexpired term. However, if the President’s office is vacant, the Vice President will fill the remaining term of the President and the Board of Officers will appoint a new Vice President.

7. Only one member of a household may hold office for any given term of office.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

North Little Rock NEEDS Firefighters

Now Accepting Applications For:
Salary $28,303.05 yearly or $2,358.59 a month
A written examination to create an eligibility list is scheduled for
Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the NLR Police/Fire Training, 2400 Willow Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

NLR Planning Commission - July 14

Subdivision Administrative:

A. NS-2147-09 Northshore Business Park, Lots 4A-16A, Block 9 (revised preliminary plat of as commercial and industrial subdivision located at Crystal Hill and Northshore Drive)
B. SPR-2148-09 City Grove Townhomes, Block 1-3 (revised site plan review and preliminary plat of townhomes located at 4th and Maple)

Public Hearing – New Business:
1. Special Use # 674. To allow a liquor store in a C-3 zone. The request is located at 11100 Hwy 165 Suite #3.
2. Rezone #1489. To rezone the existing R-4 and C-4 classifications to the proposed I-1 classification to allow warehousing. The request is located at 3113 East Washington Ave.
3. Rezone #1490. To rezone the existing TND classification to the proposed R-4 classification to allow apartments. The request is located southwest of the intersection of 7th and Division Streets and along River Road.
4. Rezone #1491. To rezone the existing R-4 and C-3 classification to the proposed R-3 classification to allow duplexes. The request is located at the southeast corner of Mission and Remount Roads.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NLR Community Band Concert

Don't forget the NLR Community band concert at Lakewood Village this
Friday @ 7:00pm. Bring a lawn chair and meet your neighbors for some
inspiring music!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

NLR Happenings for June

Find all about our town at www.northlittlerock.travel
* Maps
* Promotions & Coupons
* Calendar
* Search North Little Rock
* Travel Guide

Lots of information!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mortar fire training

Mortar fire training to take place on Camp Robinson this Wednesday, May 19 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the mortar range located on the north side of Camp Joseph T. Robinson near Cato. The sound of the mortar training will carry outside of the walls of Camp Robinson and may potentially cause concern in the surrounding area. This is a drill and only a drill.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

North Little Rock Citizen's Fire Academy and more!

Our good friend Jack Finnegan just stopped by and dropped off information regarding the upcoming next North Little Rock Citizen's Fire Academy Session scheduled for June 2, through July 7, 2009. Classes will meet at the North Little Rock Training Building, at 2400 Willow Street for the first meeting. The remainder of the classes will be held at the Training Building located at the North Little Rock Airport.

Having gone through the citizens academy, I would strongly encourage you to consider it. The classes are very informative and fun! This class provides an overview of the North Little Rock Fire Department. It also has a lot of "hands-on" (such as putting on turnouts and air tanks, going up in the ladder truck, and much, much more! The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional fire academy.

So don't delay...call 501-340-5377 today for more information on or before May 22, 2009. Space is limited!

May 9, 2009...
Don't forget the 5th Annual Buzz-B-Q this Saturday, May 9 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. benefiting the North Little Rock Firefighters Local 35 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund. The event will be at the RV Park. Tickets are only $5 at the door. Children 12 and under get in free! For more information visit www.1037thebuzz.com.

And...when you finish at the Buzz-B-Q come on over to the Party at the T at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway. The block party begins at 4:00 p.m. Main Street will be closed from Broadway (3rd and Main) to 4th Street.

Robbery on McKee Circle

A robbery took place Tuesday morning on McKee Circle. A suspicious car (an old, dark brown Ford LTD) was seen at the residence by a neighbor after the owner had left for work. Evidently the robbers were "casing the joint" and returned about 30-45 minutes later and broke through a rear door. They took some guns and other items from the home.

Please remain aware. With unemployment so high, we need to be hyper-vigilant in our neighborhood. Be careful out there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NLR Planning Commission - May 12th

NLR Planning Commission - May 12th
Agenda Meeting / Public Hearing 4:45 PM
Agenda Meeting: Roll Call
Approval of Minutes: April 14, 2009
Subdivision Administrative:
A. NS-2143-09 Desoto Sand Add, Lot 1 (Preliminary Plat and Site Plan Review of Desoto Sand located at 220 Sand River Road – outside City limits)
Public Hearing – New Business:
1. Special Use # 673. To allow an outdoor arts and crafts market in a C-6 zone. The request is located at 510 Main Street.
Public Comment / Adjournment:

City Council Meeting - May 11th

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Parks and Recreation Commission Public Hearing

The North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, at the North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to get public input concerning Parks and Recreation needs for the city. If you have recreational or park needs or requests you want to address, please call the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 791-8538 by Wednesday, May 13, 2009 to be placed on the agenda to speak.

