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HOLIDAY ISLAND TRAVEL CLUB ANNOUNCES 2019 TRIPS

 

 

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GOLF OPERATIONS UPDATE - 7/6/18

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Jon Prange - Golf Superintendent

 

  

upcoming events:

 
 

Holiday Island Rooters Genealogy Club

 

 The Holiday Island Rooters Genealogy Club meets on the third Thursday of each month (July 19th), downstairs in Room B of the Clubhouse at 2:00.  All persons interested in exploring their family history are welcome to attend.  Participation is not limited to Holiday Island residents. 

 

Interest in genealogy studies is rapidly growing as indicated by the popularity of the PBS series, “Finding Your Roots”.  Our club members are available to assist with your family research.  Also, an introductory workshop is being planned at a separate time to review the many available internet resources to get you started.  For more information or to be added to our email reminder list, please send a request to Doug Cook at doug12406@gmail.com or Charles Fredrick at 4cfs@cox.net.  





 


 

ART GUILD SPEAKER for july 24th meeting

 

 

Mike Maple, a local professional photographer, will be the speaker at the July 24th Photography Guild meeting at 2:00 pm at the Holiday Island Club House, Room A. Mike is an internationally known American photojournalist who specializes in documentary photography. He has taught a photography class at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.


 


RECURRING EVENTS:

 


 

 

 


HOLIDAY ISLAND FARMER’S MARKET

 

 

Holiday Island Farmers Market will start its 2018 season

this Friday, 4:00 p.m. at its usual location at the Holiday Island Memorial Park Pavilion.

 

The Market again this year will be led by C & C Farms, Eureka Springs, AR.

 

Other local vendors are invited to join.

 

C & C Farms will again provide fresh local organically grown produce and meats, along with homemade pastries.

 

Please come out and support our local growers.

 


 


HI (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH) HAPPENINGS

 

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The public is invited to the monthly GAME NIGHT at the church held every third Thursday at 6pm.

 

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The third Friday of the month is Community Stitching from 9:30-3:30 .  Bring your sewing machine, knitting or crocheting, hand work and lunch.  All interested persons are welcome. 

 

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Our Sunday worship service is at 9am.  Everyone is invited to attend. We will be enjoying special music by opera singers in June.


 Message from the District Manager

 

Subject: Yacht Club Update

 

Dear Property Owners:

 

For over a year, the Board of Commissioners has contemplated potential uses for the Yacht Club building while considering the ongoing costs of maintenance and operating, compared to its overall value to the property owners of Holiday Island. After numerous meetings, an open house, and a public forum to discuss the fate of the building, the ultimate conclusion was to demolish the building with an initial plan to leave the newly vacant area as maintained green space. This greenspace would provide a wonderful place to enjoy the lake while at the same time removing an eyesore from one of the most beautiful views in Holiday Island. No one is overly enthusiastic about demolishing the Yacht Club; however, without having a useful purpose for the building, the logical conclusion always returns to demolishing the building.

 

However, because there is no urgent or pressing need to level the building, we have the luxury of  allowing additional time to see if any purpose that is both useful and financially beneficial to the property owners will present itself prior to demolishing the building. There have recently been several individuals with ideas on how to utilize the building and surrounding property. These ideas range from purchasing or leasing the property to start a new seafood restaurant to groups wanting to operate a not-for-profit out of the building.

 

In light of the new interest, the Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting at 9am, 9 July, 2018 at the District Office to facilitate a discussion and hear preliminary proposals or business plans on how they propose to use the Yacht Club building. The decision to demolish the Yacht Club building still stands, but in the meantime it doesn’t hurt to listen to ideas.

 

As always, I have an open door policy. I’m available for questions or concerns and can be reached at the District Office, either in person or by phone at (479) 253-9700. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Lawrence Blood

District Manager


 


 




 


 

 

 

 

 

 

   


 




 




 
Funding up to $25,000 for the above Plan to Reopen Stateline Drive was approved by the Commissioners at the HISID May Regular Meeting.
 
