The July meeting of the Hot Springs Village government affairs committee began with a presentation by guest speaker Larry Venable, a member of the Board Recruitment Committee.
Venable spoke on why he decided to get involved. He said the purpose of the committee is not to choose, endorse or vet people for a board of director’s position. It exists to make for a more effective board, to explain and understand strategic issues, identify skill sets, to improve credibility and trust and, most important to Venable, to involve property owners.
He admitted he got involved because of his concern for his property values and also because he felt a responsibility to the Village, its existing and future generations.
Venable spoke about the need for CMP implementation, growth, economic development, effective governance and a value-focused culture. “These are the strategic needs the Village faces,” he said.
In looking for a potential board director, Venable suggested a few competences to look for: financial and technical knowledge for example, together with people with drive and open mindedness.
He encouraged everyone at the meeting to seek out those who could be a good fit.
Property Owners’ Association board president Tom Weiss said there will be a “white paper” coming out at the end of the month regarding the upcoming declaration vote. Weiss said the changes are about property owners taking ownership of creating value. “It’s not a road block, it’s an opportunity,” said Weiss. Village CEO Lesley Nalley encouraged everyone to attend committee meetings to learn more.
Greg Jones gave an update on broadband information, saying Suddenlink has completed their construction survey for the Binefar subdivision and Pinocha Way. The surveys are a first step to better understand what problems they face. See next week’s Hot Springs Village Voice for a more detailed look at what Jones has learned about Suddenlink and the possibilities of public Wi-Fi services. “It’s a utility people expect,” Jones stressed.
Jerry Yeric also gave a detailed report on Garland County, Hot Springs and voting observations. That will also be in next week’s Voice.
Garland County Justices of the Peace Larry Griffin and Larry Raney talked about a Garland County survey to inventory the garbage collection system, to come up with hard numbers and to make more effective the collection program. Raney noted this was important, critical, because Garland County needs to get what they’re paying for. “In the long term it (the survey/inventory) will save us a lot of money,” Raney said.
A report from David Whitlow said the Highway 70 East expansion project is now complete and complimented Lewis Delavan for his excellent Voice coverage of the ribbon cutting.
Committee chair Michael Dollar said their next meeting will take place at Jessieville School District, but he was not yet made aware of which building the meeting would take place.