May 4 Meeting of Your Neighborhood Association

Please plan to attend our next neighborhood association meeting on May 4 at Crestwood Elementary School cafeteria. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM, but come at 6:30 to meet some neighbors and visit before we get started. Kevin, Judy, Wanda and I, your officers, look forward to getting to know you.

Aldermen Hight and Witcher plan to attend. Two issues, which we will discuss, are Parking districts and parking regulations, which will impact our neighborhood. Monday night the North Little Rock City Council voted to place a moratorium on electronic changeable copy signs until the end of August this year. This will provide time to study the issue and develop an appropriate ordinance to manage the use of this type of sign. Sign companies and businesses interested in this type of sign have gotten organized, and it is important that we be involved in the interest of our neighborhood and communiity.
Hope to see you Monday, May 4, Charlie

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PAL Kickball Registration through 5/15/2009

North Little Rock Police Athletic League (PAL) Kickball teams are accepting registration through May 15th, 2009.  Sign up on Saturdays 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. at the North Heights Ball Park.  Hurry and sign up today to ensure a spot on a team! 
No fee to participate * We will complete a community project together * Kids 15 and up are encouraged to coach one 4 - 11 year old team or umpire! * Training will be provided
Kickball will be on the NLR PAL Ball Fields located behind the North Heights Recreation Center. Games will begin early in June.  Uniforms will consist of the wackiest shorts (no daisy dukes or sagging bottoms) and the silliest socks plus your team t-shirt, which will be provided.  Get creative!  Each team will have 8 girls and 8 boys. PAL Provides: Encouragement, Education, Physical Fitness, T-Shirts, Community Spirit, and Sportsmanship.  To sign up or for more information please call 501-753-5299 or email carrifrederick@gmail.com

City Council Meeting - April 27th

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NLR Board of Adjustment - April 30

AGENDA – April 30, 2009 1:30 P.M. Planning Conference Room
Roll Call
Reading/Approval of Minutes: March 26, 2009
Old Business:
1. BOA CASE #1423 – Mr. Donald Clayton Parker – 1354 Skyline Drive – Lot 17, and the W 1/2 Lot 16, Block 130 Park Hill Addition – To allow a front porch with a front yard setback variance of 15 ft., allowing the porch to be 10.5 ft. from the front property line.
New Business: None
Administrative: None
Public Comment / Adjournment / Open forum

Sunday, April 12, 2009

City Council Meeting - April 13th

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Little Lost Doggie

No ID Tag
Female - brown eyes
Chow/Husky Mix???
Approximately 1 to 2 years old
30+ pounds
Medium/heavy build with medium length hair
Golden colored chest - tan to brown colored coat
Collar has a unique stamped-design buckle *
Very friendly - came upon my whistle and likes to lick your hand!

*Owner can provide buckle's description for proof of ownership.

Call Nate at 758-0228

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Magazine sales

This is from Ward 1 Alderwoman Debi Ross.
I was in Sherwood at a friend's house and one came to her door.  Their sales pitch is that they are local students working on their communication skills.  It is a group of magazine salesmen.  They do not have a city permit and are not legal in NLR.  If you see them in the area, you should call the police.

Thanks, Debi

Friday, April 3, 2009

NLR Planning Meeting - April 14th

Subdivision Administrative:
A. Rep-2142-09 Riverpointe Plaza Add, Lots 2A and 2B (Replat and Site Plan Review of a One Banc branch office located at 11525 Maumelle Blvd )
B. NS-2143-09 Desoto Sand Add, Lot 1 (Preliminary Plat and Site Plan Review of Desoto Sand located at 220 Sand River Road – outside City limits)
C. NS-2144-09 Villas of NLR, Lots 1 and 2 (Preliminary Plat and Site Plan Review of apartment building located at SW corner of Pershing and Pershing Circle)
D. NS-2043-07 Rockwater Village (12 month extension of Preliminary Plat and Site Plan Review of a TND neighborhood located along River Road)
Public Hearing – New Business:
1. Conditional Use #52. To allow a daycare center in a C-4 zone. The request is located at 2730 Pike Avenue.
2. Conditional Use #53. To allow tire sales in a C-3 zone. The request is located at 2424 Pike Avenue.
3. Rezone # 1483. To rezone from R-2 to C-3 to allow a commercial development. The request is located near the Cypress Crossing Subdivision on Hwy 165.
4. Special Use #672. To allow sand and gravel mining and processing in an I-2 zone. The request is located at 220 Sand River Road.
5. Public Hearing # 1484. To amend the Bike Plan in the Rose City area.
6. Public Hearing #1485. To amend the Master Street Plan – North Belt Freeway
Public Comment / Adjournment:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A great tip!

