A Note from the Mayor
As I write this newsletter, I realize that it will be the last newsletter I will write as the Mayor of Maumelle. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your mayor for 12 years. We have accomplished many projects in our city, improved many facilities and passed three bond initiatives to fund our city’s infrastructure needs during that time. I am extremely proud to be a part of the history and hopefully the future of Maumelle. The new interchange will allow for economic and community development that will propel Maumelle to even greater heights in the years to come; I will always know that I played a role in that project.
Public safety has always been a top priority in my administration. We have grown the Police and Fire Departments by adding new technology, needed personnel and by building new stations for both operations. We have some of the finest police officers and best firefighters in the State of Arkansas.
This has been the best “job” that I have ever had. I am hopeful that my new career will not be quite as challenging; however, I am excited about the opportunities that I will have in my next position with an engineering firm.
Thank you to all the citizens of Maumelle, who have put their trust in me and voted for me at the polls. I hope that I have not disappointed you. I can promise you that I have always put the interest of the community first in all my decisions. I want to thank the many City Council members who have supported me through the years and who have made my job easier. I have worked with two city clerks, who have made my job easier, and I have worked with two city attorneys, who have always given me prudent advice. I want to thank our staff at the City of Maumelle, especially the department heads, who always try to do their best for the City in all that they do; I could not have done my job without them.
Speaking of the new interchange, it was bid and awarded to a contractor to start construction. A groundbreaking ceremony, hosted by the Arkansas Department of Transportation and the City of Maumelle is scheduled for December 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of White Oak Crossing and Short Marche Road. Everyone is invited to join us, as we celebrate this long awaited event.
I have the upmost confidence that Mayor-elect Caleb Norris will do a great job leading Maumelle into the future. Please give him your support and a few months to settle into the position; he will need some time to put his plans in motion.
December is the season for year-end events, holiday parties, Christmas shopping, traveling, and thinking of others. The Maumelle Rotary Club is working with local schools again this year to collect food and toys for families in the Maumelle area. You can help make the holidays a bit brighter for others by dropping off a food donation at one of the local schools or by taking a toy donation to the Maumelle Fire Station (2000 Murphy Drive) or the Maumelle Chamber of Commerce office. Donations will be accepted from now until December 14, when the gifts will be collected and prepared for distribution. You can also donate food or give a monetary gift to Hope Ministry Alliance, located on Smalling Road. Hope Ministry Alliance assists families all year round, but there always seems to be a greater need during the holidays.
Arkansas Adopt-a-Vet is working to bring Christmas to the homeless veterans in Central Arkansas. The group is collecting warm clothing and other items: coats, warm socks, shoes, boots, underwear, sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks, and toiletries. Collection points in Maumelle are Maumelle City Hall; Cyre-Leike Realtors office; Bank OZK; First United Methodist Church and Tutu and Tennis Shoes. Individuals can also choose to sponsor a veteran with a $40 donation or simply write a thank you note, expressing appreciation for their military service. For more information, contact Jacki Bruning at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-517-7222, or go to Facebook – Arkansas Adopt a Vet. Helping someone in need is the greatest gift you can give!
On behalf of City of Maumelle employees, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year! You will continue to see me in and around Maumelle. I have no plans to go anywhere else!
Warm wishes to all!