Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 31, 1974 · Page 20
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 20

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 31, 1974
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According To City Manager I, Friday, May 3), 1*74 Fayettevilles Beauty And Charm; Something To Protect · " FaTettevilk Cfty Mauser '' The charm and beauty of Fayetteville and the surroun- .Vding country side is certainly something we all love and want protect. In addition to charm and beauty, there is a "rural .sophistication" about this area ·,which Is. one of its great attractions. Each day more and more people are becoming 'faware.of the attractiveness of . "thi . is area and are coming here to find jobs and raise their families, or to retire. -- .As' more people arrive in ; . i FayetteviUe and Northwest Arkansas more demands are .,,placed upon public facilities and -,. services. The idea of more four;-.,Jane highways or a major airport in this area really isn't very appealing to any of us. -,; Yet. public officials are faced with' the ' responsibility of faced with me responsibility of "responding to the needs of the ··"general populace. · · ""·· On some streets and high ways in this area traffic '^·volumes are increasing each *vyear by 'several thousand vehicles per day. The number ._o[ passengers boarding com 'T'mercial air carriers at Drake : Field increased from 35,955 las " year to 41.632 this year. Responsible public officials ;\\ cannot ignore these numbers ;-;They must build more street: and highways if we are to be able to travel about the area safely and with a minimum of inconvenience. The citizens of FayetteviUe and Spnngdale have twice' (one to the polls to say "Yes, we want a better and safer airport and we are willing to pay for it." The need for a larger, safer airport is greater today than t has ever been and the public officials of FayetteviUe and Springdale have an obligation to the citizens to let tbem vote once again to determine whether or not the two communities should combine their resources to construct a new airport. WHAT B PROGRESS? Getting back to the theme of this newspaper edition, "A Better Life -Through Progress," the question I think we must keep asking ourselves is: "Just what is progress?" -- especially as it relates to the type of things we want to preserve and protect here in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. It is apparent that a rather rapid rate of growth is going to occur whether we like it or not. We all have a responsibility to Fayetteville to see that this growth occurs as it should. Each land use should be in its proper place in relation to other land uses and in relation to available public facilities if MOpetty values (and the public to be lax base) are to be maintained, method. Proper planning is a rather slow and somewhat painful process and those responsible For the administration of our oomblicsted pnumtng taws are subjected to some criticism from those who are in the business of land development. Some of the criticism can be justified; some of it cannot. My personal interpretation of "progress," in Fayetteville, as it relates to municipal government is to attempt to maintain a reasonable growth rate which is sufficient to continue to provide a healthy economy and .ax base. Good, clean industries should be encouraged to come to this area only if the labor x»l is sufficient to sustain . h e m without encouraging "raids" on existing industries. Our school system, which relies heavily upon the industrial and commercial tax base, must see continued growth in this area if the taxes on our homes are to remain at a r e a s o n a b l e rate. Your municipal government must continue to upgrade the water and sewer systems, police and fire services, the street system and recreational facilities. a suitable However, rapidly running out disposal ire are of area which contains suitable soil. TRASH DISPOSAL Surveys have shown that the men who haul me trash are the most popular city em- ployes so far as the housewife i s concerned. Housewives consistently r a t e garbage collection as the most important service provided by city [oyernment Overall. I feel our Sanitation Department personnel do an .outstanding job. A recent survey conducted in Fayetteville by a group of University of Arkansas graduate students revealed that most Fayetteville citizens are pleased with the service, provided by our sanitation personnel. This department, which relies heavily upon the use of heavy trucks, is another which is being strained.. by the rapid inflationary : trend. As an example, - cost $32.000 were ' Increasing Beauty Of City Is Goal Of Citizen's Group STREET PROGRAM During the past two years, through an accelerated maintenance program, many of the streets of Fayetteville have been resurfaced and curb radii have been widened at intersections to permit improved traffic movement. This accelerated maintenance program will continue during the sum- estimates of obtained for purchase of one large truck when the current budget was prepared in October 1973. The low bid submitted to the city for the same vehicle was $45,00 just six months later. The Animal Shelter is operat ed as a branch of the Sanita mer months of 1974. For many years sufficient '*'··'·· By DORRIS HENDRICKSON ;.