A Note from the Mayor
During the Arkansas Municipal League Conference in Ft. Smith in January, the City of Maumelle won two Honorable Mentions in the “Trendsetter City 2017” awards presented by Arkansas Business, Crews and associates and the Arkansas Municipal League. The Maumelle Police Department won one award for their Citizen’s Police Academy, and The Maumelle Center on the Lake won an award in the Tourism category. Congratulations to both departments for their efforts and awards.
We are happy to announce that AARP Foundation is offering the citizens of Maumelle free tax preparation services in the former Senior Wellness Center, located on the lower level of City Hall. They will be open for business Fridays from 9:00 am until about 3:00 pm, beginning February 2, 2018 until April 13, 2018. The AARP program is sponsored and staffed by members of AARP. However, the service is not limited to AARP members only. AARP offers a free service to all ages to help individuals in filing their annual income tax returns. However, there are some limitations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the complexity of the returns. They will prepare and electronically file federal and state income tax returns at no charge to the taxpayer. All of the volunteers have to pass an IRS exam to be qualified to prepare returns.
There is a new addition at the Maumelle Animal Services facility. It is an outdoor enclosure for the cats, named Killigan’s Kottage. The cats now have the option to go outside through a cat door or remain in the indoor cattery. The outdoor enclosure has ramps to climb and shelves for lounging. Maumelle Public Works personnel did an excellent job of constructing the enclosure saving taxpayer dollars.
Also, the Maumelle Youth Council and Maumelle Parks and Recreation Department added some features at the Pat Dodson Dog Park. The park now has two climbing structures along with artificial turf and several new trees. This will make for an area with more activities and shade for the dogs. A big thank you goes to both groups for these improvements!
Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) held its annual banquet last month. The following awards were presented: First Security Bank received the award for the Large Business of the Year; Shine Boutique was named the Small Business of the Year; MACC Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Tracie Flynn of Manpower, Inc.; and recognition as MACC Person of the Year went to Nicole Vogler, Maumelle Senior Services Director. Congratulations to all the winners!
It is time for spring youth sports to gear up. If you have children who would like to participate in soccer, softball, swimming, or baseball, please contact the respective organizations or the Parks and Recreation Department at 851-6990 or visit www.maumelleparksandrec.com. If you are interested and have time, some of these sports need coaches. There are also sport activities for adults.
There are two special events this month at the Jess Odom Community Center - the Daddy- Daughter Valentine Day Dance on February 3 and the Mother-Son Date “Knight” Dance on February 24.
The State of the City will be presented to the City Council on February 20, 2018, outlining accomplishments and events that occurred in 2017.
The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed about what is happening in Maumelle. If you need additional information, please contact us. We look forward to seeing more and more of our residents at City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and other public forums.