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Mayor McCaslin Announces 2nd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Recipients

Posted: August 01 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 12, 2017

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966

Mayor McCaslin Announces 2nd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Recipients


Bentonville, AR – July 12, 2017…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2017 second quarter winners of the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award are:  Sreekumar Gopinathan, The Bentonville Public Library Teen Advisory Board and The Walmart Merchandising Administration Team. 

Sreekumar Gopinathan was nominated by Jason Ross.  Jason has known Sreekumar for 5 years as a friend and co-worker.   Jason says that he has been impressed every year at the heart Sreekumar has for his community and for those in need, plus the passion with which he serves.  Sreekumar has volunteered 952 hours at 170+ events (on weekends and after work) during these 5 years supporting various non-profits.  Some of his kind gestures include assisting elderly with cleaning and mowing lawns, collecting donations for earthquake victims in Nepal, and assisting in recovery efforts in Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas following them being hit by a tornado just to name a few.  Additionally, he has volunteered as a driver and done loading/unloading of snacks to 5 elementary schools in NWA School Districts (for 300+ children) almost every month for a total of 25+ trips over the past 2 years.  Sree won the Helen R. Walton Community Award three years in a row, in 2014, 2015, & 2016.  Sree was introduced to volunteering by his parents as a 5 year old child in India.  He said, “They taught me the value of helping others.  I feel joy in my heart from serving.”  He further added, “Community work has been my passion ever since my childhood, and that’s part of the culture here at Walmart.”  Through the Volunteerism Always Pays program, Walmart matched many of Sreekumar’s volunteer hours with charitable donations to the organizations he served. Jason closed his nomination with these words, “It’s hard to quantify the number of people he (Sreekumar) has personally influenced to get involved, but I can speak that I have been influenced by his leadership and volunteering in the community and hope that you will consider Sreekumar for the Outstanding Citizen Award.”  

Sarah Gowdy Herford nominated The Bentonville Public Library (BPL) Teen Advisory Board.  The Teen Advisory Board’s mission at BPL is to suggest services, materials, and programs that are needed by Benton County teens, and to work with library staff to provide these services.  This ten-member team is selected annually by an application and panel interview process.  This past school year, these talented, dedicated and generous teens accomplished the following:  Conducted a community-wide book drive titled ‘1,000 Books for 1,000 Readers’, successfully collecting over 1,000 books and distributed them to youth groups throughout the community; created and facilitated a monthly “STEAM Saturdays” program to encourage teens to explore science and technology through fun and educational programming; volunteered at BPL’s Ten Year Celebration; updated Teen Advisory Board bylaws to reflect the current needs of the library, and created two new positions to initiate a working relationship between all library partners. 

The group volunteered a total of 814.75 hours from August 2016 to June 2017.  Sarah ended her nomination with these words, “The Teen Advisory Board of Bentonville Public Library is an awesome example of the magic that can happen when we empower our teen volunteers to lead in our communities!” 

Marisa Snow, Counselor at Barker Middle School nominated Francie Higby and the Walmart Merchandising Administration.  Five years seems to be a common thread in this quarter’s nominations.  Marisa met Francie five years ago at a community event, where they were both volunteering.  Francie asked how she might help at Marisa’s school, and it all went from there, says Ms. Snow.  The Walmart division volunteers make our snack pack program continue to exist.  Every week, they spend an hour packing food to send home with the Barker Middle School students.  The group has donated money, food, time and huge caring hearts to our students.  During holidays, they find extra ways to provide even more for the long breaks.  Ms. Snow said, “Our program would not be as strong if we didn’t have their support.  They are giving back to our Bentonville community daily.” 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Third quarter 2017 nominations will be accepted until September 15.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.


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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE – NW ‘A’ STREET

Posted: July 27 2017

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 27, 2017
Contact:  Tony Davis    
Phone:  (479) 271-3130  

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE – NW ‘A’ STREET

Bentonville, AR…Beginning Monday, July 31, 2017, and continuing through Thursday, August 3, 2017, a one-lane flagging operation will be in place and traffic will be reduced to one lane between NW 3rd Street and NW 2nd Street for utility installation.  Said closure will begin at 8:00 am and will end at 4:00 pm each day.  

Weather or other unforeseen circumstances could postpone this project.

Please contact Tony Davis, Street Department Manager, with the City of Bentonville, at (479) 271-3130, with any questions about this closure.

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Community Dialogue Group on Infrastructure Meeting

Posted: July 17 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2017

Contact: Parks and Recreation Dept.
Phone:  (479) 464-PARK (7275)

Community Dialogue Group on Infrastructure Meeting

Bentonville, AR…On April 13, The City of Bentonville hosted community dialogue discussions regarding many topics including communications, downtown development and community wellness. One of these topics included public infrastructure. The topic of infrastructure included, but was not limited to, the conditions of roads, utilities, public parks and the Bella Vista Dam project. At the conclusion of the small group meeting, members agreed to meet at a later date to discuss items in detail.

On Thursday, July 20, the small group focusing on infrastructure will reconvene to focus on the topic of Bella Vista Lake and the possible reconstruction of the dam. Multiple members of Bentonville City Council will attend, along with City of Bentonville staff, members of the Bentonville Planning Commission, the Trailblazers of NWA, Cooper Communities and Friends of Little Sugar Creek. The meeting will occur at 12 p.m.in the Community Room at Bentonville Police Department, 908 SE 14th Street.

For more information regarding the meeting, please contact David Wright, Parks and Recreation Director at 464.7275 or dwright@bentonvillear.com.


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Water Utilities Department Relocating

Posted: June 26 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2017

Contact: Water Utilities
Phone: (479) 271-3140


Water Utilities Department Relocating


Bentonville, AR…Water Utilities Department will begin moving to its new location at 3200 SW Municipal Drive on Monday, June 26, 2017.  Business operations will officially begin at the new location on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Office hours will remain the same at 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  SW Municipal Drive is located between SW 28th Street and SW Regional Airport Boulevard (Hwy 12). 

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Melvin Ford Aquatic Center Opens with Renovated Facility

Posted: May 25 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mayor’s Office 
Phone:  (479) 271-5966 

May 24, 2017


Melvin Ford Aquatic Center Season Opens with Renovated Facility

Bentonville, AR – May 24, 2017…Melvin Ford Aquatic Center opens this summer season with a new look!

The Aquatic Center opened in 1992 as the only public outdoor swimming pool in Bentonville. Over the last several months, the bathhouse has undergone renovations for the first time in its 25-year history.

This capital project included a new roof and paint job for the exterior of the building. The interior of the bathhouse was completely remodeled with central air, new lockers, fixtures, faucets, lighting, shower stalls, paint, shelving, and more.

Opening day for the summer season is Saturday, May 27th.

Open Swim Hours:
Monday-Friday        12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday      12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Lap Swim Hours: 
Monday-Thursday    5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday                       5:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday                   7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday                      12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Daily admission for the Aquatic Center is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for patrons under the age of 18. Additionally, a Bentonville Community Center membership includes admission to the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center for the season.

The pool is available for private party rentals on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 9:00pm.

There are several programs and events taking place this summer at Melvin Ford Aquatic Center including swimming lessons, a recreational youth swim team, Jr. lifeguarding classes, and more.

The Melvin Ford Aquatic Center is located at 2000 NE Memorial Park Square.

For more information, please call Bentonville Parks and Recreation at 464-7275 (PARK), or visit us online at www.playbentonville.com. 


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HAWK Signalized Pedestrian Crossing

Posted: May 04 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Transportation Department
Phone:   (479) 271-6840

HAWK Signalized Pedestrian Crossing


Bentonville, AR…   Please be advised that the newly constructed HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signal located on E. Central Ave. should be placed into flash mode on Thursday, May 04, 2017.   The signal will constantly flash yellow until it is fully operational on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  This period of constant yellow flashing will notify motorist of the new location of this crossing.
We ask that both motorist and pedestrians familiarize themselves with the different phases of operation involved with the HAWK signal.  Included below is a short description of the phases.
Once the HAWK signal is fully operational the flashing yellow will stop and the signal will go dark until activated by a crossing pedestrian.  At this time vehicles will see the following phases:


HAWK signal                                       Motorist Instruction  
Dark                                                      Proceed as normal
Flashing YELLOW                               Pedestrians have activated the push button
Solid YELLOW                                    Prepare to stop for pedestrian crossing
Solid RED                                           Stop and allow pedestrians to cross
Flashing RED                                      After stopping then check for pedestrians, if clear proceed
Dark                                                     Proceed as normal

Please check the City of Bentonville’s Transportation Department website for any updates regarding the HAWK signal.


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Storm Debris Collection

Posted: April 28 2017

PRESS RELEASE


Date:  April 28, 2017
Contact: Public Works
Phone: (479) 271-6720

Storm Debris Collection

Bentonville, AR…The City of Bentonville will conduct a city-wide clean-up of storm debris from the April 26th thunderstorm starting Monday, May 8, 2017.  City crews will collect vegetative debris (limbs, sticks, leaves) in accordance with the following:

• All debris must be ready for collection by 7:00 a.m., Monday, May 8. 
• Debris must be placed within 4 to 10 feet from back of curb or edge of pavement.  Please keep debris out of drainage ditches and roadways.
• Tree limbs, shrubs, tree trunks, etc. shall not exceed 6 feet in length or 24 inches in diameter. Stumps will not be collected.

Please note: The City’s staff will not pick-up or remove household waste, hazardous waste, furniture, appliances, fluids, tires, or any non-vegetative waste or material.  As a safety precaution, the City asks that residents please keep debris out of drainage ditches and streets and away from fire hydrants, gas meters, telephone pedestals, water meters, mailboxes, etc.

Collection will begin 7:00 a.m., Monday, May 8, and will continue until all streets have been traveled once.  City will not repeat routes to collect storm debris placed after 7:00 am, Monday, May 8.
Bentonville property owners may take material to the City’s Compost Facility located at 2000 NW A Street during normal operating hours.  Residents will need a current utility bill and picture ID for verification of residency.  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.   For complete details on what types of materials are acceptable, please go to the City’s website; the link is http://www.bentonvillear.com/department/compost-facility/.
Due to the large volume of material, the City will not accept waste from commercial haulers beginning May 8 and until further notice.
 

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Commercial Green Waste Haulers

Posted: April 28 2017

Press Release

Contact: Wastewater/Compost  Department
Phone:   (479) 271-5954

Commercial Green Waste Haulers


Bentonville, AR…Beginning May 8, 2017, and until further notice, the Bentonville Compost Facility, located at 2000 N. W. “A” Street, will no longer accept waste from Commercial Haulers.  Bentonville residents may dispose of grass and yard waste free of charge with a current utility bill and picture ID for verification of residency. 
 

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Mayor McCaslin Annouces Recognitions

Posted: April 18 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  April 18, 2017

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966
 

Mayor McCaslin Announces 1st Quarter Outstanding Citizen Awards and
Presents Proclamation for National Volunteer Week


Bentonville, AR – April 18, 2017…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2017 first quarter winners of the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award are:  Michael Narx, Bob and Amber Morey and The Torch Club at Boys and Girls Club of Bentonville. 

Michael Narx was nominated by Angie Brooks, Director of Volunteer Services at Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter (NWACS).  Angie first met Mike and his wife, Melissa in 2014.  Mike was the leader for a group of car enthusiasts, and they organized an event with the proceeds being donated to the Children’s Shelter.  The group has been huge advocates for the kids ever since.  Mike formed the group, “The Circuit”, whose motto is “a charity with horsepower.”  This group comes together throughout the year to raise money for various organizations throughout NWA, and they would not exist without Mike’s tireless efforts.  Mike and his wife Melissa and 2 children spend many Saturday mornings (even cold and windy ones) setting up for events to raise money for the children at NWACS who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.  He does this in addition to his full-time job.  They have even coordinated events on-site with their “souped up vehicles” revving the engines for the kids to enjoy, which is always a huge hit with the NWACS residents.  Angie adds that Mike exemplifies what makes Bentonville a great place to live and work.  He and his wife, Melissa, are great role models for all of us and demonstrate how you can bring together your favorite hobby and your passion for kids to make the world a better place! 

