Holiday Island 2012 Year in Review - Community thrives even while HISID struggles

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- No one can say it was a dull year in Holiday Island as far as district government was concerned (see separate story on issues related to the government of HISID in 2012).

But in spite of the many challenges facing the Board of Commissioners last year, one thing never changed: the daily community life of Holiday Island continued to thrive with its many clubs, organizations, social activities and residents involved in volunteerism, always the hallmark of this tight-knit community.

HISID Infrastructure:

District Office:

The district office roof is replaced, with insurance covering the cost.

Fireproof records storage is constructed in the basement of the district office at a cost of around $5,000 for materials, with the work being done in-house.

Water/Wastewater:

The wastewater treatment plant receives an Excellence Award for design from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The design was done by McGoodwin, Williams & Yates of Fayetteville.

After several years without one, the board hires a Water/Wastewater Superintendent, Dan Schrader. Public Works director Kenny DeHart returns to being Roads Superintendent.

The district has to fund between $11,000 and $13,000 for emergency sludge removal, which is not in the budget for the year.

The district budgets $40,000 for a leak detection study and begins the process of developing an RFQ document but then tables the matter, asking for an in-house leak detection program.

Recreation Center/Barn:

Wind screens are replaced at the tennis courts, and the Nine and Dine group donates money and labor to spruce up the Island Room, including painting it. More work is planned in the near future. At the Barn, extensive renovations include insulation and replacement of windows, a kitchen remodel with a new door, heat pump/AC unti, new walls and a fan, new interior paint and raised entryway floor.

Chuck Hicklin donates $1,000 in memory of his late wife, Mary Lou, who was one of the first women elected to the HISID board and who was instrumental in purchasing the Barn as part of district property.

Members of the Garden Club did a fall cleanup of the Barn grounds. They maintain the grounds and do plantings.

Fire department/Ladies' Auxiliary:

Holiday Island gets a new brush and rescue truck from the Forestry Commission that can go through several feet of water to reach people stranded by flood and downed trees.

Many pieces of new equipment come to the fire department this year. A brush and rescue truck from the Arkansas Forestry Commission is received, and Forestry gives $1,000 to go toward purchasing new radios that carry the new required narrow-band frequency for law enforcement and emergency services. Nine radios are to be replaced at a cost of $400 each. Other money from state Act 833 funds will cover the remaining cost.

Fire Station #1 gets a new roof, for $33,000, with insurance paying $19,000 and the rest split by the ladies' auxiliary and state Act 833 funds.

In planning for the future, the fire chief asks for a new fire station near the Arkansas/Missouri border, estimated to cost between $45,000 and $50,000. He says the rural district, the ladies' auxiliary and the district could each pay a third, thus reducing the burden on the district.

The fire department gets a new $28,000 command vehicle, paid for by the ladies' auxiliary.


Holiday Island Planning Commission:

HIPC tries to ban the press from its meetings over the newspaper publishing names and addresses of property owners who receive permits and work permission. Although the press continues to cover most meetings, coverage is significantly reduced. The commission starts its own website but strikes property owner names from its minutes, which also do not include discussion of or rationale for commission decisions.

HIPC issues the following permits: three new homes, one mobile home, four additions to existing homes (one of which was almost the equivalent of a new house), one permanent storage building and one major interior remodel (Subway).

The commission discusses the possibility of creating a permit for work in compliance with a new state law that requires interior remodeling work costing more than $2,000 to be done by a licensed contractor. Enforcement is problematic, as the building inspector would not know whether such work is being done nor how much it costs unless he goes knocking on doors. Attempts in the past to enforce interior mechanical permits were difficult and fraught with accusations by homeowners of selective enforcement. The commission takes no action but indicates it may continue the discussion in 2013.


Homeowners Association:

The board votes to make social events free of charge to members.

The new Holiday Island Beautification Committee, consisting of Mary Smith, Suzanne Childers and Joanie Kratzer, along with help from Golf Pro Barry Storie and the Road Department crew, do a pretty makeover of the Clubhouse front entrance.

