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A Note from the Mayor

Where has the summer gone? It seems like schools were just dismissing for the summer, and now they are gearing back up for the new school year. I am ready for some fall weather, so I hope the opening of schools will bring cooler weather!

Students and teachers will be returning to the classroom in a few days. Classes at Maumelle Charter Schools begin on August 2, followed by other Maumelle schools (Pulaski County Special School District) on August 13. Please drive safely in the school zones and stop for buses loading and unloading students.

The Dowell Naylor Aquatic Center will adjust pool hours once schools resume, as many of the lifeguards and pool staff are students. However, the pool will remain open through Labor Day weekend with limited hours on school days.

Fall sports for Maumelle’s youths will begin soon. In fact, registration is already underway for most sports. If you are interested, you can obtain more information at the Maumelle Parks and Recreation website under Youth Sports.

The Maumelle Youth Council (under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 year. Students, who reside in Maumelle and who are in grades 10-12, are eligible to apply. For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation website.

The annual Fishing Derby for children 15 years old and under will be Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lake Willastein. Maumelle Parks and Recreation Department, and Fred and Mary Peyton and Allison Peyton Jones are the sponsors of this annual event.

College football season is roughly a month away; the opening game for the Arkansas Razorbacks under new Coach Chad Morris against Eastern Illinois is September 1 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The Maumelle High School Hornets open their season at home against Pea Ridge on August 31. Let’s get behind our teams and show some Maumelle spirit!

As you have probably heard by now, I will not be seeking a fourth term as Maumelle Mayor this fall. The Interchange project should bid in September, and it seems like a good time to turn the reins over to the next mayor. Thank you for your support for the past twelve years. It has been my pleasure to serve as your mayor. I plan to continue to live in the community, and I will still be attending various events. I hope that I will see you at some of those events. However, you should not expect to see me at every City Council meeting!

One of the best ways to stay informed is to attend the City Council meetings and the Planning Commission meetings. If you are unable to attend a City Council meeting, the recorded meetings are available on the City’s website within two days of each meeting.

Mike Watson

Fishing Derby
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