Bob & Amber Morey were nominated by Chris Hutchens on behalf of the Bentonville Tigers. According to Mr. Hutchens, Bob and Amber go above and beyond to support the Bentonville Tigers.  During football season, Bob and Amber are on the sidelines at home games making sure that everything is running smoothly.  For road games, Bob and Amber arrive at the Tiger Athletic Complex to load up all of the equipment, drive to the game, unload the equipment, support the team with anything they need during the game, load up after the game, drive back, and finally unload all the equipment.  They do this week after week, from week 1 in August until season’s end.  During offseason, they are always looking for ways to improve the program.  They not only support the football program, but they are front and center at home basketball games.  Additionally, they support the baseball, soccer and dance teams.  They have spent countless hours attending Booster club meetings.  Amber makes sure all the Tiger gear is ordered and ready to sell at the next event, and she also spends countless hours making sure all the concessions are ready to roll for all the different sports.  Whatever is needed, the Moreys are there.  Their dedication to the community often goes unnoticed by the casual fans, but to the Tiger coaches, players, parents and alumni, their support goes above and beyond.  Chris closed his nomination with these words, “Thank you to Bob and Amber Morey for being the absolute best Bentonville Tigers – we APPRECIATE you.”  

The Torch Club at the Boys and Girls Club of Bentonville was nominated by Bryan Collom.  Bryan serves as the advisor to this group, but is quick to acknowledge that he can take no credit for all that this Club does.  The group has brainstormed, planned and executed all of the projects themselves. The Torch Club is comprised of seventeen (17) 11-13 year olds and is the character and leadership organization within the Boys & Girls Club.  The Torch Club’s main areas of focus are service to Club and Community, health and fitness, education, and social recreation.  They recorded more than 400 hours of community service from August to December 2016.  The Torch Club has worked tremendously hard to create a better Club for their fellow members. They have made a tangible change in culture and atmosphere in the Club with their willingness to seek out service to both the staff members and club members alike.  Torch Club completed various projects throughout the fall semester, mostly during their time in the Club, Monday through Friday, 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Torch Club has assisted their fellow Club Members with their homework in the Learning Center, guided younger members in using the computers in the Tech Center effectively, and helped teach and run games in the Smart Moves program designed for the 6 & 7 year old members.  The Torch Club has also adopted a portion of Memorial Park and have spent two Fridays of their Club time going out and cleaning up the park through Bentonville Parks & Recreation’s “Adopt-A-Park” program.  They helped the less fortunate throughout the City by volunteering their time at a local food bank before Thanksgiving.  The Torch Club also planned and executed a project named, “The Twelve Days of Torchmas” in which they completed twelve acts of community service to the Club and community between December 1 & December 15.  The acts included:  cleaning up their adopted park, making thank you posters and delivering treats to the Police and Fire Departments, spreading holiday cheer with caroling around the Club, sending care packages to soldiers deployed overseas, volunteering at a local food pantry for a second time, reading to the younger Club members, donating a portion of the “Healthy Choices Concession Stand” to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, volunteering with the Club staff throughout one day with running games and end of day clean up, making a thank you card for the Station Café for being part of our community, making personalized cards to thank the Boys and Girls Club staff for all they do, and providing over 20 journals to those in need at the Arkansas Children’s Shelter.  This group has far exceeded Bryan’s wildest expectations in their willingness to help others around them.  According to Bryan, “they are forging a future that is selfless, caring, and willing to help others at the drop of a hat.” 

National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017, a program of Points of Light, is about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”   

Mayor McCaslin will present a National Volunteer Week proclamation to Ms. Joy Shorb.  For several years, Ms. Shorb has voluntarily picked up trash on a daily basis in parks close to her home.  She has smiled, encouraged and cheered on visitors and residents alike while she is out on her daily walk gathering trash along her way.  Ms. Shorb was recognized as Mayor McCaslin’s Outstanding Citizen Award recipient for 2nd Quarter 2011 for these same good deeds.   The Mayor’s office continued to receive word of Ms. Shorb’s acts of kindness resulting in Mayor McCaslin’s decision to issue the proclamation to Joy, who truly lives up to her name, she spreads joy to all around her. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Second quarter 2017 nominations will be accepted until June 16th.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.


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THE 7TH ANNUAL RUN BENTONVILLE HALF MARATHON

Posted: March 23 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Layne Moore, Recreation Specialist
lmoore@bentonvillear.com
479-464-7275

THE 7TH ANNUAL RUN BENTONVILLE HALF MARATHON

Bentonville, AR - April 1, 2017…Now in its seventh year, The Run Bentonville Half Marathon presented by The Walmart Museum continues to be Northwest Arkansas’ Premiere Running Event. The event has grown to include over 3,000 participants. Races include a half marathon, half marathon relay, and 5k.

On Friday, March 31st the public is welcome to join us at The Record in Downtown Bentonville, located at 104 SW A Street, for the Health & Wellness Expo presented by Aquaphor. Along with packet pick-up for our races, the Expo will feature several vendors in the health and wellness space, live music, and food trucks. Expo hours are 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

The RunBentonville Half Marathon will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1st. Road closures will include 2nd St, NE A St., and a section of the northbound lane on Walton will begin around 6:30 a.m. Those traveling on these roads can expect a slight delay. Other road closures along the course will be on a rolling schedule and can be expected to be reopened as soon as runners are clear. The half marathon will start just off of the Bentonville Downtown Square, on Central. The 5k will also begin at 7:00 a.m. on Main St. All races finish on the Downtown Square in front of the historic Walton Five and Dime.

As runners make their 13.1 mile trek around Bentonville, the Downtown Square will begin the celebration with concessions and fun for family members and spectators to partake in. This will also include live music from The Fayetteville Funk Factory. “This is always a weekend that we look forward to all year long. It’s all about celebrating the commitment and hard work our participants have put in for months prior to race day,” says David Wright, director of Bentonville Parks and Recreation.

For more information or to register, please visit www.runbentonville.com or call the Bentonville Parks and Recreation Department at 479-464-7275.
 

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Tree City USA Recertification

Posted: March 16 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Danielle Shasteen
Phone: (479) 271-3122
DATE: March 16, 2017

Tree City USA Recertification

Bentonville, AR…The City of Bentonville has been named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 19th consecutive year the city has received this recognition.

Bentonville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2.00 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

For more information on the Tree City USA program, please visit  www.arborday.org/programs/treecityUSA/.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation, please visit www.arborday.org. 

For more information, please contact Danielle Shasteen, Senior Planner at dshasteen@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-3122.


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Bentonville Recognized as a Volunteer Community of the Year

Posted: November 09 2016

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mayor Bob McCaslin
Phone: (479) 271-5966
November 9, 2016

Bentonville Recognized as a Volunteer Community of the Year

Bentonville, AR…Mayor Bob McCaslin is pleased to announce the City of Bentonville has been named a Volunteer Community of the Year for the seventh consecutive year. This honor was achieved due to the generosity of a combined 33,032 volunteers from 56 partner organizations who volunteered 403,047 hours.  These hours are valued at almost $9.5 million and represent a generous gift to our community.

This award is sponsored by the Governor’s Office, the Arkansas Municipal League, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Non-Profit Support.  The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department provides signs publicizing the Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year designation.  The signs are placed at prominent locations along highways outside of the winning cities.  A recognition luncheon will take place during the Arkansas Municipal League’s Winter conference that will be held in Little Rock in January. 

A panel of citizens from across the state served on the selection committee.  Joining Bentonville with this recognition is Benton, Cherokee Village, Clarkridge, Fayetteville, Greenbrier, Heber Springs, Little Rock, Maumelle, McNeil, Mountain Home and Van Buren.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support promotes and supports volunteerism in the private, non-profit and governmental sectors as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all Arkansans.

Anyone interested in reporting their volunteer hours to City of Bentonville should visit http://www.bentonvillear.com/residents/bentonville-volunteer-program/, and scroll to near the bottom of the page, or contact Danielle Shasteen at dshasteen@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-3122. 

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City of Bentonville Participates in Community Rating System

Posted: October 18 2016

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 2016

Contact: Janet Paith
Phone: (479) 271-3168

City of Bentonville Participates in Community Rating System

Bentonville, AR – October 18, 2016… The City of Bentonville has been a participant in the Community Rating System sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 1992.  This program allows the city to work towards a rate reduction for everyone in our community that has a flood insurance policy.

At present, the city’s participation in this program, with a current CRS Rating of 8, affords all flood insurance policy holders to enjoy a 10% discount.  The city will continue to strive for further rate reductions that should benefit all residents with a policy.

As part of the annual Outreach Program, it is the city’s responsibility to make available to the general public, real-estate agencies, insurance agencies, and mortgage lenders certain documents, rate map information, as well as flood insurance purchase requirements.

Bentonville Special Flood Hazard Areas are mapped on the city GIS website under the FEMA “Current” layer.  Any person interested in information regarding Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), flood insurance, floodplain regulations, elevations certificates, or Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM Maps) may contact the Stormwater Coordinator at 479-271-3168 or come by the Community Development Building, Engineering Department at 305 SW A St in Bentonville by appointment.  Please provide a current address, a subdivision name/block/lot number or a tax parcel identification number to help expedite any information request.  The FEMA Map Service Center website (https://msc.fema.gov/portal) is useful too. 

Additional documents and FEMA information pamphlets are also on display at the Bentonville Public Library on 405 S Main Street.


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City of Bentonville Celebrates National Community Planning Month

Posted: October 13 2016

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Troy Galloway
Phone: (479) 271-3122
DATE: October 13, 2016

National Community Planning Month

Bentonville, AR, October 13, 2016….. The American Planning Association and its members participate in National Community Planning Month to raise the visibility of the important role of city planners and community planning across the United States. National Community Planning Month is held annually in October. This year’s theme is Civic Engagement. 

To celebrate National Community Planning Month, the City of Bentonville partnered with the Bentonville Public School District to hold a youth poster contest for students at Fulbright Junior High, Washington Junior High, Lincoln Junior High, Bentonville High School, and Bentonville West High School.

The goal is to provide students the opportunity to visually express their ideas and experiences of civic engagement in Bentonville and how civic engagement strengthens the Bentonville community. Students are asked to illustrate what activities make a positive difference in the civic life of Bentonville.

The winning artwork was created by Gabriela Salvador, an eighth grader who attends Fulbright Junior High School. Her art teacher is Jerris Palmer.

Gabriela was congratulated at the poster unveiling, held before City Council on October 11th. Her family, art teacher, Mayor McCaslin, members of City Council and Planning Commission, and city staff were in attendance. The poster will be displayed on the south side of the Community Development building for one year. 

At City Council that evening, Mayor McCaslin read a proclamation recognizing October as Community Planning Month in Bentonville. 

For more information, please contact Troy Galloway, Community & Economic Development Director at tgalloway@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-3122

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Bentonville Public Library Celebrates 10 Years on Main Street

Posted: October 10 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  October 10, 2016

Contact: Hadi Dudley, Director
Phone:   (479) 271-3194     


Bentonville Public Library Celebrates 10 Years on Main Street


Bentonville, AR...Bentonville Public Library is celebrating 10 years on Main Street! Join BPL and celebrate the joyous occasion at special events and more with help from the Bentonville Library Foundation and the Friends of the Bentonville Library October 22-October 29.


          October 22- Visit the Friends of the Bentonville Library at the Farmers Market at Bentonville’s downtown square!
          October 24-29- BPL welcomes special storytime readers including the Mayor and the Library Advisory Board!
          October 27- Be “Booked for the Evening” with the Bentonville Library Foundation as we celebrate 10 years and honor individuals with the inaugural library service awards.
          October 29- The Friends of the Bentonville Library welcome all to a “Breakfast with Friends”, a free pancake breakfast! Other special events throughout the day include musical performances, drop-in activities for kids and teens, and the unveiling of a limited edition library card designed by Bentonville’s own artist and children’s book illustrator, Ard Hoyt!


The first library in Bentonville opened in 1934. Over the next years, the library moved four times before settling in on the first floor of the historic Massey Hotel on the Bentonville Square in 1979. On October 30, 2006, the Main Street facility opened to the public.


Since 2006, Bentonville Public Library has recorded 2.7 million visits and their collection has more than doubled from 62,266 items to 133,215 items that have been circulated over 4.8 million times! More than 58,000 library cards have been issued and programs and special events have been attended by over 275,000 people.


BPL recognizes that it is people that make our library great! They are the heart of this celebration, and we are grateful and honored to be part of a community that has given us its full support throughout BPL’s history! With our patrons and supporters in mind, each event is our way of saying “Thank you!”


For more information about these events or Bentonville Public Library, please call 479-271-3192 or visit www.bentonvillelibrary.org.


