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Man sets fossilized feces record

Here’s another one for your “Only in Florida” collection of stories.

George Frandsen, 36, has world’s largest collection of coprolite, otherwise known as fossilized feces, according to Guinness World Records.

The collection of 1,277 pieces of coprolite includes samples from 15 states and eight countries.

When one collects fossilized feces, it’s probably a good idea to have a sense of humor.  And Frandsen clearly has one.  The largest piece in his collection weighs a little over 4 pounds, and it’s even got a name – “Precious.”

That’s right, Precious poop – a sample that’s estimated to be between 23.8–5.3 million years old and was produced by a crocodilian species in South Carolina.

And in case you’re wondering, fossilized feces don’t smell, according to Frandsen, who says passion is the drive behind his world record.  He encourages others to follow their passions to reach success in whatever they choose to pursue.

That’s good advice from a man with a passion for poop.

Courtesy of Arkansas Matters

Deadline for 2016 Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade Friday November 18

The registration deadline is Friday, November 18 for participation in the 2016 Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade.

Online registration is available at www.HotSpringsChristmasParade.com. The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Hot Springs, with a rain date of December 6.

This year’s parade theme is “Visions of Christmas Long Ago.” Area groups, businesses and organizations are encouraged to prepare their float entries in accordance with the theme.

The parade entry fee of $50 will be used by the club to support several Garland County charities, including the Project Hope Food Bank. Trophies will be awarded for Best Decorated Float, Best Use of Theme, Best Use of Special Effects, Best Choreographed, and Most Decorated Non-Float.

All entrants are required to send a representative to a mandatory pre-parade meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 at the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. Parade lineup numbers and additional information will be distributed at the meeting, and entry fees will be collected.

The official parade entry form and parade rules are available on the new parade website. Inquiries may be directed to HotSpringsChristmasParade@gmail.com.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

It was noted that the Sentinel Record front-page report of the last city board meeting referred to commenters on the city’s water policy as “detractors.” In fact, these so-called, “detractors” were explaining that the city continues to violate the Arkansas Constitution and specific court rulings by not allowing water connections in the county while encouraging connections within the city. Consent order 93-1639 clearly states, “Resolution 2821 and City policies and actions resulting therefrom violated Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Arkansas in that citizens’ rights to vote on annexation to the City were impaired and forfeited by these practices of the City.” Further, “The Defendants (city) is now estopped from requiring property owners to either annex to the City or promise to do so in the future in order to obtain city water and sewer service.” The entire court order may be seen at www.ggggnews.com. In view of the fact that the public was not informed of this court order and the city’s continuous violations possibly including “contempt of court” and the likelihood of de-annexation of all properties illegally annexed, a press conference was held this week to properly enlighten the public.

Former JP, chairman of Criminal Justice Committee, and member of the city/county water committee, Bud West chaired the conference. West explained how the city is in violation of this court order and how the city’s actions are having a “devastating impact” of the growth of the County. State Senator Alan Clark, Representative Mickey Gates, and County Judge Rick Davis also reiterated impacts of this court order.

State Representative Cozart presented a draft bill which requires all future city annexations have a vote of the citizens in accordance with Ark. Code 14-40-303.

The city attorney’s insinuations and diversionary comments relative to the court order are interesting. His reference to another case against the city that was won on appeal to the State Supreme Court are nonsense in that the Supreme Court Order (2009 Ark. 276, No. 08-611) itself states, “The issue in the Burchwood litigation was annexation. The issues in the present case concern sewer rates and debt-service charges.” The Burchwood reference is to Consent Order 93-1639. This means that in 2009, the Supreme Court recognized that the two cases were NOT related and neither has an impact on the other. The city attorney’s statement that he “has disagreements” with the court order have no relevance. It matters not what his opinion is. His job is to see that the city complies with the law including court rulings the city agreed to.

The bottom line is simple. The city directors need to stop taking actions that greatly impact the citizens without giving them a voice and a vote. The directors also need to reverse their illegal and discriminatory water policy and provide water service to all who apply.

Yet another solution to the problem is voting those incumbent law violators out of office, especially the inflexible leader of the pack from district 6, Randy Fale.

Bob Driggers

Hot Springs, Arkansas

 

 

 

 

What is your City Board doing, Hot Springs?

Hot Springs, AR – October 25, 2016

In this country, citizens have the right to vote on issues affecting their welfare and their property. Citizens of our developed area also have the right to basic services such as water and sewer. Unfortunately the Board of Directors for the City of Hot Springs has recently denied and actually, withdrew these rights from our citizens. The City is attempting to annex thousands of people and thousands of acres into the City without allowing those being annexed or even allowing their own residents a voice or a vote.

