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Bonds encourage investment in the City. The City hires bond analysts who determine the value of the bonds that we can sell within a safe margin. We will issue bonds valued up to a certain amount, as approved by voters, and those bonds will be purchased by investors. The analysts will monitor the market and conduct the sale of the bonds.The investors who purchase the bonds earn tax-free interest on their investment. Each year, we pay the principal and the interest on the bond debt, and that interest goes to the investors. When we retire the bonds, we pay the investors back the face value of the bond.
Most of you voted in support of the 2012 bond authorization, and thanks to your support, we were able to:
Thanks to the 2004 and 2006 Bond Programs approved by Springdale voters, we were able to:
The building of these three major east-west corridors has increased residential and commercial developments and has helped eased traffic congestion.
There were multiple ballot measures related to the bond authorization. Please click the ballot items for more information.
Note: The "1% Sales and Use Tax" at the end of each ballot item is not a tax increase. It is an authorization to continue the current 1% sales and use tax that was levied in 2003 and continued in 2006 as approved by Springdale voters.
If you have any questions about finances related to the bond program, please contact the Director of Administration & Finance Wyman Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about projects included in the bond, please email email@example.com.
We will have public meetings in the future to discuss projects related to the bonds. Follow us on social media or sign up through NotifyMe® on our website to be notified of public meetings. To find your City Council representatives, please click here.
The ballot items were approved by Springdale voters in February 2018. We sold the bonds in May, and retired the 2006 bonds in July. The majority of the money has to be obligated within three years; however, not all of the projects must be complete.
A total of about $200 million in bonds will be sold, if approved by Springdale voters. It will be allocated as follows:
Click here to learn more about these individual bond categories.
No. The bond issue will simply continue the current 1% sales and use tax that was levied in 2003 and continued in 2006 as approved by Springdale voters.
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
For more information about voting, please contact your county election commission. More information can be found on our Voter Information page.
To learn more about the infrastructure projects that will be included with this bond issue, please click here.
Ultimately the Mayor and City Council will make the final decision. You're encouraged to attend public meetings and give input on proposed projects. For a list of public meetings for 2018, please see our City calendar. You can also follow us on social media or sign up through NotifyMe® on our website to be notified of public meetings.
Yes. We previously held public input sessions to discuss the future Shaw Family Park, North 56th St. (to be renamed Gene George Boulevard), the Criminal Justice and Civic Complex, Animal Shelter, and potential street improvement projects.
You're encouraged to attend public meetings and give input on proposed projects. For a list of public meetings for 2018, please see our City calendar. You can also follow us on social media or sign up through NotifyMe® on our website to be notified of public meetings.
The special election for the 2018 Bond Program is over. Here is general information regarding voting in Springdale:
You can vote at any polling place in Springdale. Both Washington and Benton county allow voters to vote at any polling place in the county. For a full list of polling places, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 750-8518. You can also contact your county election commission. For more information, please visit our voter information page.
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Springdale Alert, however, is an emergency notification system. It has additional features that ensure you receive notifications concerning severe weather in your area. Through that system, you can also use it to keep up with road and lane closures, Parks and Recreation alerts and the Springdale Newsletter.
With Springdale Alert, you can choose to receive information through text, email, phone and/or TTY/TTD devices.
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A restraining order is different than an Order of Protection. Restraining orders are usually issued only in divorce cases. Violations of restraining orders are enforced by the issuing court rather than through criminal prosecution in District Court. However, a violation of an Order of Protection is a Class A misdemeanor in the State of Arkansas, and therefore, if an Order of Protection has been issued and served on a person who subsequently violates terms of the order, the police are allowed under Arkansas law to arrest that person if they have probable cause.
Starting July 1st, 2012, anyone wishing to solicit in the City of Springdale must obtain a Principal Soliciting Permit along with an Individual Soliciting Permit from the City Clerk’s office. The cost of the permit will be $ 40 for the Principal Permit and $5.00 for each Individual Permit.
A permit is required for all residential garage / yard sales on premises zoned or used for residential purposes and may be obtained at the Building Department.
As of February 2018, the City of Springdale has a ISO Class 1/1x rating. The rating falls on a scale of 1-10 with Class 1 being the best possible rating and a Class 10 indicating no fire protection.
Springdale Fire Department is a Civil Service department. This means that we follow the process outlined in the Arkansas Civil Service Law. Follow the link below for more information.
CPSE's Accreditation Program, administered by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) allows fire and emergency service agencies to compare their performance to industry best practices in order to:•Determine community risk and safety needs and develop community-specific Standards of Cover. •Evaluate the performance of the department. •Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.
Local government executives face increasing pressure to "do more with less" and justify their expenditures by demonstrating a direct link to improved or expanded services. Particularly for emergency services, local officials need criteria to assess professional performance and efficiency. The CFAI accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services.
