Maumelle City Council report

Monday night’s Maumelle City Council meeting had a brief agenda with several items being tabled until future meetings. 

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The first item discussed tonight was a resolution in support of a local business project that is looking to locate in Maumelle. This resolution showed Maumelle’s support for the project and will enable the business to participate in the state of Arkansas’ Tax Back Program for an investment in our community. We’ve done this previously when businesses look to make a large investment in our community. There will be more to come on this very soon once the all the details are finalized.

Next on the agenda was the first reading of a request to rezone a parcel of property to Commercial 2 (C2), for a Senior Living Center to be constructed. This project would be located due south of First Security Bank along Crystal Hill Road.

Next on the agenda was the first reading of an ordinance to redraw Maumelle’s ward boundaries. There was no discussion on this item and it will not be voted on until the last meeting in February. You can view the proposed map by visiting the city’s website. Comments or questions are certainly welcome.

The last item of discussion was a budget resolution that would allocate $10,000 for personnel recruiting to the city’s budget. These funds will specifically be used to hire a consultant to assist with the city’s search for a new Fire Chief.

On that note, everyone is invited to attend a reception in honor of outgoing fire chief Gerald Ezell. It will be held this Friday, Jan. 21, in the south room of the Community Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Come say farewell to Ezell as he leaves Maumelle to return home and take over as Fire Chief in Joplin, Missouri. He will certainly be missed, and I’ve personally enjoyed a great friendship with him. We wish him well in his new endeavor!

Chad Gardner, 501-529-1336, chad4maumelle@gmail.com