NLR PROUD Summer 2022

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Summer 2022, Vol. 05, No. 03.

A Publication of the North Little Rock Mayor's Office



Health Clinic Coming To Rose City


e have so many exciting things happening in North Little Rock. City employees located in the North Little Rock City Services Building will move to the Blue Cross Blue Shield building on Pershing Boulevard in late October. North Little Rock’s Parks, Public Safety, and Public Works continue to make our city one of the best. The half penny sales tax approved in 2017 has funded many street, drainage, and sidewalk projects, as well as the new Justice Center and Levy Fire Station. Many of our fire stations have been renovated and we just broke ground for a new fire station in Burns Park that will replace Station #8 in Amboy. If voters continue the half penny on August 9, we will move forward with our plans for a new Central Fire Station, renovations to all North Little Rock Community Centers, and other additions to our Parks. We will also continue improvements in all Wards of the City for street, drainage, and sidewalk projects. I encourage you to stay informed by getting involved in your neighborhood association and visiting our social media sites - you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter under @cityofnlr. Enjoy your summer, and KEEP NORTH LITTLE ROCK PROUD!

Mayor Terry C. Hartwick

Three North Little Rock children are pictured at Levy Fire Station #6 during Open House held recently in the NLR Fire Department.

Table of Contents 3.................... Mayor’s Summer Youth Program

19........................................... Rental Facilities

4..................................... Community Gardens

22.......................................New Health Clinic

5.......................................... Air Show this fall

23.................. Payment options for NLR Electric

6...................... Promises Made. Promises Kept.

24................................. Municipal ID Program

9.......................... New Burns Park Fire Station

25........................... Become a 911 Dispatcher

11................... Upcoming Firefighter Challenge 14............................................... Golf this fall

27.....................................Jump Start Park Hill

15..............................Neighborhood Spotlight

28......................................... Employee Listing


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Summer Youth Program


The annual program allows students to work up to 352 hours during June, July and August each summer. Students work in various roles and have an opportunity to learn more about our city, departments and work to build relationships with local leaders. Applications are accepted annually in May, and this year students will work in the following departments in the City of North Little Rock: Administration, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Communications, Laman Library, Fit2Live, Human Resources, Neighborhood Services, Parks & Recreation, and Police/Courts.

wenty-five students, ages 16-24, all North Little Rock residents, are working in the City of North Little Rock this summer through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Program: Mikahl Young, Landen Peyton, Kaya Porter, Bailey Bearden, Christina Arendale, Mary Insalaco, Damaro Nicholson, Jordan Owens, Alan Ingram, Emily Anne Harris, Jayvian Johnson, Christopher Brown, Khanya William Kendrick Brock, Bryana Young, Denver Brooks, Heaven Conley, DaShaia Brown, Christian Taylor, Shaniya Spencer, Antonio Bass, Travis Cooney, Nyla Cotton and Tristen Woods.


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Flower-bomb workshop with the AR Dream Center/Every Arkansan sponsored by Engage AR.

One of the many raised bed signs at Pike View Early Childhood Center. NLR PROUD


he North Little Rock Community Garden Program, of the North Little Rock Neighborhood Services, is kicking into high gear as we enter the peak agriculture season. Our gardeners have been working hard to prepare their garden grounds and get a wide variety of produce planted. We are excited to collaborate with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Program this season! Not only does this mean we will have extra hands on deck, but we are able to educate our up-and-coming leaders on how agricultural programming works within the City of North Little Rock. During the spring season, Garden Coordinator Anna Sawyer hosted a weeklong planting class with the teachers and students of Pike View Early Childhood School. Each classroom designed their own garden bed sign and students learned that plants start as seeds before they root, shoot, grow, and bloom! The program also coordinated a series of volunteer opportunities for National Volunteer Week through a mini-grant sponsored by EngageAR. The programming included a flowerbomb workshop with the Arkansas Dream Center/Every Arkansan, a Levy Spur trail clean-up with North Little Rock Parks and Recreation, and a garden workday with the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas. If you and your community are interested in starting a community garden, please contact Anna Sawyer,


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he North Little Rock Airport has organized an airshow for Saturday, October 22, 2022. Gates will open at 9:00 am and a great, family-friendly day has been planned for our community. Everyone is invited to attend a sneak peek of the show! • Formation Flying, Aerobatic Flyers, Jet Truck, Vintage Aircraft • Free Kids Play Area, sponsored by The Wonder Place • Arkansas Innovation Hub Mobile Makerspace • Craft Beer Tent • Food Vendors

Update on the new Terminal/FBO and Hangar at NLR Airport:

• 16,796 square foot hangar for corporate jets • 5,729 square foot FBO/Airport Office/Terminal Building, includes airport lobby, pilot’s lounge, conference room, airport offices, and offices leased by North Little Rock Jet Center • Project will be completed in early fall


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lans for the future Burns Park Fire Station #8 began back in 2018 to provide better service to North Little Rock residents and our firefighters. The new station has an estimated cost of $2.8 million and will be completely funded by the current “half penny” approved by voters in 2017. The new fire station will be a tremendous upgrade to the one currently located at 6550 MacArthur Drive in the Amboy neighborhood and will ensure that North Little Rock Firefighters


will be able to respond and service its fire district faster and more efficiently. The new station in Burns Park will replace the existing Amboy fire station. In addition, the location of the new station will allow faster response times to other fire stations that are located on the perimeter of North Little Rock. The new Burns Park Fire Station #8 will be constructed with decontamination rooms that will form clean and dirty contamination corridors for additional health and 8

safety. The station will have four bedrooms, drive-thru bays and will house part of the department’s hazmat team, the bicycle team, and will accommodate the department’s second in-line battalion chief and battalion chief’s quarters. In addition to the most modern features and designs, the station will be connected to a North Little Rock Fire Department Memorial that will serve as the department’s place of honor for firefighters lost while on active duty.




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on August 9 will allow our city to proceed with the following projects:

Two new fire stations: Central Fire Station and a station in the east part of our city. Update Police vehicle fleet. Continue to update and expand our Parks & Recreation. Continue improving Street, Drainage & Sidewalk projects in all Wards.




he North Little Rock Firefighter Challenge will be held on September 8-10, 2022 at Dickey-Stephens parking lot on the west side of the Broadway Bridge. This event will bring firefighters from all over the country to the City of North Little Rock. This competition is a regional event that displays the physical aspects of a firefighter job. This is a fun, family-friendly event. If you have a business and would like to help support this event, please reach out to the North Little Rock Fire Department for details on how to become a sponsor.

The Kid’s Firefighter Challenge (KFC) is the logical extension of the FCC’s efforts to showcase America’s First Responder heroes and heroines while promoting a lifetime commitment to physical fitness, health, and wellness. Positioned near the adult version, the KFC travels with the Firefighter Challenge – providing a family-friendly and tangible method of capturing the enthusiasm of children and channeling it in a positive direction. The North Little Rock School District is in full partnership with the North Little Rock Fire Department, creating the First-Ever North Little Rock School Firefighter Challenge on September 8th, 2022. The fire department will set a course at each elementary school in the North Little Rock School District and the fastest three students will advance to represent their school at a competition in front of their friends, teachers, family and firefighters during the Firefighter Challenge at Dickey-Stephens parking lot. For more information, visit 11

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Tee Up! September 30 Arkansas Open Pro-Am Golf Tournament Burns Park Golf Course This is in conjunction with the Arkansas Open. October 1 & 2 Arkansas Open Golf Tournament Burns Park Golf Course October 7 & 8 Arkansas Open Disc Golf Tournament benefiting Camp Sunshine Stone Links Disc Golf Course

