KICK BUTTS DAY is March 15, 2017!
In IGNITE NEWS:
Eleven of our IGNITE youth went to Lead & Seed Training in Eureka Springs this past weekend and learned a great deal on how to lead other youth in the fight of Tobacco, Drug, and Alcohol Prevention. The IGNITE Youth next will head to Mountain Home March 31-April 1, 2017 for a SYNAR Conference at the Ramada Inn.
Please, Please mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Party in the Park on Saturday April 8, 2017 at Minnie Harris Park in Harrison from 11:00 am-7:00 pm. It will be an amazing time so please take a moment to look at the attached flyer for all the details.
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. More than 1,000 events are expected in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world. This year Kick Butts Day will be on March 15th, 2017.
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:
- Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;
- Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
- Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.
Why is Kick Butts Day important?
We have made great strides in the fight against tobacco. But every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 people every year.
By getting involved in Kick Butts Day and other activities, America’s youth can raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use.
Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996. Please visit http://www.kickbuttsday.org/ for more information.
Daylight Saving Time
starts this Sunday, March 12.
We may be losing an hour of sleep this weekend,
but by moving the clocks forward,
we get to enjoy more daylight throughout the warm months.
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, most of Arizona and American Samoa don’t change their clocks. If you live elsewhere in the U.S. don’t forget to “spring forward” your clocks and watches at 2 AM your local time on Sunday.
Street Repairs & Closings
...Cooper Dr. between James Way and Unwer St. will be closed for water line repairs Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 a.m. and will reopen at 3:30 p.m.
...The signal light at Industrial Park Road and Forward Dr. was damaged and will be on red flash until further notice.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY!
The City of Harrison's
offices will be closed on
Friday, November 11, 2016 for
so that we may honor
our nations veterans.
Veterans Day – Message from the Mayor
We, at the City of Harrison, are humbled by the bravery and courage of the veterans in our community and in our country. Every year when we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, we are reminded to thank our family, friends, community members, and especially our very own officers and staff, who have served or are serving in all branches of the military. Our veterans and their families have made many sacrifices to keep our country safe.
We strongly encourage everyone to think of our veterans and thank them when you see them. We support and honor our veterans, not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.
Daniel D. Sherrell, Mayor
The citywide leaf pickup starts on November 28, 2016. Leaves must be set at curbside and will be picked up by the street department, according to designated wards. There will only be a one time drive through each ward, so to ensure leaves are collected, please check the schedule (sample streets), here.
You can also bag the leaves and set them by the curb (will be collected on Thurs and Fri only) or drop them off at Inland Services, located at 805 Cottonwood Road. Remember plastic bags will not be accepted, nor will limbs, brush or rocks.
WARD 2 – NOVEMBER 28th TO DECEMBER 2nd
WARD 3 – DECEMBER 5th TO DECEMBER 9th
WARD 1 – DECEMBER 12th DECEMBER 16th
WARD 4 – DECEMBER 19th – 22nd and DECEMBER 27th – 30th
NOTE: If there is heavy rain or snow and ice we will not pick up leaves
Call if you are not sure: Office (870)741-6138 or Cell (870)715-9911
The City of Harrison will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:
As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the News article title, in the example above) and a From address of Harrison AR. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.
To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.
The City of Harrison welcomes any feedback on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 870-741-2777.
As always, we are pleased to use our website to provide relevant information to our residents and visitors to the City of Harrison. We believe the unique partnership between the public and our city government enhances the quality of life we all enjoy.
Mayor Dan Sherrell
City of Harrison
To receive alerts from the
City of Harrison
regarding items of street closings, boil order notifications,
employment opportunities, or any other alerts that the
City of Harrison may publish, register on our website:
You may choose text or email alerts.
Its easy to sign up, just click here for details.
The 2016 City-Wide Spring Clean up will start on May 2 and run through May 27. Inland asks that you place all items by the curb on the Sunday evening before your ward pick-up begins. For acceptable list of items, click on the title above to access the flyer.
Ward 1: May 2 - May 6
Ward 2: May 9 - May 13
Ward 3: May 6 - May 20
Ward 4: May 22 - May 27
(Click on link above or on website: www.cityofharrison.com for more information.)
But to highlight the main points:
Typically the primary source of lead in drinking water is corrosion of household plumbing, not your water source. See Clean Water Act at http://www.epa.gov/dwstandardsregulations/section-1417-safe-drinking-water-act-prohibition-use-lead-pipes-solder-and
There is NOT a "Boil Order" for anyone on the Harrison Water source. Boiling will not remove lead.
If you would like to test your household, a test can be obtained and sent to American Interplex at 501-224-5060.
For effects of lead, call AR Dept of Health at 800-235-0002 or see: www.epa.gov/lead.
For more information, call the Water Construction Dept of Public Works at 741-6382.
Testing at both the customer tap and directly from the water system helps us determine the source of the elevated levels that we have seen. Because no samples taken directly from the water system even approach the 15 ppb action level, a current belief is that the source of elevated lead levels found at some taps is plumbing materials.
One of the most important factors to consider with regard to lead in drinking water is the age of plumbing. Homes and buildings built before 1986 that have not had plumbing updated are most at risk for elevated lead levels. This is because lead solder was commonly used in plumbing prior to changes to the Clean Water Act in 1986. The 1986 revisions also limited the amounted of lead in other plumbing materials as well (i.e. metal pipe, fixtures, etc.) but eliminating lead solder was by far the effective part of the revisions.
Also, the links below are helpful resources regarding lead in drinking water and lead in general. They provide information on how lead can enter drinking water and what consumers can do if they are concerned.
http://www.epa.gov/your- drinking-water/basic- information-about-lead- drinking-water
Copies of the City’s 2013 and 2014 CCR’s (Consumer Confidence Reports) can be found at the following link: http://www.cityofharrison.com/ press_view.php?id=39
We will be implementing a corrosion control treatment process later this year that will prevent lead from leaching into the water from plumbing materials (or really any other source that could be out there). It is a fairly simple treatment that is used by water systems across the country and over 40 systems in Arkansas.
As a side note (since these reports also include copper figures), all testing for copper shows water in the City’s pipes and at the customer taps to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act as well as the Lead & Copper Rule.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or need additional information.