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Artwork Being Installed on S. Walton Trail Tunnel this Weekend

Posted: September 29 2016

P R E S S  R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Contact: Shelli Kerr
(479)271-6826


Artwork Being Installed on South Walton
Trail Tunnel this Weekend

Bentonville, AR…The Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) for the City of Bentonville is launching its Tunnel Vision initiative. Tunnel Vision is the installation of public art in the bicycle and pedestrian tunnels along the Bentonville Trail System with the theme of “Walk/Bike/Run/Play.” Two of 12 proposals submitted were selected by the PAAC and are being installed in October. Visit Bentonville is funding the project.

The first piece is being installed this weekend. Artists Joann Lacey and Eric Williams will be painting their artwork titled “Aura Activity” starting this Friday, Sep. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, in the tunnel along the Razorback Greenway that travels under South Walton Boulevard. Caution signs will be placed near the entrance of the tunnel. Trail users are requested to slow down and enter the tunnel with caution for the safety of the artists and other trail users.

The second piece will be installed Friday, October 14. Amanda Willshire will install her artwork titled “Always a Pupil” in the tunnel located on the North Walton Trail that travels under North Walton Boulevard.

Please safely enjoy the Bentonville Trail System and visit the new public artwork in the trail tunnels.

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Press Release-Free Swim Day at the Community Center

Posted: September 23 2016

Press Release


Date: September 21, 2016
Contact:  Parks & Recreation   
Phone:  (479) 464-7275   

Bentonville, AR…Recently, the Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association presented Bentonville Parks & Recreation the Recreation Facility of the Year award for the Bentonville Community Center. This award was presented at the ARPA Annual Conference in Texarkana, AR. This recognition was judged based on the innovative nature of the facility as well as activities offered and the population served.

This award would not have been possible without our citizens. Their vision, feedback, and participation is what has made this facility a premiere destination in Northwest Arkansas. As a thank you to our patrons, the Bentonville Community Center will be hosting a Free Swim Day on Sunday, October 2nd from 12:00pm-5:30pm. Refreshments will be served for patrons to enjoy while they take a break from swimming. Both the leisure and competitive pool will be open during this time.

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Bentonville Community Center Receives Award

Posted: September 15 2016

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 15, 2016

Contact:  Parks & Recreation   
Phone:  (479) 464-7275   

Bentonville Community Center Receives Award

Bentonville, AR…On Thursday, September 15th, the Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association presented Bentonville Parks & Recreation the “Recreation Facility of the Year” award for the Bentonville Community Center. This award was presented at the ARPA Annual Conference in Texarkana, AR. This recognition was judged based on the innovative nature of the facility as well as activities offered and the population served.

The Bentonville Community Center opened on June 6, 2015. Since opening day, the facility has made an immediate impact on the citizens of Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas. Current membership numbers stand at approximately 15,000 people, with more than 385,000 people visiting the facility in its first year of operation. Additionally, the Bentonville Community Center has offered more than 124 recreation programs and employs more than 100 people.

Also during the first year, the facility has proven to provide an opportunity for tourism and economic development. In addition to numerous events, the facility hosted the 7A West Conference Diving and Swimming Meets as well as the Arkansas Activities Association’s State Swimming and Diving Championships.

The community rooms in the facility have had the privilege of hosting several events including the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance, Bentonville Public Library’s Youth Literature Festival and the Bentonville Police Department’s 100 Year Anniversary Celebration. In addition, the facility offers large daily events such as art classes, Camp Bentonville, fitness classes and instructional swimming. 

David Wright, Parks & Recreation Director said “The Bentonville Community Center portrays the model of how our community’s collective vision can be transformed in a shared reality of recreation, leisure, and culture. I am very proud of our team and how they are delivering the services to our patrons. We sincerely hope the Bentonville Community Center will continue to serve and make a lasting impact on our community.” 

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Bentonville Rebrands Code Enforcement with N.I.C.E.

Posted: September 13 2016

P R E S S  R E L E A S E
Bentonville Rebrands Code Enforcement with N.I.C.E.

 

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Contact: Troy Galloway
(479)271-3122


Bentonville, AR…Bentonville’s Code Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and to preserve the aesthetic character of Bentonville through the enforcement of city ordinances and the property maintenance code. This division is responsible for:
     • Establishing minimum standards governing property maintenance and appearance;
     • Inspecting for compliance with property maintenance codes;
     • Managing code violation cases; and,
     • Conducting energy audits.

Currently, this division consists of two employees that cover the 31 square miles of Bentonville. The department patrols the city to identify visible violations and investigates calls made by citizens. With a small staff and a growing community, it can be challenging to stay ahead.

The division is now taking measures toward a more proactive approach; believing that successful compliance is achieved through public education and positive collaboration with property owners.

To introduce this new philosophy, the City of Bentonville has unveiled a new logo for the code enforcement division: Neighborhood Improvement through Citizen Engagement, otherwise known as N.I.C.E. The logo is designed to provide a fresh look to the code enforcement division and to reflect its goal of working with citizens to meet city codes. The logo has been placed on city code enforcement vehicles and is used on all correspondence from the division.

Details on the code enforcement division and the property maintenance code are located on the city website at http://www.bentonvillear.com/departments/Code-enforcement.

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Parks and Recreation Master Plan Meeting

Posted: September 08 2016

Press Release


Date: September 8, 2016
Contact:  Parks & Recreation   
Phone:  (479) 464-7275   

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Meeting - September 14, 2016

Bentonville, AR... The City of Bentonville has begun the process of developing a new Parks and Recreation 10 year Master Plan. One of the most important parts of the Master Plan will be assessing the community and determining what is important to the community through the public input process. A Community Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled for:

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Meeting
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
5:00 pm
Bentonville Community Center (1101 SW Citizens Circle)

The purpose of the meeting will be to allow Bentonville residents the ability to express their recreational needs and wants to consultants and city officials. The planning team will take information from this meeting, as well as information collected from the community-at-large, to create a clear set of objectives and provide direction for development and enhancement of the City’s parks and recreation system. Areas of focus for the plan include parks, trails, recreation programs, and amenities/ facilities.

For more information, please contact Layne Moore, Recreation Specialist, by email at lmoore@bentonvillear.com or at 479.271.3395.


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Utility Billing Drive-thru relocating

Posted: July 13 2016

Press Release

Contact: Gary Wilson 
Phone:   (479) 271-3100


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 13, 2016

Utility Billing Drive-thru Relocation

Bentonville, AR – July 13, 2016…The City of Bentonville Utility Billing Drive-thru will relocate to 402 S. Main Street on Monday, July 18. The drive-thru entrance is from 4th Street, allowing easier and safer access. The hours of service will remain Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  After-hours payments may be made via a drop box on the Main Street side of the building. 

For more information, please call Utility Billing at 479-271-3100, or e-mail egovutility@bentonvillear.com. 

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Mayor McCaslin Announces 2nd Quarter 2016 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: July 12 2016

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 12, 2016

2nd Quarter 2016 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – July 12, 2016…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2nd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The winners are: Bill Rogers and The Tour Guides of the Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens.  No nominations were received for the youth category.  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizen and group selected for this award. 

Galen Pearcy and Nate Sweeney nominated Bill Rogers for his life-long dedication to mentoring men and women in the Bentonville Community.  Bill grew up in Bentonville and graduated from Bentonville Public Schools.  Mr. Pearcy states that Bill has served the residents of Bentonville his entire adult life, serving as Senior Pastor at Word of Life Fellowship for 33 years.  In addition to serving at his church, Bill has served as Chaplain at Bates Memorial Hospital, and has been an officer for many years with the Bentonville Christian Ministerial Alliance.  Additionally, he has been active with the Benton County Sheriff’s office visiting inmates and counseling deputies, as well as being involved with the Bentonville City Council and Benton County Quorum Court.  He founded and operated the Bentonville Christian Academy for several years.  Nate Sweeney used the characteristics: honor, faithfulness, leadership and prayer to describe Bill.  Nate says that Bill is a man that shows honor in every situation, placing others before himself on a continual basis.  Additionally, Nate states that Bill has been a stable voice in Bentonville for many decades—he stays true to what he knows, follows through with his commitments and has demonstrated leadership over and over again.  Nate further comments that Bill has been faithful to pray weekly for our city and its leaders.  Galen and Nate both comment that they can think of none other more deserving of this award. 

Ms. Lynn Moffitt nominated The Tour Guides of the Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens.  Her nomination form mentions that there are approximately 23 volunteers and staff who serve on a rotating basis. These volunteers are led by Volunteer Coordinator, Carol Harris.  All volunteers possess a common denominator in that they love to preserve history, love the Peel Mansion, and enjoy helping and being of service to the community.  They are all dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable and they demonstrate this through leading tours to educate visitors about Bentonville's local history.  

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Third quarter 2016 nominations will be accepted until September 16th.  Winners will be announced September 30, 2016. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.

 

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Citizens Police Academy Begins July 21

Posted: June 27 2016

PRESS RELEASE

[Citizens Police Academy begins July 21st]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 13, 2016

Contact: Chief Jon Simpson
(479) 271-3170

 

Bentonville, AR- The Bentonville Police Department announces the Citizens Police Academy, Class 2016-A, that will begin on July 21, 2016 at 6PM in the Bentonville Police Department Training Room. The academy was established in 1999 and has successfully graduated over 300 citizens with an eight-week program designed to give a working knowledge of the Bentonville Police Department. Each session consist of eight consecutive Thursday evening classes. The training will be comprehensive and will include lectures, demonstrations and facility tours. 


Citizens will have the opportunity to explore separate areas such as K-9 Teams, Bomb Squad, Criminal Investigations, Forensics and a ride-a-long with a Patrol Officer on shift. Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy will gain an intimate knowledge of the daily operations of the police department and cultivate a better understanding of the unique challenges in law enforcement.

Applicants must be 21 years of age and live or work in the Bentonville area. Applications and more detailed information can be obtained at the City of Bentonville website at  www.bentonvillear.com. You can then print, complete and E-mail the application to: Officer Gene Page at gene.page@bentonville.arkansas.gov, or Corporal Guary Morgan at guary.morgan@bentonville.arkansas.gov or mail to the Bentonville Police Department at: 908 SE 14th Street Bentonville AR 72712 or by Fax: 479-271-3187. If you have any questions please contact Officer Gene Page or Corporal Guary Morgan at 479-272-3170.

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Compost Facility Expands Hours

Posted: June 01 2016

Contact: Wastewater Department
Phone:   (479) 271-3160

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  June 1, 2016

Compost Facility Expands Hours


Bentonville, AR…Beginning Monday, June 6, 2016, the City of Bentonville Compost Facility will expand their hours, to better serve the public.  The new hours will be Monday thru Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Compost Facility will observe the same holiday schedule as City Hall. Please check the City’s website for complete details on types of materials accepted. The link is http://www.bentonvillear.com/department/compost-facility/. The Compost Facility is located at 2000 NW “A” Street.

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Wishing Spring Trail Set for Temporary Closure

Posted: May 24 2016

Press Release

Contact: Mayor’s Office 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone:  (479) 271-5966 

May 24, 2016

Wishing Spring Trail Set for Temporary Closure

Bentonville, AR…Due to the current road construction on North Walton Blvd, beginning Tuesday, May 31, the Wishing Spring Trail will close for an extended period of time. The area affected with this closure begins at the Wishing Spring Trail head just south of Benton County 40, and continues south to the Sunkissed art feature on the North Bentonville Trail.  The closure will allow Arkansas Highways and Transportation Department (AHTD) to continue working on the Bella Vista Bypass project currently taking place in this vicinity. AHTD contractors tell City Of Bentonville Officials the trail should be closed for approximately four (4) months.

Wishing Spring Trail is a 1.6 mile trail that runs from Bella Vista Lake Park, underneath Highway 71 / North Walton Blvd., to the North Bentonville Trail / Slaughter Pen Trails area. The trail is part of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway.

For more information regarding the trail closure, please contact Bentonville Parks and Recreation at 479.464.7275.  

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Mayor McCaslin Announces Recognitions during National Volunteer Week

Posted: April 12 2016

Mayor McCaslin Announces Recognitions during National Volunteer Week


Bentonville, AR – April 12, 2016…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce several recognitions that will be taking place during National Volunteer Week.  National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, a program of Points of Light, is about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”   

The 2016 first quarter winners of the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award are: Tregg Brown, Allyson Kay Kempf and First Landmark Baptist Church. 

Tregg Brown was nominated by the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.  Tregg has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County (BGC) for approximately 10 years.  During his years of service, he has held several officer positions, as well as serving on various committees.  Tregg has been instrumental in their revenue increasing by nearly 10%, as well as mentoring teens through the Youth of the Year program.  He has also hosted several employee appreciation events for BGC staff.  In addition to serving at the Boys and Girls Club, he also serves on the Bentonville Parks & Recreation board and was involved in the planning of the new Bentonville Community Center.  Tregg spends countless hours investing back into the Bentonville community.  During his free time, he can be found with his family supporting local businesses and events on the Bentonville Square or running on the trails or in a charity event race.  According to the Boys and Girls Club, Tregg is a great example of what a strong community member looks like, and it is because of individuals like Tregg that Bentonville is such an incredible community. 

Allyson (Ally) Kay Kempf was nominated by Megan Taylor, the school counselor at Mary Mae Jones Elementary where Allyson is a 3rd grade student.  Allyson’s teacher challenged the class to support our community.  One student raised his hand and suggested granting a wish.  Ally chose to share a personal story in response to her classmate’s idea—a story wrought with pain, heartache and darkness.  Her story is now bringing hope, healing and light to not only the hearts of her third grade class, but into the dark corners of the hearts of those with a loved one battling childhood cancer. 

Ally’s brother, Mason, lost his courageous battle with cancer.  Before his passing, the Kempf family connected with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  It costs an average of $8,000 to grant a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Ally’s class has set a goal to fund an entire wish by the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  When the nomination form was received, they had raised more than $2,000 towards that goal, by selling raffle tickets and hot chocolate in front of Sam’s Club.  Additionally, Ally and her family designed a Christmas light show at their home, which included a wishing well glowing with a light where visitors were able to make a donation to the Make-a-Wish project.  They also held a hat day on December 17 at Mary Mae Jones Elementary School.  Ally truly demonstrates the Leader in Me initiative that Mary Mae Jones Elementary strives to inspire within each student.   Ms. Taylor states that Ally has turned a story of heartache into a story of hope, and THAT is something to celebrate.  As of today, the students have earned in excess of $6,600 towards their $8,000 goal.  They have another event scheduled on April 23. 

The First Landmark Baptist Church was nominated by The Salvation Army emergency Shelter for the compassion the members have shown towards the homeless in our community.  The group started volunteering at the Shelter approximately a year ago.  They have poured out their heart to the homeless in their community and have extended a hand of grace by offering to commit to serve the homeless by not only providing a nutritious and delicious meal once a month, but a meal that is served out of love for their fellow man.  Danny Camarillo from the Shelter states that the group arrives with enthusiasm and eagerly puts their belief into practice that “it is better to give than to receive.”  Everyone works together to create a synergy for the betterment of their ministry team.  One can see that their satisfaction is found in giving.  According to Danny, this group goes above and beyond by purchasing the food, preparing it, cooking and serving it, and cleaning up afterwards.  There is no doubt that their endeavors to provide physical food for the needy means so much.  However, even those endeavors are lovingly overshadowed by the compassion care and concern that this group of volunteers displays for the residents of the Shelter.  A smile, a kind gesture, and an encouraging word from the group feeds the soul of the homeless unlike physical food ever will.  It is this type of giving that nourishes the soul and gives hope to the hopeless. 

During the Outstanding Citizen Award recognition event, the Mayor will present a National Volunteer Week proclamation to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. In 2015, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter reported almost 7,160 volunteer hours, given by 1,087 volunteers with a value of over $165,000 to our community. 

Also taking place during the National Volunteer Week, Mayor McCaslin will present a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Aaron Wise and the 9th grade Civics classes at Bentonville High School.  On October 3, 2015, 350 students volunteered a total of 875 hours at City of Bentonville’s Memorial Park and Orchards Park during the first Civics Community Involvement Day, organized by BHS civics teacher Aaron Wise, to teach kids about good citizenship.  Mr. Wise wanted to find an activity for these students to make a difference in their community since many of these students are not old enough to get a job.  They lent a hand with park maintenance, trimming overgrown vegetation and mulching trees in The Legacy Orchard at Orchards Park. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Second quarter 2016 nominations will be accepted until June 15th.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.

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City of Bentonville Compost Facility Announces New Policy

Posted: March 08 2016

Bentonville, AR…The City of Bentonville Compost Facility is announcing a change to its professional green waste hauler policy. Starting Tuesday April 5th, 2016 the compost  facility will begin restricting all independent commercial and professional green waste services to 2(two) loads per workday. This change is necessary in order to manage, process, and store the large volume of materials received on a daily, and yearly, basis. The City Of Bentonville Compost Facility shall review this policy change at the end of the year in order to determine whether more changes are necessary, or that its intended purpose has been met. 


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Bentonville Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting

Posted: January 22 2016

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2016
Contact: Denise Land, Finance Director
Phone: (479) 271-3112

Bentonville Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting

Bentonville, AR…The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Bentonville Finance and Accounting Department and Jake Harper, Assistant Finance Director, a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

This award is for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The award of Financial Reporting Achievement is presented to the Finance and Accounting Department.  Jake Harper is the individual primarily responsible for preparing the award winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 finance professionals. 

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Bentonville Recognized as Volunteer Community of the Year

Posted: December 15 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor Bob McCaslin
Phone: (479) 271-5966

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2015

Bentonville Recognized as Volunteer Community of the Year

Bentonville, AR…Thanks to the generosity of a combined 21,924 volunteers from 54 organizations who volunteered 485,215.18 hours, the City of Bentonville has once again been recognized as a Volunteer Community of the Year for six consecutive years.  These hours are valued at more than $11.1 million and represent a generous gift to our community.

This award is sponsored by the Governor’s Office, the Arkansas Municipal League, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Non-Profit Support.  The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department provides signs publicizing the Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year designation.  The signs are placed at prominent locations along highways outside of the winning cities.  A recognition luncheon was held on December 3, 2015 during the Arkansas Municipal League’s Fall conference in Springdale. 

A panel of citizens from across the state served on the selection committee.  Joining Bentonville with this recognition is Fairfield Bay, Clark Ridge, Vilonia, Greenbrier, Clarksville, Arkadelphia, Maumelle, Van Buren, Benton, Fayetteville and Fort Smith.

Anyone interested in reporting their volunteer hours to City of Bentonville should visit http://www.bentonvillear.com/residents/bentonville-volunteer-program/, and scroll to near the bottom of the page, or contact Danielle Shasteen at dshasteen@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-6826. 

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Mayor Announces 3rd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: October 13 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  October 13, 2015

3rd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – October 13, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 3rd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 3rd quarter winners are: Madison Phillips, Katie Morris and the Sharing and Caring Founding Board members.  Mayor McCaslin commented when making this announcement, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Marisa Snow, Counselor at Ruth Hale Barker Middle School, nominated Madison Phillips for the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award.  Madison is a 7th grade student at Fulbright Junior High, who formerly attended Ruth Hale Barker Middle School.  Madison is active in the Bentonville Basketball Club and is a member of the youth group at her church.  Ms. Snow mentions that she has known Madison for the past two years.  She comments that Madison’s community involvement continues to increase as she gets older.  Madison has shown leadership skills since a student in elementary school.  While she was a student at Mary Mae Jones Elementary School she took a trip to Little Rock to meet the governor and discuss the “Leader in Me” program.  Madison is an honor roll student, has an outgoing personality, and welcomes all students.  She received several awards at the end of her 6th grade year at Barker Middle School in May, 2015 recognizing her leadership skills, positive attitude, and role model qualities. 

Elizabeth Davis nominated Katie Morris for the award.  Katie has served on the Bentonville School PTO’s for nine years.  She began volunteering at Elm Tree Elementary where she was a homeroom parent, office assistant coordinator, Art Auction chair, Hospitality chair, Volunteer Coordinator, PTO Vice President and PTO President.  At Ardis Ann Middle School, she was the Volunteer Coordinator, an office volunteer, and served on the membership & hospitality committees.  At Bentonville High School, she has served on the Miss BHS and Scholarship committees, as well as served as the PTO Vice President.  Most recently, she has served as the BPTO Vice President and is currently President of the BPTO organization.  Katie also works for Walmart, and through their Volunteer Always Pays grant program, has contributed over $1,000 to the PTO’s as a result of her volunteering.  Ms. Davis states that Bentonville has excellent schools, and it is parents like Katie, being involved in the schools, that make Bentonville excel.  

Irene Medrano, nominated Susan Robertson, Lisa Dykema, and Johna Waddell as the founding board members for Sharing and Caring of Benton County.  Sharing and Caring, founded in 2007, assists approximately 1,750 families annually that represent 4,450 children.  When you take on a commitment of this size, you need volunteers that are committed to making it happen.  Susan volunteers year round with Sharing and Caring, especially during October through December.  Irene says, “Susan commits many hours to the families during the process, and we consider it an absolute honor to have Sue as a Sharing and Caring volunteer.”   In 2014, Sharing and Caring reached out to 1,800 families representing 4,384 children.  Lisa’s planning skills resulted in these families picking up their gifts in a 6.5 hour time frame.  Lisa continues to come up with new ideas to expedite the application process. Ms. Medrano states that Lisa is an exceptional, committed volunteer. According to Ms. Medrano, Johna’s strength focuses on training new groups and individuals that want to join the Sharing and Caring initiative.  Irene states that Johna’s commitment to the families is very genuine, and it shows in the respect she offers to the parents seeking assistance for their children.  Irene identifies Johna as an exceptional volunteer. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Fourth quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until December 18.  Winners will be announced December 23. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.

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Mayor Announces 2nd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: July 15 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 14, 2015

2nd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – July 14, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2nd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 2nd quarter winners are: Cooper Mackey, Shannon Russow and Faith Bentonville Church.  Mayor McCaslin commented when making this announcement, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Bentonville Public School Superintendent, Michael Poore, nominated Cooper Mackey.  Cooper is a student at Fulbright Junior High, who suffers from Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), a group of diseases causing muscle weakness.  Mr. Poore states, that in spite of Cooper’s challenges, he is outgoing and compassionate.  He always thinks of others first and truly feels blessed that he is able to help others.  Cooper’s leadership, along with his family’s support in raising awareness of CMD is an example of the big picture view he maintains.  When asked how he copes with his disease, Cooper responds, “I know that somewhere there is someone who has it worse than me.  So, I just think about that.”  Cooper loves basketball, and his father coaches the Bentonville High School Freshman team.  Cooper can be found on the bench at every game.  His passion for the sport, and commitment to support others with CMD led to the development of the Cure CMD Classic basketball tournament.  This pre-season tournament hosts teams from across Northwest Arkansas to raise money and awareness of CMD.  This year, the tournament raised over $7,000 to support research in finding a cure.  Mr. Poore comments, “Cooper and the Mackey family represent the best of Bentonville in their compassion, commitment, and courage.  In spite of his challenges, Cooper maintains and champions the positive attitude and can-do spirit found in Bentonville’s citizens.” 

Kari Fletcher nominated Shannon Russow.  Kari is an employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County HLM Teen Center.  Shannon has been volunteering at the club for many years, and currently serves as the President of the Parent committee.  Ms. Russow takes time away from work and her family to put on a monthly event for the teens at the Club. The teens look forward to these events that she organizes.  Additionally, Ms. Russow puts together events that allow families and parents to spend time with their teen inside a place that the teens like to hang out. 

Josh Stacey, nominated Faith Bentonville Church.  Josh writes that over the last 4 years, Faith Bentonville has played a pivotal part in Bentonville Parks and Recreation’s programs.  They volunteer at several race events each year and are the primary partner for the Easter at Orchards event.  They donate time, money, and energy to help bring these events to the public.  In addition to volunteering at Bentonville Parks and Recreation events, Faith also donates time, money and energy to several other community groups in Bentonville.  Helping Hands, Samaritan Community Center, and the Pack Shack are just a few.  In 2015, Faith has donated over 750 hours to their community.  Josh nominated this group for the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award for their selfless giving to their community and their desire to make Bentonville a better place for all residents. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Third quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until September 18.  Winners will be announced October 2. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.


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Arbor Day Foundation Names Bentonville Tree City USA

Posted: July 07 2015

For more information, contact: Anthony Marek , 402-473-9563 amarek@arborday.org

FOR lMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Arbor Day Foundation Names Bentonville Tree City USA, Growth Award  Winner

Bentonville, AR was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.

Bentonville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation .

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Bentonville make smart investments in urban forests," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Cleaner air, improved storm water management , energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA .

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant , nurture, and celebrate trees. More information can be found at arborday.org.

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Bentonville Community Center Grand Opening

Posted: June 02 2015

Press Release
Bentonville Community Center Grand Opening

Contact:  Bentonville Parks and Recreation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone:    (479) 464-7275    

June 1, 2015


Bentonville, AR…Bentonville Parks and Recreation is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of the Bentonville Community Center this Saturday, June 6th. According to Parks and Recreation Director David Wright, “The Bentonville Community Center allows our department to be more comprehensive and diverse in the programs we offer. We can now offer recreational, aquatic and fitness programming twelve months per year. I hope our community finds the Community Center to be a fun place for the entire family.” 

We invite the public to join us for a day to celebrate the completion of the Epicenter of Fun!

Schedule of Events

The Grand Opening Celebration will kick off at 11:00am with live music, food, and inflatables outside of the facility. At noon, the official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place. Throughout the day, Bentonville Parks and Recreation will provide a look at the different recreational, aquatic and fitness programming offered at the Community Center. This includes a swim meet hosted by the NWAA Sharks, fitness classes, musical performances and theatrical performance presented by the Classical Edge Theatre Company. The family leisure pool will open to members at 3:00pm. Non-Members will have the opportunity to purchase their membership or a day pass ($5 for residents/$6 for non-residents) on Saturday. The Community Center is located at 1101 SW Citizens Circle.

11:00am      Music, Food, & Inflatables Begin

12:00pm      Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

1:00pm       Sharks Relay Swim Meet in Competitive Pool
                     Pickin’ Acoustical in Citizens Lounge
                     CORE Fitness Classes in the Fitness Studio

1:30pm       CORE Fitness Classes in the Fitness Studio

2:00pm       Classical Edge Theatre Company Performance
                     BARRE Fitness Class in the Fitness Studio

2:30pm       Zumba in the Fitness Studio

3:00pm       Leisure Pool Opens for Open Swim
                     Core Strength in the Fitness Studio

3:30pm       Yoga in the Fitness Studio


Facility Information

The Bentonville Community Center is an 84,000 square foot facility designed to serve residents of all ages and interests. The zero depth entry family leisure pool features several water slides, an adventure river, play structures, and lap swim lanes.  A pool party room is available for reservations.  The Aquatic Center also includes a 25x25 competitive pool with 8 lap swim lanes and 3 diving boards. This pool will host swim & dive meets for teams including the Bentonville Parks & Recreation Swim Team, Bentonville & Bentonville West High School, and the NWAA Sharks. The Bentonville Community Center also features a fitness center with over 45 pieces of cardio equipment as well as state of the art TechnoGym strength equipment. Over 60 classes are hosted in our dance/aerobics studio each week.

Additionally, the 6,315 square foot community room provides the perfect space to host any event. The room includes a stage, dance floor, and catering kitchen, making it ideal for a wedding reception or a family reunion. Available for reservations, this room can be divided into three separate rooms, creating a great place for a meeting or small group gathering.

For more information on reserving rooms, please drop by the Community Center, or visit playbentonville.com

Other amenities include a gymnasium, indoor running track, arts & craft room, Kids Center, a senior activity area, lounge and more. The facility is located in the 35 acre Citizens Park, which includes multi-purpose sports fields and an amphitheater.

Funding


The final construction cost for the Bentonville Community Center is $16,381,594. Funding for this project came from multiple sources. The project was funded in part by the bond referendum approved by taxpayers in 2007; parks and recreation impact fees, and general sales tax revenue. In addition, this project includes many partners who contributed significant funding. See list below of outside funding:

Private Funding or Contributions:
             Walton Family Foundation                                $2,000,000
             Walmart Foundation                                          $1,000,000
             Bentonville Public Schools                               $1,000,000
             Bentonville Advertising and Promotions        $1,000,000
            Care Foundation                                                  $1,000,000

Facility Hours of Operation

General operating hours for the Bentonville Community Center are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 5:00am-9:00pm
Friday 5:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm

 

The Family Leisure pool, Competitive pool, and Kids Center operate during specialized hours:

Family Leisure Pool Open Swim
 

Monday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Friday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Saturday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm


Competitive Pool Lap Swim
 

Monday-Thursday 5:30am-8:00am; 11:30am-1:00pm; 5:00 pm-7:00pm
Friday 5:30am-8:00am; 11:30am-1:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-10:00am; 12:00 pm-6:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm

 

Competitive Pool Open Swim
 

Saturday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm

 

Kids Center
 

Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00 pm-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
Sunday CLOSED


Membership Information

There are several membership options available for purchase at the Community Center including annual, monthly, and multiple admission passes. Daily passes are also available for purchase. Your membership with the Community Center includes unlimited access to facilities and wellness classes at the Community Center, Downtown Activity Center, and Melvin Ford Aquatic Center.

Membership Fees
 

Patron

Daily*

Multiple* Annual* Monthly*
Adults $5/$6 $75/$85 $200/$250 $19/$23
Youth $5$/6 $53/$60 $125/$160 $13/$15
Seniors $5/$6 $53/$60 $125/$160 $13/$15
Family     $425/$465 $38/$43

                 *Resident/Non-Resident


For more information, please contact The Bentonville Community Center at (479)696-0200 or visit www.playbentonville.com.

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Mayor’s 1st Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: May 14 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  May 13, 2015

1st Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – May 13, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 1st quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 1st quarter winners are: Brenner Orendorff, Lynda Main and Walmart Print Solutions Team.  Mayor McCaslin commented when making this announcement, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Bentonville Public Library Teen Services Librarian, Sarah Gowdy, nominated Brenner Orendorff.  Ms. Gowdy wrote, “Brenner has volunteered in the library’s Teen Volunteer Program, and is a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).  He has proven to be a community leader who is an asset to our City.”  Brenner has volunteered 194 hours through the Teen Volunteer Program plus an additional 60 hours volunteering on the TAB since August 2013, serving as the 2014-2015 Co-President, for a combined 254 hours of service.  Brenner has helped plan and participate in many teen and children’s programs at BPL, such as science workshops for kids, summer reading club, teen programs, Teen Tech Week, and Teen Read Week.  He helped organize a college and career fair to connect community teens to local colleges and universities.  He also suggested to host more life skill based programs for teens at the library.  Additionally, he initiated a service project to benefit the Bentonville community outside of the BPL to promote literacy.  The book drive was entitled ‘1,000 Books for 1,000 Readers’ with the goal of collecting gently used children’s and teen books at eight locations within Bentonville Public Schools during December, 2014.  The project exceeded their expectations, and approximately 2,000 books were collected and redistributed to seven local non-profit organizations who serve children and teens.  The TAB plans to continue this project as an annual service project. 

Sharon Shepard nominated Lynda Main.  Lynda has volunteered at Sharing and Caring for approximately 8 years, and is one of their longest serving volunteers.  Lynda helps in every area of the Sharing and Caring initiative, from taking applications all the way to distribution day.  She keeps all the applications in order and with all of the necessary paperwork.  Ms. Shepard commented regarding the winter weather in December 2013, “the weather did not stop Lynda, she made it in, boots and all!  She is very diligent.  She constantly amazes me with her accountability and dedication.”  Lynda is also an active participant in the recycling program, and brings her recycling passion to the Sharing and Caring program.  Sharon describes Lynda as a wonderful role model by giving back to our community through volunteering and saving our planet along the way. 

Angie Brooks, Volunteer Coordinator at Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter nominated the Walmart Print Solutions Team.  She said, “When the Print Solutions Team shows up, we know we are going to get a lot accomplished that day.” For over 2 years, this team has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter by assisting their Maintenance Coordinator in the upkeep of their 65,000 sq. ft. facility and 81 acres of land.  They show up once or twice a month, ready to do whatever is asked of them.  The tasks they are asked to complete are often arduous and require a higher skill level than is typical of a corporate volunteer group.  They are always on time and often bring their own tools to ensure any task will be completed with speed and excellence.  They always come with a positive attitude, regardless of the weather or task at hand.  Several members of this team also assist the administrative staff with various projects.  In addition to coming on site to work, the team also provides volunteers at offsite fundraisers.  They have a love for the kids at the shelter that is evident in their actions and it motivates them to do whatever is needed to support the work that is done at the shelter. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Second quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until June 12.  Winners will be announced July 2. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.


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Reschedule Merchants Park Baseball Park Dedication Ceremony

Posted: April 21 2015

Press Release

Contact: Parks and Recreation
Phone: (479) 464-7275

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 20, 2015

Bentonville Merchants Baseball Park Dedication Ceremony Reschedule


Bentonville, AR….. Due to the heavy rain and severe weather we received last week, the Dedication Ceremony of Merchants Baseball Park has been rescheduled for this Saturday, April 25th at 10:00am. The baseball park is located at 205 NW Elm Tree Road.

In 2013, Bentonville Parks and Recreation began a project to renovate an old set of baseball fields behind Elm Tree Elementary School. Over the last two years, new amenities such as a permanent concession / restroom facility, new fencing, dugouts, bleachers, scoreboards, a parking lot, and landscaping were added to the facility. 

In fall 2014, Bentonville Youth Baseball celebrated its 60th year of service to our community. During preparation of the celebration, organizers learned the group of people who started the league was actually a semi-professional baseball team who called Bentonville home. This team’s name was the Bentonville Merchants. Alumni of this team include former Major League All Star Lindy McDaniel (St. Louis Cardinals), Don Kaiser (Chicago Cubs) and Ron Loveless (Former CEO Sam’s Club). To honor this team’s contribution, Bentonville Parks and Recreation proudly renamed the facility, “Merchants Baseball Park”.

Several original Merchants players will be in attendance during the ceremony. This includes Al Knox, Duke Saunders, and Lindy McDaniel. Please join us at the ball fields for a celebration before the first game is officially played.

Bentonville Youth Baseball players will wear commemorative Bentonville Merchants jerseys and caps provide by the Bentonville Rotary Club. The ceremony begins at 10am with games beginning at 10:30am.

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City of Bentonville aims to host workshop: Planning for Economically and Fiscally Sustainable Growth

Posted: March 23 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of Bentonville aims to host workshop on planning for economically and fiscally sustainable growth

CONTACT: Alex Dodds, 202-207-3355 x112 adodds@smartgrowthamerica.org
                  Troy Galloway, 479-271-3126, tgalloway@bentonvillear.com
 
City of Bentonville officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America on April 1 and 2, 2015 as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program. This workshop seeks to provide city officials with the necessary strategies to help position Bentonville for long-term economic growth, especially given the development pressures being created by Bentonville’s rapid population growth. City officials also hope to use the workshop as an opportunity to inform the upcoming update of the city’s comprehensive plan.

“We are honored that Smart Growth America appreciates the efforts made in Bentonville over the last few years and recognizes its potential for future growth. This workshop will be a valuable asset as we begin the process of preparing a city comprehensive plan this summer,” said Mayor Bob McCaslin.

Bentonville area residents are invited to join the workshop’s first day for an introductory presentation that will share strategies on how to plan for smart growth. The event will be held April 1, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library, Walmart Community Room, 405 S. Main Street, Bentonville, Arkansas.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing training to help local community leaders keep cities and towns livable, vibrant places,” said Roger Millar, Smart Growth America Vice President. “Bentonville is ideally situated to attract new economic development and residents. We look forward to engaging community members in a discussion of how sustainable development patterns could provide the greatest benefit for the local economy and the city’s fiscal bottom line.”

In December 2014, Bentonville was one of 14 communities nationwide selected from a pool of over 120 applications by Smart Growth America to participate in the technical assistance program. Stretching from Florida to Washington State, these 14 communities represent major cities, suburban centers, and rural towns alike.

The program, made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, seeks to develop local planning solutions that help communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses, while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. One other nonprofit organizations—Project for Public Spaces—currently has an active grant this year to help communities get the kinds of development they want.

As a national leader in the field, Smart Growth America has accumulated extensive experience working with communities to help them use land strategically, make the most of existing resources and invest strategically to catalyze private development.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

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4th Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: January 20 2015

4th Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – January 20, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 4th quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 4th quarter winners are: Caitlyn Slaton, Brian Louis and NWA Aquatics (Sharks).  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Ricky Manes, who teaches at Fulbright Jr. High nominated Caitlyn Slaton.  He wrote, “From day one in my class Caitlyn stood out among her peers as she went out of her way to help those in need.”  Mr. Manes is a history teacher who has several English as Second Language (ESL) learners.  It is Caitlyn’s dedication to helping ESL students that prompted Mr. Manes nomination.  Too, Mr. Manes sought out the opinion of his colleagues at Fulbright.  One teacher said, “Caitlyn does more for our ESL students that we can ever hope to do.”  Mr. Mane provided this example:  “We do many presentations in our class, and for someone who does not speak our language it is very scary and difficult to stand in front of a class of 8th grade students.  For one presentation, Caitlyn recorded herself speaking and presenting the ESL student’s part and then gave it to the ESL student to use.  She then helped her practice her part daily.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see her helping someone else in class. There’s no doubt that Caitlyn’s efforts have helped the ESL students’ grades increase.  But more than that, her efforts have surely given them the confidence they need to succeed in their studies as well as their community at large.” 

