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August 9, 2022 Update

The window for filing petitions closed today, and it looks like incumbent Councilmen Jess Holt,
Chad Garner, and myself will be unopposed. Same thing for the new City Attorney Andrew Thornton
and incumbent City Clerk Tina Timmons. Mayor Caleb Norris is challenged by Jodie Mahoney, and two
people--Christine Gronwald and David Cole--are vying for the Ward 1 Council seat being vacated by
long-serving Ken Saunders.

August 5, 2022 Update

It's official! My petition for re-election to the Maumelle City Council, Ward 3--Position 2, has been filed and
I will be on the November ballot hoping to continue in my role representing the voters of Maumelle. When I was
canvassing for my first term four years ago, I heard a litany of complaints from the residents and did my best to
address all of them. Despite the many unique challenges we've faced over the last four years, including a worldwide
epidemic, floods, and ice storms, I'm pleased that the responses I received this year were the complete opposite.
The major improvement projects we undertook are either complete or nearing completion, and the main concern from
voters was asking me if I could keep our regular mail carrier from taking days off (she is very good). I am very
pleased to throw my hat once again into the political area, and thank everyone for all the support and encouragement
I have received!

See you in November!

Michael for Maumelle City Council

August 1, 2022 Update

Tonight’s City Council was fully attended for the first time in forever.

The gallery had heavier than normal attendance for the introduction of Maumelle’s new Fire Chief.

Fire Marshall Scott Eaton had served as the interim Chief Chief while a consulting firm assisted
in the selection process.

Selected from a pool of five finalist candidates, Chief Bo Buford, formerly Assistant Chief of the
North Little Rock Fire Department with 29 previous years of service, was announced as Muamelle's
new Fire Chief.

We had a second special guest from Entergy, Michael Johnson, the customer service rep who has talked
to the Council before. He discussed the outages that occurred around the middle of July and
apologized to everyone affected by this outage.

Chris Brown, the operations director and person responsible for maintenance also addressed the Council.
He passed around a Outage Briefing report. It wad determined that a contractor doing an underground excavation
for a land developer without contacting 811 to check for underground lines damaged an underground switch gear,
which severely affected their ability to channel the demand load. While working to repair the switch, they had
a failure. They made the decision to do a patch until they could better repair the system later with proper notification.
Then another piece of equipment failed and created another outage, which then required them to make full repairs
at that time. More work is still planned on the switch in the future which will likely cause more outages in the
in the Ridgeland area. Customers will be notified in advance should this be needed.

Council Member Holt gave the Planning Commission report for July, which had six items on the agenda dealing with reZoning,
site, and landscape plans, plus replat and Master Use reZoning plans. They all passed and will come before the Council.

The second reading was given for Ordinance 1070 adopting supplemental provisions of the City code. There was no discussion.

The Mayor then gave an update about the Maumelle Blvd. widening with ARDOT. This is something they had promised
while soliciting to make the 1/2 tax permanent. They now have this project as an Operational Improvement of $20 Million
scheduled in the next 10 years.

After the resignation of the former MEMS representative the Mayor has selected former Police Chief Sam Williams to replace him.

Council Member Mosley asked for more details about the Boulevard widening. Both Mr. Mosley and I were in attendance at the
meeting where this was promised to happen right away, and they later backed off that promise once the tax was approved.

They Mayor had no more details to share.

Member Mosley also expressed concerns that some houses that were nearly flooded during the recent rains.

Council Member Holt mentioned the suggestion of a resident that the Council consider opening the Senior Center during future such events.

I asked about when NLR would begin their part of reconstruction the rest of Crystal Hill within their area.
The Mayor said he was unaware of any pending plans on the part of NLR.

Before the meeting began, I had a conversation with Police Chief Pickard concerning a resident’s complaint about a semi-truck
being parked in a residential area. She was told when she called that this was permitted, but the Chief agreed with me that
it was not. This should not have happened. To my knowledge it has not occurred again.

July 18, 2022 Update

This week’s City Council meeting was one member short. All unanimous votes will show
1 no vote since all absentee votes count as a No.

Director of Finance Ms. Mathis gave the financial report for June 2022. Tax Income is surpassing
that of the budget and previous year. Overall revenues are $1 million over budget and ahead of last year.
The General Fund is $4.2 million over the minimum required amount.

The auditors are on site working to catch up the City’s yearly audit, and did some testing. The auditors had
sent a pre-contact letter to all the Council. We will soon be caught up on audits, and the new software
conversion has begun, and we should go live next month on the new financial software.

Council member Mosley asked about the audit, and confirmed that we will be given a report in August. He asked if
we could go to legislative audit after 2021. A bond document taken out in 2015 by a previous City Council requires
the City to have third party audits.

First reading of Ordinance 1070 adopting enacting supplemental provisions of the City Code, providing for the repeal
of certain code and when new code will become effective. It includes all ordinance up to September 2021.
This is something that is done every year.

Council member Mosley asked if this year’s ordinance used new language, and found sentence 2 confusing. He read the line
in question. The Mayor said that this was language that has been included in all codification of all new ordinance.
The reference of Ordinance 1054 was questioned. City Attorney Krebbs later said that Ordinance 1054 amended fire inspection fees.

Resolution 2022-38 amended the 2022 General Fund Budget. This relates to the Fire Department that was totaled last year.
The replacement vehicle has finally arrived, but the previous contract was all we could include when the budget rolled over.
This Resolution asks for the extra money for the equipment needed specifically for the fire department.
The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-39 amending the 2022 General Fund Budget. This was an amendment requested by Council member Jess Holt.
He had taken a two hour visit to Animal Services, and notices how a vehicle they use has a loose timing chain.
Member Holt congratulated the effort being given to the City for a quality service.
They are currently borrowing a vehicle from public works.

Public Works director Mike Hogan mentioned how the price for the repairs are now in the area of $5500.
$2700 would come from their vehicle maintenance budget, and the additional $3000 in the Resolution
would cover the costs. The vehicle only has 127,000 Miles and suggested maintenance for the 2014
Ford Tahoe recommends to replace the chain every 120,000 miles.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Norris commented about how "Liz" and the Finance Department have “been kicking some tail.”

He also announced that Chief of Staff Sarah Smith was leaving Maumelle for another job.

The new Fire Chief will be announced at the next meeting.

Council member Mosley asked for an update on Crystal Hill.
Curbs and gutters are installed and they are working on the Counts Massie portion.
Asphalting should be done on Counts Massie this week.

Member Mosley also talked about a path going around the baseball field having bikers using it at speeds that have endangered hikers.
The Mayor said he was not opposed to adding signs to caution bikers.

July 7, 2022 Update

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde issued a Burn Ban Order for Pulaski County yesterday, on July 6.
This is due to harzardous conditions from the extended dry weather and high temperatures.

July 5, 2022 Update


This week’s City Council was a member short. So any unanimous votes will show one No,
since all absentee votes count as a No.

Don Bates of Maumelle spoke about AT&T tearing up his driveway. The Mayor had assisted him
before when they had torn up his driveway. Now they have replaced the dug up parts of his
yard with dead grass. He is very irritated with AT&T. “They’re going to screw it up if
at all possible.” The Mayor assured him that his problems would be addressed.

Director of Human Resource Doreen Mattis announced a new hire in her department. And how they
are currently using multiple fragments of programming software that is being streamlined to the
new software package. Concerns last year were wage compression and employee retention. She was
pleased to announce that wages have increased, and despite employment competition from Amazon,
both these areas have improved in 2022. She also announced that Maumelle has promoted from within
the Police Department, giving Maumelle our first female captain in Shannon Giompoletti.

Council Member Mazzoni gave his Planning Commission report. There were a few changes to existing
building plans, none of which will be going to the Council

Resolution 2022-37 amends the General Fund Budget. It is a revenue neutral resolution. We have
received a little over $1000 in Animal services, which will be used to supplies and to pay for veterinary expenses.

Council Member Mosley asked about how volunteer groups had paid those fees in the past.

The Mayor confirmed that the City will now be paying for that in the future.

Director of Finance Liz Mathis commented how donations of food donations would not be recorded
on the books. Donations will be collected at Animal Services. In the past there was only one case
where someone donated $15 dollars directly to the City.

The Mayor confirmed that adoption fees were previously paid by Maumelle Friends of Animals. At that
time they were collecting donations. That is no longer the case.

The City Attorney discussed how some animals have medical issues that cannot be adopted out, in which
case they go to a volunteer group who might receive a fee when they adopt it out.
Side Note not discussed: The City does not euthanize unadapted animals.

The Mayor commented how donations and adoption fees previous when to Maumelle Friends of the Animals.
Previously the City sometimes collected money for them. Once this was realized to be happening,
the practice was stopped.

The City Attorney mentioned how the City provided funds to build the Animal Services facilities.

Council member Holt asked Ms. Mathis about the City’s about the additional expenses to do vaccinations,
heart worm testing and prevention, and spaying and neutering. He wanted to know the actual expenses.
Ms. Mathis said the $10,500 on the budget is anticipated to be a full year’s expense. But the cost for
each animal is not the same. The Donations shown are only what has been collected to date. As the money
continues to come in, the Council will continue to be approached with resolutions such as #2022-37, which
allows the Council to direct the monies received by donation back to the animals.

This Resolution will not affect the budget in any way. It is a net zero action.
The budget has already been established for the year’s expenses.

Member Holt talked about how over 150 animals were taken to Animal Services in the first part of the year,
and over 100 had been adopted.

Ms. Mathis said she did not have that information. Her priority at this time have been catching up with
Audits and reconciliation. In the future she will be creating a practice of double checking different operations within the City.

The Mayor said Animal Services could explain what happened to each dog brought in.

Member Holt insisted that the City do “everything we can” to know what is going on.

Member Mosley asked is anything might be amiss with taking cash donations.

Ms. Mathis replied that there is nothing like this she has seen in the City’s cash handling of fees,
and how there are multiple double checks and controls on the monies that the City handles.
All the City funds connected to Animal Services have been double checked and there is nothing
suspicious in what she has seen.

Member Mosley asked about an agreement with “Best Friends,” which was intended to help publicize what
animals the City has available for adoption in an effort to find them homes.

The Mayor pointed out that the city is not donating money to anyone.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

The Mayor then commented about streamlining things through the use of technology and the transition to
Open.Gov, and how were we sitting here, he and Director of Perits have already marked the permit for
his home to be inspected before the permit could be closed out. If we know of an issues, “we can track
it down to a patch of dead grass in one person’s yard.”

The parade for 4th Fest had more entries this years, and many people complimented the fireworks displays.
We had a total of 21 fireworks calls, 5 on July 2nd, 6 on 3rd, 10 on the 4th, five of which were after
the 10:30 deadline. No citations were written this year. This is because we do not have exact locations
in the complaints. There was one grass fire and one dumpster fire.

