Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jim Bemis speaks at Telecom Board meeting on December 16, 2010

GOVERNMENT CHANNEL SCHEDULE published Friday, December 17, 2010, the day following Telecom Board meeting, does not include Telecom Board meeting video to be run during week of 12/17/2010 through 12/12/2010. Bemis' comments, therefore, will not be shown on Cox Cable or AT&T U-verse until long after the Fayetteville City Council meeting at which the CAT contract will be voted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Cox Cable pulls surprise on city of Fayetteville, Arkansas, with plan to move public-access, government channel and educational channel to EXPENSIVE digital tier of channels: So much for open government when thousands of people will not be able to afford access to the public channels

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Cox Cable advertisement in recent issue of The Northwest Arkansas Times.

For several years I have been able to turn away phone and online salesmen wanting me to take the satellite systems and later the Uverse TV system of AT&T.
But now Cox has set up a situation that will require me to drop their service and take the Uverse, which will automatically cut my cost because I have AT&T phone service already.
Cox has one thing the others don't have: The local public stations at minimal cost.
This is the time for the city administration to begin negotiating with COX. This is a draconian measure that will hurt COX in the long run.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Highway Commission vote could end mowing and dredging practices that cause erosion, loss of wildlife habitat and decrease beauty of roadsides in Arkansas

Please click on image to ENLARGE. Two hours after this photo was made on October 12, 2010, this area had been brushogged into oblivion. Sure, the swamp milkweed will sprout from its roots next summer. But these plants not only held pods offering hundreds of milkweed seeds but also were feeding milkweed caterpillars that could have made chrysalises and become final 2010 generation monarchs traveling to Mexico and with a chance to return in spring and find fresh milkweed on which a new generation of monarchs could have been raised to keep the cycle of life intact for this seriously threatened species of migrating butterfly. If you want to talk to your Northwest Arkansas representative on the Highway Commission, he is Dick Trammel.
Monarch caterpillars were still eating the foliage of these swamp milkweeds and the seed pods were almost mature when the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Mowers came down the road and crushed and cut them off near the ground. Amazing hypocrisy for a state agency that touts its wildflower program. And possibly worse hypocrisy is touting its stormwater-protection work and then mowing and dredging ditches repeatedly every year.

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To learn more about the Arkansas Highway Commission,  please see AHC  link.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fayetteville's proposed 2030 plan to be be shared for public comment and discussion October 7 and 15



MEETINGS:  OCTOBER 7   6:00-7:30pm  Bank of Fayetteville on Square
or    OCTOBER 15    9:30 -11:00am at the  Fayetteville Public Library

Questions:  Call Strategic Plannning 575-8268


ALSO !    Please be aware and comment on: 

The Northwest Arkansas Western Beltway Feasibility Study will examine the feasibility of providing a new north-south highway west of I-540 in Washington and Benton Counties.
Previous transportation studies indicated the need to study a potential north-south route that parallels I-540 and could; afford additional traffic capacity, relieve I-540 congestion, improve service to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, provide more efficient routing for trucks and provide a major roadway corridor to serve land use changes occurring in the western regions of the two counties.

ALSO !   Help please.  There will be a Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council  working session from 9-noon on Saturday morning Oct. 2, Room 111 in City Hall. 
I have a family gathering to attend that day and will be unable to go to this session.  If there is anyone who would like to attend this meeting and see what the FFEAC is 
trying to do to organize how the council will function in the future, please call me at 442-5307  or my cell 530-8510.   Thanks!    Fran

