Is Bella Vista A good area to raise a family?
Posted in the Bella Vista Forum
#1 May 6, 2013
Bella Vista is getting some good reviews online but I would like to hear from actual residents. I am looking for good schools, good community, golf (for the husband), and nature. I currently live across the state by the Mississippi River and an hour from any major city.
#2 May 6, 2013
The school district is Bentonville, and BV does have an elementry school. Home prices are a great value,$250K to $275K will get you 3000 sf.
Golf is a great value here, 6-18 hole and 3 9- hole. The area is nature at it's finest, the trees and abundance of hilly terrain is quite nice.
Best of luck with your relocation.
#3 May 6, 2013
Depend if you don't mind putting your family at unnecessary risk. I'll provide an example...
Even though Bella Vista is a city, the Bella Vista POA has the water department under their control.
It was reported in the local newspaper that our fire hydrants were not inspected for 12 to 13 years, basically, we were living in a potential death trap.
Two city houses burned to the very ground.
One home burned down when the fire hydrant right in front of the home did not work. It was not supposed to work. It was painted silver. Instead of fixing the problem, they painted the hydrant a color that means it is inoperative and the fire fighters had to run a long hose to another hydrant to extinguish the fire.
Another home burned down to the ground and a lady died in the fire. The closest hydrant to the home did not work and the problem was blamed on a faulty water system valve that supplied water to the closest hydrant. Since no water came out of the hydrant, the fire fighters backed the fire truck up to the closest POA lake and pumped water out of the lake to extinguish the fire.
You see, it costs money to properly test fire hydrants and the Bella Vista POA would rather save a buck versus doing their best and doing the right thing to better ensure your families safety.
See 2 videos:
#4 May 6, 2013
Amen. The Bella Vista Property Owner Association's priorities are out of order.
Item 2. of the organization's "Order" states: "The Articles of Incorporation conform to the laws of the state of Arkansas, and the proposed corporation is for a lawful purpose and is in the best interest of the public."
Article III of the 'Articles of Incorporation' states that the purpose of the Bella Vista Village POA is "To promote the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and commercial owners within the following described real estate lying and being situate in the County of Benton, State of Arkansas, to-wit."
#5 May 7, 2013
OK, yo two unhappy residents, why are you still here? Oh, can't sell your house maybe? Has it occured to anyone your vitriol is doing nothing to help?
Yes,, this is a good place to raise a family, just ignore the ingnorant and stupid.
#6 May 7, 2013
Bella Vista is a very pleasant place to live...in a North Korean kind of way.
#7 May 7, 2013
I like Bella vista. I don't like the POA. If the POA would go away it would be 100%.
#8 May 7, 2013
Maybe why that is why I keep seeing those "GO Away POA" signs popping up throughout Bella Vista.
#9 May 7, 2013
That's a typical response from someone drunk on POA kool-aide.
Instead of addressing problems and taking care of problems, textbook "shoot the messenger" then bury your head in the sand.
BTW I'll add that POA Board never apologized to the member- residents on the matter of fire hydrants not being inspected for well over a decade. Very arrogant POA.
Key POA personnel still have their jobs after this incident. Nobody was apparently fired. That is the way it works in Bella Vista.
#10 May 7, 2013
If you want to live in a town that has a convicted murderer for chief of police then by all means move there.
#11 May 7, 2013
This is how the Bella Vista POA would fix a leaky faucet over a kitchen sink?
First, diagnose problem to the kitchen faucet that has a dripping leak. What do we (the POA) do? Should we call the plumber to fix the leak? Heck no, that will cost money, as in golf money.
Second, fix the leaky kitchen sink faucet by closing the valve off underneath the kitchen sink. Problem is now fixed, no more leaky faucet!
Third, implement alternative course of action.
Don't use the kitchen sink faucet anymore since the water valve is now shut off. If you need water or want to wash something, use the sink and faucet in the bathroom.
That kitchen problem is now fixed, lets play golf!