William Bush nominated Brian Louis for his dedication to a mentorship program he organizes for students at Mary Mae Jones Elementary School.  Mr. Louis rallies his colleagues at Kraft Foods to become mentor volunteers at the school. Currently, there are twenty mentors. The mentors help with reading, math and other assignments throughout the school year.  Mr. Bush, a counselor at Mary Mae Jones said, “The program continues to grow each year largely because Mr. Louis’ commitment to the kids and the community.  He is a great role model in showing the meaningfulness of placing others above ourselves.”   

Ms. Kathleen Breed nominated the fifteen members of the Northwest Arkansas Aquatics (Sharks) Swim Team.  Ms. Breed’s nomination detailed the “Swim Night for Athletes with Special Needs” program which was designed to give special needs kids an opportunity to swim, play pool games and share an evening out with their families. This event was held on December 5, 2014 at the Walton Life Fitness Center. The event was hosted by Bike Bentonville, Bentonville Public Schools and the Walton Life Fitness Center.  It is part of a series of programs for athletes with special needs and offers one event each month specifically for these promising athletes.  Past events include Bike Night and Student Fitness Festival.  Ms. Breed said, “The Sharks partnered with special athletes and showed them how to use a kickboard.  They raced each other from one end of the pool to the other.  They high-fived, congratulated and laughed with new found friends. We know what a unique community Bentonville is.  Opportunity, reward, achievement, recognition, and accomplishment seem to meet our kids at every corner.  And yet this group of young athletes, these members of Northwest Aquatics Sharks Swim Team, showed up without the promise of any of these things.  They showed up to make a difference.  Mission Accomplished.”

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  First quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until March 20th.  Winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please click here.
 

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Bentonville Police Department Names 2014 Officer and Professional Staff Member of the Year

Posted: January 05 2015

Bentonville, AR....Monday, December 15, 2014, the Bentonville Police Department announced the 2014 Officer of the Year and 2014 Civilian of the Year.  The Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year Awards represent a long standing tradition at the Bentonville Police Department.  Each year, award recipients are selected by a voting process.  The criteria for selection include, among other qualities, a sense of duty and service that reflects great professionalism and also brings credit to both the law enforcement profession and the City of Bentonville.  All police department personnel, both sworn and civilian, participate in the ballot process.

The 2014 Officer of the Year Award was presented to Officer Andrew Oliver.  Officer Oliver is a 16 year veteran of law enforcement, beginning his career in 1998 as a Communications Officer at the Bentonville Police Department.  He was promoted to the position of police officer and attended the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2000.  After graduating from the Academy, Officer Oliver worked as a patrol officer at the Bentonville Police Department until 2005.  Officer Oliver continued his law enforcement career at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 to 2012, earning the rank of Field Sergeant. In 2012, Officer Oliver returned to the Bentonville Police Department and currently serves in the Uniform Division as a certified instructor and field training officer.  He is also a certified negotiator and member of our Negotiations Team.

The 2014 Civilian Employee of the Year Award was presented to Jeremy Crowder. Jeremy is an IT (Information Technology) Technician with the City of Bentonville’s IT Group.  He has 15 years of experience in the IT industry and has performed duties such as server administration, IP network design, and client support and has been with the City of Bentonville for four years.  He is the primary IT Technician for the Bentonville Police Department, as well as the Fire Department, and the Bentonville Emergency Communications Center.  Jeremy has a vast range of experience in public safety and has served as a part-time Fire Fighter, 9-1-1 Dispatcher, and Police Officer.  He holds multiple certifications in both fire services and law enforcement. Jeremy attended the police academy at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri where he received a POST Certification. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Network Technology and has further education in relevant technologies. 

Both Officer Oliver and Jeremy Crowder will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our police department and our community at a departmental awards ceremony in January, 2015.  

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Bentonville Wins Competitive Award to Help with Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health

Posted: December 15 2014

Bentonville, AR – December 15, 2014…Bentonville’s work to make downtown a more walkable, attractive destination has helped us win a national competitive award.

Smart Growth America—a national nonprofit that advocates for better cities, towns, and neighborhoods—announced December 11, 2014 that Bentonville is among 14 winning communities that will receive a free technical assistance workshop in 2015. Through the program, Bentonville will receive hands-on assistance from national experts on planning for economic and fiscal health.

Mayor McCaslin responded to the announcement by saying, “The City of Bentonville is delighted to be selected for this technical assistance. We are honored that Smart Growth America appreciates the efforts made in Bentonville over the last few years and recognizes its potential for future growth. This workshop will be a valuable asset as we begin the process of preparing a comprehensive plan next year.”              

“This award is a testament to the hard work Bentonville has already done,” said Roger Millar, Vice President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. “Our program was more competitive this year than ever before, and Bentonville stood out as a community doing great work. We’re excited to be able to help you continue on to the next stage of this work.”

The workshops offered through Smart Growth America’s program focus on a range of issues, including transit-oriented development, Complete Streets, smart growth zoning, economic development and fiscal health, parking management and regional planning for small communities, among other topics. 

Smart Growth America received over 120 applications for technical assistance from 35 states for its 2015 workshops. The full list of winning communities includes: Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization, WY; City of Bentonville, AR; City of Charlottesville, VA; City of Columbia, MO; City of Fort Pierre, SD; City of Franklin, TN; City of Indianapolis, IN; City of Knoxville, TN; City of Sanford, FL; City of SeaTac, WA; City of Spokane, WA; Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, TN; Macon-Bibb County, GA; and Tucker County Planning Commission, WV.

About Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance:
Smart Growth America offers twelve types of technical assistance workshops that help communities build stronger local economies, protect the environment, preserve sense of place and improve overall quality of life. The technical assistance is funded through a grant to Smart Growth America from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Through the program, Smart Growth America has already provided free assistance to over 50 communities across the United States, from Hawaii to Maine.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information contact Shelli Kerr, Planning Services Manager at skerr@bentonvillear.com or 479-6826; Clare Healy, at assistance@smartgrowthamerica.org or 202-207-3355 x 143; or visit    www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

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Mayor Seeking 4th Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Nominations

Posted: December 08 2014

Bentonville, AR – December 4, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is seeking nominations for the 4th Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award.  Nominations close on December 19th.  The Mayor will announce the winners on December 22nd.  This date was chosen so winners will receive notice of their award right in the midst of the holiday season.  An award recognition event will be held in mid-January 2015.

Mayor McCaslin said, “The holidays are a fabulous time to celebrate the simplest yet most magnificent gifts of time, kindness and empathy. By recognizing the good deeds of volunteers, we are nurturing their leadership skills.  These skills ensure a brighter future for them personally, professionally and socially. For many local non-profit organizations, the holidays are an extremely busy time of year.  Volunteers rally to help with holiday specific charitable giving programs. Many if not all of these volunteers participate in these programs year after year. We’d love to hear about these individuals and groups. We especially like to hear about youths who at a young age already demonstrate compassion for their fellow neighbors and peer groups…those who are role models in their school and community.”  


The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  It was designed to recognize those who take time from their busy lives to assist others, those who never tire of giving back, and those who share their zest for volunteer work with others.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please contact the Mayor’s Assistant at (479) 271-5966 or visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.

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City Receives GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Posted: November 13 2014


City Receives Government Finance Officers Association’s
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Bentonville, AR, November 13, 2014…..Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the City’s Finance and Accounting Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  This is the second consecutive year the City has been awarded this distinction.  The GFAO is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. 

The GFOA’s press release states, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City’s CAFR was judged by an “impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story.” 

Ms. Denise Land, the City’s Director of Finance and Administration is pleased to be recognized nationally for her team’s collaboration.  Specifically, she mentioned the City’s Accounting Manager, Jake Harper who has been her colleague for over eight years.  Ms. Land said, “Jake is a valued accounting executive.  He is a professional who is highly skilled in financial reporting and certified accounting standards.  Mayor McCaslin added, “Jake shares Denise’s commitment to serving the interests of the citizens of Bentonville.  They are a great team.” 

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Arkansas Volunteer Communities of the Year Announced

Posted: October 20 2014

Contact:
Christina Smith, DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support
501-320-6039 or christina.smith@dhs.arkansas.gov

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2014
 
Arkansas Volunteer Communities of the Year Announced
Twelve communities have been selected to receive the 2014 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award.  Chosen to receive recognition for their volunteer efforts were: Bay, Clarkridge, Booneville, Warren, Heber Springs, Mountain Home, Blytheville, Maumelle, Benton, Bentonville, Fort Smith, and Fayetteville.
A panel of citizens from across the state served on the selection committee.  All recipients have received the award in the past.  However, some of this year’s recipients have not received the award in many years.
The award presentations will take place at the Arkansas Municipal League’s Winter Conference, which will be held January 14-16, 2015, in Little Rock. 
The Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Awards is sponsored by the Governor’s Office, the Arkansas Municipal League, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support.  The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department provides signs announcing the Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year designation.  The signs are placed at prominent locations along highways outside of the winning cities.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support promotes and supports volunteerism in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all Arkansans.  Consulting and training services for volunteer program management are available by calling (501) 682-7540 or (toll free) 1-800-482-5850.

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Arson—Update—Reward Offered

Posted: October 20 2014

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 20, 2014

Contact: Chief Jon Simpson
(479) 271-3170

A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by the victim for information leading to the identification of the suspect, or suspects, involved in last week’s construction equipment fires.

On the morning of Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Bentonville Police Department and Bentonville Fire Department responded to an area south of Lowe’s (1100 NW Lowes Ave.) regarding an arson investigation.  The suspect(s) intentionally set fire to three pieces of construction equipment.  These vehicles are being used to construct the Bella Vista Bypass.  The approximate loss is estimated at $2,000,000.00.  The State Fire Marshall and the ATF are assisting the Bentonville Police Department with the investigation.

Any person with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Bentonville Police Department.

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Bentonville Merchants Baseball Park

Posted: October 17 2014

Bentonville, AR – October 17, 2014…Bentonville Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the official renaming of the Elm Tree Baseball fields, located at 201 Elm Tree Rd. On September 15th, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to name the facility Merchants Baseball Park, in honor of The Bentonville Merchants, a local Semi-Professional Baseball Team of the 1940’s and 50’s.

During the past year, these ball fields have experienced many improvements, including a new concession and restroom building, sod, irrigation, new scoreboards, new fencing and new batting cages. In addition, Bentonville Parks and Recreation will begin construction on a new parking lot in November.

In 1954, The Merchants players and coaches believed that there was a need for youth baseball in Bentonville.  Gaining community support, team sponsors for the first four teams, they created a program that would facilitate and support young boys’ participation in baseball. They created what is now the Bentonville Youth Baseball League.

The Bentonville Merchants Baseball Park naming recognizes and honor’s volunteerism and community service as exhibited by the Merchants, which included several well-known alumni such as Lindy McDaniel, Pat Summerall, Preston Carpenter, Lewis Carpenter, Hugh (Tater) Black and Al Knox. The team played at the old Municipal Field in Bentonville which was once located on 8th street.

The original managers of the first four youth teams were: Truman Boling (Braves), John Black (Cardinals), Hugh (Tater) Black (Dodgers) and Everett Russell (Giants).  In addition the first four sponsor businesses were: Bank of Bentonville, Eagle Milling Co., Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club.  The first league President was Bill McCurdy

2014 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Bentonville’s youth baseball program, which began with four teams, and has grown to include over 150 teams and 1,600 players.

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Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee Marks Inaugural Public Art Project

Posted: October 16 2014

Bentonville, AR, October 16, 2014…..The City of Bentonville’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) is pleased to announce its inaugural public art project on the North Bentonville Trail on Tuesday, October 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The celebration will include a tour of the art installations along with food and music.

Almost 18 months ago, the Bentonville Advertising and Promotion (A&P) Commission agreed to fund an outdoor public art project in Bentonville. With funds available, the committee began to search for the most appropriate and effective artwork to initiate its first public art venture. The committee received 14 proposals from artists from across the country and selected three for installation on the North Bentonville Trail: Ed Pennebaker’s “Ozark Topography”, Nathan S. Pierce’s “Sunkissed”, and Cray Gray’s “PAC-Man.”