By contrast, last night in NLR every fire truck was out on scene and the police were running to pick up more
fire extinguishers at the station. So the allowing of a designated period within the city seems to have
reduced the instances of complaints.

The Mayor complimented Parks and Recreation’s handling of the Fireworks events,
and how by midday today the park already is looking good.

June 21, 2022 Update

In tonight's City Council meeting, Councilman Ken Saunders was back, but mentioned
up front that he might not make it through the whole meeting. Two other Council
members were absent.

Director of Finance Ms. Mathis gave the May Financial report. Adoption fees and
donations are revenue streams in and out of Animal Service that are currently being
gathered and become a budget item in the future. State Law requires that all donations
go into the General Fund. Resolutions dealing with this will be forthcoming in July. Most
departments revenues are ahead of budget and prior year.

The engagement of the 2020 and 2021 audit has been signed and the auditors will be on
site July 11.

Council Member Mosley discussed the changes in the Animal Services that started in
late November and Early December of last year. He asked for the auditors to target the
cash handling procedures of the MFOA prior to last year's change due to improprieties
that have led to criminal charges and a court trial is upcoming. Ms. Mathis said she
would make that request of the auditors.

Resolution 2022-34 regarding Surplus Property, approving the sale of a 2010 Dodge
Charger for the Police Department. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-35 amending the 2022 General Fund Budget to appropriate funds for
software in the Finance & HR departments. This is a result of the push to reconcile
outstanding outstanding audits and get the City current, which it has not been for many
years. The result of time dedicated to this project being prioritized meant that the
software conversion to Open.Gov software was not implemented in the time period that
was expected, and has required maintaining the previous software system at a time
when it was thought it would be discontinued. This is a one time situation.

Ms. Mathis gave a presentation of the situation. Right now Payroll is being manually
handled by hand and paper. The new software packages will make Human Resources
more efficient. Since we are not yet implementing the full software package we will
actually reduce our expenses, and the funds being appropriated are to initialize the

When Councilman Mosley questioned the matter, Ms. Mathis explained how the city was in
good financial shape to handle the expense. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-36 authorizing Permit Fees for Boring & Excavationsauthorizing fees
for review of permits for work in the City's rights-of way. Our fee schedule of $25 per
request, regardless of size, has been outdated for some time. The new schedule
compensates the City for the time taken by the Planning and Permits department to
safeguard the public from contractor error and provide proper oversight. The demand
for this has increased exponentially in recent years. The new schedule compensates the
City more fairly, and takes into consideration the size and scope of the permits being
requested. The old fee schedule of one size fits all was woefully outdated.
Director of Planning and Permits gave a presentation about how much more enabled the
City is in tracking and controlling contractors and utility companies operating in the
City. He mentioned how another water line was recently hit--which brings the recent
total to two. Right now we have 300,000 feet of pending requests of excavations from just one
telecom that have not yet been processed. The new fees will help to offset the time
spent in processing these requests and dealing with damages that are encountered.

Council Member Saunders asked if this would be retroactive. Mister Grummer confirmed
that this would be an increase going forward and would mainly affect telecoms. They are
the cause of most the work required.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Norris commented about how the Crime Statistics breakdown recently sent to Council
Members are trending lower except in Crimes Against Property.

Council Member Mosley again address the problems encountered with the MFOA and
wondered about how the City might have been involved. He encouraged the City not to
be involved with the organization.

Mayor Norris explained how a pause was put into effect as soon as rumors started to
circulate--before the police investigation and criminal charges were made. He felt the
"type of intertwining that accurred before" was ripe for misappropriation and a new
agreement has been entered into with them that protects against something like this
happening again. The Mayor felt "this has built a wall."

City Attorney Krebbs addressed the situation that had gone on prior to last year, and
mentioned how the previous arrangement might be considered different than what we
are used to seeing. MFOA had existed since 1992 and predates our current facilities. So
our city services have grown in relation with them, and the Attorney General has
said that State Statues allows a City to work with a humane service. Last
year's instance was the first irregularity that anyone is aware of. As a result of this
incident a new agreement was made with both MFOA and Care For Animals Inc. that
deals with animals that have not been adopted in over 60 days and might need to be put
down, animals that the city cannot afford the veterinary care. These are where the rescue
organizations step in. In the past we were facilitating adoptions and they handled the
paperwork. That has all changed.

Council Member Mosley asked if we had this type of agreement with other
organizations. The City Attorney said that in the past there were no agreements with
anyone, and now we have five written agreements in place.

Member Mosley encouraged the City to sever all relations with MFOA, and expressed
concerns about a recent email letter from a resident that felt the previous arrangement
was illegal. But the City Attorney affirmed that the previous arrangement was legal by
State Law. At the time in the past the MFOA was the adopting agency, and it was legal
for them to handle the funds at that time. This was changed when the misappropriation
came to light last year.

Mayor Norris asserted about how, as soon as the matter came to light, two police
investigations were launched and felony prosecution has begun. He expressed the
concerns that we continue to handle stray animals in a responsible manner and not
resort to euthanization. We have taken proper precautions going forward focusing on
the handling of monies and public safety.

Council Member Holt talked about how he had the court files of two people who are
about to come up to trail in public court. He was concerned about what will happen
when the news media "gets ahold of this." He does not want the City to appear weak. He
attended the last MFOA meeting and described it as very combative. His point was that
everyone now knows and are mad about this.

Council member Gardner talked about the number of people who have supported the
MFOA, and the strong support for helping animals that exists in the city. He did "not
feel we need to throw out the baby with the bath water." What happened was a "huge
oversight" and is happy about the steps that the Mayor and City Attorney have already
taken to deal with the matter. He did not feel the need to sever the relationship.

Council member Mosley spoke about how he had heard rumors that there was a "lot of
shared cash" at the Shelter, and asked the Finance Director to talk about how things
used to be handled there.

Ms. Mathis pointed out that this was before her time and that in the past that we were
only collecting certain fees that had receipt books that followed city procedures. There
was another cash book that MFOA handled, and the City was not aware of that
arrangement until December and was stopped once we were aware of it.

Mayor Norris talked about immediately securing the money box and inventoried with
multiple witnesses and was not acceptable under any circumstances. It was stopped
immediately--the day before Thanksgiving of last year. Those donations were all going
to the non-profit and not the city.

City Attorney Krebs said that by State Law that the appropriation of public funds for the
public funds are not unusual, and other cities have and do use similar structures. She
and everyone agreed that, even though legal, there are better ways of handling it.

The City made immediate changes once the situation was learned.

Council Member Mosley made a motion to suspend the current agreement with MFOA
for six months, seconded by Council Member Holt.

Council Member Mazzoni clarified that the monies in question were being donated
directly to the MFOA and not to the city. It was confirmed that the MFOA box was
separate from donations made to the City. Any funds donated to the city went to the
city. But MFOA as a charitable organization was getting the majority of donations.

Council Member Holt wanted to know the specific period about when the MFOA was
collecting fees. He clarified that the first he heard of this issue was a couple of weeks

Director Mathis said fees stopped being collected by MFOA the day the City became
aware of it in November. The city was not charging adoption fees. The receipts were
collected for MFOA.

Charlene Akers made a public comment as a representative for MFOA, discussing about
how the organization spent their funds collected on the animals.

Council Member Saunders talked about how most people would disagree with the way
things were handled in the past, and confirmed how changes have been made and the
city will no longer collect any monies for charitable organizations. He confirmed a new
arrangement is in place with MFOA at this time. He did not feel that there was anything
to be gained in doing a boycott since protections were already in place.

Council Member Mazzoni expressed concerns about what might happen to the animals
if a boycott was put in place.

Mayor Norris said that Animal Service Director Evans said his department would like to
contiinue to work with MFOA, but would manage if that changed.

I complimented the Mayor and City Attorney for have addressed this matter in such a
timely matter, and how criminal charges were already in place before the Council was
even aware of the matter.

Barbara Spar made a public comment as the whistle blower who first made this matter
public, and is concerned about an urge to punish the MFOA as a whole for the actions of
a couple of people. She spoke of the ongoing rescues that they are still doing the best
they can with what they have. She asked the Council not to blame the entire
organization for the actions of a couple of people.

The motion to terminate failed 2 to 4.

Member Mosley expressed his disappointment in having to deal with this matter.

City Clerk Timmons mentioned a meeting for the All Inclusive Playgournd June 30 at the
Community Center.

June 7, 2022 Update

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June 6, 2022 Update

This week's City Council meeting was one member short. All unanimous votes will be
recorded as 7 to 1, since all absentees count as No votes.

The Mayor shared that the health of Councill person Ken Saunders is improving and he
hopes to attend again in the near future.

The Youth Council, the Paytons, and Maryanne Scott Coney made awards to two
Stewards of the Youth Council. Stephen Bowlan won this years $1500 scholarship, and
Avery Champion was the Payton Award Winner. The message was that the youth of
Maumelle are our future.

Lyndsey Baker with EPG gave a presentation of the 2019 audit. The audit was
unanimously accepted.

Council Member Mosley gave the Planning Commission report on three non-residential
matters. Plastics Inginuity is expanding their warehouse and site plan. These were
approved and will not come to the Council. A softball facility had a site and landscape
plan approved, which will not come to the Council. Ink Properties made a plan
modification that will be addressed later during this meeting.

The Third Reading of Ordinance 1066 Amending the compensation schedule for the
elected position of Mayor was passed unanimously.

The third Reading of Ordinance 1067 Amending the compensation schedule for the
elected position of city clerk/treasurer was passed unanimously.

The third Reading of Ordinance 1068 Amending the compensation schedule for the
elected position of city attorney was passed unanimously.

The third Reading of Ordinance 1069 Pinnacle Towing & Recovery, a company with
miniority ownership by Fire Department employee Patrick McIntire, to do business with
the City of Maumelle.

Zachery Henson of North Little Rock, whose company is on the current rotation stated
opposition to the approval, citing conflicts with the towing contracts as they are
currently written. He felt it wrong to have a government employee placed on the City rotation.

Council Member Mosley inquired about whether enough paperwork had already been
filed. Henson said that the contract requires a physical location within 15 miles of the
City, and are currently are doing towing in Maumelle using an unmarked vehicle. City
Clerk Timmons said these were serious accusations and that she would follow them up
should the Ordinance be passed.

Council Member Williams asked Mister McIntrye to address the matter. All the matters
addressed are pending the vote about to be taken. If it was passed then steps would be
taken so that all the regulations would be met. The City Attorney confirmed that they
are currently towing private individuals by request.

Council Member Mazzoni confirmed that this was his understanding.

Council Member Mosley said he was a No vote because an Arkansas Statute declares
that this would be a conflict of interest.