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elinda Burney is a retired teacher from the Little Rock School District, and serves as a member of the North Little Rock History Commission. She is also the President of the Dark Hollow Community Development Corporation. Mrs. Burney and her mother, Delois Sykes, are very involved in the Dark Hollow Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, providing food and clothing to residents needing assistance in our city. Mrs. Burney is a founding member of the North Little Rock Neighborhood Association’s Leadership Council and has attended training sessions for group leaders offered by the City of North Little Rock Neighborhood Services Department. Mrs. Burney is the daughter of Curtis and Delois Mitchell Sykes. Mr. Sykes served Belinda Burney on the North Little Rock History Commission and was instrumental in recognizing and preserving Black history in North Little Rock and across Arkansas. Mr. Sykes led the Black History Commission of Arkansas which served as an advisory group to the Arkansas State Archives from 1993 to 2007. He was the founding President of the Dark Hollow Community Development Corporation and Mrs. Delois Sykes currently serves on the MEMS Board of Directors.


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Community Involvement

A Great Partnership!


uring National Police Week, the North Little Rock Police Department held its 2022 Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony to honor those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Many family, friends and officers attended the memorial service as well as Mayor Terry Hartwick. Fallen, but not forgotten. Thanks to our North Little Rock Police Department for participating recently in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Event. The National Prescription Drug Take Back in North Little Rock was a huge success with North Little Rock officers collecting a total of 749.2 pounds of prescription medication to turn over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for destruction. Thanks to the community for depositing their unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication. A special thanks to Mayor Hartwick for his support, as well as our federal and community partners: Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jarad Harper, McCain Mall and Daniel Moving and Storage Company in North Little Rock for helping make this event a success. NLR PROUD


Earlier this year, members of our North Little Rock Police Department and volunteers from several local organizations took time to read the “I Like Me” book to kindergarten students in the North Little Rock School District. The I Like Me book, developed by the North Little Rock Rotary Club, is personalized for every kindergarten student in the North Little Rock School District and focuses on developing self-esteem and togetherness through participation at school and interaction in their family and community. Each child was given their own personalized copy of the book that included their name, the names of two friends, their teacher’s name, the principal’s name and their school name. The North Little Rock Rotary Club has provided this book for the last 24 years. North Little Rock officers enjoyed this experience and reminded the kids that reading is FUNdamental and better with a friend! Thanks to the North Little Rock Rotary Club for making this wonderful event possible, and doing so since 1999. Park Hill Baptist Church sponsored an appreciation luncheon for the North Little Rock Police Department. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and the opportunity to fellowship with members from the church congregation. Community Involvement = A Great Partnership! 17

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PARKS and Recreation,

Something for Everyone!


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Rentals Available

in North Little Rock




Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

Fourteen (14) pavilions available to rent in Burns Park Capacity of 15 - 250 Half Day Rental: $55 - $135 All Day Rental: $110-$270 $50 Refundable Deposit in addition to the Rental Fee. Morning Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Evening Hours 6:00 - 11:30pm or All Day 10:00 am – 11:30 pm To make a reservation, call 501-791-8537, extension 1.

Birthday Party: 1-10 Guests $90; 11-20 Guests $145; and 21-30 Guests $220 Overnight Stay: Deposit $120, $40 per person, maximum capacity of 35. Boat Reunion: maximum capacity inside of 75; maximum capacity outside on barge of 150. To make a reservation, call 501-371-8320.

Clubhouses A $200 Refundable Deposit is required in addition to the Rental Fee with the exception of Idlewild Clubhouse which has a $100 Refundable Deposit. Idlewild and Stone Links are all day rentals only. Morning Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Evening Hours 6:00 - 11:30pm or All Day 10:00 am – 11:30 pm To make a reservation, call 501-791-8537, extension 1. Hospitality House: Capacity 200 Half Day Rental $240/$275 or All Day Rental $470 Heritage Room: Capacity 80 Half Day Rental $165/$200 or All Day Rental $320 Idlewild: Capacity 40 All Day Rental $100 River House: Capacity 125 Half Day Rental $240/$275 or All Day Rental $470 Stone Links Clubhouse: Capacity 100 All Day Rental $300

Funland Amusement Park Birthday Pavilion: $200 charge includes 10 armbands, pizza or hot dogs; maximum capacity of 30. School Groups: $6/per child, capacity 20 - 300 Funland Pavilion: Half Day Rental $60 All Day Rental $85; maximum capacity of 50. Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Sunday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. To make a reservation, call 501-753-7307.