Details about the art installations are available on the city’s website at http://www.bentonvillear.com/departments/planning-department/boards-commissions/public-arts-advisory-committee/. 

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Theft/Phone Scam

Posted: October 16 2014

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Contact: Chief Jon Simpson
(479) 271-3170

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Bentonville Police Department was notified of multiple reports of attempted fraud that had occurred throughout Bentonville and Benton County.  The reports involve a phone scam by individuals claiming to be representatives with the City of Bentonville Electric Department or other area electric companies.  The suspects tell the victims if they fail to pay their electric bill, the power would be shut off.  The suspects then demand the victims pay with a “Green Dot” prepaid money card.

The City of Bentonville Electric Department has made no such calls.  Citizens who receive similar phone calls are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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Economic Development Strategic Plan, “Bentonville Blueprint”

Posted: October 15 2014

Bentonville, AR – October 15, 2014…Mayor Bob McCaslin is pleased to announce the unveiling of Bentonville’s economic development strategic plan, the Bentonville Blueprint.

In May 2013, the City of Bentonville launched the development of the Bentonville Blueprint, a strategic plan for economic development to guide the city over the next five years.  Boyette Strategic Advisors, an economic development consulting firm with offices in Little Rock, AR Atlanta, GA, and Orlando, FL has guided the effort to develop the plan. 

The development of the Bentonville Blueprint was, and will continue to be, driven by the visions of Bentonville’s leaders, residents and stakeholders. The plan includes significant stakeholder input, identification of targeted business sectors, and strategic priorities designed to position Bentonville for continued economic development success.

There are eight target sector opportunities: digital media; transportation/warehousing; light advanced manufacturing; hospitality, culture/entertainment; specialty retail; regional supplier offices, and retail technologies.

Additionally, there are eight strategic priorities: delivery system; art/culture; business retention; education/workforce; entrepreneurship/innovation; marketing/communication; product development, and sustainability.

The Bentonville Blueprint unveiling is Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Walmart Room of the Bentonville Public Library located at 405 S. Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712. The meeting is open to the public.

Starting on Wednesday, October 22nd, the plan will be available for viewing and download on the City of Bentonville’s website at http://www.bentonvillear.com/departments/Economic-development.

For questions or more information, please contact Brian Bahr, Economic Development Manager at bbahr@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-6826.

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3rd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: October 14 2014

Bentonville, AR – October 14, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 3rd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 3rd quarter winners are: Lauren Nicole Snider, Denise McCroddan and First Baptist Church Studio 412 Student Ministry.  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville, under the operation of Mark Hufford and team, will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

In 2013, Lauren Nicole Snider moved to Bentonville from Texas.  Ms. Jennifer, Kelley, a counselor at Fulbright Junior High, nominated Ms. Snider in December 2013.  Ms. Kelley wrote, “Lauren is new to Bentonville.  She asked to be a student aide and I placed her in the Counselor’s Office.  Lauren has not only made lots of friends, she has also become very active in our school. Lauren volunteers to show the new students our campus, introduces new students to existing students and even makes arrangements to sit with the new students at lunch. She has gone above and beyond in her efforts to make new students feel welcome. She truly exhibits the spirit of Bentonville with her welcoming smile and personality.”   Ms. Snider is currently a student at Bentonville High School where she has a challenging course load, i.e., three Pre-AP courses and Spanish II.  She is actively involved in the youth group at her church and, along with her sister, is planning a local Young Life chapter. 

Mses. Nanette Grillot, Kelly Pope and Kelly Chase nominated Denise McCroddan.  Mrs. McCroddan has been volunteering at Central Park Elementary for nine years.  She started her volunteer services in the classrooms, doing anything she could to support the homeroom teachers.  She also started volunteering in the library; performing many needed tasks such as shelving books, processing new books, volunteering at book fairs, helping students find books and anything else she was asked to do.  Two years after Central Park Elementary opened, Mrs. McCroddan began helping Special Education students grow in reading, writing and math skills.   In recent years, she has started managing a specific program using the Sound Out reading and comprehension program by Matt Sims, published by High Noon Books.  Mses. Grillot, Pope and Chase wrote, “Mrs. McCroddan comes in everyday possible, usually four days a week, is punctual and very dependable.  She is conscientious, a great role model and very pleasant to both faculty and students alike.  We are very thankful to have this wonderful woman involved in our school for so many years.” 

First Baptist Church of Bentonville’s Studio 412 Student Ministry was nominated for an award by Cindy Acree, Director of Havenwood and Ms. Kailey Wever.  This group of young people gathered this summer to reground Havenwood’s playground and also cleaned/reorganized the donation closet.  Havenwood, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and intensive self-sufficiency programming for single parent families, has a playground behind the apartment building and a large clothing donation closet for its residents.  Under the playground equipment, the ground was covered with sand and small pebbles.  The ground of the playground needed to be completely removed.  Additionally, the clothing donation closet had become full of items that residents were not using and it was disorganized by size and style.  In addition to doing the labor for both projects, the First Baptist Youth group secured family-friendly rubber mulch to replace the sand and pebbles.  They organized the large donation closet by size and style and helped to make it more accessible.  Ms. Acree said, “The First Baptist Church youth ministry went above and beyond in giving back to their community via Havenwood.  Their efforts encourage our families’ success toward better lives and self-sufficiency.” 

In March of this year, Ms. Kailey Wever nominated Katelyn Matlock, Alex Griffin and Denise Faber members of First Baptist Church student ministry for their “dedication, consistency and passion for working with Havenwood’s children.  Ms. Wever wrote, “I can always count on these three teenagers to be at Havenwood when they are scheduled and they have even made themselves available at a moment’s notice several times when our other volunteers have fallen through.”  

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Fourth quarter 2014 nominations will be accepted until December 19th.  Winners will be announced December 22nd.  The fall and winter season of thankfulness and giving is great time of year to recognize volunteerism.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.


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City of Bentonville Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Posted: August 22 2014

August 1, 2014


PRESS RELEASE

For Further Information Contact Stephen J. Gauthier (312) 977-9700

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Chicago--The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that City of Bentonville, Arkansas has received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff  to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:

• a policy document
• a financial plan
• an operations guide
• a communications device

Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the  individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to Denise Land, Finance Director.

For budgets including fiscal period 2013, over 1,400 participants received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit  professional association serving nearly 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

 

Washington, DC Office
I 30 I   Pennsylvania Avenue,  N. W., Suite 309  •  Washington, DC 20004  •  202. 393 .8020  • fax:   202. 393 .0780 www.gfoa.org


Second Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: July 15 2014

Bentonville, AR – July 15, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2014 second quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The second quarter winners are: Sam Covert, Tina Lewis and Club Marketing Services, a division of ASM. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group. 

Sam Covert was nominated by Marisa Shofner.  Ms. Shofner wrote, “I am nominating Sam Covert because he holds all the qualities of being an outstanding citizen.  His volunteerism and loyalty to the Bentonville community is outstanding.”  Sam attends Ruth Hale Barker Middle School, and is a member of the Student Council.  Some of Sam’s traits listed by Ms. Shofner are:  honesty, compassion, respect, and a servant heart.   He is always considerate and willing to put others first.  Sam’s good deeds seem to be inherent; he is that mindful and considerate of others.  He is always willing to help…be it loading groceries and returning carts for seniors, opening doors for full hands, clearing litter, cleaning ponds, or making attempts to keep younger children out of dangerous situations.   With those same keen eyes and warm heart, he is also quite diligent in protecting animals and birds and has been known to give his allowance to animal rescue groups on many occasions. Sam is a straight-A student whose hobbies include playing guitar, football, and singing in the choir. 

Tina Lewis was nominated by Rev. Mark Snodgrass, pastor of Bentonville Church of the Nazarene.   Ms. Lewis is the volunteer director of the Upward basketball and cheerleading program.  Upward is a ministry of Bentonville Church of the Nazarene that uses a first-class sports experience to teach participants and their families the important virtues of sportsmanship, integrity, courage, patience, and much more during the 8-week session.  Kids are mentored by coaches and volunteers.  Rev. Snodgrass said, “This volunteer position requires many hours, but Tina willingly puts in the time because she believes in the mission of Upward and loves seeing kids succeed in sports and life.”  Tina’s work begins early in the fall, and extends until after the awards ceremony in March.  Coordinating a league with over 450 participants and over 100 volunteers is a big job!  Tina averages at least 20-25 volunteer hours a week.  To conclude, Rev. Snodgrass wrote in his nomination, “Tina’s leadership and commitment to this effort makes this a reality and inspires others to get involved.  Bentonville is blessed to have a volunteer like Tina Lewis who gives countless hours to make Upward a reality in our community.” 

Havenwood’s program staff nominated Club Marketing Services (CMS), a division of ASM, for the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen award.  CMS opened their office in Bentonville in 1995.  Havenwood, is a transitional housing facility for single parents.  CMS has been a strong supporter of Havenwood for many years.  However, over the past two years, their staff has provided exceptional volunteer support through various opportunities.  CMS staff members serve on Havenwood’s Advisory Board and other related committees.  Specifically, CMS has managed the marketing efforts for Havenwood’s Angel Gala and their Bike Ride, both events provide much needed funds for the organization’s operational fund.  Numerous employees have dedicated their time and efforts toward promoting Havenwood and its programs, including chefs who have provided free catering services for events and have donated services for the live auctions at fundraising events.  Over the years, CMS staff has volunteered countless hours in graphic design, organized and lead committees, hosted meetings and appreciation events at their offices, and provided professional consulting in the areas of marketing and event planning.  In unison, Havenwood staff said, “Club Marketing is an exemplary business that models servant leadership from the top down, and we are grateful to be one of the many nonprofit recipients of their generosity.” 

Third quarter 2014 nominations will be accepted until September 19, 2014.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit click here.

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League Honors Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin at 80th Convention

Posted: June 30 2014

June 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Don Zimmerman, Executive Director
Whitnee V. Bullerwell, Communications Director
Arkansas Municipal League, 501-374-3484
www.arml.org

The Arkansas Municipal League at its 80th Convention, held June 18-20 in Little Rock, honored Mayor Bob McCaslin of Bentonville with the Adrian L. White Municipal Leadership Award. The award is presented to municipal officials who have served with distinction and dedication to their cities and the League’s boards, councils, or committees for six years.
The award is named in honor of White, who was mayor of Pocahontas from 1967-1974 and a former League president and vice president.
The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League has a voluntary membership comprised of all 500 cities and towns in the state and was created to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To find out more, please visit www.arml.org.

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City of Bentonville Launches New GIS Site

Posted: June 16 2014

The City of Bentonville is excited to announce that a new geographic information system (GIS) will launch at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  The new Geocortex software will work on mobile devices as well as on Macintosh machines and multiple web browsers.  This conversion will make the GIS information more accessible to all users. 

With the launch of the new site, the old site will be removed.  If users have saved the old site to their favorites, they will need to visit www.bentonvillear.com and click on the GIS icon after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17 to save the new link to their favorites.  

Jim Wheeless, GIS coordinator will be offering a free training course on the new site on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the training room at Fire Station #1 located at 800 SW A St.  The course is free and no registration is required.  This training is open to anyone interested in learning more about the new system.  The training should last approximately 1 hour. 

For further information regarding the new GIS system, please contact Jim Wheeless at 479-271-5926 or jwheeless@bentonvillear.com. 

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Bentonville Running Festival Named One of the Top Marathons & Races Worth Traveling For

Posted: April 18 2014

Bentonville Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that the Bentonville Running Festival has been named one of the 2014 Top Marathons & Races Worth Traveling For by FlipKey.com. FlipKey, the vacation rental company of the travel leader TripAdvisor, chose the Running Festival based on industry research and traveler feedback.  The Bentonville Running Festival was named as the representative race for the state of Arkansas. Other notable races on the list include: The Boston Marathon, The San Diego Marathon, and Portland Marathon. This year, the Running Festival welcomed over 3,000 participants competing in the half marathon, 5k, of Fun Run. To view the full list, please visit: http://www.flipkey.com/blog/2014/04/09/50-states-series-top-marathons-races-worth-traveling-for/

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First Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners and National Volunteer Week

Posted: April 08 2014

First Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners


Bentonville, AR – April 8, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2014 first quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The first quarter winners are: Juanita Fryer, Trevor Bartlett and Baker Gives Back. 

