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North Little Rock e-NewsletterProvided by Diane Whitbey, City Clerk and TreasurerFebruary 2018North Little Rock e-NewsletterIf you have information you would like to share with other city employees, residents and businesses throughoutNorth Little Rock, let us know. The City Clerk’s office pr ovides a monthly e-letter to those who subscribe throughthe North Little Rock website. To sign up, email [email protected] you didn’t know about Valentines DayFound at www.goodhousekeeping.comIt the 1300’s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.The holiday was Christianized and celebrated in mid-February because many believed that birds startedtheir mating season on February 14, which is why doves are associated with love.Saint Valentine wasn’t just one person.In fact, he might have been two or three. But the most common “founder” of Valentine’s Day was the SaintValentine who defied Emperor Claudius II. At the time, Claudius had banned marriage because he thoughtit distracted young soldiers. Valentine felt a bit differently—he illegally married couples until he was caught.After he was sentenced to death, young couples would visit his cell and give him flowers and cards. Andthe day he actually died? February 14. Allegedly. There have been multiple St. Valentines throughout history, including one pope. (He only served for 40 days in 827 A.D.)The first valentines were sent in the 15th century.But not until the 17th century did people start exchanging cards and letters. And Valentine’s Day cardsweren’t mass-produced until the 1840s.Today, it’s pretty big business.About 55% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day and spend an estimated 18.2 billion a year, includingmore than 1.7 billion on candy alone. On average, men spend 150 on Valentine’s Day. And the women?Just 74.Americans send 141 million Valentine’s Day cards each year.That’s more than any other holiday except Christmas. And how sweet: Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards annually, followed by children, mothers, and wives.Nearly 9 million Americans will buy gifts or cards for their dogs.The most popular gift on Valentine’s Day is flowers.Followed by chocolate and then jewelry.Americans send more than 220 million roses each year, and asmany as six million couples will get engaged on February 14. (February is the second most popular monthafter December for proposals.)The first heart-shaped box ofchocolates was introduced in 1868.Today, more than 36 million heartshaped boxes of chocolates are soldeach year. That’s 58 million pounds ofchocolate.Neeco Sweethearts—aka conversation hearts—were invented in 1866.Each box has approximately 45 sayings—including “True Love,” “Hug Me,”and “You Rock.” More than 9 billion conversation hearts are manufactured eachyear. And Necco has to start makingthem just days after February 14 to haveenough in time for the next Valentine’sDay! That’s almost 100,000 pounds perday. They have a shelf life of five years.“Where’s Mel”? Be the 1st person to call 975-8617 and tell us where you found him hiding in the newsletterand win a prize!1

North RockAnimal ControlPreventing lost petsFound at www.animalhumanesociety.orgThere are several steps you can take to keep your pets safe and reduce thelikelihood that they’ll become lost or stolen.1. Your pet should wear a collar and ID tags at all times. Include an up-to-datephone number where you can be reached. ID tags can be purchased at pet supply stores and online.2. Have your pet microchipped. Microchips are an implanted form of identification equipped to access yourcontact information when scanned at a veterinary clinic or shelter.3. Spay/neuter your pet. Every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. Most of them are unwanted and will be abandoned, often brought to a shelter orrescue organization. Spay/Neuter effects dramatically reduce the number of animals in need of homes. Studies haveshown that sterilized animals are less likely to roam. Spaying or neutering your pet also improves health and wellnessand diminishes certain undesirable behaviors.4. Keep them safe when you’re out and about. Animals lovethe outdoors but it is our responsibility to protect them. Always leash your animals when outside. Keep them close tohome and away from traffic, unfamiliar animals and those who may not concern themselves with your pet’sbest interests.5. Leave them comfortable at home. Never leave your dog leased outside a store or unattended in a car, evenif it is locked or the windows are rolled down.You can also keep your dog safe in your home by putting gatesor storm doors on exterior door, preventing a dog form bolting.Don’t forget the door to the garage, where the garage door maybe open.If gating isn’t an option, consider using an exercise pen to blockescapes and for an added layer of protection.We hope it never happens, but if your pet get’s lost, be sure youhave current photos. There