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New Health Clinic in

Rose City


Little Rock City Council approved the purchase of land located at 4112 and 4120 Baucum Pike and 4132 East Washington Avenue in North Little Rock for $475,000. The parcel of land sits at the corner of Highway 70 (Broadway) and Highway 165, a perfect location. Residents in the east part of North Little Rock will soon have a new health clinic, as well as the North Little Rock unit of the Arkansas Department of Health. The new healthcare clinic will be built by combining funds through the CARES Act, Community Development Block Grants and proceeds from the sale of unused city property. “Troy Wells, Chief Executive Officer with Baptist Health, and I are working together. The City of North Little Rock will purchase the property and build the structure. Baptist Health will lease the structure from the city and furnish it with doctors and nurses,” Mayor Terry Hartwick shared. The City’s goal is to continue the revitalization of Rose City and the East Broadway corridor by ongoing investments in the community.

ayor Terry Hartwick held a meeting in January 2021 with health and community leaders to discuss the possibility of a much-needed healthcare clinic in Rose City for North Little Rock residents. Mayor Hartwick was born and raised in Rose City and is adamant about providing equitable services to all areas of our city. Equally as passionate about medical care in Rose City are Ward 2 City Council members Linda Robinson and Maurice Taylor. “Rose City residents currently have to catch a bus and ride to Springhill Drive or John F. Kennedy Boulevard to see a doctor at an urgent care clinic if they have medical needs. A health clinic in the east part of our city would be a great addition for our residents, and much more convenient,” said North Little Rock City Council member Linda Robinson, who represents much of the city’s east side. In mid-2021, the Arkansas Department of Health approached the City about a possible new location for the North Little Rock Health Department. At the time, no land was available; however, in February 2022 the North



North Little Rock Electric to Permanently Close North Little Rock Electric to Permanently Close Drive-thru Services on August 31, 2022 Drive-thru Services on August 31, 2022 Progress is always occurring in North Little Rock and with that comes some exciting changes. The City of North Little Rock in willNorth be re-developing thewith Citythat Services building at 120 Main Street Progress is always occurring Little Rock and comes some exciting changes. to better serve the community. With this change, the North Little Rock Electric Customer The City of North Little Rock will be re-developing City Services building at 120 Main Street Service Department will be changing thisthe fall.North As a result, our drive-thru services will to better serve the community. With locations this change, Little Rock Electric Customer be permanently closing 31,locations 2022. this fall. As a result, our drive-thru services will Service Department willon beAugust changing be permanently closing on August 31, 2022. In the past two years, North Little Rock Electric has made many updates to our software and business processes andNorth discovered that Electric most ofhas ourmade customers rather conduct business In the past two years, Little Rock manywould updates to our software and online, using an app, or by telephone. For customers still using the drive-thru, there are now business processes and discovered that most of our customers would rather conduct business five easy waysantoapp, payor your electric bill For withcustomers NO payment fees. online, using by telephone. still processing using the drive-thru, there are now five easy ways to pay your electric bill with NO payment processing fees.

Other services such as Start/Stop/Transfer service, forms, rates, and payment billing options are also easily available online or by phoneservice, at 501-975-8888. Other services such as Start/Stop/Transfer forms, rates, and payment billing options are also easily available online or by phone at 501-975-8888.

