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'Green' house able to receive city rebates

A house in the Woodlands Edge subdivision has been built entirely with green technology, and the homeowners will be able to get up to $1,500 in rebates from the City of Little Rock from their green incentive program.

In April 2010, the City of Little Rock received $65,000 as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the United States Department of Energy.  This money will be used to fund rebates for energy certification fees for homes and businesses being built that are rated Energy Star or higher.

Richard Harp Homes worked with landscape architects to position the home around trees that were already on the lot, as well as facing the home to maximize potential for sun.

“ The heating and cooling was engineered using the mass of the house,” builder Richard Harp said.

Harp also said they used materials within 500 miles of the area, as well as hybrid insulation and LED lighting.

“There are no solar panels on the roof,” H

Fire station to be built at Rahling Road, Taylor Loop

Groundbreaking for a new Little Rock fire station is scheduled to be in the next few months at the corner of Rahling Road and Taylor Loop.

A $2 million grant from FEMA will fund the building of the new station as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The building was first announced in February by Mayor Mark Stodala and other city officials, as a way to keep the ISO rating in Ward 5 at a 2, which will help keep insurance rates from rising.

The project has just undergone an environmental review. Once it’s started, Little Rock spokeswoman Meg Matthews said it is scheduled to be finished within a year.

Aaron Jones to be held until sentencing

 

Jones was found guilty last week of of three counts of mail fraud and one count of using fire in the commission of a felony, all that in connection with a fire at his Chenal Valley home in May 2008.

Arkansas Business also reports this week that Jones could have taken a plea deal that would have made him surrender his law license and serve five years in federal prison.

He now faces some stiffer penalties. Mail fraud carries a possible prison sentence of up to 25 years and a $250,000 fine. Use of fire in commission of a federal felony carries a penalty of 10 years to life.

(Source: Arkansas Business)

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