Juanita Fryer was nominated by Janet Hendren.  Ms. Hendren wrote, “Juanita Fryer has been an outstanding citizen of Bentonville since approximately 1960.  Mrs. Fryer moved to Bentonville when her husband became Principal of the newly opened Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  Soon after, she began teaching home economics at Bentonville High School.  While teaching home economics, she also acted as faculty advisor for the Future Homemakers of America.  In later years, Mrs. Fryer was the high school’s guidance counselor.  In 1992, she became the City’s first lady when her husband, the late John Fryer, was appointed Mayor by the Governor.  Since retiring, she has remained very active within the community.  She volunteers at the First Methodist Church, is a member of the organizing committee for the annual Arbor Day Celebration, and is a current member of the Bentonville Garden Club.  She just completed a three year term on the City of Bentonville’s Tree and Landscaping Committee.  Of her garden club activities, Ms. Hendren said, “This past year, she received the Circle of Roses award, presented to outstanding members with at least 25 years of service to the club.   

Trevor Bartlett was nominated by his dad, Dean Bartlett.  Since 2010, Trevor has volunteered 334 hours of his time at the Bentonville Public Library.  He serves on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) where he helps the library promote literacy by suggesting services, materials and programs for Benton county youth.  Last summer, “Trevor planned and instructed several science-themed children’s workshops with other TAB members.  These workshops were educational and interactive programs that made science fun for the participants and the teen instructors”, said Sarah Gowdy, Teen Services Librarian.  Trevor demonstrates a true commitment to assisting the Library in its endeavors, but more importantly to providing kids and young adults throughout our community with fun and engaging learning experiences. Dean Bartlett wrote, “Trevor has worked hard for everything he has achieved in life and will be heading to the honors college at the University of Arkansas.”   

Formed about 6 years ago, Bakers Gives Back (BGB) is a network of caring parents who are committed to meeting the needs of students within R.E. Baker Elementary.  BGB members volunteer their time and resources to help Baker Elementary students and their families who are struggling and need help with basic needs, such as clothing, food, haircuts, school supplies, and many other necessities.  BGB also works with the counselor to offer opportunities for every student to experience the honor of giving to someone else through our Valentine Project and various other drives.  Buddy Herndon and Amanda Musick nominated Baker Gives Back.  Mr. Herndon wrote, “As one of the counselors here at R.E. Baker, I feel very blessed to have the assistance of Baker Gives Back.  This is an amazing group of parents who realize that in order for kids to reach their potential, they have to have their basic needs met.”  The “Gives Back” program has been expanded to eight of the ten elementary schools, all four middle and all three junior high schools.  It may look a little different at each school (based on the needs), but the concept is the same. 

During the award recognition event, the Mayor will present a National Volunteer Week proclamation to Michael Poore, Superintendent of Bentonville Public Schools. In 2013, Bentonville Public Schools reported almost 72,000 volunteer hours, a value of $1.5 million to our community.  National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, a program of Points of Light, is about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”   

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Second quarter 2014 nominations will be accepted until June 13th.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please click here.

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Bentonville, AR Named Tree City USA

Posted: March 18 2014

Bentonville, AR -- March 18, 2014...Bentonville, AR was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  Bentonville has earned this national designation for 16 consecutive years.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Bentonville has met the four requirements to achieve the Tree City USA designation: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Bentonville make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.” 

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees:

• Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
• Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
• Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.
• Increase property values and reduce energy use and add beauty to our homes and neighborhoods. 

For questions, please contact Danielle Shasteen at dshasteen@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-6826. 

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.

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City of Bentonville Launches Revamped Website and Smart Phone App

Posted: March 11 2014

Bentonville, AR – March 10, 2014…The City of Bentonville has launched a redesigned website. The website address is the same, www.bentonvillear.com, but the design and layout is new with expanded content and improved graphics. A search feature has been added along with one-click access to paying utility bills and reporting power outages.

Last spring, city departments collaborated to revamp the city’s website. Staff desired to not only update the appearance, but ensure that the site is timely and easy to navigate. Last February, the city contracted with Mass Enthusiasm to redesign the site. Mass Enthusiasm is a full service design and marketing firm out of Little Rock, Arkansas. They were selected based on recent experience in website and app design for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Mass Enthusiasm recently won one Gold and three Bronze design awards from the Little Rock Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

“As part of ongoing efforts to provide relevant and essential information to the community, the new website is designed for residents, businesses and visitors to easily access online resources about Bentonville’s municipal services,” states Mayor Bob McCaslin.

In addition to the redesigned website, Mass Enthusiasm is working closely with the Electric Department to develop a smart phone application that will provide a simple and quick method for the public to report power outages. This app should be available on I-tunes within a few months.

For questions regarding the website, please contact David Wright at (479) 464-7275 or dwright@bentonvillear.com. For questions regarding the smart phone app, please contact Travis Matlock at (479)271-3135 or tmatlock@bentonvillear.com. 

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4th Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: February 13 2014

4th Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

 

Bentonville, AR – January 21, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 4th quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 4th quarter winners are: Caroline Fox, Drew Collom and Friends of the Bentonville Library.  Mayor McCaslin when making this announcement commented, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Amanda Musick, Bentonville Public Schools, nominated Caroline Fox.  Ms. Musick wrote, “Caroline’s involvement in school and the community is a top priority.  Ms. Fox was an American Heart Association Sweetheart in her sophomore and junior years.  She is a senior and honor roll student with a GPA of 4.0 at Bentonville High School. Her leadership goals and activities include memberships in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), National Honor Society, Tiger Jungle, and Cobblestone Club.  Mrs. Jodie Fields, her guidance counselor, described her as “a wonderful, well-rounded student who exhibits character while at school, as well as, outside of school.” 

Mr. Collom was nominated by Sabrina Rampy, Director of Community Relations at the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.  The nomination read, “Drew Collom is an essential part of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.  He has served as a board member for eight years and served as Board President.  He goes above and beyond just serving on the board.”  Mr. Collom is also a member and former Chairman of the Cancer Challenge.  He volunteers every Saturday morning at the Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville where he is a session member.  Look for him at Amazeum’s upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” event; he will be a celebrity waiter.  Jacob Hutson, Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County, said, “Drew Collom is an incredible asset to the Bentonville community.  He commits countless hours of service to local non-profits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County and Cancer Challenge, and is active in a variety of community events.  Drew’s work is truly improving the quality of life in Bentonville.”

Hadi Dudley nominated Friends of Bentonville Library.  She said, “They are advocates, supporters and true “friends” of the Library.” In 2012, Friends of the Bentonville Library celebrated its 10th year anniversary.  In recent years, the group’s sponsorship programs have helped fund the following: $30,000 for the Library’s special collections and materials, $19,000 for teen services, $18,000 for the summer reading program, $10,000 toward the new facility campaign, and $5,500 for laptops.  The group has co-sponsored travel and training expenditures for BPL librarians and instituted a new scholarship program for BPL staff working toward a graduate degree in library science.  Upon hearing of this award, Brenda Compton said, “On behalf of the Friends of the Bentonville Library we gratefully accept this wonderful award.  We are very proud of our nonprofit organization since re-establishing in 2002. We have contributed $90,000 to help support the library’s efforts in best serving this outstanding community.”

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  First quarter 2014 nominations will be accepted until March 21st.  Winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, 2014. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please click here.
 

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Bentonville Planting More Than 1,000 Trees for “Make A Difference Day”

Posted: October 24 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY
BENTONVILLE PLANTING MORE THAN 1,000 TREES FOR “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY”
Volunteers will be planting trees to “Make a Difference” in Bentonville and leave a legacy for future generations

WHO: The project is a collaboration between the City of Bentonville, Walmart, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arvest Bank, Crossland Construction, and Bentonville Public Schools. Each site has been adopted by an organization. Walmart employees are volunteering to plant trees on Walton Boulevard. Staff at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has accepted planting duties along John De Shield Boulevard and Central Avenue. Employees with the City of Bentonville will plant trees at Old Tiger Stadium and SW I Street. Bentonville School District students, teachers and families have adopted the Mary Mae Jones site. Arvest Bank is thanking all of the volunteers with lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Development Building at 305 SW A Street.

WHAT: More than 200 volunteers will be planting more than 1,000 trees purchased with the $25,000 donation made by Walmart as part of Make a Difference Day, a nationwide community service day on October 26. Trees will be planted in Bentonville along Walton Boulevard, John DeShields Boulevard, East Central Avenue, SW I Street, Mary Mae Jones Elementary, and Old Tiger Stadium. Crews with the City of Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Crossland Construction have been digging holes for the past week. Trees are being delivered to the sites on Friday. Saturday morning volunteers will begin planting trees.

WHY: Each fall, communities across the state show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the statewide community-improvement campaign, by recruiting volunteers to take on a variety of community clean up and environmental-improvement projects. The City of Bentonville has participated in this campaign for over five years. This year, to make a bigger impact, city officials decided to coordinate this annual event with Make a Difference Day, October 26, the largest national day of community service promoted by USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light. The goal is to plant 1026 trees by 10/26 that will leave a legacy of trees for future generations.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013

WHERE: Bentonville on sites along Walton Boulevard, John DeShields Boulevard, Mary Mae Jones Elementary, Old Tiger Stadium, East Central Avenue, and SW I Street.

MEDIA CONTACT: Troy Galloway, City of Bentonville Community and Economic Development Director, 479-271-3126

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Bentonville District Court’s DWI Court program is the recipient of a $15K Highway Safety Grant

Posted: October 24 2013

Bentonville District Court’s DWI Court program has been chosen by the Arkansas State Police, Highway Safety Office to be a recipient of a $15,000 Highway Safety Grant.  This Grant award is to be used to further the training and development of the DWI Court Team. 

The Bentonville District Court’s DWI Court program began in January 2012.  DWI Courts are post-adjudication and problem solving courts whose participants are repeat DWI offenders. The goal of DWI Court is to improve public safety, save tax payer dollars and reduce recidivism through changing behaviors of repeat offenders.  Traditional responses from courts are less effective in achieving these goals. The program uses a Team approach and involves intensive monitoring, treatment and accountability of the participants.  DWI Courts follow the ten (10) Guiding Principles developed by the National Drug Court Institute.

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Mayor McCaslin announced the 3rd Quarter 2013 Outstanding Citizen Award winners.

Posted: October 23 2013

The 3rd quarter winners are: Kathy Breed, Jack Dinkel and Bentonville/Bella Vista Daybreak Rotary Club. 


The City received two nominations, and several letters of support for Ms. Kathy Breed.  Kathy worked tirelessly to promote citizens within our community to register to vote leading up to the recent millage campaign.  She has also volunteered with several non-profit organizations in the community, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Amazeum.  Additionally, she has obtained hundreds of books which have been donated to several schools in the community, both public and private.  Kathy is  an involved member of her church, dedicating much of her time to the Children’s programs.  A fellow member described Kathy as a “behind the scenes person”, who does not want recognition, but is very deserving of it.  Dana Davis, CEO and President of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce wrote this about Kathy, “Kathy is a quiet leader, a person always willing to step in with a good idea, while also being the person with ’boots on the ground’”. Nominator Amanda Kelly Musick added these remarks, “Kathy’s example of defining citizenship within our community is multi-faceted and incredibly impressive.  Her selfless support of our community, charitable organizations, and schools is unrivaled.” 

Jack Dinkel was nominated by John Whiting of the Benton County Senior Wellness Center.  Mr. Dinkel has been a faithful volunteer for the Benton County Meals on Wheels program every Tuesday and Thursday for over 6 years.  He has packed and made over 200 meals a week for that program.  Mr. Whiting hopes that others will follow Jack’s example.  Jennifer Dunham of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art says “Wednesday mornings at Crystal Bridges would not be the same without Jack Dinkel.”  He has become a fixture at the Museum.  Jack signed on to volunteer at the Museum in 2011 before construction was complete.  To date, he has logged over 260 hours of service at the Museum. 

Ed Wheeler nominated the Bentonville/Bella Vista Daybreak Rotary Club for their flag project.  The Club started and developed a growing “Residential American Flag Display program” that has evolved over a 10 year period.  The subscription program has resulted in over 500 American flags being displayed during national holidays beautifying neighborhoods and showing the patriotism of residents.  The continued growth of this program serves as a reminder of the patriotic spirit of Bentonville residents.  The Club’s 35 members are responsible for executing this program beginning at the break of dawn, and retiring the colors before sunset.  Much of the revenue generated by this program is returned to the community by funding college and vocational scholarships as well as youth leadership camps for High School juniors.   

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Fourth quarter nominations will be accepted until December 20, 2013.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.


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