Animal control


We’re glad to see a new Animal Control Officer was picked so quickly, and doubly glad the person chosen has such long qualifications. What we’re really looking forward to is if this officer and Shirley can get together and do something about the dogs, “wild” would not be an unfair term, running loose on Sam Street in that town.


Weather


Some years summer runs late, some years less so. This appears to be - as we type this anyway - one of those “less so” years. Let’s hope it holds, although frankly we expect another hot snap between now and Labor Day. No particular reason why - we don’t read tea leaves here or anything - but considering the way this year’s weather has played out: We expect surprises.


Water


The Dennard Water situation, brought up at the last Clinton City Council meeting, seems to have an obvious conclusion. Now granted, we may be missing something, but based on what we’re seeing so far it’s either the city takes over Dennard water operations or the City of Clinton re-engineers its water service north of town.


The real point here being “re-engineer” sounds an awful lot like “spend a lot of money,” and that, that doesn’t sound good at all. Further to that point, to walk away from Dennard water issues is to put supporting infrastructure at risk, and you don’t grow a city by shrinking infrastructure. Right now the City of Clinton Water and Sewer has a nice water lease on Greers Ferry Lake, and it’s reasonable to expect that would shrink were the city to walk away, in effect, from Dennard.


And, best part, it does not appear that taking on Dennard’s water service would invoke an absolute monthly expense. That system is currently more-or-less at a break-even, and with tweaks up there along the lines of the tweaks as have been done in Clinton we could reasonably expect that system to run at better than break even, all-the-while supplying clean water to the residents. Win.


Now granted, these are early in the game calculations, made on the back of an envelope. More to be seen as the investigation is carried out and the final assessment made, but based current understanding: Clinton water needs to bring Dennard into its system.


Sheriff


It’s with both joy and dread we read Sheriff Bradley’s announcement that he will not be running for a further term, with the intent to retire from his position when his term runs out Jan. 2019.


The joy is that at least there won’t be an incumbent in that position come the next election. For reasons we don’t fully understand, sheriff elections in Arkansas tend to turn into mean-spirited things the closer it gets to election day, with a lot of the arrows being fired at the incumbent. While we’re not so foolish as to think there won’t be some of that during the election, the situation more-or-less forces candidates to discuss go-forward plans, as opposed to politics modern game of incumbent smearing.


So good, at least there’s that.


At the same time, it’ll be however many candidates competing for a soon to be empty chair. We anticipate, from that, a great number of candidates, and a rather fierce competition. Since it’s a sheriff’s race in Arkansas and we expect “fierce competition,” well, that’s where the dread comes from.


Psalm 119: 114-117 (NIV)


114 You are my refuge and my shield;


I have put my hope in your word.


115 Away from me, you evildoers,


that I may keep the commands of my God!


116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;


do not let my hopes be dashed.


117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;


I will always have regard for your decrees.