are a number of social media pageswhere you can post pictures, a description, your information and more to help bring your fur baby back home.more information call501-791-8577The North Little Rock Animal Shelter is full and indesperate need of your help! Please consider adopting your next puppy,kitten, dog or cat. Shelter pets have tons oflove to share.Won’t you considergiving one a chance tobe a member of yourfamily. Can’t adopt a pet, then consider making a donation tocover the cost of spaying or neutering for some else.Need a newaddition to yourfamily?Call501-791-8577.we’ve got theperfect companion for you!Our shelter is full of dogs, cats, puppies andkittens in need of a forever home. Pleaseconsider adopting a shelter pet for your next pet.Support spaying and neutering in Arkansas by getting your ownArkansas Specialty Please Spay or Neuter License Plateat any State Revenue Office.2

North Little Rock Fire DepartmentHome Maintenance Checklist—found at www.bhg.comHome Maintenance BasicsLike a health physical, routine maintenance is important for every home’s upkeep and well-being. Continuing to check up on your exterior, appliances, heating and cooling, plumbing, security, and electrical systems will help prevent breakdowns, save money, andkeep your home looking its best.Monthly Home ImprovementsInspectingyour home andcompletingmonthly homeimprovementprojects willkeep yourmaintenanceschedule ontrack and easier to manage.A comprehensive monthlyhome improvement checklistis easy to implement, both in terms of time and money. Here is a list of basic monthly home improvements: Clean the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups,make it easier to regulate your home’s temperature, and ultimately decrease utility bills. Check the water softener and replenish salt if necessary. Clean faucet aerators and showerheads to remove mineral deposits. Inspect tub and sink drains for debris; unclog.Seasonal Home Improvement: Fall MaintenanceChecklist (so this one is a little late, but can stillbe done!)Before you start your seasonal home improvementtasks, examine both the interior and exterior of yourhome. Most of these home maintenance items can beaccomplished without the help of a professional, butit’s always better to be safe and call for assistance if ahome improvement project is beyond your abilities.Here are our seasonal home improvement recommendations for fall and spring: Rake leaves and aerate the lawn. Have forced-air heating system inspected by aprofessional. Tip: schedule this inspection in latesummer or early fall before the heating seasonbegins. Check fireplace for damage or hazards. Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors withcaulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary. Swap old, drafty windows for more energyefficient models. Touch up exterior siding and trim with paint. Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damagedshingles and leaks. Power-wash windows and siding. Remove leaves and debris from gutters anddownspouts. Mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway. Drain and winterize exterior plumbing. Have fireplace professionally inspected. Tune up major home appliances. Repair or replace siding. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Install a smoke detector on everyfloor of your home, including the basement. Clean the carpets. Clean window and door screens. Vacuum lint from the dryer vent. Inspect exterior door hardware; fix squeaky handles and loose locks. Check for frayed cords and wires.Seasonal Home Improvement: Spring Maintenance Checklist Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damagedshingles and leaks. Change the air-conditioner filter. Clean window and door screens. Polish wood furniture, and dust light fixtures. Refinish the deck. Power-wash windows and siding. Remove leaves and debris from gutters anddownspouts. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Have a professional inspect and pump the septictank. Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration. Vacuum lint from the dryer vent.By keeping your home and surroundings clean and in shape, you are alsoreducing the chance of other issuesincluding fire, trip and fall hazards, water damage and more.3

