The council meeting this week was fairly routine as we approved a couple of planning department items as well as a few budget amendments.
The first order of business was the approval of First Service Bank’s development plan to construct a new bank branch and corporate office in Maumelle. The bank will be located in between White Oak Crossing and Country Club Parkway, and immediately to the east of the new roundabout scheduled to be constructed soon.
I’ve attended the planning commission meetings where this bank has been discussed and their presence here will be an asset to Maumelle. They are constructing a beautiful building with substantial landscaping which will serve as a wonderful entrance to Maumelle from White Oak Crossing.
Second on the agenda for new business was the approval of a development plan amendment for Chick-Fil-A to renovate their current parking lot and drive-thru. As you’ve likely seen in other areas of the state and country, Chick-Fil-A has been installing covered drive-thru areas so their team members can better serve customers. This new drive-thru will help them process customers with better ease and traffic flow.
Next on the agenda was a resolution sponsored by Council Member Terry Williams to honor the late mayor, Burch Johnson, by renaming the Maumelle Diamond Center Sports Complex in his honor. Mayor Johnson passed away in October of last year. He had previously served as Maumelle’s first elected mayor and then later as a council member for the city. Johnson was a huge advocate for Maumelle’s baseball and softball program and helped to get the Diamond Center built for the city. It’s very fitting the city can honor him in this way since he worked so hard to make this sports complex a reality for Maumelle.
The final two items on the agenda were budget resolutions to modify the city’s 2023 budget. We appropriated $5,000 for the police and fire departments to attend safety training in advance of the total solar eclipse in April 2024. This will be a huge event for Maumelle and we want to learn from other cities so we can be prepared to handle the influx of people to our area. The final budget resolution was to amend the sanitation fund to recognize insurance revenue received for a trash vehicle that had a broken arm. These insurance funds offset the cost the city had to pay for the broken arm on the trash truck.
That’s all for the week from the council agenda. A few events coming up in the city:
There will be a public meeting held next Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the South Room of the Community Center. This meeting will be a presentation regarding the city’s Bicycle & Pedestrian plan. If you’re interested in seeing the results of this study, please attend!
On May 16 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an Open House held at Park on the River (11903 Crystal Hill Road). Feel free to attend and tour the property. The city is seeking the public’s input on how to make this facility better and to determine the future use for this property.
On May 18, the Maumelle Chamber will be hosting a Business After Hours at Park on the River to showcase the city’s new all-inclusive playground. The event will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a presentation around 5:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend this event and get a preview of the new playground that will begin construction later this year. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals if they would like to help with the final fundraising push to add additional amenities to the playground.
Chad Gardner, 501-529-1336, firstname.lastname@example.org