Saturday, December 08, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Lakewood Neighborhood Group
November 13, 2007

Pledge of allegiance
Opening prayer

Neil Bryant
Alderman: Insurance situation with city employees-city council is trying to sort out the best plan.

The hydro electric plant on track to contribute $1.3 to 1.5 million to the city. If it hits $2 million that will decrease the amount the city would have to borrow.

Bridge on Fairway-Metropolitan Trust is developing land on the other side and will pay for the bridge.

Crossing lights for pedestrians cost $30,000, not sure city can afford right now.

Tom White: Vacant house update. There are close to 100 vacant houses in the Lakewood, Park Hill and Levy areas.
A good information site is It has a listing of towns and their codes.

Neil Bryant: Willing to sponsor an ordinance. Get something in writing to go over with code, the council and city attorney.

Code: There are two officers that work on condemnations.
Please call if you have any questions.

Sorrells: Last Sunday someone called 911 reporting someone walking down the street and going into backyards. Police did find the man in a back yard.
A car was stolen on the other side of McCain, kids trying to open car doors and found door open with keys to car loose inside.

Keep back porch lights on, lock doors, and do not leave anything outside that is worth anything. You can buy kits for sliding glass doors to possibly prevent break-ins.

There will be an increase in traffic due to Christmas.
If there are people going door to door, they have to have a picture ID.

Neil Bryant: Announced he will be seeking reelection on council for 3 year term.

Beth White: The next meeting will be January 8th.
Luminaries on Glenmere Dr. will be December 20th.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Lakewood Neighborhood (Watch) Group Meeting
Tuesday,November 13, 2007
Lakewood Elementary Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Lakewood Neighborhood Group
October 9, 2007

Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.

Representative) General Improvement money-The Supreme Court changed how local money will be dealt out. It will allow wider distribution. North Little Rock will receive half a million dollars from the House of Representatives. The Senior Citizens Center, Parks and Recreation, Fire Department, Pulaski Vo-tech, Hayes Center, Heritage House, and Care Link will receive money.

Lejman: Reading of July meeting minutes.

Bryant: Gadwalls to reopen tomorrow.
Sales tax issue-3/4 to go to schools, ¼ to reopen the North Little Rock jail. Council is looking at the sales tax burden on electric rates. We are still looking at a 6-8 million dollar deficit next year.

Creegans Pub opened, parking is an issue. City is looking at an area behind the Checkmate Club to purchase for more parking.

Health insurance for city employees is still up in the air.

The Pit bull that was taken into custody earlier this year was euthanized.

John Riley: Spoke regarding TIFs. Tax Incremental Financing-There is no life
(School Board Rep) span limit on TIFs. Each state has its own laws regarding TIFs. They are set up to encourage money to move into blighted areas. This is money that would normally go to taxes. The argument for TIFs-they bring growth back inside a district. This is money that will not be given to the schools. It is illegal to raise sales tax for the schools.
Response to question regarding rumor that Lakewood Elementary might close in 5 years-No plan to shut anything, we do need a master plan that produces the most efficient and productive use for the students.

Ross: (Alderman) If you live on a concrete street in Lakewood that needs repair call the Street department to get your street on the list.

The Ballpark tax came off September the 30th.

Novelty lighters are not allowed in NLR now.
Jones: Project Green is a grounds improvement initiative to beautify the grounds of Lakewood Elementary. 110 trees are on the campus. The last project the trees on the playgrounds were trimmed. The school has no budget for upkeep of the grounds. Kohl’s has donated $500. Some of the projects for this year are (1) clean up (2) have an outdoor classroom and (3) have a green house and recycle program. They will be applying for city beautiful grant next year. They would also like to have a nature trail and butterfly garden. Clean Up Day will be October the 20th from 9am to 4pm. 27 people have signed up-need 40. They will be building a compost bin, raking leaves and finish painting the soccer cages and fence. Please bring tools and wheelbarrows. Anyone that has loriope, we need it.

Sorrels: Vacant houses are still and issue. If you see strangers hanging around, driving up and down the street over and over, call the police. A call was made regarding a man that “didn’t look right” on Toph. Police arrested him breaking into a house. He had burglarized houses all over.

