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Weekly Snapshot -- 6-25-21

Weekly Snapshot -- 6-25-21

June 25, 2021


City of Hot Springs

First of five solar plants producing
electricity for City operations

The City of Hot Springs and Scenic Hill
Solar hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony
on Wednesday, June 23, at the Southwest
Wastewater Treatment Plant to celebrate
completion of the first Scenic Hill Solar
power plant to supply electricity for the
City of Hot Springs.

This power plant produces 1.3 megawatts

of DC power. It is the first of five solar

power plants to be built, owned and

operated by Scenic Hill Solar on land

leased from the City. Altogether, the solar For the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined
plants will representatives from the City and Scenic Hill Solar – front row, from left, City Manager Bill Burrough, Dist.
provide 12.55 6 Director Steve Trusty, Scenic Hill Solar CEO Bill Halter, Dist. 5 Director Karen Garcia, Dist. 3 Director
Marcia Dobbs-Smith and Deputy City Manager Lance Spicer.

megawatt DC, of economic development in Hot Springs and Garland
or 19 million kWh electricity County.
annually for City operations.
City Manager Bill Burrough shared at the ceremony that
Based on the 28-year Energy when the ESA was established, Hot Springs was the sixth
Service Agreement (ESA) city in the nation to make the move to be completely self-
with Scenic Hill Solar the sufficient on renewable energy. The project also remains as
Board unanimously approved the largest solar initiative by any city in the state.
on Sept. 17, 2019, the City
anticipates saving more than Scenic Hill Solar CEO Bill Halter said they are going before
$30 million in electricity the Public Service Commission on July 1 to seek approval
costs over the next 30 years. for the remaining, larger solar plants.

Construction of the solar The original solar plant ribbon-cutting ceremony that was

plants will also provide scheduled for May 18 was postponed due to inclement

Bill Burrough and Bill Halter approximately $20 million weather.

discuss the solar equipment.

Weekly Snapshot Page 2


City of Hot Springs

Crew hopes to open bridge
by Fourth of July weekend

The Sanderson Dam Bridge is
almost complete, as seen from the
drone images taken recently by
Haren Construction. The entrance
ramp and bridge decking should
be completed by July 2, weather
permitting, which would allow
the bridge to be open for the
Fourth of July holiday weekend.

This is the final contract on
the five-year, five-phase Dam
Rehabilitation Project. The
project helped preserve more
than 100 years of history while
maintaining one of Hot Springs’
primary water sources, as well
as the pristine woodlands that
continue to attract residents and
guests to the Northwoods Trail

The Dam Rehabilitation Project
earned the 2020 Trendsetter Cities
award in the Infrastructure/
Water category in the 20,000+
population level.

DForIethNea AYateNs, DCireEctor

Sales tax revenues up 35.55% for April

Finance Director Compared to 2021 Budget Compared to 2020 Actual
Dorethea Yates recently
shared the City's April Month Budget Actual Over (Under) 2020 Actual Actual % Inc(Dec)
sales tax revenue, which
was 35.55% higher than January 1,077,263 1,190,991 113,728 1,073,491 1,190,991 10.95%
April 2020. The year-to- February
date total is up 18.16%. 1,120,735 1,066,439 (54,296) 1,138,609 1,066,439 -6.34%
March 1,331,553 1,580,011 248,458 1,196,383 1,580,011 32.07%
April 1,210,703 1,482,261 271,558 1,093,506 1,482,261 35.55%
Total 15,071,541 5,319,702 579,448 14,960,641 5,319,702 18.16%
YTD 4,740,254 579,448 4,501,990 18.16%

MUonTty LIeLdbeIttTer,IDEirecStor

Employee accomplishments

• Halston Tart passed the Class 1 Wastewater Collection System Certification Test.
• Chris Johnson received his Class A CDL.

Weekly Snapshot Page 3

Utilities continued...

Additional green initiatives at Southwest plant

In keeping with the spirit of the solar project, the Southwest
Wastewater Treatment Plant has begun a transition to more
energy-efficient technologies. The plant recently installed new
heaters and LED Lights in the pipe gallery, as seen at right.

Filter transition box installed

The new filter
transition box has
been installed
at the Davidson
Drive Wastewater
Treatment Plant, as
seen at right. The
box is downstream
from the new cloth
tertiary filters,
directing the
effluent to the UV


Chris Chapmond, Chief

Sean Willits' peer recovery efforts highlighted
by multiple media outlets

Sean Willits, peer recovery specialist at the Hot Springs
Police Department, was a guest on the Facebook show
The Recovery Clinic, hosted by Ashley Costa, on June 9.
Willits discussed his role at the Police Department, as well
as his journey through recovery into sobriety. To view the
episode, visit

Willits was also highlighted in a front-page feature story in
the June 20 edition of the Sentinel-Record.

In the photo at right, Willits, at left, joined two other peer
specialists for a roundtable discussion filmed by KARK on
June 24.

HSPD helps at

The Hot Springs Police
Department participated
in the Juneteenth
Celebration on June 19 at
the Farmers & Artisans
Market. They also grilled
hot dogs and operated
the serving line.

Weekly Snapshot Page 4

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Volunteers recognized at annual luncheon

The Parks & Trails Department hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday at Entergy Park. The
Garland County Master Gardeners work hard all year long in various areas for the department. They contributed 983
hours of work in 2020 to beautify Entergy Park, the Farmers & Artisans Market, the triangle at the intersection of Malvern
and Grand avenues, the City's xeriscapes and the City greenhouse. Parks & Trails Landscape Superintendent Brian Fisher
presented the top volunteer, Lin Johnson, with a plaque and a porch sign, as seen above at left, for her 73 volunteer hours.

S P O R TAdamRUEsseCry,RMaEnaAgerT I O N

Fall Tee-ball and Softball

Sign-ups for 2021 Fall Youth
Tee-ball (4-6 years old) and
Softball are now available online
at or at
the City Hall Annex, 111 Opera
Street. Online payment is also

Sign-ups will run through July
31, and games begin at Kimery
Park the week of Sept. 6.

Weekly Snapshot highlights some of the recent projects from the various City of Hot Springs departments
and is part of the City’s efforts to broaden its communications with the public.

[email protected] • City of Hot Springs Public Information Department • 501-321-6806

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