Attempted Robbery on North Hughes, Little Rock -- a narrative from a property owner
As he crossed Evergreen heading north on North Hughes, he saw a Papa Johns delivery vehicle (red Ford Mustang) parked in front of one of our neighbor’s house, and the delivery person was talking to our neighbor. He then spotted some VERY suspicious behavior, in that, both the neighbor and delivery person stopped talking and they were both observing the suspects heading directly for them in a quick, suspicious, and deliberate manner.
He stopped his vehicle and rolled down his window, preparing to ask what they were doing. They saw that he had stopped and the white male tugged on the black male’s coat (an “abort” signal in robbery attempts) and they immediately turned 180 degrees and jogged back to their car sitting a couple of doors down. They recklessly backed up and turned around and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
He chased them through the neighborhood until they got to Mississippi, and they headed south. They were driving over 70 MPH on Mississippi and by the time he got to Evergreen, he had their license plate and description confirmed as he was talking to the ASP on his scanner and LRPD on his On-Star. He had to break off contact, since he was not a federal agent and returned to our neighbor’s house to check on them.
Back at 1300 block of N. Hughes, he was awaiting LRPD (response time 11-13 mins from event) to show, when the Papa John’s driver confirmed to me, along with our neighbor, that they DID NOT order a pizza, and the delivery person stated “he knew he was about to be robbed”. This is a typical MO (modus operandi) of robberies lately, in that the armed robbers will call in a real address, with a fake intent, and would rob the pizza delivery person (and possibly the homeowner).
He thought he would let you know that you should ALWAYS be on the lookout for people not belonging to our neighborhood, especially when they are acting suspiciously, even during the “busy” parts of the day. ALWAYS call the police as soon as you see something suspicious, however slight. During this ongoing recession, crime may increase and it is up to us to look out for our neighbors and neighborhood. YOU are your first line of defense until the police show up, and sadly, the pizza deliver kid’s manager showed up before the police did by 6-7 minutes! He was NOT kidding!
Remember -- any suspicious behavior -- any stranger that hangs around the neighborhood -- WE ARE THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Neighborhood Services Moved

Neighborhood Services has “left the building” for their new home on Magnolia Street in Park Hill. Their new phone number is 501-791-8500, fax number is 501-791-8516. Go by and wish them well. Heck, take them some cookies and welcome them to their new location!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

City Council Meeting - Monday, March 23

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New Officers

On March 16th, the Northeast Lakewood Associated Neighborhoods elected four new officers to take office effective immediately:
President: Charlie Knott - 4504 Purnell Drive - 753-3368
Vice President: Kevin Nichols - 4533 Purnell Drive - 771-4409
Secretary: Judy McDowall - 4501 Austin Drive - 758-1668
Treasurer: Wanda Smith - 5307 Fairway Avenue - 791-0717

Our new NLAN Officers are committed to serving their neighborhood while maintaining the excellent communications that have been established with our North Little Rock Mayor and his key city department heads, the NLR City Council Representatives, the NLR Community Planning Department and Commission and our fellow NLR Neighborhood Associations and Groups. We thank you for your continuing support of NLAN for without your expressed interest via speaking up as well as attending our meetings we would have no cause to exist as a neighborhood association!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Upcoming meeting --

This week Lakewood Elementary School on Fairway Blvd. is celebrating another family gathering called "Grandparents Day" wherein they invite all grandparents to come and have lunch with their enrolled grandchildren. Today I had the privilege of dining with Sam, our 1st Grade grandchild as we downed a very good hamburger, fries, salad and fruit cup. It was a total surprise when Mayor Hays, while attending for his grandchild, Samantha, stepped over to our table and after exchanging greetings immediately asked: "Have you found anyone, yet?"

Having attended our last NLAN Meeting in February where we hit a wall in seeking new Officers to step forward to serve, Mayor Hays had knowledge of our vacancy and with his question showed true interest in how we were coming along. I was happy to inform him that we were still alive and had a full slate of officers to present to the NLAN voters next Monday evening, March 16th.