An arrest was made in the Holiday Inn homicide.

3 people were caught breaking into cars, 2 in Indian Hills and 1 on Crestwood. Lock your cars, take valuables inside the house.

Police cracking down on pawn shops. 4 arrested for fencing at McCain Trading.

Call police if people come door to door asking to work i.e. raking leaves, cutting trees etc. They have to have a placard with a picture ID. Boy Scouts selling popcorn right now are OK. Churches can walk on the street and pray for a neighborhood. If you are approached by people begging, do not give them money.

White: Jackson Hewitt tax class being offered.
Jacob Kacena will be distributing fliers for fall leaf removal.
Master plan for the renovation of the Old Mill-restrooms, sewer lines are being put in now.

The next meeting will be Tuesday November the 13th.

Meeting adorned

Monday, October 08, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood (Watch) Group Meeting

Tuesday October 9, 2007

6:30 p.m.

Lakewood Elementary School Cafeteria

Hope to see you for the next monthly meeting-bring a neighbor! We want all residents to be informed about what is happening in the Lakewood area. Visit our blogsite at:

Sunday, October 07, 2007


October 2007 Arkansas Art Gallery: Come and view an eclectic collection of artworks from Arkansas artists. Open Tues.-Thurs. 10a.m. to 4p.m. Fri. & Sat.10a.m. to 9p.m. OCTOBER12: Downtown Argenta Art Walk held every month on the second Friday of the month 5p.m.-8p.m. Participating galleries: AR Art Gallery, The Art Scene Gallery & Art Market, Pennington Studios/Claytime Pottery, Galaxy Furniture and AM Architecture. For details call 501-687-5959 or visit The Arts Scene Gallery & Art Market: A multi-disciplined art environment. Open Saturday and Sunday 10a.m. - 6p.m. OCTOBER 12: On thesecond Friday of the month—come and join us after the Argenta Art Walk from 8p.m.-1a.m. Located on the corner of Broadway and Maple at 201 Maple St. in Historic Argenta along the Trolley Line! For more information on the Arts Scene, weekly news & updates, visit or call 501-372-2130. The Arkansas Queen : Enjoy the Arkansas River aboard the Arkansas Queen Riverboat in the lovely month of October. The Fall Color Cruiseboards at 9:30a.m. on Saturday, OCTOBER 27. View nature’s painted leaves and enjoy lunch, jazz music and games returning at 2:00p.m. Boarding all ghosts and goblins for a familyHalloween Cruise with Radio Disney spooky staffers, games, and a Halloween costume contest on theRiverboat boarding at 6:00p.m. on Sunday,OCTOBER 28. TheSunday Jazz & Champagne Brunch continues as well with a delicious menu served with your choice of champagne, sparkling cider, or orange juice. Reservations Required. For a complete schedule, to book a special cruise or for more information, visit them on the web at or call 501-372-5777. The Razorback Submarine: Visit the USS Razorback (SS 394), a BALAO Class Fleet Submarine located at the North Shore Maritime Center. NOW Open Mondays & Thursday -Saturdays 10a.m.-6p.m. Open Sundays 1p.m.-6p.m. Visit the USS Razorback online at To schedule a group tour call 501-371-8320 or e-mail: North Little Rock Animal Shelter’s Mobile Adoption Unit: Lakewood Village on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.—4 p.m. Call the NLR Animal Shelter at 501-791-8577 for the Sunday schedule and more details. Come out to see the animals! North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce: presents on OCTOBER 5TheOctober FYI Luncheon from 11:50a.m.- 1p.m. Admission for Members $12; Non-members $15. For more information on this event, about the Chamber, or to become a member; contact Kenda Ford at 501-372-5959, email or visit North Little Rock Parks and Recreation: Offers physical fitness, aerobics & dance classes for all ages call 501-791-8541 or 501-791-8545, visit for more details on events/schedule. To rent pavilions or the Hospitality House, call 501-791-8537 for more details. For more information on baseball call 501-753-0012, visit or Bonzai BMX Track– or call 501-753-6989. Burns Park Campgrounds call 501-771-0702. Burns Park Golf Course call 501-758-5800. Burns Park Tennis Center visit or call 501-791-8585. Funland -call 501-753-7307 