Monday, February 7, 2011

Information for residents of Fayetteville: Diverse and important

Monday, February 7
2:00 PM  --  Bid Opening: Bid 11-18, Construction Water Main & Pump for Canterbury Rd. Water Tank  --  Room 326
3:45 PM  --   Board of Adjustments *  --   Room 111
5:30 PM  --   Parks and Recreation Advisory Board *  --   Room 111
6:30 PM  --   Animal Services Advisory Board *  --   Room 219
Tuesday, February 8
8:30 AM   --  FFEAC Transportation Group  --   Room 111
4:00 PM   --  Walton Arts Center Council Board Meeting  --   McBride Studio-Walton
Arts Center
4:30 PM   --  City Council Agenda Session*  --   Room 326
5:15 PM or Immediately following Agenda Session  --   Water and Sewer Committee *  --   Room 326
Wednesday, February 9
2:00 PM   --  Bid Opening: Bid 11-21, Rock for Niokaska Stream Restoration  --  Room 326
3:30 PM  --   Fayetteville Board of Health *   --  Room 326
4:00 PM   --  Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee *  --   Room 111
6:00 PM  --   Fayetteville Arts Council *  --   Room 111
Thursday, February 10
8:00 AM  --   Lean Workshop  --   Room 111
12:00 PM  --   FFEAC Inclusion Group  --   Room 111
1:30 PM  --   Airport Board *   --  Airport Conference Room
3:00 PM   --  Transportation Bonds Meeting  --   Room 326
4:00 PM  --   Planning Agenda Session and Tour *  --   Room 111
5:30 PM   --  Environmental Action Committee *  --   Room 111
5:30 PM  --   Historic District Commission *  --   Room 326
6:00 PM   --   Partners for Better Housing  --  Room 219
Friday, February 11
No Meetings Listed
Saturday, February 12
9:00 AM  --   Police Officer Written Examination  --   Woodland Jr. High Cafeteria, 7 West Poplar Street

Information in this week’s email - details listed below:
·       Fayetteville’s Waste Collection schedule for Monday, February 7th
·       HOW IS Your Neighborhood Connected?
·       Energy Efficiency: The” New” Year’s Resolution
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Fayetteville’s Waste Collection schedule for Monday, February 7th

The Solid Waste and Recycling Division is operating commercial and residential trash and recycling today despite poor road conditions on side streets and some parking lots.  If at all possible, Monday routes will be collected today.  There are some areas where neighborhood streets are iced over and impassable for our Solid Waste and Recycling vehicles but every attempt will be made to service Monday routes.   
Commercial collections have resumed and should be caught up today.  Some parking lots have snow piled in front of enclosures and dumpsters making collections impossible for those in question, but most collections should be made today as we attempt to resume to a normal schedule.
We will post daily press releases with updates on our web site:  All residents are encouraged to place their trash carts and recycling bins out on their normal collection day.  Wednesday’s schedule is in question due to another expected round of winter weather; however, we will plan to make all pickups on their normal days unless and until weather conditions make roads dangerous and unsafe for collections to occur.
For the week of February 7th, there will be no extra bag charges applied for those routes that were missed the previous week, and customers do not need to use extra bag stickers.
For commercial dumpsters, any overflow should be placed to the side of the container rather than in front of the container.  This greatly facilitates faster and more tidy pickup.
The Transfer Station and Solid Waste and Recycling Office are open today, Monday, February 7, 2011.
Due to the increased trash collection required, the Compost Facility will be closed and there will be no yard waste collection the week of February 7th.   These employees will be assisting in basic trash collection.
If you have any questions about your solid waste and recycling services please view information posted on the City’s website at 