Mayor Norris added that we were following the procedure stated in the Statute on how to
handle matters of this nature.

Council Member Holt asked about what the conflict of interest was?

City Attorney Krebbs said that an example would be a police officer having the same
interest as Mr. McIntyre was working a wreck and encouraged dispatch to call his
company. That would be a conflict because he was financially benefiting.

Council Member Holt asked what would prevent McIntrye from doing this.

The Mayor replied that the City has a rotation list which is how the order of service calls
are placed.

The Ordinance passed by a vote of 6 to 1.

Resolution 2022-30 approved a preliminary development plan for Ink Properties in the
Industrial Park.

Council Member Mosley asked their engineer to give a presentation.

Roy Andrews discussed how Ink did more than t-shirts, but a variety of things and are
looking to expand. Their last was 22 years ago, this was part of their future plans to
increase their warehouse another 13,000 square feet.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-31Amending the 2022 General Fund Budget to appropriate funds for
the replacement of the Fire Department's Station One roof that was storm damaged.
This is a net zero motion, for which insurance funds have already been received to make
the repairs. It was approved unanimously.

Resolution 2022-32 Amending the 2022 General Fund Budget to appropriate funds for
tablets for field inspections for the Code Enforcement and Public Works Department. As
we've changed how contractors do excavation work, we now have more demand for
inspectors to have tablets to verify their work on site.

This is something that they do need to preform the expanded duties. Planning Director
Grummer confirmed to me that this would be for a total of six tablets, four tablets
would be for Planning and two for Public Works.

Council Member Mosley also agreed with the need, but expressed concern about delving
into our General Fund, and pointed out a clerical error in the fund totals..

The Mayor made an amendment to correct a math error on the budget.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-33 Amending the 2022 General Fund Budget to appropriate funds to
cover the cost of travel of OpenGov staff for training purposes.
The same correction needed to be made on the fund balance as on the previous item.

This Resolution deals with the efforts currently being made to catch up on audits, which
has delayed our launch of the new OpenGov software. To play catchup OpenGov has
suggested a person be sent to Maumelle to help speed up the transition to this new
software. The plan had been to be completely switched at this point, so at this time we
are paying for both the old and new systems. The Resolution passed unanimously.

The Mayor commented about how City Offices will be closed on June 20, so the next
Council meeting will be on Tuesday June 21.

Council Member Mosley inquired about an issue with Maumelle Friends of the Animals.

City Attorney Krebbs explained that the organization has been involved with Animal
Control, and done inter-operation exchanges, like proving locator chips, finding homes
and helping with adoption fees, as well as storage of some items in Maumelle facilities.
Back in November it was discovered that an Officer of the group had misappropriated
funds from their organization and a police report started and felony charges filed in
Circuit Court, which is still pending. At the time of that November notification
operations between the the City and FOA were separated and their relationship with the
City spelled out with an Agreement between both parties in a formal relationship.

Mayor Norris addressed rumors that the City had tried to cover this matter up. He
pointed out that the City had immediately done an investigation, even though there had
been no formal request to do so. He felt the animals are the victims in this matter due
to the actions of a few people. The Animal Shelter is still looking for help and the
organization is still wanting to help with animals.

May 27, 2022 Update

The ongoing problems of installing high speed internet in Maumelle was covered on the
News. I know this is stressful for many residents, but Mayor Norris and the City
Planning Director deserve a lot of credit for their quick responses whenever these
problems crop up. You're not alone in dealing with the contractors or the utility. The
City has got your back and will help you whenever something does go wrong. Call City
Hall and ask for Planning Director Scott Grummer. And never hesitate to call myself or
your other City Council-person should you need help. In full disclosure about the news
story attached, in this particular case the underground utilities had been marked in the
wrong place. The contractor was working well away from the marked area, and the
disaster occurred. But again, the City is here to help and support you when something
like this happens.

May 25, 2022 Update

The Mayor called a special meeting of the City Council to consider a counter offer in a
lawsuit with a previous public works employee that has been going on since August
2018. The Council was two members short, but had enough for a quorum.

Resolution 2022-29 supports the settlement of the Jennifer Corriveau v. City of
Maumelle Lawsuit and appropriates the funds to do so.

The previous offer that the City Council rejected was for $33,000 plus attorney's fees
that would possibly be as high as $90,000, making the total outlay to the City as high
as $120,000 or more. My reaction at the time was that this was an unreasonable offer,
and commented that it was "Time to go to war" and voted No.

Offers had continued to go back and forth after that rejection by the Council.

This new offer was for $30,000 which is all inclusive. $10,000 would go to the plaintiff
and $20,000 to the attorneys.

I considered this far more reasonable and would end the City's potential liability. From
everything I learned about this matter, the City would most likely have won. But it would
have taken a huge amount of time, possibly an entire week out of the schedules for the
Mayor, City Attorney, and Public Works Director to fight it. Those were hidden costs to
continuing the fight. Plus there was the matter that anything could happen in the
courtroom. So I made a motion to accept the offer.
The motion passed unanimously.

May 16, 2022 Update

This week's City Council meeting was one member short. All unanimous votes will be
recorded as 7-1, since absentee votes count as a No.

Finance Director Liz Matthews gave the Financial Statement as of the end of April. We
are currently slightly behind budget, and because of the timing of payments that should
work itself out. Certain payments are coming in July that will put us in good shape. Overall
revenues are $460,000 ahead of last year, and are well ahead of last year.

The third reading of Ordinance 1062 confirmed the dedication of
streets and drainage associated with Pinnacle Heights. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

The third reading of ordinance 1063 confirmed the dedication of certain streets and
drainage associated with Osage Terrace Estate Phase 2B. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

The third reading of Ordinance 1064 confirmed the dedication of certain streets and
drainage associated with The Reserve at Country Club. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

The third reading of Ordinance 1065 amending the City Code to conform with Civil
Service Rules and Regulations passed uananimously.

Resolution 2022-21 updates the Uniform Employee Handbook to conform with the Civil
Service Rules and Regulation Changes. This Resolution had previously been Tabled. The
Resolution passed unanimously

The second reading of Ordinance 1066 that amends the compensation for the elected
position of mayor had no discussion.

The second reading of Ordinance 1067 that amends the compensation for the elected
position of city clerk/treasurer had no discussion.

The second reading of Ordinance 1068 that amends the compensation for the elected
position of city attorney had no discussion.

The second reading of Ordinance 1069 that permits Pinnacle Towing & Recovery, a
company owned by Fire Department employee Patrick McIntire, to do business with the
City of Maumelle. Mister McIntire was present to answer questions by Council member
Mosley. He owns 49% of the company. Mosley explained that he would probably vote No
because he felt this was a conflict of interest to have a City employee doing business
with the City. Council member Mazzoni confirmed that the police department calls for
tows in order of a list.

Resolution 2022- 23 approves a conditional use permit for the City of Maumelle for the
operation of an indoor batting facility in an Open Space Zoned district at the Diamond
Center. It will be paid for and built by the Maumelle Sports association and ceded over
to the City. Council member Mosley pointed out how the baseball association collected
$60,000 over a period of 15 years in order to make this happen, and praised them for
their efforts.

Facilities Board Confirmation of Tom Boothe, who was nominated by the Mayor. He was
the sole applicant. He was confirmed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-24 regarding Audit Services requires an annual audit to be performed
in accordance with the guidelines and format prescribed by the Governmental
Accounting Standards Board. Liz Matthews discussed the selection process. This will
become an annual process, and currently it is required by certain fidelity processes. The
council will select annually to do the audit and to select the firm. Currently this
Resolution is for two years since the City is still trying to catch up from the tardiness of
previous years and a previous director. BKD has a whole sector that focused on Public
Sector Audits and legislature changes in how the reporting is done. Ms. Matthews felt
they were an asset that would assist in staying in tune with the law.

David Coleman, a partner at BKD spoke about how all he does is Public Sector and
government audits, and has done other cities around the state and in Texas. Member
Mosley asked about different ways to do the audit. Mister Coleman stressed the importance
of the city becoming current in their audits.

Council member Mosley asked about what other firms had applied. Ms. Mathis said
there was one other that she felt did not have as extensive of qualifications as BKD. This
was a qualification selection, not a bidding process. A previous audit with Kraft was
$29,000, who did involve BKD in that process. The current resolution is for another
$84,000, which will be combined with previous resolutions for a total of four audits for
a total around $124,000. This will combine 2020 and 2021 into a single audit. In the
future this will be around a $65,000 annual expense that includes a compliance audit
($58,000 and $7,000) that is required for the use of Federal funds.

Our 2015 Bond documents require using an outside firm, which precludes doing a
legislative audit.

Council member Holt confirmed that this will replace the firm that was doing the 2019
audit. And expressed how important it was to get caught up.

I asked Ms. Mathis when the audits would be completed. BKD promised on the record
that the audits would be finished this year in August or September.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-25 amends the 2022 General Fund budget to appropriate additional
funds for auditing services passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-26 approves an Economic Development Service Contract between the
City of Maumelle and Metro Little Rock Alliance (MLRA). Mister Jay Chester with the
MLRA discussed how their previous work for the City help bring in the Tractor Supply
development. He encouraged the City to continue to develop sites in advance in the
same manner was with done with TSC. This is the same agreement that the City as done
in previous years. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-27 amends the 2022 General Fund Budget to appropriate funds for IT
backup services for the Police Department. This is to backup video evidence. The
Resolution was passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-28 expresses a willingness to utilize federal-aid transportation
program funds related to the Central Arkansas Regional Transportation. In October of
2020, Maumelle was awarded $1,275,000 in the CARTS Surface Transportation Program
Funds by the Metroplan Board for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of
White Oak Crossing, Country Club Blvd., and Counts Massie. Construction costs have
gone up since then, and a new system has been put into place by Metroplan that
increases in costs that were once handled internally by them must now be applied for. Total
costs were previously estimated at $1.5 million and the new cost estimate is
$2,182,000. The difference that is not paid for by Metroplan will be split between
Maumelle and North Little Rock at a 75/25 split, since 75% of the impacted property lies
within Maumelle City limits. The Mayor felt we have a high likelihood of getting this
grant increase. The time frame on the application is to begin construction in January to
March next year, with rights of way handled prior to that. The resolution passed unanimously.

The Mayor then discussed water quality. Central Arkansas Water tested the water at the
house of the resident who complained about his water quality at the last meeting. It was
their determination that refrigerator filters remove chlorine and if they are not regularly
replaced, they can cause microbial growth-which resulted in the tube shaped structure
he found in his water.

Council member Gardner complimented Chief of Staff Sarah Smith about the job she did
when the third grade of the Charter School visited City Hall last week and did a pair of
mock City Council meetings.