~: TIMES Staff Writer "'·'-' Increasing the beauty of an ^already beautiful city is the - g o a l of a group of Fayetteville ^. citizens who compose the city's * Community Appearance Com- 3 mittee. » To this group, progress In th« i past has often meant the de* struction of some of the natural J beauty of the area. *. Now. progress to them means * the restoration of previously ·j destroysd areas and the preser * vation of some of the city's i remaining "beautiful" areas. 5 Working through the city j administraUon and in close * cooperation with the state High J way Department, the group's j first major project is the land * scaping of traffic islands along ! Hwy. 71 (North College Ave j ! nuc). ? The Idea for the traffic 5 islands came from Miss Kath; ; Kurtz, now a member of the S appearance committee. Mis: Kurtz wrote e totter to cfty offi »' cials suggesting that something ; be done to improve the sterile i appearance of a newly-con { structed highway. J The traffic islands are the ; first of their kind in the state ^ and city officials were assisted £ throughout the planning stage { of the project by Mike Hunter J landscape architect with the en *' v i r o n m f t n t a l developmen section of the state Highwa; Department. NAT 1 START Planting of trees and shrub 1 got underway on May 1 wit completion expected by mic June. Members of the Nort Fayettevill» Business Associa tion are assisting with fundin of the project which will cos the city $11,918.20. Another major project beautifieati«n is the renovation of the median along Arkansa Avenue. The committee ha spent several months studyinj various methods of restorin the beauty of the area. · "Originally 16 feet wide, th i ^median has been narrowed 5 ^ix feet and the elm trees nov · ,-growing along the roadway a - ; Laying because of disease arv ? 'Slack of soil. \ -t- Several suggestions have bet ? '-inade for the new look for, I · "median, but no definitive pla as yet been accepted. Miss uzanne Lighten has made a ,000 contribution to the roject. While the Hwy. 71 and Arkans Avenue projects are the argest and most spectacular of e projects being urged by the Dmmittee. many lesser pro- cts are under consideration. The subject of litter is one major concern to the group. plan is underway to encour- ge businesses and residents to eep their own property and djacent areas clean and neat. Letters are being prepared to end to businesses asking their ooperation in keeping their reas litter free. COOPERATION ASKED Committee chairman Stanley 3rpwn has said that the biggest problem we have in lis town is not creating more retty places, its taking care f what we have." . Citizen participation in clean- ip and beautification projects .re the goals of the nine-mem- aer committee. Other projects the committee lopes to instigate in the future all for landscaping areas along Hwy. 71 south at Drake Field; andscaping right-of-way along he Hwy. 71 bypass when construction on the roadway is completed: the possible installation of landscaped traffic stands alon gHwy. 62 west to ·'armington and from the Hwy. 62 intersection south along Hwy. 71 to the bypass. Both highways are scheduled to be widened to 'our lanes by 1977. Not all the beautification projects being carried out in town are directed by the Community Appearance Committee. Members of the Fayetteville Council of Garden Clubs have for several years been collecting funds for the establishment of garden center of Lake Fayetteville. The city's garden clubs are also conducting a major landscaping t project with the planting of numerous trees, shrubs and flowers at Lake Fayetteville Park. It ie the committee's hope that the two major projects now underway will "create an epidemic" of cleaning up and beautification around the city. funds were not available for Fayetteville to have an adequate street maintenance program. The coming of federal revenue sharing in 1972 permitted us to program street maintenance . activities which we feH would have us "caught up" within approximately five years. Now it appears the rapid rate of inflation may prohibit us from ever really "catching up". Asphalt prices have increased more than 27.5 per cent since the present street budget was prepared in October of 1973. Equipment prices have also substantially increased. In a good year our street department revenues might increase three to five per cent. The new federal highway act passed in the summer of 1973 has provided some relief for cities and towns which should permit us to continue our accelerated street program for at least two more years. The act provides urban system funds for use by cities on their collector and arterial street s y s t e m s . FayetteviUe will receive (311,000. in Urban System Funds for use during a two-year period beginning July 1, 1974. Fayetteville must provide $133,000 in local matching funds. A list of priority projects has been approved by the City Board aimed toward reducing traffic bottlenecks and o p e n i n g more cross-town tion