We contend that the City is taking unfair advantage of 2015 legislation that was never intended to allow cities to annex thousands of acres without a vote of the people. State Representative Bruce Cozart today explained this fact and is proposing a legislative bill to correct the City’s improper actions.

As most Garland County residents know, the City of Hot Springs modified their ordinances and policies to disallow water service to new users outside the city limits based primarily on incorrect information that the City had a “water crisis.” Their ordinances and policies have had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on property owners and the economic development of Garland County. In fact, this policy alone has stopped all significant growth in the county including several proposed new subdivisions, several apartment complexes, and numerous new businesses. For example, a new Wal-Mart Supercenter that would have employed over 480 of our citizens was turned down. The City’s policy has also significantly lowered the values of citizen’s properties. Who wants to buy property that has no water or sewer service? This, in turn, lowers the County’s tax base which greatly impacts the County’s ability to provide basic services such as road maintenance, garbage collection, and public safety.

For these reasons, we hereby request that the City of Hot Springs end their practice of not allowing citizens their right to vote and to immediately rescind their ordinances and damaging policies prohibiting water and sewer service outside its city limits. Further, the purpose of this Press Release is to inform the citizens of Garland County, Arkansas that the City of Hot Springs and its Board of Directors are in direct violation of a Court Order which has already ruled that the City must stop such practices, because they are illegal.

Specifically, the Court Order titled, “Consent Order No. 93-1639” filed on November 3, 1994 deals with City violations concerning annexation and water/sewer connections outside the city limits of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The Court found and the City consented to facts that found the City Board of Directors and the City guilty of violating the Constitution of the State of Arkansas and enforcing illegal resolutions, policies, and actions. These included:

  1. Resolution 2821 which violated Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Arkansas.
  2. The enforcement of Resolution 2821 and City policies and actions was found in violation of numerous agreements between the City and various water districts, sewer districts, and property owners living outside the city limits.
  3. The prevailing Plaintiffs had paid taxes to construct water and/or sewer improvements and had relied on the City’s promises and previous practices to allow connection to City water and sewer with no prerequisites required.
  4. The City guaranteed, in exchange for a grant from the Federal Government to construct new facilities that the facilities would be “regional,” meaning inclusion of outside-of-city users. No mention of preconditions were made in order to obtain Federal funding and cannot now be arbitrarily added.

As a footnote to these rulings; The Hot Springs City Attorney now seems to be saying that the agreements between certain water and sewer districts dating back to the 1970’s have expired or they are otherwise not enforceable. He contends that the Supreme Court of Arkansas 2009 (Ark. 276) ruling was somehow related but this case (No. 08-611) clearly states, “The issue in the Burchwood litigation was annexation. The issues in the present case concern sewer rates and debt-service charges.”

In fact, there were many parties to the original lawsuit other than water or sewer districts which actually included and continue to include all property owners within Garland County. The Court Order, obviously, has NOT been overturned and thus, remains in effect today.

The Court Order stopped the City practice of requiring property owners to either annex to the City or promise to do so in the future in order to obtain water and sewer service. Further, the order dictates that the Plaintiffs and property owners of Garland County relied on the City’s promises and can enforce these promises against the City as third-party beneficiaries of the agreement.

Consent Order 93-1639 specifically states in Item 23, “The Defendants (City and Board of Directors), as representatives of the City of Hot Springs, and agents and employees of the City are permanently enjoined from doing any of the following:”

The key word in that ruling is the word, “permanently” which mean this ruling did NOT expire or have a term limit and remains in effect TODAY. The PERMANENT enjoinment includes:

  1. Any requirement by to City to annex or promise to annex by a property owner or other individual.
  2. Refusal to provide service irrespective of the location inside or outside the city.

The Court also ordered that all petitions for annexation and all pre-annexation agreements executed as a result of the City’s illegal requirements are VOID “ab initio” which means “from its inception.”

Strictly interpreted, this means ALL annexations such as Chesswood and numerous other annexations are illegal and these properties actually should be de-annexed, does it not?

Discriminatory wording from www.cityhs.net website: CHS Ordinance 5931, Chapter 5, Section 1 (b-4): Priority of Request. Any such requests within the corporate limits of the City shall be given priority over projects outside the city limits. Approved 4-16-2007.

Concerned Citizens Coalition