Council member Mosley asked about the completion of construction on Crystal Hill.
Asphalt had been scheduled for one side of the road for today, but yesterday's rain
delayed that until tomorrow. June 10th was the original target date for completion.

Roy Andrews, an inspector on the project addressed the Council and said he was not
sure when the new date will be. Curb and gutter and gravel still need to be done on the
other side before asphalt is laid there.

Council member Mazzoni confirmed that the contract had been amended because of
delays caused by problems getting Entergy to move the power poles. The June date was
made after those had been resolved. Now we are dealing with rain delays.

May 10, 2022 Update

kids city hall

Today the Charter School did a tour of City Hall and participated in a pair of mock City Council
sessions. In both mocks the subject debated was building a new playground. Students filled the
roles of the Mayor, City Clerk, and the Council. Mayor Norris was on hand to guide the students
selected to be Mayor, City Clerk Tiny Timmons assisted the students filling her role, and Council
members Doug Shinn, Chad Gardner, and myself assisted the students filling each four-member
council. The students made up their own minds based on the evidence presented, and while one
group voted 3--1 in favor of building the new playground, the other voted it down 0--4 because
"it was too expensive."

The students were also given a tour of the other departments in City Hall, while a police car
and fire truck were both present on the parking lot to give presentations.

Tomorrow's City Leaders started their training today.

May 2, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council meeting was one member short. All unanimous votes will count
as 7-1 since all absent votes count as a No. You might want to pack a lunch before you
start reading this--because it was a long one.

Jennifer Long of Children's Protection Center and two friends talked about the River City
Festival on June 10-11 in Maumelle, a special entertainment even for children, which
benefits the Children's Protection Center, and is held on Lake Willastein.
She thanked the city for our support and expressed about how successful the event has
been. She also shared a volunteer-led video of the combined events where teams and
individuals compete for championships. Thirty-six teams are already confirmed and
more are invited to participate. Some of this year's teams are coming from Texas and Colorado.

Gary Childers made a public comment about his water sample and passed a sample
around the Council, that had a tubing formation in it. He also discussed the electrical
boxes being installed possibly by Fidelity too close to other boxes, only 14 inches, that
left no room to mow or weed-eat between. These were not the Comcast boxes.

Trisha Moran spoke about crime in Maumelle and car break-ins and how the number has
been increasing recent years, and is on track to double this year according to statistic
she found on the Police Department's website. She encouraged the police to post
information on Facebook on how to deal with this, and how to deal with thieves stealing
from local businesses.

Sam Williams, former Maumelle Chief of Police, spoke about the crime rate and to share
his experience. He felt the Mayor, Council, and Police Department are very conscious of
public safety and considers the Police Department to be second to none. He felt that
"sometimes when you worry about what's wrong, you forget about what's right." He
then quoted Bruce Springsteen who said, "There's a meanness in this world."

The Mayor then asked Chief Pickard to give a presentation. He stated that the
department gathered information over the weekend, and thanked Ms Moran for the
suggestions she had made and said the department is working to get more information
out to the public. He showed a 10 year comparison, with 172 vehicles being broken into in
2015 being the high. In 2021 they arrested 9 individuals related to vehicles break-in,
seven of which lived outside of Maumelle. He confirmed that there is a spike in break-
ins at this time, but a decline in actual vehicle theft. There are patrols assigned to go
into Lake Willastein and the ballparks to keep an eye on possible mischief. They will
release videos to help the public. The current pattern is a nationwide pattern, but with
Maumelle having a very small numbers, but the percentages are higher because of our
lower population. There is no pattern that they can discern beyond higher activity during
warmer months.

Council member Williams asked about the shoplifting problems. Chief said call 911 and
be a witness for the police, then contact the store. There have been 200 reports of
shoplifting in the last 10 years.

She also asked about the Citizen Police Academy, which the Chief hopes will return in the Fall.

Council member Holt asked what the citizens can do to assist the police and regulate
themselves. Chief said if you see something, say something. It is a partnership and they
rely on citizens to help them perform their duties.

I commented about my own problems in nearly 40 years of retailing in Little Rock
and North Little Rock and how shoplifters were the bane of my existence, and how the
200 reported cases are probably a fraction of actual occurrences. There are times that a
retailer has to report a shoplifter because they will steal every time they enter the
premises, and others as crazy as a grandmother teaching her grandchildren how to
steal. I asked if he had any idea how many of the 200 reports were repeat offenders, but
he did not have that statistic. I thanked him on behalf of all Maumelle businesses for
their fast response to reports, and encouraged citizens to help with reports of what they see.

Director of Parks and Recreation Phil Raborn gave a report. Right now they are fully staffed.
The rains have been putting them behind on mowing. This year's Easter egg hunt was held indoors
because of the rain. The pool is being prepped to open now. The Maumelle Baseball
association is purchasing an indoors batting cage that will be donated to the city. This
will enable people to practice during the winter. Drawings are being prepared to build
the park next to the Splash Pad. The Spash Pad should be opening in a week or so.

Council member Mosley asked about how long the Baseball Association had to save the
money to build the indoor batting building. It took a while. Mosley commended them for
their effort. Director Raborn said that the association had also recently purchased an
overhang for the front of the Concessions Center.

Council Member Shinn gave the Planning Commission report, which only dealt with the
batting cage.

Third Reading of Ordinance 1059 amended the current Land Use Plan.
Council Member Mosley confirmed a couple of changes that had been made on the map,
and a section was floodway. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

Third Reading of Ordinance 1060 amended the current Zoning Map. The Ordinance
passed unanimously.

Third Reading of Ordinance 1061 amended chapter 94 of the zoning regulations
regarding differing notification and advertising requirements for differing changes to
the use of real property. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

Second Reading of Ordinance 1062 accepting the dedication of certain streets and drainage
associated with Pinnacle Heights. There was no discussion.

Second Reading of Ordinance 1063 Accepting dedication of certain streets and drainage
associated with Osage Terrace State D. There was no discussion.

Second Reading of Ordinance 1064 accepting the dedication of certain streets and drainage
associated with the Reserve at Country Club. There was no discussion.

Second Reading of Ordinance 1065 amending City Code to conform with Civil Service Rules
and Regulations. There was no discussion.

Attorney's Jenna Adams and Ms. Gibson for the Municipal League discussed an
upcoming a trail about a former employee, who had made a settlement offer. The
Plaintiff, Ms Corvo was a former employee with the Public Works who claimed she had
worked overtime. She had previously returned a settlement check. She later rejected
another offer, and the Council rejected her counter-offer. Because of Covid, the trail has
been delayed since 2020. The plaintiff has now made another offer that, combined with
her attorney fees, would cost the City in excess of $120,000. They then gave different
scenarios in the event we rejected this. Without going into the legal descriptions of
possibilities and actions, in one scenario would be the City won and owed nothing. In
another the City might be ruled to owe $20,000. In scenario three the total loss could be
an estimated $128,000. In scenario four the total loss $150,000. In scenario five the
total loss could be $220,000. Anything can happen at trail.

I asked about the City Attorney's thoughts. She said the presentation had fairly well laid everything
out, and that their demand seemed high. The City's original offer of $15,000 included
attorney fees at that time.

There were considerable discussions about liabilities and how repeated offers had been
rejected, and how we had previously offered in excess of what the Department of Labor
felt might be owed in 2018. The Plaintoff rejected that and has continued to increase the
fees in hopes that the City will be paying them.

The Mayor spoke about how he was the Attorney for the City at the time, and that
offer had been most favorable to the plaintoff, and was nearly double what the
Department Labor had determined through an unknown process.

I was already previously familiar with this lawsuit. The issue here is that the plaintoff
took her lunch at her desk, and people would often ask her questions at that time, so
she considered it to be overtime retrospectively. She had also been written up for
working other unauthorized overtime and paid in full for all overtime at the time, and
told not to do it again. She said she did not report it previously because she was hoping
for a promotion. She was not promoted, and the lawsuit against the City was filed after
she was later terminated.

My thoughts were that the plaintoff has rejected the City's offer before, and the whole
time since the plaintoff has been jacking up the attorney's fees. I felt that we should not
waste any more time on this and "go to war" by taking this on to trail.

The Mayor and City Attorney felt the city has a good case.

The attorneys from the Municipal League expressed to Council Member Mazzoni that the
city had not acted in a willful manner and had made good faith efforts with the plaintoff.

Both members Mosley and Holt expressed desires to the Mayor and City Attorney to
make a suggestion and have the Council then vote.

A motion was made by Council to reject the the plaintoff's offer, which passed 6-1.

Civil Service Commission appointment Billy Herrington addressed the Council. He has
currently been on the commission for 15 years and was applying to be reappointed for
another term. The commission deals with any appeals made by members by the police
and fire departments service members. As the chairman of the commission in recent
years he served basically as a judge. That was the hard part. The fun part was the oral
presentations given by applicants for promotion, and watching them grow as
individuals. He felt we should be proud of our current police and fire department members.

Council member Gardner thanked him for his service.

Council member Mosley wished him well.

His appointment was approved unanimously.

The Elected Officials Salary Task Force Presentation was made by Jeff Van Patton.
Maumelle City Code requires a commission be established to do this on every even
numbered year. The commission consisted of Mr. Van Patton, the two newest elected
council members, and several members of the public. Comparisons were made with the
compensations and tax bases of several peer cities.

The recommendations for tonight would put the city at position #5 out of the 15 peer cities.

No raise was recommended for the City Council.
Because of the Covid pandemic, most, if not all of us had NOT accepted the last raise
from two years ago until this year.

First Reading of Ordinance 1066 amending the compensation for the elected position of
mayor to have a 3% increase each of the next two years. There was no discussion.

First Reading of Ordinance 1067 amending the compensation for the elected position of
city clerk/treasurer for a 6% increase for each of the next two years. There was no discussion.

First Reading of Ordinance 1068 amending the compensation for the elected position of
city attorney to increase by 8% each of the next two years. There was no discussion.

Resolution 2022-22 amends the 2022 General Fund to appropriate funds for
technology services and equipment. This provides for a new server to consolidate and
replace older servers. An audit has been done on the servers to delete obsolete software
and consolidate their use. City Clerk Timmons said that this would effectively prepare
the City for the future and make us more efficient and keep us up to date with State
software requirements and technologies have continued to be developed. The Mayor
commented that he did not realize until the recent audit how archaic our systems were,
which is why this was not addressed during this year's budget
discussion. One part of this is for a new $25,000 server and another is for a
subscription service that will provide a $13,000 IT warranty in the case of equipment failure.

Council member Mazzoni asked for a timeline about the current planning process for
the green belt/Club Manor corridor. The Mayor said his wish is to get public meetings
happening soon and optimistically start the actual process this Fall

The motion passed unanimously.

