The City of Sherwood reinstituted an overlay program in 2012 and continued it into 2013, according to Mayor Virginia Hillman
During her Jan. 27 State of the City Address during the last session of the Sherwood City Council, Hillman mentioned several projects that took place last year.
"In 2013, the City awarded the largest overlay contract in recent history at approximately 8,050 tons of asphalt which allowed five miles of city streets to be resurfaced," Hillman said.
She said the Public Works Department continues to be responsible for household garbage collections, extra pickup items as well as yard waste, including leaf collection.
"Our crews stay extremely busy with clearing drainage areas of debris, repairs, as well as mowing and weed eating," Hillman said.
The District Court handled more than 23,700 cases including DWI, traffic, hot check and criminal. A total of $2.32 million was paid to General Fund.
"This amount was an approximate decrease of $200,000 from 2012," she said.
The Parks and Recreation Department continues to offer many opportunities for recreation and fitness. The Sherwood Sports Complex is not only the home fields for the Sylvan Hills-Sherwood Optimist baseball and softball teams, but was also home to four local high schools and The Sherwood Soccer Club.
"The Harmon Recreation Center is host to the Sherwood Sharks swim team, the Sherwood Youth Basketball League, Sherwood After-School Program, the Rollin’ Razorbacks, and accommodates private parties and room rentals each year," Hillman said. "The Greens at North Hills was proud to be showcased by hosting the Arkansas State Golf Association Match Play Championship and the PGA Junior Tour Overall."
Hillman said Sherwood Forest continues to be a popular facility for large events. The facility continues to improve as renovations and updates are ongoing. The Henson Tennis Center also hosted 10 different adult teams in competitions this past spring and summer, covering all levels of men’s, women’s, and mixed tennis.
"They experienced a banner year with several teams making it to the State finals and two men’s teams going to regionals in Atlanta," Hillman said.
A one-quarter mile walking trail was completed around the fishing pond at City Hall by funds from a Recreational Trails Grant in the summer of 2013.
Once again, the Human Resource office sponsored an employee Health & Benefits Fair with 120 employees attending with 25 vendors participating. Free flu shots were offered to employees and 100 received their shots during the event. "The 2013 fair was a huge success with not only companies that provide direct services to the city but area companies as well," Hillman said. "Most of these vendors have already asked to participate in 2014. The department continues to encourage attendance at [Bill Harmon Recreation Center] as part of the health and wellness program."
In June, 2013 nine employees received a free day off and in November, 13 employees received a free day off for attending 12 times each month in six consecutive months.
The Human Resources continues to receive positive feedback from employees from the information received in the monthly health and wellness newsletter.
The Police Department had a very busy year.
"Currently the police department has 12 sworn officer positions open and two openings in the dispatch/detention branch. The city crime rate shows a 14 percent overall increase for 2013," according to Hillman.
Several grants were obtained to help defer the costs of bullet resistant vests, traffic enforcement, DWI enforcement, in-car video equipment, and equipment for the jail.
"Our new radio systems should be on line soon," she said. "The police department continues to train in several areas that will increase our professionalism and response capabilities. We continue to be able to provide the residents with outstanding patrol service and follow-up investigative response. With our step in grade pay scale now in effect we are hoping this helps the department in retaining our officers and on the recruitment of new officers. Our new Police sub-station was opened in the First Arkansas Bank Building for use as a COPPS office and sub-station for the residents of Gravel Ridge."
The year 2013 continued with new growth economically.
"Redevelopment of existing areas as well as new development continued throughout the year. Our Hotel and Restaurant tax increase is reflective of our new growth," said Hillman.
The restoration of the Roundtop Filling State has generated much interest.
The city was awarded a $50,000 grant and will apply again this year for additional funds. The first phase of a new subdivision on Oakdale, Miller’s Glen Addition, will be ready soon. Engineering services are complete on Maryland and hopefully Right of Way acquisition will begin soon.
"We embrace 2014 with great anticipation for the city’s continued growth," said Hillman.