During community service events, and at almost every fire prevention program we attend, the most asked question of all is "Why are Springdale's fire trucks yellow?" Today, if you ask most anyone at Springdale Fire Department why our trucks are yellow, you'll likely get the answer "because it's a Springdale tradition." That's because we've had yellow trucks for so long. Actually, it's a longer story than just "tradition." Initial Start The first yellow Springdale fire truck was placed in service in 1972 by then Fire Chief Mickey Jackson. In the early 1960s Springdale began running white trucks, so Springdale was already different. Because safety was such a key concern in the department, we began to look at ways to make the trucks safer for the public and for the firefighters riding on them. In the early 1970s, studies were conducted among various fire related publications which revealed that red trucks were hard to see at night. White trucks were harder to see during the day, due to glare. Some departments were experimenting with yellow and lime green on their apparatus, which showed near equal effectiveness in visibility. "Chrome Yellow" In order to achieve greater visibility in both daytime and nighttime emergency driving, Chief Jackson decided to go with yellow. The actual color is "Chrome Yellow," which is similar to the color of school buses and heavy construction equipment. All of our lettering and striping is blue, except in areas decorated with gold leaf. Today, our newer apparatus features a combination of yellow and white. This feature allows even greater visibility during both daytime and nighttime emergency driving, and serves to differentiate our emergency vehicles a little more from school buses. Updates Over the past three years, Springdale Fire Department has placed in service newer apparatus and ambulances and refurbished Rescue 1. One of the new safety related features on the redesigned units is roll up compartment doors in place of swing out doors. These doors have the advantage of not creating a blind spot where emergency personnel can be hidden from the view of passing motorists on emergency scenes. Our newest "look" on Springdale Fire Department apparatus and ambulances includes a more artistic blend of Yellow, White and Blue to help make our units stand out in a bold way on the streets. This new paint scheme will be phased in over time, as new units are purchased, and the older units are retired from service. There is much talk both positive and negative about our yellow trucks. This is mainly because the fire service is so traditional. Permanent Tradition Members from surrounding departments kid around and tell us to leave the trucks outside in sun, so they'll ripen and turn red. Well, we don't know exactly how long it takes for something to qualify as a tradition, but over 30 years should be long enough. You'll be seeing the combination of Yellow, White, Silver and Blue on Springdale Fire Department apparatus for many years to come.
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To compliment or to file a complaint against a police officer you may contact any department supervisor in person or over the phone at 479-751-4542 and they will guide you through the process.You may also contact the Office of Professional Standards at 479-750-8590, or mail your complaint to the attention of the Chief of Police.
You may send payment through the mail to the Springdale District Court, 201 Spring St., Springdale, AR 72764, pay in person at the same address, or you can also pay online.
Contact the Springdale Police Department public information office at 479-756-7711, or with the RAIDS app on your smart phone, or you can access crime maps with the LexisNexis Community Crime Map website.
You can call the jail at 479-750-8543 or check the Springdale Police Department's recent arrests log.
The Springdale District Courts' hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the District Court at 479-750-8150 for any questions. They are located at:
201 Spring Street
Springdale, AR 72764
You can check the warrants search at the department home page, or you can call the District Court at 479-750-8150 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will only have information for warrants held by the Springdale Police Department, and they will give you instructions on how to take care of the warrant.
File a report with your local police department and report it to the Federal Trade Commission. For more information call 1-877-ID-THEFT, or visit the Federal Trade Commission website.
File a report with your local police department and report the crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For more information, visit their website.
Springdale Police Department does not give out such information. You can visit ACIC's website and click on the Hot File Check Form to request information, or you can call them at 1-800-482-5866.
Sex offenders are required by law to register with the police department in the jurisdiction where they are living. The police department then notifies the neighborhood where the registered offender is living.
There is also a link on the Police Department page to Offender Watch. This is a site sponsored by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. If you have further questions about sex offender registration contact the Springdale Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 479-750-8139.
Information is also provided to the State of Arkansas and it is posted on the Arkansas Crime Information Center website.
Contact the public relations office at 479-756-7711 or the records division at 479-756-8200.
There are no GPA requirements; however, applicants must have a non-relative employer, teacher, school administrator, government employee, community leader, or a community member who holds a staff position or is a board or commission member at a 501c(3) organization, religious institution, or government entity, who can sponsor their application, vouch for the student’s commitment to the program, and commit their time to help keep the student on track. Committee for Civic Engagement and Inclusion members, Springdale City Council members, the Mayor, City Clerk, District Court Judge, City Attorney, or any staff mentors cannot sponsor students.
Yes, your parents or guardians can attend and observe the meetings. In the event the meeting takes place in a restricted area, such as the Police Department, or if they plan to join for a bus tour, we'll need to know in advance if parents or guardians are planning to attend so we can plan accordingly.
The Committee for Civic Engagement and Inclusion will review applications and assign each application a score based on a rubric.
• Each applicant can earn up to 100 points.
• 67% of available points come from the short answers.
• 33% of available points come from the applicant’s ability to adequately complete the application and required forms and submit them and the letter of recommendation by deadline.
All scores given to a student by the reviewers will be averaged. The top applicants will be reviewed again by the Committee and the Mayor. The final 18 students will be chosen based on a variety of factors, including their letter of recommendation and the quality of their short answers compared to the other applicants.