First Reading of Ordinance 1069 Pinnacle Towing & Recovery permitting Pinnacle Towing &
Recovery, a company owned by Fire Department employee Patrick McIntire,
to do business with the City of Maumelle.

The City has a tow rotation list of 10 companies that are called in the event of
a wreck. This would add the company to the rotation list.
Typically a company will be called for a week and then the police
will cycle each following week to the next successive company on the list.

Mayor Norris gave an update on the Comcast pedestals. Planning Director Grummer said
that Comcast currently has 3 permits that are approved.

Mayor Norris also discussed the cove where a young man spoke about the condition of
the road was causing him difficulty riding his bike at the last meeting.

The audit book that was hoped to be given to the Council has now been delayed until
next week.

Council member Williams discussed how resident Grayson Moore would like to provide
her services to the city for addiction recovery.

City Clerk Timmons discussed that credit card payments in the courts can be taken
online, just not in person.

April 18, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council was one member short. All unanimous votes will show on the
record as 7-1, since all absentees count as a No vote.

A public comment was made by Michael Cotrow expressed concerns that he cannot ride
his bike or skateboard in the cul-de-sac on Platt Cove. He showed on his cell phone
pot holes that needed to be fixed and an area where a busted water pipe only had gravel
put over the repair area.

Council Member Holt complimented the young man on doing a great job in his presentation.

Director Liz Mathis gave the financial report for March 2022. We are now getting
reports from the State about rebates given on sales taxes. Previously that information
was not available, so downward swings were seen without explanation. The Senior
Center is seeing a significant upswing in usage. An increase in gas and oil has
sanitation expenses up.

Our 2019 audit has wrapped up on site work by the auditors, and the final report will
hopefully be presented at the next meeting. A selection process for the 2020 audit has
already started. Council member Mosley asked how many years the request would be for
with the new auditing firm. Ms. Mathis said engagements would be on an annual basis,
but the firm will probably be used to audit a three year period or more.

Ordinance 1036 establishing rights of way standards had its third and final reading. The
Ordinance passed unanimously.

Ordinance 1059 amending the Maumelle land use map. The Mayor explained that a gray
area Council member Mosley asked about during the last meeting was only a filter that
needed to be removed. This was the second reading.

Ordinance 1060 amending the Maumelle zoning map had its second reading.

Ordinance 1061 amending multiple sections of the Maumelle city code to change the
method of public notice of changes had its second reading.

One person made an applicantion to the Tree Board. Mister Dave Heinman addressed the
council about his admiration for our city and his interest in serving the
community. He feels that trees play a vital part of our environment. He has been a
homeowner in Maumelle since 2001. Council member Mosley expressed his support of
the tree board and volunteered his help if it should ever be needed. The appointment
was confirmed unanimously.

The meeting was then converted to a Board of Sign Appeals, as Splash Car Wash made a
presentation to request a variance in their business sign. A diagram of the proposal was
given to the council, and Nicole, the accounts manager made the request to install 5
signs on the building. The intent is to explain what the different bays are used to to
help direct traffic. They had reduced their square foot allowance to remain below city
requirements. The issue was not the size, but the number of signs to direct traffic. The
footage would be under 5%. This is the first car wash of this kind in the United States.
City Staff supported this change. Council Mosley commented that he will never vote
against code, so he would be a No vote. The appeal passed on a vote of 6-1.

Resolution 2022-16 amends the 2021 general fund for the purpose of allocating
Covid Relief funds that the City was given and using those monies to replace payments for
for Police and Fires salaries from last year, and adding those monies back to the general
fund. Ms. Mathew explained the timing was due to having waited for direction from the
Federal Government on how to apply these funds. The intent is to save time with
accounting to take the entire amount and applying them this way would save
accounting time and allow them to close out the account. The funds would then be
available in the General fund.

Council Member Garner expressed the concern about tracking the fund. Ms. Mathis said
that she had a spreadsheet to track it.

Council member Mosley commented how we were eliminating the AARP fund and our
fund numbers would change going forward. Ms. Mathis said that this was recommended
by the Municipal League to reduce work, and that there has been talk in Washington
about pulling the money back.

I asked how much this would create a bounce in the General fund. Ms. Mathis answered
that $2.7 million would be available after deducting funds appropriated to date.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-17 amending previous resolutions approved to draw from the previous
fund to the General fund as approved in the previous Resolution. Passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-18 amending previous resolutions for the same purposes as the
previous. Member Mosley asked for confirmation on the $2.7 million balance. The
Resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-19 amending previous resolutions for the same purposes as the
previous. This was the final resolution clarifying the appropriation of finances.
Passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-20 amending the General Fund Budget, approves new expenses for
allocating monies to plan the city park and food truck park.

The mayor said people are already asking how to get a food truck into this proposed
location at the old fire station at Maumelle Blvd. and Millwood.

Council member Holt expressed concern about how prime that property is, and how
valuable that would be to the city. He felt it was the best piece of property in the city
and questioned this usage.

I asked for confirmation that it was $15,000 being allocated for this plan.

Council member Gardner commented to Member Holt about how the city would still own
the property and could do something down the road if any other use was considered
preferable in the future. He favored the plan as it, but acknowledged that this was prime
real estate.

Member Holt wanted to continue to consider other options for the property.

Mayor Norris expressed his support for the food truck court, and that a Putt-Putt course
was trying to locate near this area.

Member Mosley like the idea of someone generating a lot of sales tax going into that
area, and wanted to keep our options open while doing current planning. If something
else should come along, he urged the Council to consider it, but liked the Food Court
plan in case nothing did.

The Resolution passed 6-1.

Ordinance 1062 accepting the dedication of streets and drainage for Pinnacle Heights
sub-division. This and the next three ordinances all deal with the development of
properties. First Reading.

Ordinance 1063 accepting dedication of streets and drainage for Osage States Phase B
had its first reading.

Ordinance 1064 accepting dedication of streets and drainage for the Reserve at Country
Club had its first reading.

Ordinance 1065 amending the Maumelle City code to insure that new uncertified police
officers have their probationary periods extended to two years as opposed to the current
one year. It will still be one year probation for officers that are already certified. This is
allowed by State Law, and has been adopted by North Little Rock. Chief Pickard answered
several questions about how this was staying in line with other cities. This ordinance
was tabled until after the third reading of another ordiance that would update the City code.

Mayor Norris gave an update on green boxes being installed by Comcast. He
commended Scott Grummer for advocating the complaints for residents, and has
instituted an intensive review process for excavation permits. We now have a whole
process that includes pre-construction meetings and a complaint process.
The stop work order that had been placed has since been rescinded when changes were
made by the contractor. It was also revealed that some of the contractors were using
"their best guess." That process has now been amended. Examples where the
installations were buried was because those were lines being connected and extended. A
regional rep from Comast toured the city and a new project manager is being brought in
to correct things that "were just flat wrong." They acknowledged that some installations
were done improperly. Signage is to be put in the work areas, but Comcast claimed that
they had previously gotten no call nor complaints during the time when there were no
signs. I would guess this will change with proper notification and a number provided for
where to call.

Member Holt discussed getting a call from a constituent had gotten a call from a
resident whose house on Rolling Oaks Drive was currently being dug, and thought that
all permits had been pulled. Mayor Norris clarified that this was only done with a
contractor who was doing their installations improperly. The other permits did not have
a stop order, but new permits are currently being held while options for "less ugly"
pedestals are being considered. If you contact Comcast and don't get a proper response,
then contact Maumelle's Planning and permits department.

Member Mosley complimented the city for their response to the Comcast issue.

Member Shinn commented about how car break ins have started up again and asked for
more night patrols. The Mayor said that the Police Department is working on processing
new hires to fully staff the department after training is completed. We have no vacancies
at this time.

April 11, 2022 Update

Mayor Norris provided an update about the new Comcast utilities boxes.

These were done because of a State Franchise agreement issued by the Secretary of State,
but Maumelle is currently withholding all new excavation permits to Comcast and stopped work
in one area because the installation crews were regularly violating private property and not
staying within established easements.

The City Attorney is currently in discussions with a consultant recommended by the Arkansas
Municipal League, and the Mayor is in contact with Comcast's Regional Manager of External Affairs.

If you are experiencing a problem due to this issue, contact the Maumelle Department of
Panning & Permits at 501-851-2500.

April 6, 2022 Update

Since the Mayor and at least one council member seemed skeptical when I explained the
public's interest in Maumelle adding an indoor pool--and how traffic on my website always
popped to around 30,000 hits whenever I mentioned this, here is a screenshot from my
website's Administrator page taken this morning. The traffic for April 6 is only for a few hours,
which is why that is such a small number. But you can see that traffic jumped slightly on the 4th
when I first posted my notes for Monday's City Council meeting near the end of the day, and had
a significant spike approaching 30,000 hits the next day.

An average day's use on my website is around 3500 hits, sometimes lower, sometimes higher.
April Fool's Day was an uncommonly slow day. It's rare I have a day that slow.

Every bit of evidence that I have seen and heard from the public is that an indoor pool is very
desired and important for our community.

Here are concrete facts that support that interest.

web traffic 3-5-22

April 4, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council meeting was one member short, so all unanimous votes will
count as 7 to 1, since all absentees count as a No vote.

A matter of public concern was addressed tonight by Caleb McManus about the boxes
being installed in people's yards by Comcast. Some of the boxes being installed are
as high as four foot (shown below).
comcast box
This is a matter I had previously contacted the mayor and city director of
planning about. The director and city attorney are now aware of this and they are
addressing the matter.

Apparently Comcast has been installing these in an accelerated manner. The first
anyone on the council heard about this matter was over the weekend.

Marie P. also addressed the matter. The boxes have not yet been installed in her yard
and she oes not want them.

Megan Griffith also addressed the matter. Her yard had been marked and she does not
want this to be installed without her permission. She asked at what point does this
become too much and property values decrease.

David Chesser also addressed the matter. He considered the Comcast boxes ugly and will
be hard to get used to, and asked if these will be going into all neighborhoods. The
mayor commented that Comcast had not applied for all areas yet.

Michael Tippen also addressed the matter, and quoted city ordinance about city
ordinance against anything considered to be offensive. He saw a post of someone who
who was considering buying a house but changed their mind because of one of
these new boxes. He had seen some places where they had not been installed so poorly
and felt that these should be underground.

Jonathan Lim also addressed the matter, asking about who handles the code when
something like this moves from easement into private property.

The Mayor said call 501-851-2500 and ask for Scott Grummer to deal with matters like this.
These should not be placed in the middle of the yard. You can also use See Fix Click app
your phone and please attach a photo if you do. Those are very helpful to deal with this.