City Looking To Future


Monday, September 27, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE — The city of Fayetteville is updating its comprehensive land use plan, giving residents several chances to say how they want their city to look in 20 years.
“It affects decisions that are made by staff and elected and appointed officials regarding growth and development,” said Karen Minkle, director of strategic planning and internal consulting for the city. “It’s critical, especially in an area that’s one of the fastest growing in the country.”
The city will launch a series of public sessions in October designed to update what’s been known as City Plan 2025. More than 800 people participated in drafting the city’s current plan. With the update, it will become known as City Plan 2030.
There will be several opportunities to provide input, including two public meetings, a webinar and online input on the city’s website.
Mayor Lioneld Jordan said longterm planning allows citizens to have a say in balancing growth with other issues.
“The thing is you want to preserve the quality of life of the city without, say, just coming in and bulldozing down every tree,” Jordan said. “You’ve got to preserve that landscape while you allow growth as well. That’s where the balance comes in.”
Plan 2025 was successful, Minkle said. Developers use the document as a guideline when planning their projects and regularly reference it when arguing their cases for approval before the Planning Commission and City Council.
The document also spawned several development and land use ordinances, such as curb cut regulations and regulations about how street cross-sections are designed in the city, Minkle said.
City Plan 2025 called for the city to discourage sprawl and make infill and revitalization the highest priorities. What changes are made to create Plan 2030 remain to be seen.
“I think it’s an update that will reflect, partly, what’s on the community’s mind, what do they feel is important, things we’ve seen over the past five years we think needs to be clarified just to eliminate confusion and to help with the decisionmaking process,” Minkle said. “Then, of course, we’re getting public input so we’re open to a lot of new ideas and there may be things out there that we haven’t thought about yet that we’d be happy to include.”
Planning Commissioner Tracy Hoskins said a comprehensive land-use plan allows the city to use form-based zoning as opposed to fearbased zoning.
“I think City Plan 2030 is an opportunity for us to look back and see the elements of the 2025 Plan that worked and the elements that didn’t work so good, or the things that need to be adjusted that make those elements work,” Hoskins said.
Hoskins added other city ordinances and regulations need to be reviewed and possibly modified as well to make sure they are not at odds with a Plan 2030 philosophy.
Ward 3 Alderman Bobby Ferrell said the city needs to look at its long-range strategic plans regularly.
“We need to figure our course, so in that respect it’s better to have a plan for where we want to go and what we want to do,” Ferrell said. “But, a vitally important thing to remember is that the master street plan, the 2025 Plan, soon to be 2030 Plan, these are all, capital letters, tools for the consideration of the council.”
Ferrell said the plan is one factor of many that the city should use in making city growth decisions, including comments from staff and citizens and the planning commission.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Green-infrastructure meeting to see final Green Infrastructure Network Map at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Green-infrastructure planning recently featured on KUAF radio at this link.

Greetings from the Green Infrastructure Planning Executive Group,

We have finished our Green Infrastructure Network Map and filed our final report; come see how the plan turned out and what your contribution has helped create. 

We'll look at how the Green Infrastructure Network Map can assist in the planning process.  We’ll talk about what how we can accomplish what we all would like to see happen in the future.  There is a homespun analogy for the many implementation possibilities that are out there and the flexible approach that serves well for assembling the best means to complete a project - it’s called an “implementation quilt”.  We’ll talk about some of the choices we have for assembling the patchwork of tools that can be applied to many types of projects.

Join us on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Pat Walker Center for Seniors on the Washington Regional Hospital campus.

Time:  6:00 - 8:00pm             
              6:00 - 6:30 showing of our gorgeous new informative video, ”Green Infrastructure in our Communities”
              6:30 - 7:30 slide presentation
              7:30 - 8:00 Reception and view the final maps
 Location:  Pat Walker Center for Seniors
               12 E Appleby Road, Fayetteville
On behalf of Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, Arkansas Forestry Commission and Beaver Water District we hope to see you and your guest there.

PS:  Recently NPR's "Ozarks At Large" aired an interview of Patti Erwin, Barbara Boland, and Chris Wilson talking about our Green Infrastructure Project.
Hear it online here:   Green Infrastructure Planning is the first item on the September 9th show.

Barbara Elaine Boland
Green Infrastructure Planning

Project Co-ordinator, GIS technician, and Cartographer
Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association
148 E Spring Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 521-2801 home
"Green Infrastructure is our nation's life support system - an interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas; greenways, parks and other conservation lands; working farms, ranches and forests; and wilderness and other open spaces that support native species, maintain natural ecological processes, sustain air and water resources and contribute to the health and quality of life for America's communities and people." USDA Forest Service, Green Infrastructure Working Group's definition of Green Infrastructure.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bob Caulk shares message from Jacqueline Froelich about FNHA's green-infrastructure program on KUAF

From: Jacqueline Froelich 

Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 15:08:10 -0500

Bob, Patti, Barbara and Chris:

My report on your Green Infrastructure Planning Project will air 
tomorrow, September 9th at noon on Ozarks at Large our daily news 
hour on 91.3fm, repeated at 7pm.