False Alarms/Malfunctions—70Rescue/Emergency Medical—656Mayor Joe A. Smith holds a monthlyMutual Aid—5department head meeting. Department Hazardous Material Response—15heads provide a report of activities, pro- Structure Fire fatalities—0jects and accomplishments. Below are Vehicle fire fatalities—0a few highlights from the last meetingTraining hours—3,644(December events).Total Building Surveys—183Highlights from some City DepartmentsHays Center—40 new members. 8,354 visits for themonth. Hosted a Rummage Sale for members, Medicare 101 seminar, “Flavors From Around the WorldCooking Class, Christmas party for members andGood Morning Arkansas TV segment featured a papertree craft. Provided 13 trips: Eureka Springs for tea atCrescent Hotel, Pine Bluff, Garvan Woodland Gardens and Sherwood to see Christmas lights. Transported Public Senior Housing residents to medicalappointments and grocery store. Hays Center volunteers logged 896 hours.Electric Customer Service—Bad debt— 23,884,New accts—902, Finaled accts—923. Customercalls—7,842. Direct contact: 1,335 inside teller payments: 7,323 Electric; 7,428 Gas/Water. Drive thru:3,948 Electric; 4,355 Gas/Water. Online: 7,948.Street Department—cutting and cleaning ditchescitywide. Finishing alley ways. Continue to checkdrains—flushed and cleaned 36.Sanitation—Collected and disposed of 1,743.47 tons(3,486,940 lbs) of household garbage/rubbish. YardWaste crews collected and disposed 168 loads;4,387.6 cubic yards of green waste. Loose leaf crewscollected 133 loads (4,374.33) cubic yards of mulchedleaves. Picked up 274 tires. 67 Waste Managementrelated complaints. Issued 116 Sanitation Code violation letters and 2 citations. Picked up 467 waste tires.Traffic Services—approved 103 barricade applications for permits. Repaired or replaced 191 signs andposts, marked 2 city vehicles with logo, 50 ArkansasOne Call location requests.Police—Crime numbers for November show increases and decreased in key areas. Property crime isdown 4% overall but violent crime is up due to increases in robberies and aggravated assaults. Burglaries were down from last year. Vehicle thefts were up.The main issue continues to be vehicles left unlockedwith the keys either in the ignition or somewhere elsewithin the vehicle. Residents are encouraged to ALWAYS lock their vehicles and not leave anything ofvalue inside. The Shop With A Cop program providedChristmas to 70 children. Officers also provided giftsand food baskets to needy families for the holidays.Fire—Total incidents—1,114Total Unit Responses—1,956Residential Fires—14Other fires—0Vehicle Fires—7Office of Emergency Services/911—Total incoming calls: 14,194Non-911 calls: 6,218Wired 911: 859Abandoned Wired 911: 111Wireless 911: 6,220Abandoned Wireless: 599Total dispatch computer entries: 8,977Planning—reviewed 4 new commercial projects( 1,369,285)—Pointe at North Hills, Office Building onNorthshore, RV Storage on North Shore and BAPSActivity Center on Pritchard, 8 commercial remodelprojects and issued 8 new single family residence permits (average 121,584). Also issued 9 Sign permitsand 0 Banner permits. Inspectors completed 424 inspections and covered 4,035 miles:168 Electric; 72Building; 110 Plumbing; 74 HVAC. Department hascompleted imaging all zoning, special use and conditional use files. Working on 2020 Census.Electric Department—38,579 customers, Peak Power—132,524 KW, Territory— 60 square miles, miles ofwire—555.1 miles, # Transformers—11,252, Streetlights—11,049 (121 repaired), Security lights—4,225(24 repaired), Smart meters—39,401, Revenue— 5,786,018. No major outages reported.Code Enforcement—53 assigned calls, 301 initiatedcalls, 38 citations, 195 violation notices, 47 vehiclestagged, 113 structures inspected, 24 rental inspections, 9 food service inspections, 1 search warrant, 5houses demolished by city, 1 house demolished byowner. Code Maintenance—95 assigned calls, 40 vacant lots cleaned, 2 lots with structures cleaned, secured 3 vacant houses, vacant lots mowed—0, lotswith structures mowed—0.North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau—Visitors Information Center in Burns Park had 656 visitors in December. Downtown RV Park had 279 reservations/average stay 3.6 days. The Arkansas InlandMaritime Museum had 1,063 visitors.4 5Continued page

North Little Rock Animal ControlIncoming imed—15/YTD-278Euthanized—45/YTD-994Citations issued—35/YTD-378Dogs/cats sterilized—35/YTD-652Calls for service—446/YTD-7,452Pulaski County (accepted at NLR)Incoming d—10/YTD-74Euthanized—39/YTD-817YTD Year to dateHowl-a-Day Stocking event provided every dog andcat their own Christmas Stocking. No adoptabledogs** were euthanized for space, however severalcats were. **Non-adoptable animals are those thatare sick, injured, unweaned (puppies and kittens),vicious, court ordered or by owner request.**Reminder! Please consider adopting from a shelter! Shelter pets make great additions to any family!And PLEASE spay or neuter your pets!Finance—DecemberRevenues (MTD)Numbers were not available due to end of theyear.Happy Valentine’s Dayfrom theAll of us to all of you!Shelley’s Crunchy Lettuce SaladShelley Ussery, City Clerk/Treasurers Office4 Tblsp butter1 pkg Chicken flavored Ramen Noodles—crumbled1 cup chopped pecans1/2 cup red wine vinegar1 cup sugar3 Tblsp Soy Sauce1 cup canola oilSalt and pepper to tasteLettuce—Romaine, green, red—whateverBrocolli (chopped)Mandarin oranges, large can drained (optional)Topping: melt butter and slowly sauté crumbled Ramen noodles and pecans. SprinkleRamen Noodle seasoning packet over mixture while browning.Dressing: heat vinegar in microwave about 30 seconds. Add sugar and stir. Keep heating in 30 second increments to get the sugar to dissolve (do not over heat). Add soysauce, oil, salt and pepper. Refrigerate. This has to be cold to emulsify. Also, it makesenough dressing for several salads.Salad: tear lettuce and combine with broccoli and green onions.To assemble: top lettuce with topping (above) and dressing (above) just before serving.Note: this salad will wilt quickly and does not store well, so eat it all up when you mix it!5