Any student who is not admitted into the program can re-apply the following year, if applicable. Students may also contact the Mayor's Office to receive feedback on their applications after Sept. 1.
Applications submitted after the Aug. 1, 2018 deadline will not be considered. The applicant will have to re-apply the following year, if applicable.
The application period for youth council is May 1 through Aug. 1 each year.
The following items must be submitted by the Aug. 1 deadline for the applicant to be considered:
Starting May 1, the application material can be found on our website here.
Each participant will select a City department or a department within a county, state or federal government office to job shadow for at least four hours. Once you have determined where you would like to job shadow, you are responsible for contacting the proper the organization and coordinate the job shadow. That can be broken up into smaller segments. For example, if you choose to shadow the director of the animal shelter, you can shadow them for one hour a day for four days, or you can shadow them for four hours in one day.
If you plan to shadow a City department, please visit our directory to find the contact information for each department.
City Council members or City officials will be paired with Youth Council members for the purpose of mentoring. City Council members/City staff/other elected officials who agree to participate in the mentoring portion of this program will be required to meet with the Youth Council member one-on-one at least once a month for an hour.
Mentors and mentees can spend more than an hour together each month, but the additional time does not rollover into other months. Additionally, mentees and mentors should be able to talk during meetings, and therefore mentees observing the mentor performing their official duties does not count toward the mentoring requirement. Mentors should also make themselves available through email and phone throughout the program should the student have questions or need guidance.
Youth Council members have the opportunity to request a specific mentor, otherwise, the program director will assign mentors.
Mentees are responsible for contacting the mentors to schedule the meetings.
The program runs from September through April. For exact dates, please check out the program guide.
We accept 18 students per year.
This program is free.
Yes. The program is open to students who live in the Springdale School District, but they are not required to attend a school in Springdale.
Yes. As long as you still meet the basic requirements, there is no limit to how many times you may apply.
Through Youth Council, students will:
Most importantly, Youth Council members will play an active role in helping the City address issues that affect young people in our community. This program prepares young people to become community and civic leaders and gives them the confidence to know they can make a difference.
For detailed list of graduation requirements, please read the program bylaws.
In summary, Youth Council members must complete all six essential duties:
Additionally, members must have sufficient attendance at all scheduled meetings and tours, and attend each of the following meetings/events at least one time throughout their tenure on Youth Council.
The application deadline each year is Aug. 1.
Sponsors write a letter of recommendation as part of the applicant's application, and then their only role is to touch base with the Youth Council member periodically to ensure they're continuing to fulfill their education commitments and that they're on track with the program.
Sponsors must be a non-relative employer, teacher, school administrator, government employee, community leader, or a community member who holds a staff position or is a board or commission member at a 501c(3) organization, religious institution, or government entity. Committee for Civic Engagement and Inclusion members, Springdale City Council members, the Mayor, City Clerk, District Court Judge, City Attorney, or any staff mentors cannot sponsor students.
This program does require a large time commitment, especially in the second half of the program when members are planning the event and presentation. The Youth Council will meet each month at least once. In the first three months, the Youth Council will meet twice a month, once for a tour. In addition to the meetings and tours, Youth Council members must complete six essential duties: Group Presentation, Group Event, Community Service, Individual Job Shadow, Individual Mentorship, and Individual Program Evaluation.
Members must also attend each of the following meetings/events at least one time throughout their tenure on Youth Council.
Due to the time commitment, it's important that before an completing an application, interested students should have a full understanding of the program requirements. Please read the bylaws and program guide prior to submitting an application.
Members must complete four hours of community service for the benefit of the community or a City department. Members can volunteer to help any government or non-profit entity. Examples include volunteering at the animal shelter, public library, Shiloh Museum, a local charity or other non-profit.
Notification will go out by Sept. 1 for students who are admitted into the program. Admitted students will have to confirm that they intend to participate in the program. If an admitted student does not confirm their intention, the offer will be revoked and another student will be selected in their place.
We start accepting applications May 1.
You can find the bylaws here.
You can find the program guide here.
The Springdale Youth Council program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in the Springdale School District. This includes students in public, private, and charter school, and home-school students.
Letter of recommendation should be written by the application sponsor. Their only other role is to touch base with you periodically to ensure you're continuing to fulfill your education commitments and that you're on track with the program.
There are many opportunities to coordinate the job shadow, community service, and mentoring outside of regular school hours or days. If members plan accordingly, they should not have to miss class in order to complete these tasks. In the event that a member must miss class, that will need to be coordinated with their school officials. Members are encouraged to utilize breaks from school and weekends to complete Youth Council duties.
Yes. There will be opportunities to speak in front the other members, and one essential duty of the Youth Council is to present to City Council.
The dates for the regular monthly meetings, tours, event, presentation, and graduation are all set in advance. A full program guide with all meeting dates is available here. Youth Council members can choose to meet outside of the scheduled meeting times. In that case, it's up to the members to coordinate the best time for the group to meet. Members will also be in charge of coordinating a time to meet with their mentors, complete job shadowing, and community service.