Council Member Mosley asked about the permits being issued. The Mayor said these are
excavation permits, but that we cannot lawfully deny them. The City Attorney said the a
franchise agreement with Comcast has expired, and no agreed is active with them at
this time. Negotiations did not go well. She read the old agreement's language, that had
the understanding that it was not possible to put these underground, at that time. The
City Attorney wanted a number of changes during negotiations, but this was during the
time of Covid and communications did not go well. They wanted an agreement to
allow them to do these as above ground installations. They did not want to pay to
relocate if needed for expansion for the street. There were a dozen changes like this that
they would not agree to. In November of last year they were supposed to get back with
the City Attorney to set up another meeting. The Arkansas Video Services act gave the
Secretary of State authority in matters like this, and the State says that Comcast does
not have to have an agreement and is only controlled by State law. Comcast is subject to
our code only to a certain extent. The key issue here is IF THIS IS EQUIPMENT CANNOT

Council member Holt talked about a neighbor who had one put in the middle of his
yard, and somehow he managed to get it installed underground. Another neighbor said
how poor the grass was when they re-sodded their yard. It seems that the crews do
whatever is convenient for them.

One of the earlier speakers mentioned about how he bought the crew a case of beer and
managed to get a box relocated into a better spot.

Council member Shinn talked about how Comcast left a hole for months and how the
crews had broken water and gas lines all over the neighborhood and appears to be doing
substandard work.

The City Attorney said that the municipal league does offer a cable management service,
and she intends to reach out to them to inquire about the costs of their service.

Council member Mosley encouraged people to contact state representatives at a state
level, since their law was the one that superceded our own city codes.

I asked the City Attorney to further clarify on what the mayor mentioned about the
rights of a property owner in the instance of when Comcast wants to install one of these in
your yard and not in the easement area. She's clarified that if it is not in the easement it
is a trespass on your property. Call the city planner at city hall, 501-851-2500
and ask for Scott Grummer.

Council member Mazzoni also expressed concern about something like this being put
into a front yard. The mayor again urged anyone to call the city if they are affected in
this manner.

The City Attorney also confirmed that she has seen what she considered to be "terrible"
installations. They mayor agreed that many of these did not make sense.

Council member Mosley followed up on my question about how if Comcast moves out
of the easement, then it is trespass.

Council member Williams commented about how Comcast should know where the easement
is, and it is not the same everywhere.

Council member Mazzoni than gave the planning commission report, which had seven
items, six of which was coming before the Council tonight. He gave a briefing on them,
but I will leave those discussions for when the actual ordinance and resolutions are
discussed. As he was speaking, the gallery crowd thinned, since most people attended
out of concern over the actions of Comcast. The only thing not on todays agenda will be
on the future schedule.

Ordinance 1036 establishing rights of way stands had its second reading. This provides
for the issuance of right of way permits. There was no discussion.

Resolution 2022-12 approved the preliminary development plan for Osage Terrace
phase 2D. Council Member Mosley talked about how another proposed road would
eventually connect with this property. City Planning Director Grummer confirmed that
this would end at the boundary of the City, and that the applicant did plan to add
secondary access to development beyond that point, but that the area being developed
here did not require a secondary access. The exception being approved was four
additional houses, and adjustments had been made in the past to accommodate this
exception. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-13 approved the preliminary development plan for the reserve at
Country Club. Council Member Mosley about how the walking trails that go along the
bayou would be connected into the neighborhood. Director Grummer confirmed that
they would be dedicated to the City, would have public access, and would connect to
the ball park area. An area on private land to the south would be maintenanced by a
Property Owners Association. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-15 grants a conditional use permit for a Lean-To style structure on an
area zoned Open Space. Trees will be added to create a buffer to this area being built on
the Maumelle Country Cluf, with the permit requested by Brad Fredrickson of the
Country Cluf. Terry Rouse spoke for the Cluf and said the lean-to is already exists, and
they are wanting to move it to protect equipment. The motion passed unanimously.

At this time the Mayor convened the Council into the Board of Sign Appeals.
The Splash Car Wash is request a change similar to that made for another business. The
Board approved it for a vote at the next meeting.

The Board then converted back to the City Council, and the Mayor's Chief of Staff gave
an address about the corner of Millwood and the Boulevard where the old Police Station
is located, proposing that the space be converted of a City Center Park with a Food
Truck and Farmers market in that area. The long term plan is to create a City Center
Park. At least 10 parcels of undeveloped property are within a mile of that location.

Sarah also discussed how small businesses employ 47% of the nation's workforce, and
how accessible that area is to vehicles, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. It is also located
as part of the Central Arkansas Regional Greenways Plan, making this a trail hub. People
could park their cars and start their journey there. She gave examples of how other
towns around the country have done similar projects to benefit their communities.

The Mayor added that the conceptual drawing showed previously was just just a sample,
and no actual designing had yet taken place. The exact design has yet to be determined.

Council member Mosley asked about adding music on the weekends. Sarah said a
bandstand might also be added as the planning begins. It depends on what the
community wants.

Council member Holt asked about the funding. That would be discussed more in the
next resolution.

Resolution 2022-14 adopts project expenses for the Club Manor corridor from the
American Rescue Act Funds to start the engineering by appropriating $300,000 given to
the city to help the city's heath and wellness as we recover from Covid-19.

Council member Mosley asked for a ballpark idea of the the total cost. The Mayor
estimated that the project itself would be around $2 to 3 million, for which grants would be
applied to pay. The goal is to engineer this in a manner that would "check the boxes" to
win the grants. The hope is for the City to only pay 20% of the total cost.

Ordinance 1059 updates the land use plan and map. There are not substantive changes.
This will only update the map with recent changes already approved by the City Council.
This will allow the city to post real-time accurate maps to the public. The last map was
updated in 2018. In the future it would be updated as changes were made. This was the
first reading.

Ordinance 1060 amends the zoning map to show changes that have been previously
approved. This is the same situation as the previous Ordinance. Council member Mosley
asked what a gray area on the current map represented. Mr. Grummer said he did not
know, but would find out. It might be floodway. This was the first reading.

Ordinance 1061 amends chapter 94 of the City code to change the methods of
notification and advertising requirements for public notice for changes in the zoning
code, to standardize the process and ensure those affected would be given proper
notice. This was the first reading.

Council member Gardner mention who a meeting is being held at the White Oak bayou
in the south room of the Odom community center tomorrow at 4PM.

I discussed how, since it was mentioned earlier that ARPA money could be used for other
community projects, another project that should be considered is one that would be
part of the corridor upgrade. An indoor pool at the Senior Center had been proposed
once before, and I suggested that we consider it again as we continue to develop the
Club Manor corridor. The utility stubs are already in place at the Senior Center on Club
Manor, and Director Vogler is certified to operate it. I have already contacted her about
this and she expressed a strong interest in making this happen, and how it could be
made available to the entire community and not just the senior residents. Everything is
in place, and the money is available. A couple of other council members have expressed
their support for this idea. A couple of others are very hesitant.

I've started the discussion on this. Please let your Council representative and the Mayor
if this is something important to you that you would like to see happen

March 23, 2022 Update

In discussing the Greenway project with Mayor Norris, I've learned that this would
consist of three sepearte projects; the Greenway belt/walkable and bikeable path along Club
Manor and Millwood; the gateway roundabout at Club Manor and South Odom; and the other
gateway project at Millwood and Maumelle Boulevard, which would include a park and the Food
Truck Court. This last project would be placed where the old police station building is located.

I have encouraged Mayor Norris to consider adding a fourth phase; an indoor swimming pool
located at the Senior Center.

Center director Nicole Vogler is already certified to manage such a facility and supports this
idea, including making the pool available at times to the rest of Maumelle--and not just to seniors.

What makes this idea work so well in this location is that it was planned to be there once before.
The utitlity stubs have already been installed.

If you think this is a good idea or bad, please feel free to share your thoughts with me, the
Mayor, and the rest of the Council. This is your city. Is this something you want to happen?

The project would be paid for by Covid grant money that has already been given to the City.

The Greenway Power Point presentation given to the Council on Monday has now been
made available to the public. Click this LINK or the image below to access it.

Greenway Map 2021

March 21, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council meeting was three members short. Had we been one more person
short we would not have had a quorum. So unanimous votes will show on the record as
5 to 3 since all absentees count as No votes.

Director of Fianance Ms Mathis gave the financial statement review for February 2022.
County taxes are up but City taxes are down because last year also had rebates applied.
Most departments are operating below budget. Wage compensation increases planned in
the current budget will make departmental expenses exceed the previous year, so
budget comparisons will be used for an accurate snapshot of operational expenses.

Ordinance 1036 establishing rights of way had its third reading. A new clause to allow
the city to reimburse utility owners in certain situations was passed unanimously.This
was a material changed that took the ordinance back to first reading.

Ordinance 1052 amending chapter 94 of the City code to allow for grading permits had
some rearrangements made to clarify certain details. These were approved unanimously,
but were not considered a material change and passed unanimously.

Mr. David Roberts updated the Council on a study done to rework the Club Manor
corridor in coordination with the State Greenways Plan for walkability and bikeability. It
will pass through Club Manor behind the commercial area as opposed to running the
whole way down the boulevard. The Plan proposes a roundabout at the intersection of
Odom South and following Club Manor past Lake Willastein Park up to Millwood and
then back over to the Boulevard where a Food Truck Court would be. A sidewalk path
would tie the Lake Willastein trail into to pathway. Road crossings would be built in the
Town Center intersections in the Carnahan area. Images of these details will be posted
on the City website. Plans are to apply for Grant money to pay for much of this proposal.
The Mayor may propose the City pay for engineering planning to facilitate this. The plan
is to turn this stretch of Club Manor into a "Main Street." Economic developments tend
to follow green trackways where they have been built in other cities. The gateway Food
truck Court and greenway are two different projects planned in concert with each other.
The roundabout has not yet been planned, and is subject to much further discussion.

Resolution 2022-10 appropriates funds the City was given for Covid relief and applies
$300,000 to a playground project with the plan of then applying for federal matching
funds to complete a $600,000 projected cost. This would be a state tourism fund grant
application that would be 50/50, and the city needed to put the money up first. The
location is at Lake Point Place and already includes the Splash Pad. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-11 amended the street fund budget to purchase a new snow plow
blade and a new sand spreader. The motion passed unanimously.

City Clerk announced that there is an opening on the tree board.

March 7, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council meeting was one member short, so any unanimous votes will
show as 7-1, since absentees count as a No vote. The meeting did start two members
short, but one showed late.

The Mayor's December 2021 Employee of the Month was Gordon Borst of Parks and
Recreation for 30 years. March 11 is Gordon Borst day in Maumelle.

Chief Pickard gave a department report for the Maumelle police Department. This year 9-
1-1 is being consolidated with other Pulaski County departments. We have seen a drop
in nearly every category in crime for Maumelle. In 2020 crimes against person was 25%
persons on average thoughout the country. In 2021 Maumelle that average ws 15%. The
area of increase in 2020 was Fraud, mostly unemployment fraud, but that number
dropped 57% in 2021.