or 501-791-8543. Riverview Skate Park call 501-791-8540. The Big Dam Bridge: Located over the Murray Lock & Dam System, is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge built for that purpose, spanning the Arkansas River with 4,226 linear feet of bridge at 90 feet above the river it connects the two cities and the River Trail. Directions: Take I-40 to exit #148 heading south on Crystal Hill Rd. At the red light turn left onto North Shore Dr. At the four-way intersection turn right, following the sign to Cook’s Landing. Parking near the restrooms and at the foot of the bridge. For more information on these and other events visit River Trail: The North Shore Trail, a paved pedestrian and bicycle trail, takes you from the downtown I-30 bridge along the AR River through Emerald Park, Burns Park to Cook’s Landing where it meets up with the Big Dam Bridge and crosses the AR River over Murray Lock & Dam. For more info visit or call Terry Easton at 501-660-4207 or email her at or call 501-791-8540. William F. Laman Public Library, NLR: Offers library programs FREE and open to the public. OCTOBER 4: Music in the Plaza Season Finale with Brave Combo! Not your run-of-the-mill organ-grinders, the Grammy-award winning eclectic group will knock your socks off with an all-ages concert from 6:30p.m.-8p.m. Plan to be with us at the Laman Library Main Plaza Stage. OCTOBER 13: Good Gardens “Fall for Irises!”Iris expert Robert Treadway shows you how to plant and plan for Irises. From 10a.m.- 11a.m. in the Lecture Hall Main Library. OCTOBER 20: eBay Basics Skills Class from 9:30a.m.- 4:30p.m. in the Lecture Hall, Main Library. Have you heard about eBay and wondered how to go about selling your items? Kim Laffoon, an education specialist trained by eBay presents this day long workshop. Space is Limited, register bycalling Amy Brawner at 501-758-1720 ext. 109. For more information on these events or other events call 501-758-1720 or visit Theatre: “India: Kingdom of the Tiger“ Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a multitude of cultures, customs and traditions. Also playing, “Alaska: Spirit of the Wild” and “The Lost World: Life in the Balance” follow scientist on an expedition to one of the least explored places on the earth, the table mountains of Southern Venezuela and the Mayan civilization of Tikal. IMAX Admission: Adults $7.50, Child $5.50, Seniors $6.50 EpiSphere show, “Impact Earth!” A traditional planetarium show that explains where meteorites are and where they comefrom. Admission: $5.50 for all ages. IMAX is CLOSED on Mondays; Open Tues.-Sun. Call for show times 501-376-IMAX or visit Historic Arkansas Museum: Every Saturday in October: Step Back Saturdays: Storytelling from 10a.m.-4p.m. See how they did it in pioneer days. In addition to a tour and living history, Saturdays bring pioneer life ways to the historic grounds, showing you the how and the why of 1800s living. The museum is open 9a.m-5p.m., Monday –Saturday and 1-5p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are FREE; tours of the historic grounds are $2.50 for adults and $1 for children, tours on the hour except for Noon the last tour is at 4p.m. Call 501-324-9351 for details or visit Museum of Discovery: Offers programs everyday.OCTOBER 13: Saturday Discoveries from 1-4p.m. for kids in grades K-6. This month’s topic“Cool Concoctions!” Cost: $15 per class; Space is limited. Contact Beth Nelson at 501-396-7061 or email to make your SaturdayDiscoveries reservation.Paws, Claws and Tailswill be held the first Saturday of each monthOctober - Mayfrom 11a.m.-2p.m. Learn about the 50 different species of animals that live at the Museum while getting an up-close experience with several of the live animals. Open Monday -Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 501-396-7050 or visit for more info. Old State House Museum: 300 W. Markham is along the Trolley Line! Museum hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 9a.m.–5p.m. andSundays 1-5p.m. FREE Admission. For more information on the museum and exhibits call 501-324-9685 or visit

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Meeting News

The September 11th meeting is canceled.

