Maumelle: City Council report

At this week’s Maumelle City Council meeting, Mayor Caleb Norris recognized Thomas Miller from the Public Works Department as the city’s employee of the month.

Recently, Miller came upon an accident where a . a resident had been injured in a bicycle accident. While the resident needed to leave to receive treatment for his injuries, Miller took care of the resident’s bicycle and returned it to his home for him. Thanks to him for going above and beyond to help someone while they were going about their daily duties for the city.

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Finance Director Liz Mathis gave the financial report for the city through November of 2021. The city’s finances continue to be in great shape through this challenging year and we’ve been able to control expenses while revenue has increased. This has put the city in a good financial position to start the year off in 2022.

The agenda items for the council were brief this week. One ordinance that would be used for grading and development of property was referred back to the planning commission, so we took no action on that ordinance other than sending it back for review. Next, the council unanimously approved changes to our master street plan which removed planned roadways through our industrial park. The council also approved fire safety review, testing, and inspection fees that will apply to commercial projects in our city. The only other item under consideration and on second reading, was a request to amend the land use and zoning for a parcel of land surrounded by Maumelle Country Club. A request has been made to zone this property for commercial use so an event center can be constructed. There was no discussion on this request and it will be voted on at the council meeting on Jan. 3.

A few notes about city services this week. City Hall will be closed this Thursday and Friday, Dec 23 and 24, in observance of Christmas. This will also impact trash pickup so be sure to consult the Public Works portion of the city’s website for the schedule.