Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Public invited to view plan for widening portions of Huntsville Road and Fifteenth Street from 4 to 7 p.m. today

People interested in protecting Northwest Arkansas' two major watersheds, in this case, the watershed of the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River and Beaver Lake, need to turn out and make sure that the planners are taking into account the potential affect of this project on water quality and the need for stormwater retention to avoid increasing the flooding and erosion threat downstream.

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Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials will reveal the first phase of design for widening a 2.7-mile stretch of Arkansas 16 between S. College Avenue and Stonebridge Road to four lanes and installing a traffic light at the Stonebridge intersection, east of Crossover Road from 4 to 7 p.m. in the activity center of Fayetteville First Assembly of God at 550 E. 15th St. There won't be a presentation; residents can look at displays, ask questions and give feedback verbally or on survey forms, The Northwest Arkansas Times reported in its March 31, 2009, edition.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Severed limb budding at end. Birds and squirrels and rabbits may eat them

Here is the caption with the photo of limbs burning in Benton County:
Up in smoke:
Benton County employee Harvey Johnson watched a fire at 10791 Stoney Point Road near Lowell on Thursday. The county is burning limbs and trees broken by this winter’s ice storm. Other burn sites are at 9900 Marchant Road in Elm Springs, 21447 Waukesha Road in Siloam Springs and 19941 Bettis Hill Road near War Eagle. Washington County is also burning ice-storm debris on North 40th Street in Springdale. DAVID FRANK DEMPSEY / Benton County Daily Record

If no one in either county had a fireplace or a wood stove, this might seem slightly less ridiculous.
I hope a lot of people who can use firewood or who would collect it and sell it will be at those sites before more is burned and load it up and take it away.
This wood would save people money, reduce air pollution now and save the carbon in these limbs for actual home heating and reduce global climate change (because people with wood stoves and fire places will be buying wood next fall and reducing the tree cover even more in Northwest Arkansas).
Additionally, birds and squirrels are eating buds on those limbs where they are lying. In fact, many large limbs or trunks lying separated from the main trunk for nearly two months are budding right now! So wildlife are having to search a bit more for food, which may be tough for birds facing nesting season.
Burning material with this much value is WRONG.
It is even worse than chipping it all. This is incredibly wasteful and inconsiderate of people and other living things. I am proud to live in Fayetteville where an effort is being made to separate potential firewood for sharing and where the rest is being chipped rather than burned.
This is an example of the need for cross-training and keeping all environmental enforcement under one big umbrella. Apparently, it would be the responsibility of the EPA to see that FEMA's requirements for subsidizing "cleanup" efforts meet environmental guidelines. But I would bet that the EPA has had no input in the cleanup efforts. Otherwise, they would have required sound environmental use of the downed trees and limbs.
And, if there were any budgetary control of FEMA, their pet contractors would be required to compact and compress the loads of loose limbs in their trailers and trucks before claiming a load is full and counting it on the basis of cubic yards.
If you take waste metal to a steel yard or aluminum-recycling facility, you will have your vehicle weighed and then weighed again after the workers pull off what can be recycled. They don't pay more for half-empty truckloads or uncrushed cans that fill a big bag. The scales tell the story.
Should the taxpayers support a system that rewards only selected contractors and ignores the value of the material being destroyed in the pretense of "cleaning up" after a disaster? And requires the hiring of "inspectors" or whatever from different pet companies to make sure the trucks aren't overfilled?
My questions aren't original. I have heard these questions from residents of Fayetteville who are offended by the appearance of poor management and waste.
The city can't ask these questions because the EPA MIGHT look into the problem and FEMA MIGHT delay reimbursement of the city for the work that took a big chunk out of the city's reserve fund.
But somebody has to ask why they don't just weigh the loads and pay and reimburse on the results. My neighbors have asked.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Neighborhood meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the S. Hill Avenue Church of Christ

Please click on image to Enlarge view of the sale barn from the senior center.

Everything is set at the South Hill Avenue Church of Christ for a Ward One Town Branch Neighborhood meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday April 6, 2009. The meeting will allow residents of the area to hear details of a plan being brought forward by attorney Bob Estes for a company from North Carolina that wants to buy the Washington County livestock sale barn on 11th street in the Town Branch neighborhood and build hundreds of student apartments on the site.
Everyone is welcome. It doesn't matter whether a resident of the neighborhood, which extends from Razorback Road to South
School Avenue and from Martin Luther King Boulevard (former Sixth Street) to Fifteenth Street rents or owns his home. Everyone who lives, works or owns property in the area is automatically a member. There is no cost to join and no dues to pay.
Visitors are welcome.

The church address is 1136 S. Ellis Avenue south of the intersection of S. Hill
Avenue and W. 11th Street.

Meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Monday March 6

Everything is set at the South Hill Avenue Church of Christ for a Ward One Town Branch Neighborhood meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday March 6, 2009. Please call Steve Odom, who has replaced Ric in scheduling and managing the PEG Center office for government channel, to request recording. I will use email, telephone, Web sites and personal contact plus maybe a couple of signs to let the neighborhood know about it.
The church address is 1136 S. Ellis Avenue near the intersection of S. Hill
Avenue and W. 11th Street.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Focus group to discuss plan for Beaver Lake

On Wednesday, March 25th, you are invited to a focus group meeting with Tetratech to discuss the status of the Beaver Lake Watershed Management Plan that they have been helping facilitate. This follow-up focus group meeting with conservation and environmental representatives will take place on Wednesday, March 25th at 3pm in the Chicago Room (room #220) at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. They want to gather your feedback on some of the management options that they have been developing for the watershed.
I believe each of you participated in the first focus group meeting Tetratech convened a few months back. If you have suggestions for other folks who should be included in this focus group, please let me know or pass this invitation along to them.
Tetratech has put together a series of newsletters to update you and other focus group members on the status of the project. I will distribute some of the newsletters attached to this message and others attached to another message early next week.
Please let me know if you have any questions and whether you will be able to attend the meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 3pm.
Thank you!
Mike Malone
387-5590 (cell)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Daffodils may be damaged by predicted thunderstorms in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 10, 2009

Please click on images of daffodils in the Town Branch Neighborhood on March 10, 2009.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Good day for a knight to turn out for a neighborhood business

Click on image to ENLARGE view of living advertisement on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on March 7, 2009.

Friday, March 6, 2009

POSTPONED March meeting of Town Branch Neighbors open to everyone but new date to be announced

A Town Branch Neighborhood meeting for March 2009 at the Hill Avenue Church of Christ date to be announced soon.
Guest presenter to share a development plan with residents who attend. Renters and property owners all invited.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sale Barn Cafe a great place to eat on Wednesday and Thursday

Please click on image to enlarge view of people enjoying lunch in the Sale Barn Cafe in the Town Branch Neighborhood of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 5, 2009.