Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 31, 1974 · Page 18
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 18

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 31, 1974
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Ctmes ArfcMMM. Friday, MUy 31, 1974 A Better Life Through It's the American dream. And ifs still very much alive. The great ideals still make sense. The tools we need are at our disposal. Ifs all right at our fingertips: the better world, the better life. How do we set it in motion? With faith in ourselves and our fellow men .... hope in a better tomorrow ... and loving care. Caring means concern .. . responsibility, too . . . and appreciation: of our technology, natural resources, and a special human potential. Let's use them and use them well. The better life is waiting. Your friends and relatives, particularly former residents, will be interested in reading this issue. Additional copies are available in limited supply at the TIMES office at 50c each, wrapped and mailed anywhere in the U.S.A. County Progress Marked By Concrete, Steel, Pipes NKW VAULT UNDER CONSTRUCTION .. .adjacent to Washington County Courthouse Progress for Washington County in the past year has been marked in concrete and steel, paneling and pipes. The year has seen the completion of new jail facilities, the start of a vault addition to the Courthouse, remodeling inside and out of the Courthouse, and what may be the first steps in constructing new court house facilities. County workers first began to move ttie pail from the old Jail building at the end of Mountain Street to the basement of the old Armory Building in 1972. The work was completed in the early part of 1974, with several open houses held during the winter. The jail offers separate facili ties for men and women and juvenile prisoners, as well as increased office spaces for the many functions of the sheriff's department. The new vault addition is going up to the east of the Courthouse and will provide records-space for the circuit clerk, county clerk, treasurer assessor and collector. The addition will rise two stories on the east side of the building and will include a lower floor which will be used as an emergency preparedness headquarters. This function will entitle the county to $60.000 in federal grant money. VAULT COST The vault project will cosl around 5250,000, and will include another feature that is sure to make the Courthouse a more comfortable place to work and visit. A new central heating and air conditioning system is beinf installed in the 70-year-old building, which means the removal of a 30-year old boiler numerous radiators that provided uneven heat for years and even more numerous window air conditioners and lectric heaters. Besides adding omfort the new system will «pefully reduce utility bills by XHit 25 per cent and cut down he strain on the buildings' tiring. The system should be in peration by late May. New offices have, been reated on the fourth floor of he Courthouse in the space acated when many of the-state ocial service agencies moved new facilities at College lace, an office complex on orth : College Avenue. The offices in the Armory Building which have made room for a e wjuverrile courtroom and nurseling and probation ,nffi- In Many Areas Springdale Sees Progress ; SPRINGDALE -- Airport improvements, street improvements, hospital expansion, and recreational improvements are some of the projects by which Springdale residents can m e a s u r e their communiUy's progress during the past year. Improvements at the municipal airport include extension of the runway and taxiways, Macktopping of approaches taxiways, a new lighting system and added safety equipment. Presently working on the improvements. Anchor Construction Company recently completed construction of 10 hangars. Rainy weather has slowed up improvements a n d expansion work but the job is expected to be completed by mid-summer. The airport has been closed during construction work. Looking to the area's future transportation needs, Spring dale and Fayetteville businessmen have formed a regional airport committee which is pre sently trying to obtain $20,000 from the Federal Aviation Ad- m.lustration. Tie money would be used witn $5,000 contributions from cam city to hire two consulting e n g i n e e r i n g firms -Mr-Goodwin, W i l l i a m s and Y.ies and McClelland -- to conduct an airport feasibility *tuoy updating one done several rears ago. The city ba« «odertaken a protect ' on Soringdale's east ·id* -- within aod surrounding KM boundaries of the Spring »al project. Paving, curbing, guttering, storm drainage and some sidewalks in the area are expected to be completed by early fall by Capwell Construction Company of Springdale. Cost will be about $250,000, not including the hot-mix paving of the streets. When bids were let, Mayor Park Phillips hoped the price of hot mix would decrease by summer and so did not into elude the cost of hot-mixing in the bid specifications. Phillips, who noted that the price has not declined, said, the city will prpbabty do the work itself. The streets within the urban renewal project are being a part of the city's obligation to the federal department of Housing and Urban Development and the urban renewal plan. In the past 13 months, hospital revenue bonds totaling $2.5 miUion have been sotd.