Maumelle: City Council meets, new members sworn in

By Chad Gardner

It is a new year and new City Council for Maumelle as Ward 1’s Steve Mosley, Ward 2’s RJ Mazzoni and Ward 4’s Doug Shinn were sworn in on Monday night after having won their November elections.

Ward 3’s Terry Williams was also sworn in after having run unopposed.

In new business, the Council passed a waiver for Central Arkansas Water to apply for a zoning and land use change for the old Maumelle Water Treatment Plant.
Developers applied last year to build condos on the site, but it was denied. Another developer has expressed interest in putting five residential plots on the four-acres there.

Since the property had been considered for a change in the last 12 months, Central Arkansas Water had to request a waiver in order to bring it back again with a different buyer. This project will now go to the Planning Commission and begin the normal process of review.

The Council unanimously approved a resolution that restricts nepotism in the city’s hiring process.

The Council also approved an ordinance that would allow the Director of Planning and Permits to approve minor subdivision splits without needing to bring them to the Planning Commission.

As an example, it would allow for a property owner of two adjacent lots to merge them into one and would only need to get sign off from the planning director. Previously a minor change like that would have required review from the Planning Commission.

Also approved was another ordinance and it would require residential developments to be designed to handle 25-year rainfall events. Previously, the code required homes to be built for 10-year events. 

The City Council also got sales tax receipts for 2020, and they showed that county sales tax came in at 4 percent above budget, while city sales tax came in at eight percent above budget. Full 2020 financials will be reviewed at the next City Council meeting.

Mayor Caleb Norris also introduced Doreen Mattes as the city’s new human resources director. Mattes previously worked in HR for the city of Little Rock.

Contact Chad at 501-529-1336 or chad4maumelle@gmail.com