#12 May 7, 2013
Convicted murderer? Please explain. Bella Vista was a choice by statistics, the main reason for asking residents. I'm pretty close to the area where there West Memphis 3 where murdered so safety is a big deal.
#13 May 7, 2013
Stretch the truth much??? A former Bella Vista police officer shot and killed a guy while on duty. It was a sad situation all around.
The officer was tried and convicted of a minor offense, and fired from the BV police dept. The officer has now been hired as the police chief of a very small town in Arkansas.
Bella Vista (despite the ongoings on this forum) is a very safe place to live. Many of the police calls involve cats chasing birds or other sill nonsense.
Don't the the mal-contents try to convince you of anything else. They're just an old worn out retired bunch of guys who have little if anything to do. Therefore, their life is dependant upon making others as miserable as they are.
Here is an upcoming event the POA has scheduled for children:
Children will have the opportunity to plant and decorate something special for mom this Mother's Day at the 6th Annual Blossoms & Bows on Saturday, May 11, at the Bella Vista Library, 11 Dickens Place.
#14 May 7, 2013
That's exactly what I'm looking for. I want my daughter to grow up in a community where parents care and children have something to do. Thank you for the information.
#15 May 7, 2013
The Benton County Daily Record Editorial Opinion
"Sulphur Springs Makes Bad Call Hiring Brackney"
Posted: March 31, 2013 at 1:36 a.m.
"Count us among those who were amazed when the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training last year upheld the certification of Coleman 'Duke' Brackney to be law enforcement officer."
"And now, we’re shocked the leaders of Sulphur Springs, a town of 500-plus people in northern Benton County, hired Brackney as their police chief."
"Brackney may not be a household name, but he’s undoubtedly well-known in law enforcement ranks. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor negligent homicide after he shot James Ahern to death in 2010 at the end of a two-mile, high-speed chase in Bella Vista. Brackney was, at the time, a Bella Vista police offcer. After the incident, he was
"originally charged him with felony manslaughter. Ahern was drunk and had smoked marijuana but was unarmed. Brackney ended the incident by shooting Ahern five times as the man drove his Mazda Miata. After the car stopped, Ahern didn’t raise his arms to comply with Brackney’s orders and the off cer fired a final, fatal shot into Ahern’s back. He claimed he thought Ahern was going to back the car toward him, but video evidence showed no indication the car’s reverse lights were on."
"After his plea agreement to the misdemeanor, Brackney was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He worked four days as a jail trusty before Prosecutor Van Stone objected to him having that privilege."
"But the leaders of Sulphur Springs believe he should be police chief."
"The people they represent should be nervous."
"The town’s leadership made him a duly authorized officer with a jurisdiction to work within, and he’s the unsupervised top law enforcement off cer to boot."
"We find the judgment of the leaders in Sulphur Springs astonishing. The law enforcement standards commission flubbed it when they allowed Brackney to keep his certification, but the leaders in Sulphur Springs gave him authority to act in a law enforcement role. Just because he’s certified doesn’t mean he’s qualified."
"But what about second chances? Don’t people deserve them?"
"Brackney deserves an opportunity to make a living. However, a terrible outcome arose out of his poor judgment in precisely the kind of tensionand adrenaline-filled moments law enforcement offcers are expected to handle professionally. He killed a man who should not have been killed. That really should be enough to disqualify him in the minds of reasonable people from ever serving in a gun-wielding position of responsibility again."
"If a man is convicted of domestic abuse, he most certainly deserves a second chance to rebuild his life after he’s served his sentence. But would you put him to work in a home for battered women?"
"Individually, many of us rightly give people we care about second chances, even when they’ve caused serious damage. That’s a fair thing to do."
"When an individual shows such grace, it’s that person who is willingly placing themselves in danger of being hurt again."
"With Brackney’s hiring, we’re talking about public policy, public safety and public off cials’ responsibility to the greater community they have the honor to serve."