- The $4 million expansion -- financed by the/bonds and local hospital funds, earnings and contributions -- is expected to be completed in 1975 or early 1976. Bed space in the hospital will be increased from 161 to aboul 200 with additional undeveloped space left to add 60 to 80 more beds as needed. Three stories will be built onto the present three at the braiding's .north end. Two of these three will just he "shelled in" with completion to take place as addit ional expansion is needed. CONTRACTS AWARDED Hospital officials are presently hi the process of awarding about 35 contracts for various kinds of work involved in the expansion. Ground-breaking -which depends on when basic supplies can be obtained -- is expected within one month. Continuing to expand and improve recreational facilities, the City Council recently named a committee to meet with school board members in order to study a community park system for Springdale. With the possibility of obtain ing funding for the Federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, the committee will draw up a plan whereby school recreational facilities would be fixed for use by the general public after school hours. Repair crews from the Winn Construction Company are now working at the municipal swimming pool in Murphy Park. The $25.000 job includes a new pool lining, new ladders, and repairs to the circulation system in the diving pool. Pool opening is scheduled for around the first of June. Springdale Jaycees and a council committee headed by Alderman Harold High have been given the go-ahead to start work on a small zoo at Murphy Park. Designed for small animals, the zoo would be fenced in with visitors able to walk among and pet the animals. The Jaycees plan to build · shelter to house the animate. Children from Elmdale Elementary School -- who approached Mayor Park Phillips with the idea earlier this year -- have offered their own and their parents' help. One area sorority has pledged $75. The Park Street Community Center, scheduled to open year ago, finally did open las November. While equipment for the park to adjoin the center has been received and is i storage now the park will not be completed until drainage problems in that area are solved The current street improve ment project -- with drainat provisions -- is expected to al teviate most of the problem. Springdale J o i n e d with Fayetteville this past year in a drive to raise money for th proposed park around Lak Fayetteville. With 643 acres of land and water located c Fayetteville's north boundai adjoining Springdale. residen 1 of both cities could benefit from the recreational area. Spring dale's City Council approved a $7,500 donation to the project In the last year, voters ap proved * $5 million industria revenue bond for expansion a the Ralston Purina Turkey processing plant here. Of the 15 million, only tl million initially used. Completed th f. work at the plant tall construction of a snufl building, and installation additional processing equipment and pollution control equine**. The city's plan to re-fond $*W.OOO in general obligation bonds and so accrue a $90,M navingft hi interest over the W of tne bond was dropped tu» spring. Men* of the re-funding bids leceimi carried a 1 o enough interest rate to mer the process:of re-funding, th council decided. Aldermen noted that bids fi re-funding might be advertise far again is the fut-ire. Remodeling has also extended to the circuit and chancery courtrooms on the third floor of the courthouse. Extensive work in the Circuit Courtroom includes refinishing much of the original woodwork; laying new carpet, recessed lighting, and installing a sound system. A C r i m e Commission grant supplied most of the funds. The most obvious changes around the Courthouse are the exterior ones: Guttering and sealing work; laying new tile on the roof, the proposed erection of a new spire and cleaning of the building. The work on the roof and installation of the spire is being financed by a grant from the Office of Emergency Prepared ness -- given because of water damage that has resulted from the roof's condition. The county will receive approximately $38,000 from the federal government and mast pay for the cost of the spire itself -- between $5.000 and $6.000. Parking on the Cowhouse grounds has been limited by the construction -- and parking east of the building along the armory garage will be eliminated completely by the vault addition. PROBLEM NOTED This problem and the shortage of office space were duly noted by a tirand Jury that met in early 1974 and termed the Courthouse a "disgrace." However, even before the Grand Jury offered its