Next meeting will be:

Tuesday, October 9th , 2007 at 6:30pm

Thursday, August 09, 2007

National Night Out-2007

Thank you to all who attended and helped with National Night Out. It was a special evening and the purpose was served to get neighbors out to meet and visit with each other. Also we are grateful to be able to visit with NLR City officials and workers. It was really great to have our Police Department, Animal Control, Neighborhood Services and the Firemen of Station #7 represented.

We again enjoyed the talent and music of the”Broadway Stars” under instructor Ms. Deidre. We were glad for their family and friends who joined us. They presented a fun and colorful collection of favorite musical scores. What a positive and cheerful group of young ladies!

More special thanks as well to:

Dilday’s Ice Cream Shoppe
Nachos de Farmer’s
Marilyn’s Eclectic Cuisine
Pruett’s Pastry Pantry
Maxine’s Cold Dranks
Watermelon Wheelbarrow de Lejman
Tom’s Tube Steaks
Reifsteck’s Community Driveway
Stan’s Photography
Scarborough’s Broadway Stage and Cookies
Officer Karl Sorrells and Family
Alderwoman Debi Ross
NLR Street Department (for an extra mowing of the median strip)

Lakewood Neighborhood (Watch) Group meets at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Lakewood Elementary School in the Cafeteria.


Save the dates!
National Night Out 2008-Tuesday August 5th
Luminaries on Glenmere-Thursday December 20th, 2007

National Night Out – 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

National Night Out-2007

WHERE: Glenmere Road (Both ‘sides’ of the median!)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 7th
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
WHO: You and your family!
We’re celebrating National Night Out, with an evening of neighborly fun (eat, walk, and talk!) for residents on Glenmere.
Do you want to participate by hosting a “snack” to share with your neighbors? If you are interested please call 758-2738 for more information. We are changing the format to having all food on the lower level in the driveways of several houses.
The “Broadway Stars” will again come for a dance and musical presentation!
Police, Fireman, NLR City Government and Departments are invited.
The purpose of National Night out is to heighten community awareness and to strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts. We on Glenmere support this goal, and also want to encourage neighbors to get together.

Everyone, please turn your front porch lights on between 7:00 and 10:00!
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tom and Beth White
4021 Glenmere

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Opening prayer
Pledge of Allegiance

Neil Bryant: Dog issue-in court, city joined county trying to get ownership of dot to have it euthanized.
Floating target budget for 2008-ball park tax expires in October. Half cent to be voted on in January. Ballot title to PURCHASE WHOLESALE POWER.
INFRASTRUCTURE-Sewer department, the treatment plant needs to be upgraded. The pumps are wearing out. Sewer rate increase is recommended $14 million to fix infrastructure.

Debi Ross: Noise ordinance- police will have several meters. Industrial zones taken out completely. Construction/residential 7am to 9pm now. It can always be changed if needed.
Bass Pro Shop-nothing definite yet.

Neil Bryant: City has to have $10 million to keep from raising rates.

Officer Bono: Regarding vacant houses-one officer in each district logged vacant houses. There are 150 vacant houses. The list is faxed to Code Enforcement. They will check vacant houses in areas of burglaries. If there is a vacant house on your street email Officer Bono
Keep any valuables covered in your car. Do not leave anything in your car at night.
Burglaries-Quite a few. Park Hill, the people were in the home asleep. Keep garage doors locked.
Be careful about confronting people, they could be smoking PCP, the could be aggressive, assault you. Don’t stop and help people with flat tires. Do not answer the door to people you do not know. Check all the check numbers in checkbook if your purse is stolen, they may take checks from the middle of the book.

State Pawn shops cracked down on regarding record keeping.
Representative Keep in mind for this fall the ballot for the 1/4th sales tax for
Barry Hyde: county to fund jail.
Drug Court-expanded in Pulaski County.

Code Officer
Eperson: Two officers are assigned to checking on vacant houses. This is a
long process to condemn.

