Board of Trustees to Consider November 23 Budget – Hot Springs Village Voice
General Manager Kelly Hale said at last Wednesday’s Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association board meeting that the 2023 budget will be ready for November approval.
“We plan to meet with the board for a preliminary review of the draft budget in early November, with the final draft presented to the board during the [Nov. 16] meeting,” he said.
Hale says he is looking carefully at the budget. “I need to understand the numbers, not just to accept them, but to understand them,” he said.
In his monthly report, Hale said important contacts have been made with state lawmakers and policymakers.
“Members of the Board of Trustees and Government Affairs Committee and I have had several meetings over the past month with members of the Arkansas State Legislature to discuss ways to support Hot Springs Village. , including potential infrastructure funding.
“All of these conversations start with, ‘We’re not going to close our doors, that’s not up for debate,'” Hale said, adding that in the past, the POA had been told that if they wanted funding from the state, it had to provide public access.
“These discussions continue to be very positive and we appreciate the support of our legislators as we navigate ways to work together for the good of the community. Over the past six months I have met with Congressman (French) Hill, Congressman (Bruce) Westerman, Lieutenant Governor (Tim) Griffin, Director of Natural Resources; Chris Colclasure, Secretary of Agriculture; Wes Ward and Becky Keogh, Secretary of the Department of Energy and Environment,” Hale said.
• Staff review proposals for restaurant and marina operations at Waypoint and meet potential vendors face-to-face for any final questions and review. “We plan to announce new vendors at this location in the very near future. Currently, Waypoint Restaurant and Marina POA operations are closed,” he said.
• Over the past month, the Department of Public Utilities has sealed off more than 10 miles of road, including several areas of DeSoto Boulevard and Balearic Road. “We appreciate the patience of the owners while this work is being completed,” Hale said.
• The Rafaella Rose restaurant in Cortez will be permanently closing on Friday, October 21. “We have received several vendor proposals to take over operations at this property and expect to announce a new restaurant vendor for Cortez in the very near future. The restaurant will be closed for approximately two weeks to transition to the new supplier,” Hale said.
In the financial report, Comptroller Frank Hubbard said the POA is doing well at the moment, but has long-term infrastructure needs that it needs to plan for and address.
The board voted to allow Hale to enter into a contract with Brad Hartin Grading & Excavating Inc., of Jacksonville, for $252,050 to complete planned dredging of Lake Cortez and Lake Coronado in 2022 and 2023. The contract will include skid steer rental and amphibious shovel service. .
The work will focus on creeks that have never been dredged: 25,000 meters of material to be removed on Lake Cortez, 12,000 meters mechanically inaccessible, and an additional 2,000 meters on Lake Coronado, without drawdown for a total 14,000 meters.
Hydraulics were considered very expensive and left unsightly bags that staff had to remove after dredging was completed. Hale said the plan will not only cost significantly less, but address unmet needs.
During Director’s Reports, Pam Avila announced her resignation and employment with the POA. (See related article.)
More reports will be in a future article. The meeting can be viewed at www.youtube.com/HSVPOA