I encourage all NLANders to attend this meeting to show support for our new Officers as we continue to go forth with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in and for our Northeast Lakewood Neighborhoods Association. Oh and by the way, thank you Mayor Hays for asking about NLAN - your spontaneous question was very appreciated!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bat alert

We just learned that a bat located in the Park Hill neighborhood area has been checked by a veterinarian and found to be carrying rabies. Another bat located somewhere between Indian Hills and Sherwood is currently being checked for rabies, and findings will be confirmed on Tuesday. Because of its base profile it is believed it will test positive for rabies, too! Please make sure your pets are vaccinated for rabies, especially any small dogs and cats that may be left outdoors after dark! And if you enjoy taking an evening walk or run through the neighborhood, be alert! We have seen bat activity around our street lights, which attract flying insects that bats love to eat! The recent 70+ degree weather may have brought them out to eat, and we have more warmer weather coming later this week!

Friday, February 27, 2009

County jail funding

As reported late last night in the NLR Daily News electronic newspaper (listed under Helpful Sites on the right) our very own NLR State House Representative, Barry Hyde, as key sponsor has pushed through Act 209 which increases state-wide county jail funding through increased fines, not increased taxes! It is estimated that the Pulaski County Jail alone through local district courts may see $1,000,000 in additional funds to increase its number of beds and required staffing. You may recall that by our invitation Barry brought his proposed bill to our attention at our February NLAN Meeting and received our strong endorsement and concern to push forward with its presentation to the House and Senate! We want to express our thanks to Barry Hyde for both recognizing this safety concern of NLAN and of all NLR citizens, and for his dedication and passion to successfully get Act 209 on the books! Way to go, Barry!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Leaf Vacuum - call in only through March 6

Effective this week, the North Little Rock Sanitation Department Leaf Vacuum routes will be picked up on an “On-Call” status. If you have loose leaves to be picked up, please call 501-371-8345 during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday, and leave your name, address and telephone number. All machines will be placed in storage after March 6th. After that date, all leaves must be bagged for pick up during weekly trash pickup.

North Little Rock City Council Agenda - Monday February 23

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SEC Womens Basketball tournament

The SEC Womens Basketball tournament takes place at Alltel Arena March 5-8! Tickets available at the ALLTEL Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 501-975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices:

Reserved seat package - $90
General Admission "6 pack" - $60
Single session tickets available at start of the tournament.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nominating Committee Announcement

Good news! We are happy to inform all NLANders that your NLAN Nominating Committee Chairman, John Hooker, has announced that effective Wednesday, February 4th, the Committee has established a slate of officers for the following three positions:

President – Charlie Knott
Vice President – Kevin Nichols
Treasurer – Wanda Smith

At this time the remaining NLAN principal officer position of Secretary has not been posted. Any NLANder desiring to serve as recording Secretary is encouraged to contact the Nominating Committee Members to have their name placed on the slate. Also, any other interested names for President, Vice and Treasurer are still open for slate posting. Once again, the Committee Members names and phone numbers are:

John Hooker – 758-3610
Judy McDowall – 758-1668
Kevin Nichols – 258-0246

While the upcoming term of office had been designated as two years, 2009 & 2010 (under the NLAN By-Laws approved January 2008), at this time those by-laws are subject to being reviewed that may affect a change in the term of office to be addressed next month. In other words, at this time there is no set 'term of office' time frame established for the incoming officers to be elected. This matter will be determined by the incoming officers and NLAN members in attendance at the upcoming special called March meeting.

That March meeting will be held on Monday, March 16th at 7:00 pm. The Lakewood Property Owners Association has offered their meeting room to us, the same one we have been using for the past three regular meetings. Further meeting details will be forthcoming as they develop, to be posted both here and in our Special Edition February NLAN Newsletter.

Nate Brandes, NLAN Moderator

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This morning's early addition of the web North Little Rock Daily News (www.nlrdailynews.com) contained a picture of and a report on our NLAN Meeting of last night. The editor, Scott Miller, correctly reported what happened except for one minor statement made, and that was: "This is the last meeting of the two year terms for the four current officers". As you know, under our NLAN By-Laws effective February 2009 the current officers have finishing their one year term of office and are no longer principals.

For those of you who were not present let me say that the crossroad I previously mentioned to you was indeed approached. All four of the then current NLAN Officers have declined to stay on board as officers. With no NLANder having approached the Nominating Committee before the meeting to offer their service as an officer, coupled with no one being nominated from the floor, last night we found ourselves in uncharted waters.