"The mayor and City Council of Sulphur Springs have overstepped the moral bounds of giving second chances, because the risk they’ve taken by giving Brackney renewed authority in law enforcement isn’t a personal one. They are risking the entire community. We suggest that no matter how overwhelmingly they might have been elected, they were not given the authority to create such a risk for the people they serve."
Opinion, Pages 10 on 03/31/2013
#16 May 7, 2013
LINK: BEFORE IT'S NEWS
"Welcome to Sulphur Springs, Where the Police Chief is a Murderer"
"Like many third-world countries, Arkansas is a beautiful place inhabited by lovely people who are burdened with an extravagantly corrupt ruling class. This helps explain, but by no means does it justify, the fact that the minuscule town of Sulphur Springs, Arkansas now has a convicted killer as its police chief."
"In January 2010, Coleman Brackney, at the time an officer in the department that menaces nearby Bella Vista, murdered a man named James Ahern following a high-speed chase. After trapping Ahern’s vehicle and then pounding on his window, Brackney shot him six times – the last time in the back. Brackney claimed that Ahern – who had a record of trivial and petty offenses, including the non-crime of 'resisting arrest'– attempted to run him over after the chase had ended. This was a lie, of course:The dashcam video documented that Brackney was never in danger."
"By any honest definition, this was an act of murder. Yet Brackney was prosecuted for 'negligent homicide'”– a charge that assumes that the officer, who shot Ahern six times at point-blank range, including once in the back, did not intend to kill the victim. He was sentenced to a single month in the Benton County Jail and fined $1,000. The families of the victim were given a $20,000 settlement by the county."
"After Brackney was released, his criminal record was expunged. Last April, the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement – a regulatory body the enforces less rigorous professional standards than whatever body sanctions professional wrestling referees – reinstated Brackney’s 'peace officer' certification. All that he needed now was a job opening – and one was soon created in Sulphur Springs."
"Between late 2010 and March 25 of this year, residents of Sulphur Springs had known the singular blessing of living in a community devoid of police. It is an abuse of language to refer to Sulphur Springs as a 'town'; as of the last census, its population was about 500 people, and it had no measurable crime rate. There hasn’t been a murder in Sulphur Springs in recent memory. By hiring a murderer as police chief, the people who presume to rule that tiny village managed to handle both the supply and demand side of law enforcement, as it were."
"'I told the guys the day I left I would be back,' gloated Brackney in a local TV news interview, displaying the gift for self-preoccupation that typifies his caste.'You put the uniform back on and you look at yourself in the mirror, and you think,`I’m back.’ Of course, the same cannot be said of Brackney’s victim, for whom the newly enthroned police chief apparently cannot spare a thought."
"Indeed, Brackney displays a sociopath’s inability to recognize that he did anything wrong by murdering a man and then perjuring himself in an attempt to conceal the crime."
"Like every other police officer who has committed criminal violence against a member of the public, Brackney takes refuge in the casual elitism that is commonplace among those in his profession:'Until you have actually rode [sic] with a police officer or have a family member or a friend that [sic] is a police officer, you don’t really know what that job entails.'"
"In other words: Until you have been licensed to perform acts of criminal aggression or unless you have a relative thus invested, you have no moral standing to criticize those who use that spurious sanction to commit criminal homicide."
#17 May 7, 2013
It wasn't a shooting it was an execution...he shot the guy in the back..now you stretch the truth some more. Hell, I don't even drive through BV anymore to get a beer on sunday because of the crazy cops it's a speed trap.
And one more thing don't go to any of the neighboring towns like springdale because of all the mexican crime.
Just move there sweetie and you'll see.
#18 May 7, 2013
"Bella Vista Fire Prompts Hydrant Concerns"
Since: Oct 11
#19 May 7, 2013
Why does it say you are from Brookland and then you say you are by the Mississippi River? Brookland is just out side of Jonesboro which is about 70 miles from the Mississippi.
Since: Oct 11
#20 May 7, 2013
I think Relocation/Guest is fishing for something else than finding a place to live.
I think she is trying to stir up some shit.
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