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Municipal Identification Program T

need of identification for obtaining utilities and even opening a bank account. Through our partnership with Seis Puentes, we hope to help all groups of people in North Little Rock become more identifiable, involved and informed on the services and opportunities provided by our city and the Seis Puentes Resource Center. Identification cards are available weekly, Tuesday – Thursday, 9:30 am 2:00 pm and Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30-6:30 pm as well as the following Saturdays from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: July 9, August 13, and September 10. To obtain a municipal identification card, bring the following: 1. Proof of identity 2. Proof of residency in North Little Rock 3. Money order for $15

he City of North Little Rock is partnering with Seis Puentes to implement a municipal identification program. We believe Seis Puentes is the natural place to oversee the implementation of our new Municipal Identification Program because of their relationship within the immigrant community. Recently, our city hosted an Open House at Seis Puentes and printed 100 municipal identification cards for residents. The new North Little Rock Municipal Identification Program will benefit the immigrant community and also the elderly, homeless and others who lack any form of identification in our City. Many people in our community are unaware of the problem that different groups of people encounter in beginning a new life. Many North Little Rock residents are in

Why is a 911 Dispatcher So Important?


solved nor convictions made in an hour like they are on television, but we do our best to provide the best of service to the public. Our team offers a competitive, hourly salary range from $16.91 to $24.98, depending on qualifications, as well as great benefits: retirement, paid vacation and sick leave, medical insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, and longevity pay. Our team fosters respect, fairness and honesty and we need 911 dispatchers that have: 1) a high school diploma or equivalent, 2) an ability to pass a criminal background investigation and 3) a willingness to work shift work, holidays and overtime. If you enjoy a fast-paced teamwork environment that promotes safety and assistance to those in need, apply for a position in the North Little Rock 911 Center! If you or someone you know is interested in making a difference as a 911 dispatcher, visit and apply.

o you ever watch crime shows and think about everything it takes to provide a response to the scene and the ultimate capture of the criminals? North Little Rock Emergency Services provides that! Isn’t it intriguing how Hollywood is able to sensationalize the story, utilize computers and catch the bad guy? There is a lot of information at a 911 dispatcher’s fingertips. Access to this information assists the North Little Rock Police Department and North Little Rock Fire Department to respond quickly to incidents and updates them with the call information as the incident unfolds. Public Safety Dispatchers are trained to ask a variety of questions when a call is received in the 911 center. The more information the 911 dispatcher is able to obtain, the better the response time. This information is relayed to police units as they are dispatched. This is not Hollywood and crimes are not




Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center 401 W. Pershing Blvd. North Little Rock, AR 72114

Original artwork by Maggie Billings

(501) 975-4297


PATRICK HENRY HAYS SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER Membership Options and Hours Hays Center membership is open to anyone 50 years of age or older. You don’t have to live in North Little Rock to join! The price is the same no matter where you live in Arkansas. Individuals residing outside of Arkansas may become members at the $150/year rate only.

CORE HOURS MEMBERSHIP $45/YEAR M-F 8:00 am–4:30 pm Sat 7:00 am–1:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

EXTENDED HOURS MEMBERSHIP $150/YEAR M-F 7:00 am–8:00 pm Sat 7:00 am–1:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Individuals 50 and over may utilize the Center on a limited basis without purchasing a membership. Day passes cost $5 per day. Individuals may purchase up to five day passes per year.


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Argenta Plaza



he North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of North Little Rock have been making improvements to Argenta Plaza, the downtown venue at 510 Main Street in North Little Rock. Enhancements include the addition of a stage cover, much appreciated by musicians for the extra shade and protection from the elements. Argenta Plaza is in full swing with public and private events booked throughout the summer, including the free Argenta Vibe Music Series and weekly yoga classes with Dogtown Yoga.

