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Sep 21

Turn around, don’t drown

Posted to Newsletter on September 21, 2018 at 8:47 AM by Melissa Reeves

Turn Around Don't Drown
Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Turn around, don't drown

Floodwaters rise quickly in Northwest Arkansas. Channels that are predominantly dry can fill with water multiple feet deep in short amounts of time. Whether by foot or automobile, if you see standing water in the path or road in front of you it is best to find an alternate route for your own safety as well as the safety of others. 

Flash flooding has historically provided one of the leading causes for weather-related deaths throughout the U.S. Six inches of water can knock an individual over and cause a loss of control for automobiles, while only two feet of water can carry a vehicle away. 

Additional safety precautions
• Keep children away from floodwaters, as well as ditches, culverts and storm drains.
• Be aware of down power lines.
• Follow proper sanitary measures when cleaning home as floodwater is typically contaminated.
• Check electrical or gas appliances for safety before use.
• Beware of snakes and insects that may have taken refuge inside your home. 

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Building Responsibly
Before buying or building property, check with the Springdale Building Department to ensure proper regulations are being followed. If your property is within a regulated floodplain, the Engineering Department requires the submission of a "Floodplain Development Permit." 

New structures within regulated floodplains or local flooding hazard areas are required to be elevated to at least two feet above the base flood elevation. 

The National Flood Insurance Program and Springdale regulations require that additions or improvements to existing buildings within a floodplain where cost exceeds 50% of the market value of the building to meet current regulations including elevating the building to or above the 100-year flood elevation.  

Natural Benefits and Drainage Maintenance
Floodplains play a valuable role in providing natural and beneficial functions in and around Springdale. Floodplains that are relatively undisturbed provide a wide range of benefits to both human and natural systems. These benefits provide aesthetic pleasure as well as function to provide active processes such as filtering nutrients. The city’s floodplains enhance wildlife habitats and provide natural erosion control and open space so further flooding damage does not occur.

As simple as it may sound, keeping smaller ditches and streams free of debris can dramatically improve the run-off capacity of low-lying areas, as well as greatly reducing blockage that significantly contributes to flooding. 

It is illegal to dump materials into a required waterway, and violators may be fined. If you see someone in the act of dumping or see debris in one of our watercourses, please contact the City’s Engineering Department at 479-750-8105.

Flood Insurance
The simplest way to ensure protection from flood damage is with flood insurance, and it is not limited to properties within a floodplain. Flood damage can occur anytime water crosses your property line from a neighboring property or right-of-way on the ground surface. These flood damages will not typically be covered by homeowner's insurance.  

Properties outside of a floodplain are typically eligible for lower rates of flood insurance through a "Preferred Risk Policy (PRP)." Renters' policies start at less than $10 per month for $20,000 structural and $8,000 content coverage, and are available for property owners covering all the way up to $250,000 structural and $100,000 content coverage for around $40 per month.

Insurance is sold through the National Flood Insurance Program where it can be obtained from most insurance companies. 

For more information, please contact your insurance agent or find further details by visiting

Tips for protecting your property

• Follow building requirements
• Elevate your home and utilities
• Raise electrical system components at least one foot above the 100-year flood level
• Build with flood-resistant materials
• Examples of flood-resistant flooring materials: concrete, concrete tile, latex, clay, vinyl, pressure-treated lumber, and cold-formed steel
• Examples of flood-resistant wall and ceiling materials: brick, metal, concrete, polyester epoxy paint, pressure-treated lumber and foam, and closed-cell insulation
• Install sewer backflow valves
• Keep lawn waste and trash out of storm drains and waterways

For additional information, please contact:

City of Springdale Engineering Department 
201 Spring Street 
Springdale, AR 72764

Kristifier Paxton, CFM
Floodplain Administrator

Brad Baldwin, CFM
Director of Engineering

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Nov 29

Spotlight: 2018 Bond Authorization Special Election

Posted to Newsletter on November 29, 2017 at 1:43 PM by Melissa Reeves

Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Update: The Springdale City Council voted Nov. 28 to hold a special bond election on Feb. 13, 2018. To learn more about the bond and this special election, please click here.

Spotlight: 2018 Bond Authorization Special Election

The Springdale City Council will vote in November whether to hold a special election in early 2018. If approved by City Council, in this special election you will be asked if you support a bond authorization that will allow us to make infrastructure, public safety, and efficiency improvements without a tax increase.

Bonds are a great way for financially strong cities such as Springdale to get the money needed for important improvements by using existing tax revenue instead of increasing taxes.

What are bonds?
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. If approved by Springdale voters, 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.

Recent Bond Authorization
Most of you voted in support of the 2012 bond authorization, and thanks to your support, we were able to:

  • Build the Don Tyson Parkway Interchange on I-49
  • Extend Don Tyson Parkway from Hylton to Habberton Road
  • Widen Don Tyson Parkway from S. 40th Street to Carley Road
  • Extend 56th Street (now named Gene George Boulevard) from Dearing Road/Don Tyson Parkway to Bleaux Avenue
  • Build the C. L. “Charlie” & Willie George Park in southeast Springdale
  • Purchase 120 acres of land for a northwest park
  • Renovate Murphy Park and buy equipment for J. B. Hunt, Tyson, Murphy, and C. L. “Charlie” & Willie George parks.
  • Replace and relocate Fire Stations Two and Three to improve functionality and response time, and purchase necessary equipment for the Fire Department, such as extrication equipment and self-contained breathing apparatuses.