Department and Ani mal Shelter employes a r e under the daiiy supervision o the sanitation superintendent T h e FayetteviUe Humane Society works closely with th city in the operation of th Animal Shelter with one shelte employe being paid by th Humane Society. ANIMAL SHELTER At the present time con struction is under way to doubl the size of the animal- shelte from 12 shelter areas to 24. Th Humane Society is payin nearly one half of the cost o the shelter expansion. Tola cost is $21,000.00. estimated . t o bt The close workin traffic-ways. ENFORCEMENT In addition to an ambitious street construction program, the Street Department has I, instituted a strict code en-1 forcement program to insure that streets constructed by I private contractors meet city specifications and will not II require excessive maintenance. A difficult decision now facing your city officials is that of I finding a proper method of solid waste disposal. It is generally felt that the landfill now in use I is not a proper disposal method in this area due to the large amount of subsurface moisture |] found here. Several methods of solid waste disposal are being explored and it is hoped that a I! decision as to the best disposal method for the Fayetteville I area can be reached in the near future. It is hoped that the I selected disposal method will also be capable of disposing of II sludge from the pollution control plant. 'At the present time this material is being buried near the pollution control plant. Research has shown this relationship b e t w e e n the Humane Society and the cit has certainly been beneficial t all concerned. The Fayetteville Police an Fire Departments are the fines I have ever had the pleasure o being associated with. Con sidering the salaries we ar able to pay, I feel the citizen of Fayetteville are very to tunate to have men of such hig caliber serving them in th capacity. The FayetteviUe Civ Service Commission and th chiefs of these two departmen strive to upgrade the depart ments each time a new employ is selected and each time a employe is promoted. It obvious that they have don their jobs well over a Ion period of time. NEW EQUIPMENT The Fire Department has tw new trucks on order at t present time. One is a 50-fo Snorkel unit and the other a 1,000 gallon per minu pumper. Also planned for t Fire Department is construct! of a sub-station in the southea part of town. The search f a suitable station site is nov under way. There are several other departments which are doing th* citizens at Fayettevflle. just wish time and space nild permit me to give them » credit they are due. Traffic ntrol. planning, inspection, jnicipal Court, legal. Building and Grounds and the Finance Department have all made good progress during Hie past year and are working toward an even better present year. All ef the citizens who have served on city boards and commission in trie past and those who are serving now deserve the lion's share of the credit for making FayetteviUe the wonderful community it is. It is obvious to a relative newcomer such as myself that, through the years, lot of fine folks have Invested a great deal of hard work, love and affection in this community. , '"·. IrweSttrjertts made yesterday have assured the · ,' ' · availability of electricity to tour customers to-'--, ' day: /iwJ the feornmHments made togay wifl ' help «*CUTO tomorrow's energy supply. ' ·' '' , SWEPCO enter? the new year with planned ·'· . ' v inws)mefrts of over $44,000,000.00 for new , , , power plants, transmission and distribution ' tines, substations and related facilities. The live, year capital construction budget is in excess OS A ttwd ot a billion dollars ($356,000.000.00). " and this long-term took to the future, is a big · part of reBabifity"of Service. Also demonstrated js our concern tor economic stability which m , , , , so heavily dependent upon electrip, power- At 1 S*V6r*CO v» have the electricity you need to-, day, and we're continuing to make the financial commitments necessary to assure you' that when tomorrow comes, electrtcity will be there. ' H Is our hope that you will use it wisely today ,., ,. and in the future. SWEPCO. - people people. SOUTHWtSTEft* ELECTRIC POWER CO. HAVE YOU HELPED CLEAN UP FAYETTEVILLE TODAY? FUNERAL HOMEJMC Phone 521-5000 Dignity And Tact Everything w» do ot NettW* Fvneral Home n distinguished by th* dignity and tact that or* e*wntiol in ·uuring rh* family'* peoc* of mind. Remember when you went fishing and there were fish innstead of empty beer cons? Remember when you took a ride in the country and there wasn't a single empty carton or abandoned cor? And Hie streets in Fayetteville did not have litter, no spoiled foods, no junk . . . It was Fayetteville the Beautiful. We'd better get busy and do something about it and we'd better do it fast. Start with your own yard. Your own street. Clean them up. We love Foyettevrlle and we know you do too. Please heelp us keep our city clean. If you'll pick it up we will haul it away. YES YOU... In Fact All of Us!! This Message For A Clean Fayetteville Brought To You By Your City Sanitation Department

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