Argenta: North Little Rock’s Downtown J

uly and August are full of fun things to do downtown in North Little Rock. Visit Argenta, there is something for everyone. Great food, entertainment and art. Visit Argenta Community Theater or one of the events listed below. For a full events calendar, visit or July 4: Pops on the River July 4: Fourth of July Furious Fireworks Finale at Dickey-Stephens Park July 8 – July 9: Argenta Dogtown Throwdown July 9, 16, 23 and 30: Farmer’s Market, 410 Main Street, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm July 15: Third Friday Argenta Art Walk July 21: Argenta Acoustic Music Series July 22: Argenta Vibe Music Series featuring Gina Chavez at Argenta Plaza August 6, 13, 20, and 27: Farmer’s Market, 410 Main Street, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm August 12 – August 13: Argenta Dogtown Throwdown August 18: Argenta Acoustic Music Series featuring Shane Hennessy August 19: Third Friday Argenta Art Walk August 26: Argenta Vibe Music Series featuring Elizabeth King at Argenta Plaza




Jump Park Hill Start

ump Start is an economic development project funded through Metroplan that uses money from the Department of Transportation. It was a competitive grant, and North Little Rock received two grants for the Park Hill and Levy Jump Start Projects. The development of each site and participants’ desire to increase the walkability in their neighborhood was a major consideration when planning the Park Hill Jump Start Project. A large number of public meetings have been held with local businesses and residents to gather input. Neighborhood notifications were sent to the entire community. It is hoped that improving the commercial corridor in both neighborhoods, increasing the walkability, attracting new customers and growth of businesses will positively affect the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the business districts. The Park Hill Jump Start project began in May of this year on the east side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard at “A” street, and is moving north to “H” street, then turning south on the west side of John F. Kennedy down to “A” street. Once both the east and west sides of John F. Kennedy Boulevard have been completed, the project will continue on the median. Scheduled completion date is May 2023.


LaKaisha Shelby, Director of Fit2Live in North Little Rock, assisted North Little Rock City Clerk Diane Whitbey at the 76th International Institute of Municipal Clerks Conference held in Little Rock. The conference was hosted by the City of North Little Rock this year. 27

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North Little Rock Contact Information Mayor Terry C. Hartwick City Clerk/Treasurer Diane Whitbey City Attorney Amy Fields Judge (Traffic)

Judge Randy Morley

501-975-8601 501-975-8617





Ward 1 Council Member Nathan Hamilton


Ward 1 Council Member Debi Ross


Ward 2 Council Member Linda Robinson


Ward 2 Council Member Maurice Taylor


Ward 3 Council Member Steve Baxter


Judge (Criminal/Civil) Judge Paula Juels Jones Chief of Staff

Mike Davis

City Council

Ward 3 Council Member Ron Harris


Ward 4 Council Member Jane Ginn


Ward 4 Council Member Charlie Hight



Departments Airport Clay Rogers Animal Control David Miles



Mary Beth Bowman


Shara Brazear


Code Enforcement Felecia McHenry Commerce Communications

Community Development Donna Bryant


Convention & Visitors Bureau Karen Trevino




Robert Birch

Economic Development Todd Larson Electric Jessica Stephens Emergency Services Leonard Montgomery Engineering Chris Wilbourn External Affairs & Pandemic Office Margaret Powell Finance Ember Strange Fire

Gerald Tucker

Fit2Live LaKaisha Shelby Health Lucille Rose History Commission Sandra Taylor-Smith Human Resources Betty Anderson Laman Library

Crystal Gates










Shawn Spencer




501-371-8 330




Customer Service

Dr. Arnessa Bennett

Senior Citizens Center Steve Carr Street Patrick Lane Vehicle Maintenance


Steve Shields

Sanitation Condo Breedlove

Unsheltered Community


Safety/Traffic Services Kenny Stephens Special Projects


Police Patrick Thessing Recycling


Neighborhood Services & Community Gardens Dan Scott Parks & Recreation

501-975-8614 501-975-8888


Officer Jhailan Rathey


Kenny Brock




Workforce Development Colleen Bailey Wastewater Michael Clayton