opinion. County Judge Vol Lester had set up a Courthouse commission to investigate the possibilities of buying property to expand facilities. That commission is at work, although thft specific direction of its plans has not been disclosed. The possibility of needing a second Circuit Courtroom in the fairly near future and a new Chancery Courtroom a few years afterward is also being considered. Judge Lester has pledged himself to the continued restoration of the Courthouse as something "we must do." Lester says the county will proceed with renovation and expansion as the funds become available. NWARPC Takes Major Steps The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission NWARPC) took two major teps in helping to m a p . area irowth during the past year nth the adoption of the Land Lesource Management Plan nd bhe Northwest Arkansas Water Quality Management Ian. In its July 26, 1973 approval f the Land Resource Management Plan, NWARPC -which represents 97 per cent f the communities in Benton nd Washington Counties -adopted a tool for use by local overnments as a basis for dis- ussion of problems created by growth. NWARPC has worked teadily on the plan since the group's inception in 1966. In the plan, several goats and objectives for the area's growth are outlined. The goal of economic and population growth n quality development is to be mplemented by recognizing existing units of government as the base for future development activity, the plan states. Growth within the region should be continually monitored and distributed among all areas so a quality environment is maintained. To do this, the plan suggests a regional growth model be formulated which would determine the maximum holding capacity of the area while not exceeding environmental tolerances. The plan's goal of main taining a quality and balanced environment can be im- pjemented by identifying en vironmental tolerances before m a k i n g decisions; b y prohibiting development activity that negatively exceeds Ihe tolerances and by assuring that air and water quality programs and solid waste prac trees are administered as area wide concerns without regard to constantly-changing loca boundaries. GOVERNMENT FUNCTION In meeting the environmental goal, environmental matters must be a function of govern m e n t with the ultimate responsibility in the hands of the voters. T h e transportation goa outlined in the plan calls for providing a road, rail and air system that serves the human and economic needs of the region. A total area-wide system of meeting transpor tation needs is required, ac cording to the plan. Transportation f a c i l i t i e s . located to meet future growth patterns and to insure the most economical forms o transportation. T h e plan suggests that uniform standards tor construction, maintenance and operation be adopted, and that the planning process be continued in a coordinated local-state federal partnership. Since the plan's adoption local governments have ap proved a resolution agreeing to continue a transportation study im ronnactton with NWARPC, he state Highway Department nd the federal Department of transportation. NWARPC has also agreed to erve as a coordinator and n formation source for the Fay- tteville-Springdale regional airport study committee. The public facilities and ser- ices goal of the plan seeks fficient and economic provision f services that will meet future s well as present needs. The Ian calls for determination of which services could best be landled on a joint or regional lasis and urges implementation f such. As well as noting the need or continued study area needs or facilities, the plan contends bat the provision of such could serve as a tool in guiding the development process to insure High standards of regional quality. O b j e c t i v e s specifically relating to land use activities in the resource management plan are divided into categories of residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and open space. Residential objectives include recognizing cities as the basis for future development, guiding development to areas capable of supporting it, achieving an equitable distribution of housing o p p o r t u n i t y , encouraging compact development in urban areas for the greatest economy of public facilities and services, and preventing rural sprawl. Commercial objectives include developing groupings of commercial facilities at appropriate intervals in areas with the greatest population, locating the groupings at intersections of major transportation facilities and in areas of full public facility service, and providing for a variety of commercial facilities in keeping with projected demands of the region. Objectives in the industrial category are to provide a balanced economy through a variety of quality industrial activities, to seek industrial development with minimal negative environmental impact, to encourage a regional distribution of industry, and -:to reserve sufficiently-sized sites with appropriate characteristics