Metroplan’s three-day retreat in Hot Springs Village gives great exposure to the Village, Keith Keck told the Property Owners’ Association governmental affairs committee at its April meeting.
Keck is the Village’s representative on central Arkansas’ federally designated metropolitan planning organization.
Metroplan’s board opened with a panel discussion Sunday evening. Sessions conclude this afternoon.
Between meetings, board members have had opportunities to enjoy Village amenities, including golf, guided boat tours, fishing, kayaking, hiking and bicycling. Gaining first-hand exposure to Village life can only be good for the Village, Keck said.
In his health care and medical report, Richard Johnson said Saline Health System is still evaluating possible sites for its new HSV medical clinic. The hospital announced plans to locate outside the East Gate. But the existing building needs significant renovation for conversion to a medical office building. A site at the Good Samaritan campus on Desoto Boulevard is also being considered, with a decision expected soon, Johnson said.
The new clinic might be ready for patients this fall.
Last year the subcommittee developed a listing all health care and medical practitioners and providers, location and hours of operations. GAC vice chair Pam Avila is editing the directory’s current version. Lou Otto will oversee production of the final directory. Johnson will be responsible for maintaining its accuracy and data. There is no timeline for completing the directory, he said.
Jerry Yeric gave Hot Springs and Garland County reports.
The 621 acres between Hot Springs city limits and Lake Hamilton, at the center of a two-year controversy, received an Arkansas Court of Appeals ruling that allows the Spa City to execute the January 2016 ordinance that calls for the area's annexation.
The Hot Springs Metro Partnership has announced Thermal Fusion! The new business incubator
in downtown Hot Springs aims to help new businesses find success. Thermal Fusion clients will
receive highly discounted office space for lease and access to modern office amenities including
meeting rooms and utilities, Yeric said.
The Hot Springs Senior Center temporarily closed until it can relocate from the old Hot Springs
National Guard Armory at 210 Woodbine St. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs was seeking a
temporary location until it can find a permanent site to deliver service.
From 50 to 100 seniors have been served daily for more than 20 years. The Area Agency on
Aging of West Central Arkansas is the program’s primary benefactor, Yeric said.
In his broadband Internet report, Greg Jones said he recently met with a Hot Springs area
wireless broadband service provider.
“His company operates wireless data services for rural areas using long range wireless
technologies. We discussed the issues in the village with coverage and he feels his solution could

be of benefit. However, he is looking for the POA to grant him land for towers that would be
needed to cover the required areas,” Jones said.
He expressed some concerns about the economics of the concept, as the company currently
charges $170 for 25 megabits per second. The company would need about 100 subscribers.
Jones continues to study other ideas, which hopefully could be built with “much lower capital
costs,” he said.