After various speakers spoke in favor of a proposed wastewater connection, Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association board of directors last Wednesday placed the proposal on the September board agenda.
Jessieville School District has asked for approval to connect wastewater from a facility jointly owned by Jessieville and Fountain Lake school districts to the POA wastewater system.
Jessieville and Fountain Lake school superintendents Melissa Spears and Michael Murphy spoke in favor of the project. Also urging its approval were Villager Patrick Travers, an employee of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and POA utilities director Jason Temple.
Spears said more than 500 students live in the Village, and the proposed connection would directly help many Villagers.
The board heard the proposal on May 16, and authorized management to draft an agreement for review nad approval.
The districts help to connect existing wastewater lines serving the alternative learning center to HSV’s treatment system. Saline Boys and Girls Club’s Cedar Mountain club also uses the building.
Also asking to connect are Catholic Health Initiatives McCauley Center and Home Plate Café.
Speakers told the board the McAuley Center and the restaurant serve many Villagers.
Temple and Travers told the board the connection would help protect the Village’s watershed and its water supply. The POA pumps water from the Saline River Middle Fork.
Temple said the wastewater system currently operates at half its capacity, and the proposed addition would add 0.34 percent to the load. “This addition of wastewater will have no significant impact to the plant,” he said.
The proposed commercial rate for customers outside the Village would a $40.52 per month base, plus $14.39 per 1,000 gallons. The commercial rate in the Village is a $38.02 base, plus $12.39 per 1,000 gallons.
During public comments, property owner Tom Blakeman urged the board to place the project on hold, citing his belief the Declaration would not allow the connection. But later in the meeting, board chair Tom Weiss said Blakeman had cited an incomplete portion of the Declaration’s article. Reading further in the article, Weiss noted that not only were beneficial connections allowed, but encouraged.
In other business, Weiss read proclamations declaring Constitution Week and the Village Walk for Cancer Research.
Noting that Sept. 17 will be the 231st anniversary of the Constitution’s drafting, Weiss urged citizens to “renew or deepen their appreciation of the unique and precious heritage passed on to us in the wisdom and foresight of our founders though the United State’s Constitution.”
Village Walk for Cancer Research will be held 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at Balboa Pavilion. The fundraiser raises funds for research at Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“Cancer research has led to a greater understanding of the many different types of cancers,”
Weiss said. “With the knowledge, scientists are conducting life-saving research and discovering new pathways toward treatment options.”
In chief operating officer Linda Mayhood’s report, the South Barcelona road project was around half complete. The contractor has 90 days from July 23 to complete it.
GarNat Engineering LLC, Benton, is expected to complete an emergency action plan for lakes DeSoto, Cortez and Balboa by October. The state requires such plans for dams.
Controller Liz Mathis gave an update on the gates project.
Lifestyle and outdoor recreation manager Charlie Brown gave pickleball project details.
Recreation director Stacy Hoover updated the board on the RV park and outdoor pool plans.
A major RV upgrade will provide more rental space, iimproved water service and better access.
Mayhood’s full report is available in the board packet under the governance heading at
Chief executive officer Leslie Nalley gave the financial report (see related article.)
In current business, the board approved a protective covenants revision policy and a
visitor/future property owner enterprise goal.
Prior to votes, director Buddy Dixon read a statement from architectural control committee
chair John Froning. The chair said his concerns had been addressed and he supported the
Director Nancy Leuhring voted against the change.
In discussion for adding a fourth enterprise goal, director Mike Medica said he thought it
welcoming visitors was a given. He said existing goals address the need, and he voted against
the proposal. Other directors spoke in favor, even saying it should be the first goal.
In the consent agenda, Bert Cueva was approved as a public works committee member.
During public comments, property owner Brian Darst made various comments, including a
request for the POA to release the salary range for certain high-level positions. He said he was
interested in the salary for each post, not in what an individual is paid.
Darst also asked where the two-minute limit was posted. In opening the comment period, Weiss
reminded speakers of the two-minute limit.
Darst also spoke about parliamentary procedure and Roberts Rules of Order, and said approved
minutes are incomplete and should have more details.
Updated Aug. 22 to clarify that several spoke in favor of the wastewater connection.