Beth White: The next meeting will be September 11th at Lakewood Elementary. August 7th is Great Night Out. August the 4th is the Great Night Out Workshop.
Glenmere Rd will have food and activities in several yards again this year. Please leave your porch light on from 8 to 10 pm.
The Citizens Police Academy will start this fall.
The Old mill hours are 8am-9pm in the summer and 8am-7pm in the winter.
Friends of the Old Mill will get a portion of the sales from the Art Space art gallery Friday 13th 5-9pm.
Restrooms at the Old Mill are scheduled to be built in September.

Meeting adjourned

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

June 12th 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Meeting opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Barry Hyde
State Rep: Most of the legislative acts that were passed will go in effect in July, such as the cut in grocery tax by 3% and the blighted neighborhood act.
Funding of the general improvement money-North Little Rock $455,000
One the ballot in 2008 to change the legislature to annual instead of biannual meeting with budget meeting on even years, also to clean up antiquated language of by-laws.

Sorrels: Re question of pawn shops checking for stolen goods: Detectives check pawn shops daily. Pawn shops are supposed to keep records on each item (name, address, serial numbers etc.) Pawn shops lobbied for legislation to return stolen goods for what they paid.

Control: Anti chaining legislation has been in effect since November, trolley line is ok with 10 feet of lead. Pit Bulls continue to be in the news regarding a former resident of NLR. NLR dealt with the woman for 3 yrs. She has 30 days for an appeal before the dog is euthanized. The other dog is in custody and NLR wants permanent custody. They are also trying to get a ruling that the owner cannot have a dog over 20 lbs. Pulaski county is considering a ban on Pit Bulls. Animal control continues to find Pit Bulls in the city. Lonoke, Jacksonville and Little Rock are also looking at a ban. Regarding a question about feral cats—animal control will bring out a trap and will come and get the cat if you call. Squirrels-animal control will come and get them if you trap them, repair your house during the day time while they are out side. AR Urban Wildlife will help with raccoons, possums, squirrels, bats, etc.

Alderman: Speed hump report for Edgemere Rd—2 are recommended. Residents on Fairway between North hills and McCain are requesting one.
Noise ordinance-June 25th there will a public hearing at the City Council meeting. Debi will fax a copy of the ordinance if you want to look at it. The web site for the city council is being revamped.

Alderman: The city is short 8-10 million dollars for 2008. 4 things we could do:
1) Raise electric rates 10%
2) Cut services 20%
3) Borrow the money (we have authorized $20 million for 2 years.)
4) Sales tax ½ cent for 4 years with a defendant cut off.

Plum Point 2 would last 30 years or so if we get into it., This would require a special meeting.

Algae in lake- carp were put in t eat the growth, will take a year. The carp do not reproduce or eat other fish. The algae came form fish that were put in the lake from another lake. This is a natural occurrence.
Sorrells: Lakes do die; they need aeration, moving water. Catfish and minnow ponds use tractors to aerate the water.
There has been an increase in crime in our area. Home invasion burglaries-3 houses in our neighborhood during Riverfest and Edgefest 1 on Lakeview and 2 on Overbrook. These 2 festivals brought in lots of people. Take more care with your personal items, lock things up. Lawn mowers lock up or chain up. Lock up sheds. Don’t leave anything in view in your car. Car windows have been shattered, 5 in the last week. Leave lights on outside. Sliding glass doors-bar them, better locks are available at home stores. Thieves are not using pawn shops as much, selling goods to friends for little cash. There has been an increase in domestic incidents. Do not answer your door to door to door sales men, call police. Lawn services-if the truck is ratty with no sign on side of truck they are probably stealing mowers. Call the police.

White: The next meeting is July 10th. National Night Out is Tuesday August 7th. There will be a free National Night Out workshop on Saturday August 4th, those interested in attending need to contact the Department of Neighborhood Services for registration.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Opening prayer
Pledge of Allegiance

Liz Lejman:
Minutes read from meeting on 4-10-07.

Debi Ross-Alderman:
Spoke with the Head of Parks regarding the Old Mill
gates. He asked Mary to write a letter regarding request to close the gates at 9 pm and the Parks and Recreation will look at it at the
next meeting will be 5-21-07.

Neil Bryant-Alderman:
Anyone can attend the meeting at the Community Center.
Regarding keeping tax records-the state requires that records are
kept for 7 years.
Sidewalks around lake #3-the project ran out of money at the
bridge. The sidewalk needs to be shored up, light poles are being moved back but, will be moved after the sidewalk is put in.
Concerning Lake #1 and 2-the moss growth. A fish biologist treated Lake #3, with grass eating Carp. The banks will be sprayed, it will take 2-3 years to clean up.
City employees will receive a 3% salary raise, the last on was Sept. of 2005. Regarding the issue of the baseball statues- Neil paid for his, Debi did not want one.
Baseball park-parking has not been a problem. Kids’ days at 11am on Mondays were full. People attended from all over the state. Children were admitted for free.
Dry cleaning and plastic bags are now recyclable.
Regarding the Sani-can at the Old Mill— handicapped accessible restrooms are to be built.
Door to door salesmen-have to have a permit with picture ID. Magazines-they have to deliver them right then, can not take an order to deliver.

Beth White:
Officer Sorrells was not able to attend, but did send a note. Police are working on files of vacant or abandoned houses. There is still a problem with cars being broken into.
Lakewood Elementary needs loriope, also known as “monkey grass”.
Neighborhood Services has a newsletter that is put out quarterly. You can call and request the newsletter to you at 501-340-5394 or email The North Little Rock directory is also available.
The Old Mill will be adding restrooms, lighting and an amphitheater.
A one time mailing regarding our meetings is still in the works.
Great Nite Out will be on the first Tuesday in August.
We now have a blog site
The next meeting will be June 12, 2007.

Meeting adjourned

Monday, May 07, 2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group


Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes of last meeting read by Liz L.

Liz L. spoke regarding blog site for group

State Representative: Spoke regarding 3 of 5 legislative bills passed. One of which would allow cities to take abandoned houses in blighted areas and use money in a land bank pool to repair and sell to lower income citizens. There continues to be a problem with imminent domain. He will report again at the next meeting.

The legislative session is over. Nothing was done about payday lending. There are tax cuts but now all fees are increased.

Lakewood resident asked how long we need to keep tax records. IRS says 3 years, the back of the AR tax forms say 8 years.

Barry stated he would find out what is required regarding AR code.

Debi Ross
Alderman: According to the FOI if 2 or more aldermen show up they have to notify the press. May the 5th will be the City Beautiful Clean Up day. LPOA will have a clean up day the next weekend. The baseball contract was signed, 20 years with 2 5 year options.

Mary P.
Resident of Lakewood: It is a problem for the gates of the Old Mill to be open until 10 pm. There is noise, vandalism, and Mary was threatened when she tried to close the gates after 10 pm. The problem is worse in the summer when school is out.

Sergeant Bona: New Sergeant at the Lakewood Substation. The substation is not staffed 24 hrs a day. Officers meet there for roll call. North Little Rock has 4 districts Downtown, Levy, Hill area and Rose City. Locking of park is low priority, Sergeant Bona supports locking park earlier. He will pull service calls for the Old Mill. He requests that people leave their name if they call in. If there is an increase in calls they have to go out and check on the problem. If someone comes to your door and you do not know them, do not open the door.
Door to door sales-no more permits for magazine sales. Peddling without a permit is a class A misdemeanor.
Abandoned houses-there has to be 3 or more criminal arrests on the property before legal action can be taken. Sgt. Bona will have his officers compile a list of every vacant and abandoned house in each district every month.
In the month of March there were 5 residential burglaries, and no commercial burglaries. Breaking and Entering of autos increased lately. Do not leave cell phone in plain view in auto. Lock belongings in trunk or take them in with you. You can email Sgt Bona at He is in the office Tues, Wed, and Thurs.

Debi Ross: Will call Parks and Recreation about time of gate closing at the Old Mill since they are the ones that changed the time.
Conway has agreed to accept prisoners for $30 a day.

Tom W: We want to have one mailing regarding our meeting to cover all of Lakewood. There are 2500 addressed in Ward I. Neighborhood Services will assist with a mailer one time a year.