Know the FactsKnow the FactsTobacco Use and COPDTobacco Use and AsthmaFound at the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention Cessation ProgramFound at the Arkansas Department ofHealth Tobacco Prevention Cessation ProgramChronic Bronchitis and Emphysema are different symptoms of Chronic ObstructivePulmonary DiseaseAsthma affects 5—10% of all AmericansWomen tend to developmore severe COPD at younger ages than men whosmoke the same amountSecondhand smoke can increase the risk that children will develop asthmaThe disease can start at any age and is common inchildrenLong-term exposure to secondhand smoke can causeCOPDSmoking makes asthma difficult to control, resulting inmore severe and frequent attacks, hospitalizations,and emergency room visits.The main cause of COPD is smoking, COPD has nocure.Quitting smoking improves lung function and improves response to asthma treatment.Know the FactsKnow the FactsSmokeless TobaccoOral HealthFound at the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention Cessation ProgramFound at the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention Cessation ProgramSmokeless tobacco has at least 28 cancer causingchemicalsIn 2014, flavored products like menthol, apple, berryblend, peach, vanilla, and citrus blend, made up about60% of all snuff sales.Smokeless tobacco users are 80% more likely to getcancer in the mouth and 60% more likely to get cancerof the throat or pancreas.Greater risk for low birth-weight preterm delivery, andstillbirth.Information on this page was provided by the ArkansasDepartment of Health Tobacco Prevention and CessationProgram.For more information, visit www.stampoutsmoking.com or#StampOutSmokingIf you are interested in information about how to quit, call1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-884-8669).Smokelesstobacco isharmful toteeth and cancause toothwear.Mouth cancerdeaths arelinked tosmokelesstobacco.Loose snuff,packagedsnuff, and other types of smokeless tobacco causeirreversible receding of the gums.Oral Lesions are white spots or patches in the mouthor on the tongue that do not rub off.Most harmless lesions will heal after quitting smokeless tobaccoOral liaisons are formed as a response to an irritantand can be harmless or have cells that could turn intocancer. A doctor can test to find out the diagnosis.6

Did you know Heart Attackshave beginnings?The information below was found in a brochure provided bythe Arkansas Health Department. It was published by theSociety of Cardiovascular Patient Care- Like other diseases, heart attacks have ear A family history of cardiovascular diseasely signs and symptoms.- These “beginnings” occur in over 50% of pa- High blood pressure Overweight or obesetients. Sedentary lifestyle- However, if recognized in time, these“beginnings” can be treated before the heart Using tobacco products Metabolic disease, diabetes, or other illis damaged.nessesWhat is EHAC? Early Heart Attack Care (orEHAC) education asks you to learn the signs For women, it can include birth controlpills a history of pre-eclampsia, gestationaland symptoms of a heart attack so you candiabetes or having a low birth weight babybecome an active bystander to save a life—Whatis the difference? Men vs Womeneven it it’s yours. Why?Heartattack symptoms can be different be Over 800,00 people die in the US everytween men and women. Why does it matter?year from a heart attackWomen are less likely to seek immediate On average, 50% of those patients dismedical care and are more likely to die.played, but ignored, the warning signs Men normally feel pain and numbness inLearn the early signs & symptomsthe left arm or side of chest, but in women,Someone may experience any or all of thesethese symptoms may appear on the rightsymptoms. When they start, they can be mildside.or come and go. Over time, the symptoms Women may feel completely exhausted,and pain increase until the victim collapses.drained, dizzy or nauseous. Feeling of fullness Women may feel upper back pain Paint that travels down one orthat travels up into the jaw.both arms Women may think their stomach Jaw painSurvivepain is the flu, heartburn or an ul Excessive fatiguecer. AnxietyDon’tDriveWhat are Atypical Presenta Nauseations? In an atypical presenta Back paintion,the signs and symptoms areCall9-1-1 Shortness of breathdifferent.How? The patient may not Chest pressure, squeezing,complain about pain or pressure in theaching, or burningchest.Be alert for the following:Did you know? 85% of heart damage oc A sharp or “knife-li