State Denies Light Request

Posted: November 6, 2012 at 5 a.m.

A Walmart official said without a traffic signal the company is no longer interested in building a Neighborhood Market at the intersection of Bella Vista Way and Oldham Drive.

At A Glance

Study Requested

Bella Vista Mayor Frank Anderson said he has requested the Highway and Transportation Department do a study from Benton County Road 40 north through the city to determine any possible upgrades in infrastructure or signal technology that would improve traffic flow in the city, especially at peak times of day. He has had no response to that request. He thinks the counters set up recently on main roads may have been collecting data for the study.

Source: Staff Report

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Letter To Bella Vista

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Looks like another setback for the mayor and his merry bunch of aldermen. Hope the vote does the same; eliminate all the incumbent aldermen and reject the rezoning ordinance they passed without listening to their constituents.
I don't know why we can't have city councilmen instead of aldermen; they're no smarter or older than the rest of us.

Posted by: Boark

November 6, 2012 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

It is unfortunate that Bella Vista does not have an unbiased, factual reporting media. When Ms. Lapp called me for comments, her direction was to divert the attention of the letter being received and not made public to it being an error and obligation by me, as a city official, to verify the info in my hands before answering media questions. Ms. Lapp has omitted important info from her story. You can check "" and draw your own conclusions. The letter copy I have does not show the date stamp indicated. Jerry Snow

Posted by: onesnow

November 6, 2012 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

>>Ms. Lapp has omitted important info from her story.<

Unfortunately we've grown accustomed to that practice. This "paper" has become the Fox News of NWA.

Posted by: cdawg

November 6, 2012 at 12:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two things we don't need in this world is more Wal-Marts and more liberal democrats.

Posted by: JailBird

November 6, 2012 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's too bad that Mr. Snow is more focused on how the residents of Bella Vista choose to keep track of their dogs than he cares about how we are going to bring in enough tax money to pay for city services. If we don't focus on bringing businesses into BV, my property taxes are going to triple if I want: a street in front of my house, a fire department to protect my property, and a police department to protect my family. HE is the problem in this story, he might need to worry about IMPORTANT THINGS instead of what day a letter was received at City Hall.

Posted by: lovinBV

November 6, 2012 at 8:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Agreed. They have no problem raising taxes 1mil but won't fight to get business in town to develop a tax base. These old people in town complain about the store but then turn around and complain about taxes. You can't have it both ways.

Posted by: AutopilotAR

November 6, 2012 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All of these comments have merit some more than others. I will say this Bella Vista lacks strong leadership from the POA, the city council, the Mayor and the Planning commission All of these people have their own agenda. They butt heads and fight over things that won't do anything too improve the city. It is high time all the people of Bella Vista come together to do what is best for the city and all of it's citizens, it won't be easy and it will take time, hopefully someone will rise to the opportunity. If we fail to deal with the problems that face the city then the city will go the path of other no factor cities like Springdale. Bella Vista has to decide if it want's to be the jewell of Arkansas or a example of a city that has went by the wayside and missed it's chance to excel and provide a community for the people that truly enhances thier quality of life.

Posted by: rummy

November 7, 2012 at 7 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bella Vista is just a traffic jam you have to drive through to get to the low tax Wal-Mart and package stores at Jane, MO

Posted by: JailBird

November 7, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

To speed up traffic constipation through the Bella Vista traffic jam, a heavy foot will not only get you to the booze quicker in Jane,Mo, you will also get a bonus-- a speeding ticket with the proceeds going to the Bella Vista City coffer. Thank you for driving through my city and for your voluntary-monetary donation. See you next time and come drive through my city again. Thank you! Sincerely, Mayor Frank Anderson.

Posted by: Hammer1

November 7, 2012 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well, hello there Mayor Anderson is there a lot of prestige in being the titular head of Viagra Village.

Posted by: JailBird

November 7, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


Did you fall on your head when you were young or are you just plain odd by choice ?

Posted by: rummy

November 7, 2012 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I would like to know who paid off the AHTD to come to this conclusion? For the almost nine years I've lived in BV there has always been talk of the need of a light at this intersection, but no funding. Now that Walmart would pay for it, it's not feasible? Fishy...

I'll just keep spending what could be Bella Vista sales tax dollars in Missouri.

Posted by: SoOverIt

November 7, 2012 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ray, thanks for asking. My mental degeneracy could have been caused by lead posioning when young, but most likely it is due to a poor dip in the gene pool.

Posted by: JailBird

November 7, 2012 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bella Vista is now a drive thru city in a flyover state. if and it's a big if, the citizens allow the city to do what is necessary to give us the growth that leads to financial security,our future is going to look bleak.

Rogers has grown and prospered due to leadership and the foresight to understand that you must give people more than golf., give the people reasons to chose Bella Vista and they might move there.

Posted by: PedalPusher

November 7, 2012 at 5:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I thought you just voted for a tax to build a bypass around Bella Vista right into Jane, MO?

Posted by: JailBird

November 7, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

O.K. you got me. I'M the one who paid off the AHTD... I did it with all the fish I caught in Loch Lomond. Like US currency, fish have a value but are untraceable as they have no serial numbers, you can't deposit them in your bank account and they are loaded with Omega-3.
Fishy story? you bettcha. .

Posted by: BuzzFlewhart

November 8, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )