Renovation of the Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association recreational vehicle park moved a step closer last Thursday with approval by the architectural control committee.
The RV park project now goes to the POA’s board of directors for final project authorization.
The project, planned at $100,000 in this year’s budget, is projected to come in under budget.
Work would include adding 10 drive-through campsites, building a wastewater collection system for each new and existing campsite, and adding or replacing some culverts, lifestyle and outdoor recreation manager Charlie Brown told the ACC. The existing wastewater collection site would remain.
Completion is slated for January.
The Arkansas Department of Health’s website shows plans have received state approval, said POA lifestyles and development director Stephanie Heffer.
While some trees will be cut, ACC chairman John Froning said the site is heavily wooded.
Some lower portions of trees will be sold, with funds helping reduce the project’s cost, Heffer said. Tops will be used for various recreation department programs.
The park was created in the 1980s.
In a separate project, the public works department hopes to add a right-turn lane into the park from Balearic Road, widen the road and, if feasible, also add a left-turn lane. This project would likely come in either 2020 or 2021, recreation department director Stacy Hoover said.
Vegetation has been trimmed in the curve, improving the line of sight for drivers on Balearic and boosting visibility of the the RV’s park access road. The road is just east of a curve below Lake Pineda spillway.
During the public comment period, one woman said the RV park access road is dangerous for turning. Hoover said improved line of sight will help drivers, and proposed road improvements will help further.
A wreck has never involved an RV entering or exiting the park, she added.
Heffer said 45-foot RVs regularly use the park.
Brown said the department has asked the public works committee to evaluate the need for a lower speed limit for the curve and intersection.
In other business, the ACC approved moving ahead with planning for the concept of allowing logos on the player’s side of windscreens at the new pickleball complex.
HSV Pickleball Club has proposed selling sponsorships, allowing a white logo to be placed on the windscreen. Also proposed is selling $100 sponsorships for the sponsor’s name to be placed on an aluminum sign with a white background.
Neither the logos nor  the signs would be visible from DeSoto Boulevard.
The club proposed keeping $60 and sending $40 to the POA. Froning said he would have a problem allowing a club to keep some funds, as the the ACC built the comlex and owns it. But he had no problem with the overall concept, and other members agreed.
For permits, the ACC approved a fence for 28 W. Villena Drive. The owner will place the fence outside the utility right-of-way.
A request for a fence at 48 Binefar Way was continued until the ACC’s Oct. 15 meeting to allow more time for the owner to receive a response for a requested easement release from the Village developer, Cooper Communities Inc.
Froning said the owner at 1 Goloda Lane must submit a property survey and a utilities easement release.
Members also discussed fences and the developer’s 7.5-foot utility easement on the side of each lot.
A plan to build a wooden pet containment fence at 1 E. Andalusia was denied as submitted, with the suggestion the owner re-submit the request with an approved material.
The owner wanted to build a fence similar in appearance to a deck railing. But protective covenants allow at least 50 percent of the surface to be open, to allow an open view.
“If we approve it, we’re in effect changing what’s not allowed in the protective covenants,” said member Art Oden.
Members agreed the design could be allowed for a decorative fence, but probably could not be a containment fence for a dog.
Members expressed concerns on a new home permit requested for 134 Pizarro Drive. The all-brick home meets all appearance requirements, but the lot sits between three hills, catching runoff.
Members found gullies up to four-feet deep during a site visit. Once possibility would be to move the proposed home’s site to a higher point on the lot and building a retention pond on the low spot, to allow water to perk into the ground.
Heffer said a builders’ series program will be held 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at Coronado Community Center.
During public comments, T.C. Pepper told the ACC a neighbor at 37 Cambre Circle had built a fence extending into her carport, which was not as allowed by the permit. She allowed her dog to sit outside while she was gone in the day, and the dog barked all day, he said.
He and another neighbor had tried to help the dog owner find a solution, including use of a passive anti-bark collar.
Ultimately she was found guilty of violating the Garland County noise ordinance, and she now has the house for sale.
Froning said the ACC may require a non-compliant fence to be removed prior to the sale, and the ACC voted to do so.
Glen Rider requested a split-rail cedar fence to be allowed for his sloping lot. It would have multiple sections, and would allow a handrail for people walking to his house, and also help delineate his driveway from a sharp drop-off at the side. He began building the house last October, when the fence would have been allowed, and now falls under protective covenants adopted last April, which would not allow it.
Rider said he is willing to work with the ACC on the design.
Froning said the request would be discussed later.
Members had no problem with the conceptual plan for a deck in front of a townhouse at 4 Daganza Place, beside Lake DeSoto. Plans will need HSV Townhouse Authority approval, and then come back to the ACC for approval.