to meet projected demands. Agricultural objectives in- e l u d e reserving valuable agricultural lands for future production essential to continued economic balance in tha region, and considering agri- (OONTINUED ON PACE ITS) Progress Varied At City's Police Department .By JACK WALLACE TIMES Staff Writer Progress at the Fayetteville Police Department has not been s e v e r a l "accomplishments" imited to any one item in the past year. There have been within the department, including a computerized micro- 'ilm system, the addition of more personnel and cars and many other items, according to Chief of Police Hollis Spencer. Spencer noted two patrolmen who graduated with top honors from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at Camden and another patrolman who fired the highest score ever obtained on the firing range at the Academy. In addition, several pieces of advanced equipment have been added to aid police in obtaining and identifying fingerprints and in the area of drug analysis, as well as receipt of a granl for a car and related equipment designed especially for the Criminal Investigation Division. The computerized filing system was installed in November of 1973 and. since that time, informfiCion has been fed into the system on reels of microfilm. The process is a long and tedious one, but when complete (he system will provide immediate access to any record within the department. ALL RECORDS According to Mrs. Bcttye Ross, responsible for feeding information to the system, all arrest cards, mug shots, offi cer's daily reports (with the ex ception of 1J71) and sheets con taining booking information and prisoner possession inventories have already been fed into the machine. Mrs. ROM said thai fingerprint cards, complaint reports, daily reports for 197! accident reports, summons aw crime «nd incident reports remain to be entered into the system. Approximately 54,000 individual § pieces of information have been'fed into the system so far, according to Assistant Police Chief Glen Riggins. The system itself is unique. In that only four other cities in the state utilize the system, although the Rogers Police Department is requesting funding From the Crime Commission so it can obtain one. (The other cities are Fort Smith, Tcxar- kansa, Pine Bluff and Hot Springs.) COPIES MADE Two copies of each reel of microfilm are being made, Spencer said, with one copy being kept at the Police Department and the other in a vault. Thirty-five of the reels have been duplicated to date. The retrieval unit can search 1.000 individual pieces of material (records) in about 11 seconds, making- this one of the fastest methods of retrieving information to date. Patrolman Blake Tune took top honors at the Training Aca demy May 10. when he was named Student of the Y e a r Tune obtained an average ol 96.125 per cent, the highest score ever obtained at the Academy. Tune is the polygraph opera tor for the department ant recently underwent advanced training in the area of narco tics. It was learned recently that Charles Vanderpool. another member of the department placed second, j u s t behind Tune, in Student of the Year honors. Adding to the list of accom pUshments obtained by the Fayetteville force at the Aca demy is Mark Whatley. who for the firs', time in the history of the Academy, shot a perfec score of 300 in qualification* at the Academy firing range. Advancements in rank have also been noted .in the department. Glen Riggins moved from captain to assistant chief and ^lint Hutchens was promoted 'rom sergeant to captain with the retirement of Assistant :hief Wayne Stout April 4. after 20 years of service. Bob Jones and Jerry Surles were promoted to sergeant. A special car. equipped with criminal investigation equipment, is to be purchased in "the near future. ·· .^ Purchase of the car and related equipment was made Dossible by a $10,624 Crime Commission grant in March. The grant will be used to purchase a radio, camera, tape- recorder, fingerprint k i t s. a rifle and several other items [n addition to the car, according to Riggins. A confidential, unmonitored, telephone line was installed by the department in February in an attempt to gain information on drug activity and other matters. Spencer said the line was installed because many people do not wish to give their names or become involved in an investigation. With the confidential line, however, all a person ha» to do is call the number (5214549) and leave the information. Spencer said that many useful pieces of information have been passed along to police in this manner and that several arrests have been made as a result. In mid-April the department opened a pistol range located just off the Hwy. 16 bypass. The range was constructed by city employes for police use and is also open to members of the general public provided they first obtain permission and a policeman is present to supervise its use. At the first of the year the OK PAOE J»

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