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Hawk Drive and Stateline Drive Landslide Updates

 

Dear Property Owners:

 

This letter is to keep you informed concerning the road closures on Stateline Drive and Hawk Drive. I’m sure everyone by now knows that a portion of Stateline Drive from the 4-Way Stop at Holiday Island Drive to Wild Turkey Drive has been closed to traffic for nearly a month, and Hawk Drive has been closed for a year. We know that road closures are distressing and disrupt your daily routines.  Please know we are doing everything we can as quickly as possible.

 

Our primary goal during the initial response to the Stateline Drive landslide was to relieve the tremendous amount of pressure that the waterlogged material was placing on the road. After we were reasonably sure that we had averted a total road failure, we attempted to keep Stateline Drive open to traffic but quickly determined that our efforts were futile. We also determined that continuing to remove material just for the sake of keeping the road open would likely make the situation worse.

 

As of right now, our engineers are advising us that the hillside is still unstable with the potential of sliding again. The slide appears to be small at the road; however, the unstable area uphill is much larger. We should receive the preliminary geotechnical observations later this week along with their recommendations. We are keeping our fingers crossed it will be good news; but, until the engineers have completed their assessments, we have no idea how long the remediation will take. It is very unlikely that Stateline Drive will take as long as Hawk Drive did to repair; but until we learn exactly what we are dealing with, we just simply don’t know.  We will keep you advised as we know more, but in the meantime, we suggest you make plans to adjust your routine and travel habits for avoiding this section of road with the understanding it will be closed for a while.

 

We have received some questions and criticisms concerning the length of time that both Stateline Drive and Hawk Drive have been closed.  It is understandable people become frustrated because they believe that “nothing is happening to fix the situation” or “things are moving too slowly”. To the casual observer, it appears there are long periods of inactivity because there is not any heavy construction equipment moving dirt. Moving dirt is one of the last steps in the process.

 

Hawk Drive is nearly complete, but why did it take a year to complete? That’s a good question and deserves an answer.  I would like to provide you with some insight on the process we had to go through to reopen Hawk Drive.  The Hawk Drive landslide occurred on April 26, 2017. We immediately started working with our engineer and received the report of probable project costs on May 5, 2017, which totaled $356,000.00. This was a sizable sticker shock to the Board. The Board declared a local emergency and directed me to begin seeking funding opportunities to help with the repair costs for not only Hawk Drive but damage all over Holiday Island caused during the April 26th through May 1st, 2017 storm events. The County declared Carroll County a disaster area and requested the Governor to also declare an emergency; this would allow the President of the United States to make a Federal declaration and authorize FEMA to provide financial assistance. Just to get from the County, through the State, to the President of the United States took over a month. On June 15, 2017, President Trump declared the area as a major disaster which allowed FEMA to begin providing federal disaster recovery assistance. In the meantime, we applied for and received a $30,000 grant from the Western Arkansas Planning & Development District. More than 3 months after the Hawk Drive landslide, on August 2, 2017 FEMA arrived in Holiday Island to begin the application process under a new FEMA program called the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program. In September, HISID met with FEMA’s engineer onsite to begin preparing scope of work documents. The scope of work was completed and submitted to FEMA on September 15, 2017. In October, HISID again met with FEMA Engineers to complete preliminary drawings and calculations on the slide area to determine FEMA cost estimates to restore the road to “pre-disaster conditions”. The new cost estimates based on the revised scope of work was $173,157. This new estimate was significantly lower than the original $356,000. This was largely because our engineer was designing for a lasting solution while the FEMA estimates were based on the required “returning the area to its pre-disaster condition”.  Because this area of Hawk Drive had slid in the exact same place just a few years earlier, it was determined that special mitigation that was above and beyond the usual restoring it to its pre-disaster design and condition was needed. This additional reinforcement to the slide area was estimated to cost an additional $57,402, bringing the total cost to $230,559. To qualify for the special mitigation, we had to provide engineering to support the special mitigation and the additional costs. We received our final approval for the special mitigation on November 11, 2017. While all this was going on, we had to compile and submit necessary documents to the State of Arkansas and Federal government to comply with environmental protection and historical preservation laws.  By the end of November, we still had not received our final project approval; however, with having the special mitigation approved, we felt it was safe to advertise for Requests for Proposals (RFP). After advertising the project for the required 30 days, the District awarded the contract for construction on December 21, 2017 for $141,001.00. On December 27, 2017, we received our final approval from FEMA.  In January 2018, we issued the letter to proceed to the contractor. When our engineer was reviewing the construction plans with the contractor, they determined that using different material than what was originally specified would produce a better result with very little additional cost. This was a great idea but the change would need to be approved by FEMA.  In February, everything was finalized and gave the contractor 90-days to “move dirt” and complete the project.