We also post the show on our website, so expect to see it 
by 3pm. Go to and scroll down to the Ozarks at Large section 
and click on the show, you should see the entire news hour and the 
individual segment as well.

Or just click directly on the audio archive here:

Also you can download the free podcast: http://

Thanks so much for meeting with me!

Bob I will leave the binder in an envelope at our front desk lobby 
for you to pick up. The DVDs are in there. One was corrupted? But I 
watched the other. Wonderful film, very nicely done.

Jacqueline Froelich
News Producer & Station-Based National Correspondent
National Public Radio KUAF 91.3FM
9 S. School
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-1201

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Please attend tonight's meeting of the Council of Neighborhoods: Agenda below

Please double-click on the image to ENLARGE and widen view of swallowtail on World Peace Wetland Prairie in the Town Branch neighborhood on August 25, 2010, or scroll down to read about Fayetteville's Council of Neighborhoods and Thursday night's meeting of that group in city hall. Please see agenda for the meeting at the bottom of the post.
Please check the agenda and notice that there are two significant presentations slated for Council of Neighborhoods for August 26, 2010. In addition, all people who attend may report on anything of interest to them or others in their neighborhood or on any matter of importance to residents of the city. Many important issues have first surfaced when one person showed up and shared at Council of Neighborhoods. Chances are good that you may get to meet the people who are running for half the positions on the the City Council. And other candidates for public office also may be there. People who attend are not required to speak but have the opportunity to speak on Government Channel or simply meet representatives of other neighborhoods before and after the meeting and suggest subjects for future agendas. If you have never been contacted by anyone from your neighborhood association or don't believe there is an organization in your neighborhood, you can give your address to Julie McQuade, whose contact information is at the bottom of the agenda below, and she can tell you whether one exists and who to contact or how to form one if none exists. Everyone is always welcome at Council of Neighborhoods and often multiple city employees are on hand to answer questions and offer advice on problems people may mention during the meeting. I hope to be early and help create a "quorum." If you have never attended, please give it a try. If you can't attend, watch for the broadcast on Government Channel starting Friday, Saturday or Sunday or one day next week. The Government Channel schedule for the coming week usually is online on Friday afternoon. Of course, if we don't show up, there may not be a quorum and the meeting won't be recorded and shown on City 16.
Thursday, August 26, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Room 326, City Hall
Call to Order
1.         Introduction of neighborhood representatives
2.         No minutes from July meeting to approve.
3.         Eco-Logical Communities - Michele Halsell
4.         Certified Community Habitat
5.         Chairman’s report
6.         Treasurer’s report
7.         Neighborhood Updates & Announcements
8.         September 30, 2010 Meeting - Candidate Forum
Julie McQuadeCommunity Outreach Coordinator
City of Fayetteville
113 West Mountain, Suite 320
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 575-8302
TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) 479-521-1316

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Two such wetland plants growing together are a strong indicator of wetland

Please click on image to ENLARGE and widen view of Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) and Verbena hastata (swamp vervain) growing together on south Fayetteville wetland.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Land-use planning and green-infrastructure committee of Fayetteville Forward to meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hello Members and/or interested by-standers of the Fayetteville Forward Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure Committee

Meeting:   Tuesday August 17,  room 326, City Hall -----------  11:00  am  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This month our committee will be meeting with the city administration staff,  and members from Planning, Engineering, Parks, Urban Forestry, etc. for a presentation by Fayetteville Natural Heritage Assoc. on Green Infrastructure.  This is a general information session for the purpose of acquainting people, who work for or serve the city in some  capacity (volunteers, commissioners, council, etc.)   with terminology, concepts, unique local attributes, and the need for Green Infrastructure planning and implementation.   
All interested citizens are welcome.
Last month our committee focus was on the Storm Water/Green Infrastructure Conference sponsored by EPA, the UA/Wash. Cty Extension Service, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and Beaver Water District.

