Tobin gets ap­proval

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Plan­ning Com­mis­sion mem­bers ap­proved changes to a large scale de­vel­op­ment plan from Pat Tobin as pre­sented by en­gi­neer Chris­tian McGuire with Bates and As­so­ciates. The plans for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, lo­cated on Slack Street, have been tabled re­peat­edly as plans were changed prior to re­ceiv­ing ap­proval from city of­fi­cials.

There was dis­cus­sion about a safety rail be­ing in­stalled be­tween the drive­way and the de­ten­tion pond.

City Street De­part­ment su­per­in­ten­dent Nathan See told plan­ners that Tobin will be re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the berm, ditch and pond.

“We’ve had con­cerns be­fore,” chair­man Donnie Ewald said to Tobin. “Do we have your as­sur­ance?”

“It will be en­acted,” Tobin said, con­cern­ing reg­u­la­tions im­posed on the de­vel­op­ment by the city.

“Go­ing for­ward, if we have changes made to the plan that is not ex­actly what we ap­proved, I’m not will­ing to come back in af­ter the fact,” Dr. Karen Sherman, plan­ner, said. “Ei­ther come in be­fore or we’re go­ing to ask you to take it down. This is not the way things should be done.”

City build­ing of­fi­cial Tony Townsend told Tobin there would be ad­di­tional fees on the build­ing per­mit since the build­ings were con­structed larger than ap­proved.

In other busi­ness, plan­ners ap­proved a home occupation re­quest from Omar Con­treas at 606 Blair Cir­cle. Con­treas told plan­ners he cleans floors and car­pets for Pres­tige and plans to open his own busi­ness. He said he does not store chem­i­cals at the res­i­dence nor would cus­tomers come to the res­i­dence.

Mid­dle School prin­ci­pal Les­lie Mo­line re­ported Pea Ridge Stu­dent Suc­cess Plans are now be­ing used as mod­els for other schools by the North­west Arkansas Ed­u­ca­tional Co­op­er­a­tive and, now, by the Arkansas De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for school dis­tricts around the state.

She also re­ported that a sur­vey has just gone out ask­ing par­ents if they would be in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in classes on school tech­nol­ogy not only for their own ben­e­fit but so they can bet­ter help their chil­dren with it. She said all par­ents have been given a code that al­lows them to ac­cess their chil­dren’s learn­ing progress in School­ogy, the on­line learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tem now be­ing used in all Pea Ridge schools. If par­ents do not have the code, she said they may call their child’s school to get it.

Board mem­ber Jeff Neil said about School­ogy, “I’m lov­ing it. To see where my kid didn’t turn in a pa­per or an as­sign­ment, that makes me say, ‘Hey, what’s up with this?’ and makes me feel bet­ter in­formed about my kid’s progress.”

Pea Ridge In­ter­me­di­ate School prin­ci­pal Mindy Bowlin re­ported that the As­pire test prep­ping process has just con­cluded. It in­cluded third through 10th grades and is con­ducted three times in each school year.

Pea Ridge Pri­mary School will hold its Fall Fes­ti­val Oct. 23.

Board mem­bers present — Sandy But­ton, Wood and Neil — voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove all items on the agenda. John Dye and Ryan Heck­man were ab­sent.

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