This is your chance to get involved in Fayetteville. There are several City of Fayetteville Board, Committee and Commission openings for the 1st quarter of 2011. All applications must be received in the City Clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2011.
One Term Ending 03/31/15 
One Unexpired Pilot Term Ending 12/31/13 
One Unexpired Term Ending 06/30/14 
One Unexpired Term Ending 03/31/12
Two Terms Ending 03/31/16 
Two Terms Ending 03/31/17 
Three Unexpired Terms Ending 03/31/15
Two Unexpired Alternate Member Terms Ending 03/31/12 
One Unexpired Term Ending 06/30/13 
One Term Ending 04/01/16 
Three Terms Ending 03/31/14 
One Unexpired Utility Representative Term Ending 12/31/11 
One Unexpired Term Ending 06/30/13 
All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2011. 
All volunteers must reside within the Fayetteville City Limits and be a Fayetteville Registered Voter. 
All applicants must submit a new application for each board, committee, or commission. 
Applications may be emailed to or mailed to the City Clerk’s office at 113 West Mountain, Fayetteville, AR 72701. 
Please contact the City Clerk’s office at (479)575-8323 for more information or go to for application forms.

HOW IS Your Neighborhood Connected?
Do you know if your neighborhood association is registered with the City of Fayetteville? Do you even have a neighborhood association?
Having a registered neighborhood association, property owners association, or homeowners association does have its benefits. Here are just some of the many benefits:
1.  Registered neighborhoods (RNAs) are voting members of the Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods.
2.  RNAs have a “voice” and are asked to give input on City decisions that impact the neighborhood.
3.  RNAs act as a conduit for getting important information about City decisions, projects, and events in Fayetteville.
4.   RNAs help neighbors make improvements to their neighborhood, make needed changes, and assist in getting issues resolved for your neighborhood. There are more than 37,000 households in Fayetteville. Having a direct connection to the City helps.
5.  They provide a mechanism for additional safety and security through involved neighbors and communication.
6.   Communities with involved neighborhood groups and neighbors that work together are proven safer and healthier places to live.
If you aren’t involved in your neighborhood association, if your neighborhood association isn’t “connected” to the City of Fayetteville, or if you don’t have a neighborhood association – NOW is the time to get connected. It’s one of the greatest investments you can make for your home and your family.
For more information about neighborhood associations or the Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods contact Julie McQuade at or 9479) 575-8302.



Find It and Fund It: Grant Seeking Basics
Wednesday, February 9, 10 to 11:30 am, Fayetteville Public Library’s Ann Henry Board Room: This workshop will introduce basic and advance search tips to maximize searching in the Foundation Directory Online, a database available to Northwest Arkansas as part of FPL’s Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. The online directory includes more than 98,000 grant makers and a half a million grants, updated weekly. Participants will be taught to search for compatible grant-makers, grants, charitable companies and 990 forms. Registration is required. To sign up or for more information, call 856.7250.
Valentine’s Day Storytime
Saturday, February 12, 10:30 am, Fayetteville Public Library’s Wal-Mart Storytime Room: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories, songs, crafts and sweets. For families. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, call 856.7170.

The City is pleased to present a final draft and presentation of City Plan 2030, the Future Land Use Map and the Master Transportation Plan on Thursday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Genesis Building at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.
Light refreshments will be provided. Please mark your calendars and invite friends, family and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you!
For more information contact: Karen Minkel, Strategic Planning and Internal Consulting Director, City of Fayetteville, at (479) 575-8271