After discussion by our members along with input from our invited guests, Dan Scott from NLR Neighborhood Services and Mayor Pat Hays, the following points were determined:

1) A motion was approved to call a special NLAN Meeting for March (date & location to be announced) with the sole agenda item to be addressing the validly of whether NLAN continues as a North Little Rock Neighborhood Association as currently supported with by-laws, whether NLAN falls back to being simply a property owner's group with a designated leader, or whether NLAN is finished as an organization, period, with the disposition of its treasury monies to be determined.
2) Upon being asked by me that the NLAN Nominating Committee has agreed to stay in force during the next 30 or so days until the special meeting date to solicit, receive and coordinate word from any NLANder stepping forward and announcing their intent to serve as an officer. The Committee are:
John Hooker, Chairman – 758-3610
Judy McDowall – 758-1668
Kevin Nichols – 258-0246
3) A motion was approved that, in the absence of any current elected NLAN Officer, that Nate Brandes will act as moderator for establishing the meeting date, time and location, to publish this meeting data to our NLAN Members via our EMAS, blog and newsletter, as well as conducting the meeting in the absence of elections being held.

NLAN's crossroad to determine our status as an organization has been met. Which road do we take? Nate

Monday, February 2, 2009

Attention all NLANders!

All of you have received your January copy of the "Our NLAN Newsletter' and therefore you know that this Monday evening we will be conducting our first regular scheduled meeting of 2009.
Also, you can see the big NLAN meeting notice signs posted throughout our neighborhood as reminders.
This meeting will be very important to all NLANders as we have approached a crossroads that will determine what direction we take as a neighborhood association. Please come and help determine that road and how we'll travel it. Your voice is needed! Thank you!
Nate Brandes, President-NLAN

Friday, January 30, 2009

NLR Planning Commission-February 10, 2009

Administrative: ▪ Electronic Billboard debate handout
Subdivision Administrative:
1. NS-2137-08 Burkhalter Apartments, Lot 1 (Preliminary plat review and Site Plan review of apartments at Paul Eells Drive and Counts Massie)
Public Hearing – Old Business:
1. Public Hearing #1472. Amendments to the zoning ordinance.
2. Public Hearing #1477. To recommend zoning to an area southeast of the City. This will also be heard at the Mar 10th Planning Commission meeting.
Public Hearing – New Business:
3. Special Use #671. To allow a duplex on a property with 3 existing single family homes in a R-3 zone. The request is located at 524 West 47th Street.
4. Special Use #662. To allow a mobile concession truck in a C-3 zone. The location is 915 West 22nd.
5. Rezone #1479. To reclassify property from the existing R-2 zone to the proposed R-3 zone to allow a duplex. The request is located at 14 Martin Drive.
6. Rezone #1480. To reclassify property from the existing R-3 to the proposed C-3 to allow a barbershop. AND. To amend the land use plan from duplex to quiet business. The request is located at 4020 Camp Robinson Road.
7. Rezone #1481. To reclassify property from the existing R-4 to the proposed C-2 to allow a restaurant. The request is located at 2809 East Washington.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

City Council Agenda - Monday, January 12

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January 13 Planning Commission Meeting

Subdivision Administrative:
1. NS-2138-08 Cougill Addition, Lot 1 (Preliminary plat review and Site Plan review of outdoor storage of roofing materials at Dewafflebaker and Riverview Corporate Drive)
2. NS-2139-09 Lakewood Addition, Lot J, Block 67 (Preliminary plat review and Site Plan review of Dill Insurance Bldg at 4805 Fairway)
Public Hearing – Tabled Business from Dec 9th meeting:
1. 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 Hearing – Old Business:
2. Rezone #1468. To rezone property from C-3 to R-1 to allow a house, and to amend the land use plan. The location is at 126 High Drive.
3. Public Hearing #1472. Amendments to the zoning ordinance. This will also be heard at the Feb 10th Planning Commission meeting.
4. Public Hearing #1477. To recommend zoning to an area southeast of the City. This will also be heard at the Feb 10th Planning Commission meeting.
Public Hearing – New Business:
5. Special Use #668. To allow a dance studio in an I-1 zone. The location is at 8608 Riverwood Drive.
6. Special Use #669. To allow a cabinet shop in a C-3 zone. The location is at 1320 E. Washington Ave.
7. Conditional Use #50. To allow truck sales and repair in a C-4 zone. The location is at 3815 East Broadway.