 

I hope the project timeline was enlightening to you and provides a better understanding of the process. I know it doesn’t relieve the hardship on you of roads being closed, but there are some really good reasons for it. First is safety, landslides are very dangerous. If someone who believes they “know it all”, tries to tell you how it should be fixed without even stepping into the woods or knowing what the subsurface conditions are, I would seriously question their opinion. We employ engineers to ensure it is done correctly and safely. It also takes time to evaluate our options. A good solution to a problem is not always the best solution for all situations, another reason for employing engineers. And finally is the money. If you rush into these kinds of situations, you will likely spend much more and probably not have the best results. In the Hawk Drive example, if we would have just jumped in, the original plan would have cost you, the property owner, $356,000. By working through the process described above, the project will be less than half of that at $141,000. Because of the FEMA grant, our 25% portion will only be $35,250. I know we will still get criticized but if the question is spending $356,000 or $35,250 to get the job done, I think we made the correct decisions on Hawk Drive.      

 

Please make plans to adjust your driving routes to avoid the closed section of Stateline Drive. We suggest utilizing Eagle Drive between Holiday Island Drive and Stateline Drive as an alternate route. This detour adds about ½ mile and only 2 minutes to your commute.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 479-253-9700 or districtmgr@holidayisland.us.

 

Lawrence Blood, District Manager 

 


  

 



 


HOLIDAY ISLAND HIKERS - 5/14/18

 

 

 

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BOBCAT TRAIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - 3/22/18

 


 


 

 


  

 



 

BOBCAT TRAIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - 2/1/18

 

 


 


 
 

 

mR. hICKLIN'S REMEMBER WHEN.......................

 


 

  2018 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

  

                                 Standing: Bill Noonan, Dan Kees, David Makidon

 

                                 Seated:  Linda Graves, Nita Holley

 

DAVID MAKIDON, CHAIR

D.MAKIDON@HISID.INFO

 

        21 White River Lane / Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631

        479-244-0774 / Term Expires: December 2019

 

BILL NOONAN, VICE CHAIR

B.NOONAN@HISID.INFO

 

       95 Table Rock Drive / Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631

       479-270-6495 / Term Expires: December 2020

 

LINDA GRAVES, SECRETARY

L.GRAVES@HISID.INFO

 

        29 Table Rock Drive / Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631
        479-253-5020 / Term Expires: December 2019

  

NITA HOLLEY

N.HOLLEY@HISID.INFO

 

        33 La Quinta Loop / Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631
        479-363-9541 / Term Expires: December 2020

 

DAN KEES

D.KEES@HISID.INFO

  

        120 Holiday Island Drive / Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631

        660-287-2082 / Term Expires: December 2018

 


 

 

NOTICE DATES -- THIS IS A 2ND NYC TRIP FOR NEXT YEAR

 

HOLIDAY ISLAND TRAVEL CLUB

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 ASSESSMENT RATES 

 

2018 AMENITY RATES

 

CURRENT ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT (2017)

 

2016-2015 AUDIT


UPCOMING HISID BOARD MEETINGS:

 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018; REGULAR MEETING, 9AM AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE

 

 

Regular BOC Meetings are scheduled at the District Office for the 3rd Monday; if needed, there will be a Regular Meeting on the 4th Monday. When needed, Special Meetings may be called
 

To view Agendas/Minutes from previous HISID meetings, click here.

 

2018 GOLF COURSE HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE; CLICK HERE.


CLICK HERE TO SEE BROCHURE FOR HOLIDAY ISLAND'S TREE CARVINGS TOUR.


JUNE 2018 DISTRICT MANAGER REPORT

 


 

HOLIDAY ISLAND'S 2016 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT AVAILABLE; CLICK HERE


 

 

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