A useful link for learning more.

Tree and Landscape Committee sets annual city tree giveaway for 7 a.m. October 9, 2010

Please click on image to ENLARGE.

Greg Howe, Fayetteville's urban forester, is seated at far left. Members of the committee (from left to right) are Betty Martin, James Gibson, Chairman Cindi Cope, J.P. Peters and Chris Wilson. The Tree and Landscape committee has four vacancies. Contact the Fayetteville city clerk's office to apply to serve on the board. Only people who live in the city and who are registered to vote in the city qualify to serve on city boards and committees.

Fayetteville Natural Heritage founding members Margo and Pete Heinzelmann create new fund to support the organization's effort to protect special natural areas in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view of Margo and Pete Heinzelmann celebrating the creation of a fund to protect natural areas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Pete and Margo Heinzelmann Day, July 30,  2010, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Winged loosestrife, a valued Arkansas native plant, abundant on World Peace Wetland Prairie: Lythrum alatum, variant alatum

Please click on individual images to view six-petaled, Lythrum alatum in bloom on July 25, 2010, on World Peace Wetland Prairie.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Land-use and green-infrastructure committee of Fayetteville forward to meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in Room 11 of city hall to discuss stormwater managment and erosion-control ordinance being considered by City Council on August 3, 2010

To the Fayetteville Forward Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure Committee-------

Not much has been happening this summer with our committee, but that doesn't mean green infrastructure matters aren't moving right along.  One in particular will be on it's third and final reading at the next City Council meeting on August 3, 6pm,  City Hall.
This is what is being considered for the council's vote:

  1. Amend Chapters 169: Physical Alteration of Land and Chapter 170: Stormwater Management, Drainage and Erosion Control:  An ordinance amending Chapter 169: Physical Alteration of Land and Chapter 170: Stormwater Management, Drainage and Erosion Control of Title XV of the Code of Fayetteville (Unified Development Code), to clarify stabilization requirements, require phased construction for sites larger than 20 acres, clarify re-vegetation requirements, clarify requirements for cut and fill slopes and retaining walls, define maintenance responsibility for stormwater management systems, restrict location of dirt and topsoil storage and define stabilization practices for dirt and topsoil storage, define a qualified inspector for erosion and sediment control best management practices, and require site plans for one and two family residences to contain a plan for erosion and sediment control and final on-site drainage.  This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the July 6, 2010 City Council meeting and on its second reading, July 20. 
  1. Amend Chapter 177: Landscape Regulations:  An ordinance amending Title XV: Unified Development Code of the City of Fayetteville, to amend Chapter 177: Landscape Regulations in order to modify existing requirements and regulations that address perimeter landscaping for development. This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the July 6, 2010 City Council meeting. 


The yellow highlighting on the document is where changes have been made, and  which are being voted on .  Members of this committee with interest in land use should pay special attention to  this amendment so please look over it .  Sarah Wrede, from the city's engineering department and who handles matters involving storm water, will be available to explain the amendment and to answer questions.  We will be meeting with her next week  so please come if you can.  
Thanks,  Fran

Wednesday, July 28, 3:30 pm in Rm 111, City Hall

Also don't forget the conference next week June 29-30 that I sent notice out about last month.

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Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure Workshop

Agenda   |   Registration   |   Location and Parking   |   Contact 

Workshop Information
  • Date: July 29 and 30
  • Location: Fayetteville Town Center, Fayetteville, AR
  • Cost: $35.00 until July 1, and $50.00 after July 1
  • Agenda
  • Contact Us
EPA Region 6, the Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education Group, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and the Beaver Water District are proud to announce the "Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure" Workshop to be held July 29th & 30th at the Fayetteville Town Center in beautiful downtown Fayetteville, AR.

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrology. Additional information on EPA's green infrastructure program is available at

Why attend?

Participants will leave the conference with knowledge of tools and practices needed to effectively implement GI and different approaches to linking GI to prevent/mitigate water quality impacts. This meeting will be highly informative and will benefit all participants. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available.