Beth W: When it is time to address envelops, we will need volunteers. She encourages everyone to attend the city counsel meeting. Someone needs to mention our meeting during the Public Comments section. We would welcome any suggestions.

Next meeting Tuesday May 8th 2007.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Tom W: Began the meeting with a prayer.

Officer S: Led the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Beth W: Thanked Alderman Bryant for the signs to announce our meetings. Abandoned houses remain a concern. There was an article in The Times about the McAlmont area problem with abandoned houses. Sam Baggett of the Neighbors United for Levy stated they have discussed this problem in their area and are having a Levy Meeting Monday April 2nd @ 7pm at the Glenview Recreation Center at 4801 Allen. He is also on the Planning Commission.

Larry E.: Code Enforcement—Will bring up the issue of abandoned houses. Larry
will also attend the Levy meeting.

Sorrells: North Little Rock will probably incorporate McAlmont area west of the railroad tracks eventually past Sherwood to the city lines.

Tom W: Research of other cities regarding vacant houses was informative. One web site has a lot of information. Examples were given of fines (See web site). One definition of an abandoned house was “deteriorating single family homes”

Beth W: We need a definition for our city. Beth asked Officer Sorrells to repeat his broken window theory and how it can ruin an entire neighborhood.

Sorrells: These meetings are about how a community can get back together and let city officials know about problems. If a crime is committed in an abandoned house, NLR can abate the house but, dilapidated houses falling apart are just as much a problem but take longer for anything to be done about them. Code can go in and tell the owner to fix up the house or tear it down or the city will, and bills the owner.

Larry E: Condemnation can take up to year. Cedric Williams and Felisha Henry do abatement and condemnations in the Code department. Rental property can be a big problem; landlords’ not checking on property to make sure it is ok.
Please call code enforcement with any problems.

Sorrells: Warmer weather means an increase in lawn mowers and yard equipment that is stolen. If you see someone driving around door to door asking to mow or trim trees 95% of the time they are casing houses. People have to have a permit in NLR to go door to door. There was a house broken into on Crestline yesterday and on Kent recently. Lock your doors and cars, leave lights on outside at night, take property inside or lock in the trunk.

Next meeting is April 10th. Please bring a neighbor.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Meeting 2-13-2007

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Tom W.- Opened meeting with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.

Beth W.- Will have 4 signs for the next meeting to be put up Monday afternoon prior to the meeting.
In front of the school, at the corner of Fairway and North Hills, at the top of Snake Hill and at Fairway and Lakeshore next to the Old Mill.

Neighborhood services-we are included in the newsletter. They are requesting that people submit articles for the paper.

Calendars are still available at the LPOA.

Please submit any ideas for the 2007 meetings, topics to be brought up, speakers, etc.

Ribbon cutting for FOM to be Tuesday Feb. 20th at 11am.

Debi R.-Alderman. Report from City meeting--Electric rates increased earlier than originally thought. This will keep the increase down some.

S.- A house north of McCain was burglarized.
19 cars were broke into 2 weeks ago.
Bank robberies are up.
Recommend people lock doors, call police if there is anyone suspicious in your neighborhood.

The school will be having a Basket Auction next Friday the 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. Craig O’Neal will be the auctioneer. With the money the school raises they plan to tear down the old basketball court and replace it with a new one, awnings for the portable buildings, a storage portable, equipment for the teachers such as TVs and DVD players. Last year they were able to purchase playground equipment.

Jail situation-there is nothing happening. City is paying for jail space but not able to use it.

Little Rock is now hiring and offering $7,000 more for police officers

LarryE.-Code Enforcement. It was brought up that there are 4 vacant houses on Glenmere and Lochridge alone. Would like to have an ordinance, now it takes too long (about a year).
Discussion re vacant houses-
Housing inspections has to go through City Council for condemnation.
Tom W.-searching web for other states definitions and fines.
How do we define vacant? Electric meter?
Debi Ross-In Hot Springs if electricity is turned off for > 6 months the wiring has to be brought up to code. Debi will call the city attorneys office to research this.
Beth W.-will add this to our agenda each month.

Meeting adjourned.
Next meeting will be March 13th at 6:30 pm.