Sponsored by the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition (FCGC), the University of Central Arkansas’ Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) Project, and the Washington County Cooperative Extension, the second annual Fayetteville Community Seed Swap will be on Sunday, February 20, 2011, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center. 
Anyone may attend to trade and distribute open-pollinated seeds of food crops, herbs, or ornamentals.  Hybrid seeds will also be traded and distributed during the last thirty minutes of the event.  If you have no seeds to swap but want to learn more, come mingle with gardeners, farmers, and seed savers.  There will be an informational presentation about seed saving at the beginning of the event, followed by a seed savers exchange and seed distribution.  Help us conserve the heritage of Arkansas while we share good stories, beautify our yards, and, of course, save seeds.
WHAT:                     Second Annual Fayetteville Community Seed Swap
WHEN:                     Sunday, February 20, 2010, 1:00-4:00pm
SCHEDULE:           1:00pm – 1:30pm Seed Saving Presentation
                                   1:30pm – 3:30pm Heirloom Seed Swap
                                    3:30pm – 4:00pm Leftover Seed Distribution
WHERE:                  Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center, 945 S. College
WHO:                        The Fayetteville Community Gardening Coalition (FCGC), the University of Central Arkansas’s (UCA) Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) Project, the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service…and of course--any interested farmers, gardeners, and community members. 
WHY:                          Arkansas farmers and gardeners have a long legacy of using heirloom seeds. These plants are in danger of being lost. Sharing seeds encourages the production and longevity of diverse varieties for posterity, and increased sustainable living in the present. 
HOW IT WORKS:   Anyone can bring seeds to swap or share. If you don’t have seeds, you can donate envelopes, garden tools, or knowledge to FCGC.
COST:                       FREE!
For more detailed information, you may also contact Katy Deaton at 479-409-4431 or Dr. Brian Campbell at 501-450 3178

From the Fayetteville Police Department:


With the inclement weather season upon us, the Fayetteville Police Department wants to remind motorists to prepare for driving in inclement weather and encourage driver caution in an effort to avoid potential crashes. 
The Fayetteville Police Department investigates numerous crashes during times of inclement weather and many of these crashes are avoidable.  Some of the contributing factors include driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, failure to yield and careless driving.  The Fayetteville Police Department offers the following safety reminders to motorist:
·                 Allow a safe driving distance, at least three seconds of space between vehicles.
·                 Make arrangements for alternate routes and allow additional travel time in inclement weather.
·                 Make sure windshield wipers are in proper working order.
·                 External lighting is operating properly and vehicle glass is free of obstruction.
·                 Give 100 percent attention to driving.  Inattention is a common contributor to crashes. 
·                 Don’t take unnecessary risks.  Only venture out if it is absolutely necessary.

Energy Efficiency: The” New” Year’s Resolution
Dear Fayetteville Neighborhood Associations:
Every year, Fayetteville residents spend on average $2,250,000 a month on electricity, and we are also responsible for consuming around 88% of the water in our community. The solution for these issues is going to be energy efficiency, and Eco-Logical Communities would like to extend our invitation to each and every Neighborhood Association to learn more about what their group can do to become more energy efficient. Eco-Logical Communities, an outreach program through the University of Arkansas, features a city dashboard that shows our energy, water, and waste consumption all in one place, at one time. It is possibly the first of its kind, and will offer valuable information about our community and our resources. Their partner, EarthAID, enables you to track your utilities at a personal level, and offers rewards and incentives for cutting consumption. (You may have seen an insert about this in your bill from Fayetteville Water, SWEPCO, or Arkansas Western Gas, because they have partnered with EcoLogical Communities to help reach out to the public about energy efficiency). The two tools combined make energy efficiency simple and fun. EcoLogical Communities, which started back in April of 2010, currently has 660 households enrolled, and collectively they have saved $12,000 on their utility bills. Recently, an article ran in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that featured our Mayor, Lioneld Jordan, resolving to save energy:
“ I am resolving this New Year, to get a home energy assessment for my own home and to implement one or more of the recommended energy upgrades to my house.  I’d like to see if I can save 10% or more on my utility bills this year, and I’d like to encourage others to do the same. It just makes sense.” –Mayor Jordan
Energy efficiency is not just about “saving the planet…” It is a matter of personal health, comfort in your home, economical and social impacts, and protecting one of your biggest investments, your home.
For more information, please visit If you are interested in having us come to your Neighborhood Association’s meeting and giving a more thorough presentation, and/or helping you sign up into the program, please contact Becky Roark at 479-575-3917 or Perhaps we could start a contest to see which neighborhood could reduce the most! Thank you, and we look forward to meeting with you all!
Becky Roark, EnergyCorps Member
Outreach Coordinator
Applied Sustainability Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
(479) 575-3917

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