Council Member Shinn gave a report on the Planning Commission, many items of which
will be coming before the Council, some will stay with the Commission because of
being commercial.

Ordinance 1052 for ammending Maumelle City code to provide for a grading permit
process had its third reading. Council member Mosley discussed his understanding of
the need for people needing to be able to be able to do a grading process at an early
time, but was concerned with the wording of one item dealing with rules about what
type of tree need to be replaced, and those that do not. He suggested that one sentence
was cloudy and needed to be removed. City Director Grummer agreed with the removal.
The Mayor commented that this was a remnant that remained when other elements were
moved. Council member Mosley made a motion to remove the line. The motion passed
unanimously. The City Attorney discussed with Mr Grummer how there was no other
section that dealt with the part that had been removed, but State requirements should
address the matter. City Attorney Krebs felt this was a material change. It was proposed
to reinsert the sentence in another spot where it would be a stand alone paragraph. The
City Attorney suggested the matter be tabled until the next meeting so it could be
determined if this is a significant change that would require restarting the whole
approval process. A motion was to table until the next meeting passed on a split vote. It
will be back on the next meeting.

Ordinance 1036 establishing right of way in the public interest and to provide for the
issuance and regulation of right of way permits. City Attorney Krebs mentioned how this
ordinance was opposed by Entergy, claiming that their utilities existed before Maumelle
was a city. She determined that they were constructed around 1969, and according to
the Country Attorney that there is another order which made those poles part of the
country. Entergy then changed their argument that it was not properly described in the
franchise agreement. The issue is they want the city to pay for any pole relocation (even
though a recent rate increase cited this need as the reason for the increase). She
suggested the ordinance be rewritten similar to that of Bryant. In this instance the city
would be paying a portion of the expenses. Previously the ordinance had been written
similar to one for Cabot, but Entergy said they had never been served notice about that
change and had not yet had an opportunity to oppose it. A motion was made to table
this ordinance to the next meeting to allow time to do refinements.

Resolution 2022-09 approving the preliminary development plan for Devoe Bend Phase
II. The motion carried unanimously

Mayor Norris recognized who Maumelle, the County, and other agencies had dealt with a
recent incident in which one Maumelle police vehicle was struck was by gunfire and
corrections department officer Joshua Caudell died while protecting our community.

Council member Shinn asked about creating a way to route a pedestrian trail and bicycle
path to the public schools. Mayor Norris said it had been brought up in discussions and
will be included in a new master bike plan that will soon be opened to the public for

Council Member Mosley apologized about how he tries to be the council member who
provides the most analysis, and that personal family issues have impacted his time,
otherwise he would have asked about the grading ordinance change at an earlier time.

City Attorney also asked for the fallen officer to be kept in prayers, and to keep the
consideration of all our serving officers always in mind.

February 22, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council was short one member again, so all unanimous votes will count as 7-1.
The meeting took place as scheduled despite City Hall having been closed today because of a
water main break near the building.

The Mayor gave his annual State of the City report. I won't detail his entire 43 minutes of this
very thorough report, which will be repeated during an upcoming Maumelle Chamber of
Commerce luncheon, but certain points dealing with Maumelle's future deserve special attention.

Maumelle enjoyed a 12% increase with the latest census, which was the highest percentage of
growth in Pulaski County.

A presentation will be made soon to the Council dealing with Club Manor that will connect to the
Greenway belt, and renovate Club Manor from Odom South to Millwood and the old police
station, which will be converted to a food truck court. Walkability will be a key focus of this plan,
which will be funded with Grant money. Nothing was said during the Mayor's report about
dealing with the hazardous intersection of South Odom and Club Manor, but it is my expectation
that this proposal will include a plan to deal with this problem area.

Improvements are still being made to the Adaptive Traffic Light System. If you encounter an area
with problems, please report them on the Clickit/Fixit phone app that you can also use to report
most any public works issue, from burned out street lights to road kill.

Mr. Kraft presented the 2018 audit. He opened that he would read each page line by line in
order to have equal time--which drew laughter. He discussed how the current processes in
dealing with bank statement reconciliations have improved under new Finance Director Liz
Matthews. In his opinion her efforts have not just been to "fix the numbers, but to fix the
system" and she is doing the things that need to be done in order to generate accurate and
timely reports. He anticipates completing the audit on 2019 in a more timely manner. His
presentation lasted only half the time of the Mayor's speech. The Council voted to accept the audit.

Director of Finance Liz Matthews gave the City's current, 2022 finances.

Ordinance 1057 to amend the zoning map had its third reading. This dealt with the property on
Crystal Hill where the proposed O'Reilly Senior Center would be placed. Council member Mosley
moved to table this until after the next part dealing with the same property.
His proposal passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-05 dealt with issuing a conditional use permit to deal with the number of beds
in the O'Reilly Senior Center. Council Member Mosley mentioned how he would be a Yes vote this time
around, and how his constituents supported it (as do mine). The measure passed by a vote of 6-1.

Ordinance 1057 then came back before the Council. The Ordinance passed 6-1.

Ordinance 1058 redistricting City Wards following the 2020 Census had its third reading.
Council Member Mosley commented about how all the comments about the proposal all seemed
to be coming from one person, and asked if anyone else had made a comment. There were
none that anyone was aware of. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

Ordinance 1052 regarding grading and to allow permits had its second reading. The single
biggest change is to provide an alternate method to provide grading in the early stages of
property development.

The Mayor announced the semi-annual compensation committee to review wages and proposed
Council Member Shin and Mazzoni be the two council representatives.

He also discussed the new systematic road repairs by category of urgency, determined by a
scoring system.

Council Member Shin discussed the problem intersection of South Odom and Club Manor (see
my earlier notes in the State of the City), and the mayor said when the crosswalk system was
being installed they would get with public works to consideri placing one in that area. At this
point the Mayor did say that he will be presenting a roundabout proposal for that intersection as
part of the Club Manor/Greenway proposal.

One problem with a proposal of placing a speed bump on South Odom is how it would
interfere with the fire truck from Station #2 having difficulty crossing them when trying to
respond to emergency calls.

February 7, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council was two members short, so all unanimous votes will be recorded
as 6 to 2, since all absent votes are automatically recorded as Nos.

Finance Department Director Liz Mathis gave the City's financial review for 2021 and
year-end review. Expenses should all be booked, but some income accrual that falls
within the 60 window may still be added. By the end of that window all numbers should
be finalized. An example of that is how County tax receipts are ahead of budget even with
one more month still to be received.

Overall income was $1.1 million over budget $1.6 million over expenses.

The 2018 annual Audit process is complete and the 2019 in process. The years for 2020
and 2021 will be put up for bid soon, with 2020 hopefully completed by June.
All bank accounts are current.

The Planning Commission Report was given by Council Member Gardner.

Ordinance 1058 to amend the Zoning map for the O'Reilly Senior Community had its
second reading.

Council Member Mazzoni asked for confirmation on the details of the map and the
zoning from Planning Director Grummer, and if there might be any future changes. He
asked the same questions from the O'Reilly representative. They could think of nothing.
In the Council packet they had previously included a comprehensive report detailing the
positive impact on job and finances that this development should have on the City.

Ordinance 1058 redistricting City Wards had its second reading, but no discussion.

Two positions on the Planning Commission had opened up, both expiring in 2026, and
two of the four applicants were present. The fourth, Charles Lowe is recovering from
Covid, but submitted his resume earlier in the day.
Craig Johnson (no relation to former Mayor Burch Johnson) was the first person
interviewed, followed by Patricia (Pat) Landes.

Craig Johnson was voted to retain his seat in Position 1.
Pat Landes was voted to Position 2.

Our Thanks go out to those who also expressed an ineterst in serving our community
but did not win!

Ordinance 1052 amends the City code to provide a grading permit and emergency
clause. The biggest change from the last time this was proposed is the addition of an
approval step that is not connected to the building permit, allowing grading work to be
performed at an earlier stage than previously. Harsh penalties are included in the event
that a developer "scalp" a property. Penalties include a 5 to 1 replacement of trees. This
was the first reading.

Resolution 2022-07 concerned a prelimary development plan for Isabelle Court, aka
Brock Townhomes. Council member Gardner spoke about the reasons why the Planning
Commission had approved the three variances involved in this plan. This would be 29
owner occupied residences in a townhome setting. He favored the design. Council
member Mazzoni and I were the only No votes as the motion failed on a vote of 4 to 4
because of the absent members. Mayor Norris chose to vote to break the tie and voted
Yes, making this Resolution pass. His reasoning was that some commercial entities
interested in the land pass because they prefer roads with higher traffic counts that what
County Club Parkway has. In contrast, I voted No in order to keep the traffic counts
down--and was concerned about high-density housing creating heavy traffic loads.

Resolution 2022-08 authorizes the Mayor to participate in Opiod Litigation. The City
Attorney spoke in favor. The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Norris then talked about the audit and the good job done by City Services during
the recent Snow/Sleet storm, and how he heard many accolades about the work they had done.

The Mayor also updated us on the Crystal Hill Road project, and announced a June 10th
finish date. This could change, but that is the current target.

Council Member Holt talked about how our representative on the Quorum Court
had declared his support for the Tractor Supply development.

City Clerk Timmons at will be happy to include anyone who
requests to be on her distribution list about upcoming events.

Ms Timmons also encouraged residents to look at the new Ward map that will be voted on
during the next meeting, which will be on a Tuesday due to President's Day.

January 26, 2022 Update

Maumelle is growing as we welcome Tractor Supply to our industrial park! Credit goes
to former head of Economic Development for Maumelle, Judy Keller, for getting the land
certified as a select site and helping to bring hundreds of new jobs to the City!

This is the unnamed property owner involved in the January 19 Resolution 2022-4 (see below)
that was discussed in my December 18, 2021 Planning Commision report.

Tractor Supply

January 19, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council meeting was very short-handed. Mayor Norris was out of town
for a scheduled meeting, which required Council person Steve Mosley to serve as
temporary Mayor in his stead. City Clerk Timmons was exposed to a person who was
revealed to have a positive Covid test, so she was absent as well. With Council person
Saunders still absent with an undiagnosed illness, the Council was two members short.
All unanimous votes count as a No, so any unanimous votes will be recorded as 6 to 2.

The Financial Statement review for December was delayed until the next meeting
because Ms. Mathis was busy closing out the Year End reports.