What will be on the ballot in 2018?
There will be multiple ballot measures related to the bond authorization, and you will have to vote on each ballot measure separately. The City Council will determine which items will be on the ballot. Here is an idea of the issues you will be able to vote on, if approved by the City Council (in no particular order):

  • Refunding the outstanding balance of 2013 bonds - This is the most important ballot question, because it determines if we can pay back the investors the cost of the 2013 bonds, which refinanced the 2006 bonds. In order to issue new bonds, we have to refund the outstanding balance of the previous bonds. Therefore, if this issue fails, we will not be able to move forward with any other ballot measure, even if voters support them.

  • Infrastructure Improvements - The largest percentage of the money received through the bond authorization will go toward infrastructure improvements. Widening, extending, and building roads will reduce traffic congestion, increase property values, and encourage further commercial and residential development. We are currently working with City staff and the City Council to prioritize infrastructure improvement projects. We will have public meetings in the future to encourage feedback from residents to help us prioritize projects.

  • Parks - We hope to build a beautiful 120-acre park in northwest Springdale called the Shaw Family Park. There are also improvements needed for some of the older parks in Springdale. Springdale parks are a heavily used and valuable asset in Springdale. Regardless of where you live in Springdale, we want you to have access to a park for you and your family to enjoy. 

  • Fire Stations - To improve response time for fire and ambulance services in a growing city, we need to build additional fire stations. This will include building a fire station in west Springdale, near the northwest park.

  • Animal Shelter - The bigger our population gets, the more animals we see at the shelter. Our current shelter has poor ventilation, which can make the animals sick, and there is not adequate space inside or outside of the facility. In order to take proper care of the animals and to encourage adoption, we need a better, more hospitable animal shelter.

  • Criminal Justice and Civic Complex - With this bond authorization, we are planning to build a new Criminal Justice Building and renovate the current City Administration Building to develop a Criminal Justice and Civic Complex in Downtown Springdale. The two buildings will be connected, and the Criminal Justice Building will house the Police Department, Information Systems, Criminal Investigation Division, City Attorney’s Office, and District Court. The Criminal Justice Building will not have a jail. The Administration Building will house current departments plus Community Engagement and the Building Department.

    These changes will increase efficiency among City departments, and offer a significantly better experience for our residents. There will be more space for our growing population to have and attend meetings and access services. It will be more secure, and it will improve the look of the downtown municipal campus as part of our downtown revitalization.

    Thanks to a $3.3 million Design Excellence grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the design of the proposed Criminal Justice and Civic Complex is paid for. The City hired Duvall Decker Architects to design the complex.

The City Council will vote later this year to determine when the election will be held and which items will be on the ballot. Follow us on social media or sign up through NotifyMe® on our website to be notified of the election date.

If approved by Springdale voters, the 2018 bond authorization will have a large and lasting positive impact on our city. It will encourage development, improve property values, and increase the quality of life for all of our residents. We hope you’ll support these ballot initiatives in early 2018.
Nov 15

Spirit Award Q4 Adult Winner: Mike McFarland

Posted to Newsletter on November 15, 2017 at 4:54 PM by Melissa Reeves

Mayor Sprouse, Mike McFarland, and his wife, Kimberly 
Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q4 Adult Winner: Mike McFarland

For those who are involved with the Springdale community, either through the school system, civic organizations, City government, or local business, then you know Mike McFarland. Mike is currently the co-owner of Modern Fence in Springdale, but he previously worked in banking for 39 and a half years before retiring. During his time in banking, he recognized the importance of community service.

“In banking, [serving the community] was one of my responsibilities because as the community grows and does well, so does the banking business,” said Mike. “Now I’m in the fence business and it’s the same deal. It’s all about building better jobs, better careers, and just better general conditions for all of our people.”

Mike served a term on the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission, and now serves on the NWA Regional Airport Board of Directors representing Springdale. He is also a member of Springdale Rotary, and he previously served on the Ozark Guidance Board of Directors for six years. 

“I am so proud of what’s been doing on (in Springdale),” said Mike. “I think we are on the precipices of having unbelievable things happen in Springdale.”

Mike moved to Springdale 15 years ago and he has spent his time here working for the community.

“He was the first president of the [Springdale Public Schools]  Education Foundation and was instrumental in promoting and building the Foundation’s core,” wrote his wife, Kimberly. “He has volunteered at Jones Elementary reading to students and participating in the Christmas giveaway.” 

We sincerely thank Mike for his dedication to Springdale, and this award is well deserved.

Submit a Nomination
Each quarter, the mayor selects one adult and one student winner. If you would like to submit a nomination for consideration in quarter one 2018, please click here  for more information and to access the application. The deadline to submit a nomination for quarter one is Dec. 8. If your nominee is not chosen, they will remain in the pool of applicants for up to one year.