Suggested Attendees

Anyone interested in improving their quality of life is welcome! Employees, managers and supervisors of organizations interested in learning about new opportunities and initiatives to "green" their communities. This includes, but is not limited to, those who work in:

  • City, County and Regional Governments including:
    • Environmental or Sustainability Departments
    • Energy offices
    • Departments of Public Works, Solid Waste, Parks and Recreation
    • Water Departments
  • Mayor’s Offices and Planning Departments
  • Tribal Governments
  • DOD Base Planning and Military Installation Administrators
  • School Districts
  • College and Universities
  • Places of Worship
  • Engineering and Architectural Firms
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Design
  • Real Estate Development
  • Construction
  • Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Operations
  • Energy Service Companies
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) working with local cities
  • Homeowners’ Associations


Day 1
7:45 - 8:30Registration
8:30 - 8:45     Welcome, Introductions, Purpose
8:45 - 9:15     Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
     Overview of stormwater dynamics and defining the concepts of Green Infrastructure/LID
     Nelly Smith, EPA Region 6
9:15 - 10:00     Benefits of Green Infrastructure and Retrofit Opportunities
     Dan Christian, Tetra Tech
10:00 - 10:15     Break
10:15 - 11:00     Prevention, Listing, and De-listing of 303(d) Impaired Waterways
     Jim Wise, ADEQ
11:00 - 12:00     TMDLs - What does it mean for the Illinois River Watershed?
     Phillip Massierer, FTN Associates
     Claudia Hosch, Associate Director, Water Quality Division, EPA Region 6
12:00 - 1:00     Catered Lunch
1:00 - 1:45     Local Codes and Ordinances
     Dan Christian, Tetra Tech
1:45 - 2:30     Construction Site BMPs, Inspections, and Effluent Limitation Guidelines
     Jamal Solaimanian, ADEQ
2:30 - 2:45     Break
2:45 - 3:15     MS4 Reporting and Program Audits
     Nick Willis, ADEQ
3:15 - 3:45     Managing Nutrient Runoff through Arkansas' Nutrient Regulations
     Patrick Fisk, AR Natural Resources Commission
3:45 - 4:30     Fayetteville's 5-Year Nutrient Management Plan
     Bob Morgan, Beaver Water District
     Sarah, Wrede, City of Fayetteville
4:30 - 6:00     Green Infrastructure Reception - sponsored by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership
Day 2
8:00 - 8:15Welcome
8:15 - 9:30     Panel Discussion: Building a Case for Green Infrastructure - Clear Creek Stormwater Management and Flooding
     Mayor Lioneld Jordan, City of Fayetteville (moderator)
     Mayor Doug Sprouse, City of Springdale
     Jerry Davison, Clear Creek property owner
     Charles Rhodes, Clear Creek property owner
     Beth Breed, FTN Associates, Ltd.
9:30 - 9:45     Break
9:45 - 12:00     Incorporating Green Infrastructure in Northwest Arkansas:
  • Bioretention (bioswales, rain gardens and green roofs)
    Kyle Engler, Sam's Club
    Brandon Nikolish, Wal-Mart
  • Eco-Vista Landfill
    Kirby Thompson, Waste Management
  • Green Infrastructure Planning Project
    Bob Caulk, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Commission
    Bob Morgan, Beaver Water District
    Patti Erwin, AR Forestry Commission
  • Sager Creek Project
    David Cameron, City of Siloam Springs


To register for the workshop, please download the registration form here (PDF) (1 pp, 92K).

Location and Parking

For more information and directions to the Fayetteville Town Center, visit Exit EPA Disclaimer. A parking deck is available below the building.
There are many hotels in area but the closest hotel (a one block walk) is
    The Cosmopolitan Hotel 70 Northeast Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 442-5555

Contact Us

If you have questions about the workshop or would like more information, please contact:
    Nelly Smith Environmental Engineer Permits & Technical Assistance Section (6WQ-PP) NPDES Permits & TMDLs Branch Water Quality Protection Division US EPA Region 6 1445 Ross Ave. Dallas TX 75202 Phone: (214) 665-7109 Fax: (214) 665-2191
This workshop is offered to all persons regardless of race, sex, marital status, age, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service office as soon as possible prior to the program at (479) 444-1755.

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