Ordinance 1036 to establish right of way standards was on its third reading.
This reading was previously delayed. The City Attorney asked that the
Ordinance be delayed one month so the Mayor could be present.
The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-4 certifying local business endorsement to participate in the tax back
incentive endorsement for a distribution center to be placed in Maumelle. City Attorney
Krebs said that this is something the City has often done to welcome and encourage
business in Maumelle. The name of the business was specifically requested to be
withheld until a formal announcement could be made. The motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance 1057 amending the zoning map for the O'Reilly Senior Center to be located
on Crystal Hill had its first reading. This is a request to go from PCD to C2, with a
conditional use. City Director Grummer, City Staff, and the Planning Commission have
all given this proposal a Do Pass Recommendation. With a C2 with a conditional use the
property would remain Commercial zoned, but would require any high density
developments to be approved by the City Council. This conditional use is for a senior
living facility.

Council member Mazzoni expressed concern about developing commercial land with a
project that will not generate the tax revenues that a typical business would.

Resolution 2022-5 granting a conditional permit dealing with the O'Reily property was
proposed to be delayed until the third reading of Ordinance 1057.
The motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance 1058 redistricting City Wards to the map selected during the previous
Council meeting had its first reading.

Resolution 2022-6 amending the general fund budget dealt with setting up a personnell
recruiting line item in the budget in order to hire a new Fire Chief. The line item will be
for $10,000. The resolution passed unanimously.

A going away reception for Fire Chief Ezell will be held Friday, January 24 at the Jesse
Odom Community Center from 2 to 4.

The City Clerk had asked that the Council be sure to read a letter sent by a resident
expressing her concerns with the 2022 Budget (primarily with wage increases).

I mentioned about the great job City Services had done dealing with the flooding issue
on Hornrimme Court. The problem had been determined to be bags of leaves that had
been placed in the street instead of behind the curb, and then washed into the storm
drain and clogging the pipe. The first time they came out didn't completely resolve the
issue, but when the cul-de-sac flooded again they were right back out with another
truck equipped with a jet sweep to address the issue.

Public Works asks that everyone please remember to:

put yard trash behind the curb and not in the street.

January 7, 2022 Update

During the last City Council meeting I brought up the subject of recent flooding on the
cul-de-sac at Hornerimme Loop. Public Works inspected the situation the very next day and the
determined the problem was yard waste bags that had blocked the 18" storm drain during a
recent rain event. They brought out a truck with a jet spray the following day and cleared the

To avoid a similar situation happening again or elsewhere, Public Works asks that residents put
I've seen many neighbors regularly putting their bags in the street. Not only does this create
the potential hazard of clogged storm drains, it also makes life difficult for mail carriers having
to weave around them as they move from mailbox to mailbox.

My thanks go out to the residents who alerted me to the problem, and Public Works who
quickly addressed the situation.

Hornrimme Place flooding
photo by Lindsay Diaz

January 3, 2022 Update

Tonight's City Council meeting was one member short, so any unanimous votes will
record the absentee as a No vote. Council member Saunders has an undiagnosed health
issue that has affected his attendance. He shared that he is hoping to get a diagnosis
soon to enable his return.

Fire Chief Ezell gave a report on the Fire Department. They set a record with 2038 calls
in 2021, roughly 200 more than the previous record. 63% were medical. Over One Million
dollars in property were lost in fires, most of that resulting from two significant fires. So
far they have had no staffing difficulties. After seven years, January 21st will be Chief
Ezell's last day in Maumelle. He will be returning to his hometown of Joplin, MIssouri.
He feels the department is in good hands until a replacement is found.

The council gave him our thanks and a round of applause.

Resolution 2022-1 approving the preliminary development plan for the property formerly
known as the Water Treatment plant.

Brian Ashcraft, the applicant, spoke about how the Maumelle Country Club had
generated another letter to clarify their position. The letter was made available when we
first arrived. It was a brief letter that detailed that favorable discussions were moving
forward. Mister Ashcraft said that he planned on doing no harm to the M.C.C. He said
he had contacted the club before he even purchased the land, and had offered to do
infrastructure improvements to the Club. Part of the land would be sliced off and used
to expand the driving range, and he would be improving their parking situation. He also
addressed the main concern of community impact from having a commercial
development on the backside of the MCC. He anticipates only filling the Event Center two
or three times a month. There would also be weddings scheduled at times that are
intended to avoid a traffic crunch. He felt that this would generate less traffic than the
15,000 passes that he estimated would be generated from the previously approved five
houses in a cul-de-sac (he did not explain how he arrived at this high estimate or what
the time period).

Council member Mosley said he had spoken with club membership and agreed with their
opinion that this would be favorable to the club, and he would be voting Yes.

When Council Member Holt asked about the intent of the Center, Mr. Ashcraft said that
there were people in the club who were not favorable to the plan, but that he felt all
resistance had been dealt with. The plan is to host weddings, corporate events, and
other seated service events. Mr. Ashcroft talked about how valuable that
piece of land was (something the MCC did not feel in their failed offers to purchase it.

Council Member Shin asked if they really planned to only host events a couple of times
a month. Mr. Ashcraft said that because of the location, he felt that the Center would be
able to command top dollar and that he was comfortable with his business plan.

Council member Gardner asked if the existing easement would be widened. City Director
said it would have to be brought up to City standards, and widened from 18 to 24 feet
to be up to Code (something the MCC had previously said was unacceptable).

Council member Mazzoni expressed his support "for good responsible growth."

I asked about where they came up with the math for 15,000 cars resulting from 5
houses. Co-appplicant Chris Ashcroft said that he estimated over a year period. I asked
what kind of traffic they planned on generating. They have 37 spots, and estimated that
they would have 30 events a year, generating 3000 cars passing the pro shop. That
number does not include the people who would be parking in the CCM parking lot.

Council member Gardner said he did not consider the traffic in front of the pro shop to
have been an issue, either before or now.

I asked a follow up question about what kind of traffic they anticipated being generated
for the MCC parking lot. They said it would be a count of 150 multiplied by 30.
(Adding this 4500 to the other 3000 equals 7500--which, being their esitmates probably
are low, but they would likely generate less or no more traffic than the five houses would have--
the only problem would be that most of this traffic would be concentrated in short bursts.
This consideration made me really hesitate to support this. But if the poeple most affected,
the MCC, supports it ...)
The resolution passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-02 granting a conditional use permit for an event center as a planned
commercial district passed unanimously.

Ordinance 1055 amending the Maumelle Land Use plan had its third reading. This
dealing with the same property as the previous Resolutions. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

Ordinance 1056 amending the Maumelle Zoning Map dealing with the same property had
its third reading. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

Resolution 2022-03 approves a revised exhibit map showing rights of way and public
easements for the recently annexed land known as "The Bradley Property." According to
Planning Director Grummer the County had requested the City provide a map
showing this information. The Resolution passed unanimously.

The City Council decided on the protocols that would dictate how Council meetings will
be conducted. This is determined during the first meeting of every new year. No
changes were suggested from the current format.

The reZoning of the Maumelle Voting Wards based on the recent census was the next topic.

Mister Gardner favored the City staff generated map.

I motioned in favor of the map that Council Member Mosley and I had generated, which
met all the criteria that had been expressed as being necessary.
Council member Garner was not in favor of the Tierney-Mosley plan, feeling it divided
neighborhoods and he favored the City staff map.

Council Member Shin asked the City Attorney her opinion, and she felt the Tierney-
Mosley did a better job keeping neighborhoods intact within Wards than did the city plan.

Council member Mosley spoke about how the Tierney-Mosley plan did a better job
keeping neighborhoods intact within the Wards.

Mayor Norris said he did not favor the Tierney-Mosley map. I disagree with his
assessment that it did not accomplish the goals set forth. He was in favor of the City
staff map.

A vote was taken to use the Tierney-Mosley map, but failed 4-3 because it was a tie
when the absentee is added as a No.

Council member Gardner motioned to vote on the City staff proposal.
I pointed out how that map has constitutional problems because of the way it divides
Ward 1, with only a tiny strip of connecting land that according to the City Attorney is in
violation of Supreme Court guidelines.

The City Attorney agreed, but the Mayor disagreed with her on the matter.

Council member Mosley agreed with me on the City Staff map, and said he would prefer
a map generated by Council member Williams over the City staff map, although he
preferred the map he and I generated.

Council member Gardner said he might consider the Williams map.

Council member Holt said he would like changes made in the City staff map.

Council member Mosley said we might need another workshop to work on the tweaks.

Mayor Norris then discussed Council member Williams' map. He liked the map but felt
the connection of boundaries might be a little too jagged.

Council member Williams discussed her map and the compromises it made.

The motion by Council member Garner to use the City staff map went to a vote and
failed by a vote of 3 to 4 (5 with the absentee vote).

Council member Williams made a motion to use the map she had prepared. Council
member Gardner switched his support to her proposal. The motion passed.

This map will be published and public feedback solicited.
It will become an Ordinance with the next meeting.

Mayor Norris said that he would not be able to attend the next meeting and that the Council
should vote on a temporary replacement from the Council.

Council member Mosley proposed that the meeting be postponed until the fifth Monday
of the month.

Council member Gardner asked if we had to hold the meeting at that time, but the City
Attorney said the Council could move it if they chose.

The vote to move the meeting failed by a vote of 4-3, called a tie because the absentee
counts as a No.

Council member Mosley was voted temporary Mayor for the meeting at the original
schedule time.

Mayor Norris then discussed his surprise at the departure of Chief Ezell and the goal
to appoint an interim Chief while a new Chief is selected.

I discussed about how the Mayor has now elected to remove the requirement that all leaf
pickup collected by a contractor be hauled away by a contractor. No one knows how
that rule came around, and that rule now no longer applies. The City is working on
communicating accurate information about this. Tree Service and Construction
contractors are still required to haul away their waste. This change applies only to yard waste.

Council Member Mosley discussed about the good information being provided to the
Council by Director Grummer, the City Attorney, and their staffs.

I then asked about recent flooding problems on the cul-de-sac at Hornrimme Court.
Apparently a storm drain is blocked and according to one resident she was told that the
Public Works equipment needed to do the repair was broken. The Mayor had no
knowledge of this and said he would investigate and get back to me on the matter. I had
shared photos sent to me shortly before the meeting.

City Clerk Tina Timmons announced that the next meeting would be on a Tuesday, and
that a four year position on the Planning Commission would be voted on then.

If anyone is interested in joining the Planning Commission, please send your resume to
City Clerk Timmon's.

proposed rezoning map

Maumelle City Council 2021 Notes.

Here is a link to all my notes pertaining to Maumelle's City Council during 2021.

Maumelle 2021

Maumelle City Council 2020 Notes

Here is a link to all my notes pertaining to Maumelle's City Council during 2020.
Maumelle City Council 2020

2019 City Council Notes:

Here is a link to all my notes pertaining to Maumelle's City Council during 2019.
Maumelle 3rd Entrance under construction

Here is a link to my 2018 Campaign page.
Michael for Maumelle City Council

photo by Shannon Odom


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