The Holiday Island Beautification Committee team of Mary Smith, Suzanne Childers and Joanie Kratzer, along with Golf Pro Barry Storie and Road Department personnel redo the front garden at the Clubhouse with limestone boulders and colorful plantings.

A second chainsaw carving shows up in the community, at the point near Table Rock Landing timeshares. The bald eagle carving was commissioned by the Homeowners' Association and done by Jason Morton of Eagle Ridge Saw Works in Willard, Mo. The first carving, of a black bear, was done on a private lot on Holiday Island Drive by property owner James McKinney.


Community:

The Ambassadors starts up and begins attending local and regional events to promote Holiday Island with brochures, a slideshow and giveaways.

The Holiday Island Singers perform at Pea Ridge National Military Park for its Sesquicentennial Commemoration service in March.

The completed amphitheater stage, built by developer Tom Dees, is used for the first time at the 2nd Annual Party in the Park on Memorial Day.

The amphitheater in the Veterans Memorial Park, built by developer Tom Dees, gets its debut at the second annual "Party in the Park," during Memorial Day weekend, hosted by the HI Rotary Club.

American Legion Post 36 and VFW Post 77 erect and dedicate a statue to all fallen soliders in the Veterans Memorial Park.

Rotary holds its first golf tournament.

HIHA and Rotary purchase flags to put up at the entrance to Holiday Island.

The Rotary Club installs outdoor fitness equipment in the Park next to the picnic pavilion.


Business:

The Mercy Clinic gets two new doctors: Dr. Sonal Bhakta from the rural practice board, and Dr. Craig Milam of Berryville, who opens his practice here.

Carroll County Newspapers shuts down the monthly print edition of the free Holiday Island News and takes it online at www.holidayislandnews.com, but starts up a free quarterly features magazine, HIlights, devoted to Holiday Island. The magazine grows rapidly by its second issue.

CPA R. Dawn Allen receives a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Tulsa.

Opened:

Parkwood Art & Frame, Hillbilly 223, Subway, Mark Wayne Theater/Ice Cream Parlor, Ya'll Come Back Cafe, Island Lube and Carwash.

Closed:

Mark Wayne Theater, Ya'll Come Back Cafe, Island Depot, Studio B (classes moved to Island Health & Fitness).

Changed hands:

Koto Sushi Express (reopening soon).

Moved:

Carroll County Newspapers (to office behind barbershop).


Churches:

The Holiday Island Baptist Church welcomed its new pastor, Steven Ward, and his wife, Linda, in January. The Wards came from Crosspoint Fellowship in Republic, Mo. In June, the church began expansion work by purchasing three lots adjacent to the property and adding a wall and parking area. Future plans include the construction of a multi-use building.

The Holiday Island Community Church adds a Praise and Worship service, with Kerry and Heather Hays and the Praise Band on the second Sunday of every month. The church has also added a pathway to the Memorial Garden.


Obituaries:

JoAnn Brown Beevers, Samuel Estus Beevers, Annie Jeannette Burgner, Cynthia Butler, John Michael Carney, Marjorie Annette (Morrow) Clifford, JoAnn Marie Clopton, Willard H. (Bill) Conger, Ellen A. Doering, Gloria Marlene Follett, James Tuffy Henry Hartsfield, Mary Lou Hicklin, Ron Jacobson, Jo Kennedy, Jr., Helen E. Kral, Dr. J. Wesley Kral, Joanne R. 'Jose' Lehr, Marion Helen Prather, Geraldine Royer, Bob Torchia, Paul E. Williams, Jean Young.

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  • Based on the new 'Unequal' Assessment, this means HISID gained roughly an additional $800 in assessments for the (4) improved properties ((3) building permits + (1) mobile = (4)), but lost $435,000 in assessments along with the Cty. Tx. liability, and legal fees on those 1,000 lots.

    This is an extention of 'government math!

    Plus, if one attended BOC Meetings, one would find out SID has had in it's inventory; leak detection equipment all along.

    -- Posted by CommonSense22 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 10:43 PM
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