WM Public Works ready to talk trash

WM Public Works ready to talk trash

Board planning public hearing to roll out new ideas

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The junk car enforcement sweeps in West Memphis have been so successful, city leaders planned on using that code enforcement strategy as a model to clean-up tires, trash and garbage. To that end, the Public Works Commission has begun to fashion a sanitation ordinance and is planning a public hearing to roll out proposed changes before the city gets tough on trash.

Councilman James Pulliaum wants input on trash and garbage services and called for a meeting of landlords and concerned citizens. The city will consider changes in services, fees, ordinances and fines.

Curbside trash from tenant clean-up lead discussions at the February public works.

Heaps of old furnishings are too often left for city trash trucks. Last year trash pick up time ran more than three weeks late. House clean-outs are not service stops to trash trucks but the city failed to enforce the standard and the piles contribute to exasperating the claw truck service.

Pulliaum said prospective businesses tour the city and a clean city improves chances for big business locating here and offering high paying jobs.

“We have to think about all the other things we

Satanic group adopts stretch Arkansas highway

ROLAND — A religious group in Arkansas has officially adopted a stretch of highway to keep the state beautiful and litter free.

Satanic Arkansas plans to host quarterly cleanup events along the stretch of highway located towards Roland, on Highway 300 in Central Arkansas.

Danny Straessle from Ar-DOT says they only restrict groups from the adopt a highway program if they use profanity or engage in illegal activities.

“As long as the organization holds up their end of the agreement to pick up litter at least four times a year, ArDOT will provide them a sign,” Straessle said.

The organization says they want people to promote religious freedom in the state of Arkansas.

“We are a collective of like-minded Satanists who work to improve our community in Arkansas while we work to educate people about modern atheistic satanism and promote religious freedom in our state,” said an organization official.

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Mumps cases confirmed on University of Arkansas campus

FAYETTEVILLE — Three confirmed and one suspected cases of the mumps have been identified on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, according to Meg Mirivel, Public Information Director for the Arkansas Department of Health.

The cases were all identified over the past few weeks.

The department is urging all students, faculty and staff to make sure they are up to date on their Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccinations.

“Mumps is a viral illness that is transmitted by direct contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from an infected person,” according to Mirivel.

“Mumps is usually a mild disease in children, but adults may have more serious complications,” according to Mirivel.

“Complications can include deafness and encephalitis.

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain.”

Symptoms include painful, swollen salivary glands that show up as puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. They also include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

Affected men may have painful, swollen testicles.

Fertility can be affected in some cases.

From the Arkansas Department of Health: The MMR vaccine is safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 88 percent effective in preventing mumps. It is a live virus vaccine and is not recommended for pregnant women or patients with a weakened immune system.

Adults born before 1957 are generally considered to be immune to mumps and do not need to receive the MMR vaccine.

More information can be found on the ADH website at www.healthy.arkansas.

gov/health-units.

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Former camp director sentenced for child porn, video voyeurism

LITTLE ROCK — A former Christian summer camp director who was arrested in April 2018 for video voyeurism, received sentencing on Tuesday.

Robert Powell, 45, had worked at Camp Wyldewood since 1995, says Jared Cox, chairman of the camp.

According to the summer camp’s website and Facebook page, Powell had been camp director since 2007.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Noreen Smith of the 17th Judicial District confirms that Powell went to trial on Tuesday and was charged with two counts of video voyeurism, found guilty on one count.

He was sentenced to three years for video voyeurism.

Powell was also charged with two counts of child porn, found guilty on both, and sentenced serve three years with each concurrently.

Authorities say the man will spend a total of six years in prison and must register as a sex offender. TRASH Continued from Page 1

have to do to,” said Pulliaum. “You think about all the things we will have coming here unless don’t clean-up,” said Pulliaum.

“I guarantee if we tighten it up things will be here.”

Public Works commissioners bandied about ideas and are hoping for citizen input before crafting ordinances or making changes.

Using health standards to regulate tire storage, pushing construction debris to private roll off bid, rental clean-outs, litter, bagging garbage to reduce litter, and dealing with abandoned vehicles on private property were discussed.

Changing to household trash carts like Marion echoed round the room.

“One can per household would cost the city $600,000 initially, “said City Engineer Amanda Hicks. “They are $60 if we buy them in bulk.”

“If we go to this, it will save us money in the long run because we won’t have to pick up 55-gallon drums like some have,” said Pulliaum.

“We will get away

from all that.”

Ultimately, the commission opted not to make any decisions without first seeking public input.

The public works commission is inviting landlords and citizens to hear the city’s plans and voice opinions at the sanitation ordinance public hearing on Thursday, March 7, beginning 6 p.m. at West

Memphis City Hall.

By John Rech

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