Letters and emails from Villagers continue to show frustration at broadband availability, Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association governmental affairs committee member Greg Jones said in his June report.
Jones is developing budgetary estimates to potentially supply high-speed wireless to the Coronado Community Center and the Ponce de Leon Center area, including Grove Park. “This potentially would be a very quick installation and at fairly low costs,” he says.
A wireless speed of 150 megabits/second is the target.
Residents of Pinocha Way and the Binefar/Fenix subdivision are among those seeking broadband service. One Pinocha Way resident told him AT&T offered him only 1.5 Mb/sec DSL. “As you know, this is not fast enough for any sort of reasonable service,” Jones said.
The Binefar/Fenix homes are 1.2 miles up the mountain from a Suddenlink connection, and many Binefar residents have no access to broadband. “This neighborhood would be a good test case for a wireless broadband service operated by Hot Springs Village if we are unable to get Suddenlink to cover it,” he said in the report.
He is working with Suddenlink representatives to develop potential remedies.
In his highway report, David Whitlow said Arkansas Department of Transportation district engineer Mark Headly told the Tri-Lakes Metropolitan Planning Organization in May that design and rights-of-way discussions are underway for the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway extension.
The parkway would link the expressway’s eastern terminus east of Hot Springs to the intersection to highways 5 and 7 intersection in Fountain Lake.
Whitlow said a safety improvement project from near the Highway 7 intersection to Deerpark Road on Highway 5 is scheduled for completion in 2020.
In his Hot Springs report, Jerry Yeric said Priceline’s chief executive officer named Hot Springs as the nation’s top emerging travel destination during a CBS “This Morning” interview. A Priceline spokesman said the rating is based on booking data between January 2013 and March 2018. The list was released as part of Priceline’s 20th-anniversary celebration.
The Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission has made a claim for damages in a case involving back taxes allegedly owed by Hotel.com and 11 other online travel companies. The case was granted class-action status in 2013. There are 40 P&A agencies in Arkansas.
Eleven unoccupied residential structures were recently condemned in Hot Springs; 149 properties have been condemned since 2012.
GAC chairman Michael Dollar, who is also executive director of Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce, said three members joined in May:
• Cypress Bayou Specialty Meats LLC, 3958 N Highway 7, which had a grand opening June 2
• McGhee Insurance Agency, 1126 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs
• Progressive Massage Therapy LLC – Village Square Shopping Center
The Chamber’s Business Expo, sponsored by National Park Medical Center, was a sold-out with
450 attendees and 77 vendor booths. The “May the 4th Be with You” theme was carried
throughout the Coronado Center Main Hall and side rooms.
Diamante Country Club hosted and catered the Chamber’s Partner Up luncheon. A housing and
construction panel made up of Gloria Huntley – Vacation Rentals, Clara Nicolosi – Board of
Realtors, and Bryan Lambert – Advantage Title & Escrow, discussed trends, customer value and innovation in their industry.
Diamante Country Club celebrated new ownership and updates with a Chamber ribbon-
cutting and golf putting contest.