State of the City

Maumelle State of the City -
February 20, 2018

Members of the Maumelle City Council, department heads, city employees and my fellow citizens, as required by Arkansas law, I am pleased to report to you the State of the City of Maumelle.

ARML awards

During the Arkansas Municipal League Conference in Ft. Smith in January, the City of Maumelle won two Honorable Mentions in the “Trendsetter City 2017” awards presented by Arkansas Business, Crews and Associates, and the Arkansas Municipal League. The Maumelle Police Department won an award in Public Safety for their Citizen’s Police Academy, and Maumelle Center on the Lake won an award in the Tourism Development/Creative Culture category for building a unique venue that improves the quality of life for citizens. Congratulations to these two departments for their efforts and awards.

Wastewater Treatment

In less than two years since the merger with Maumelle Water Management (MWM), Central Arkansas Water (CAW) has been able to complete a 30-inch transmission line to bring treated CAW water to Maumelle. As of January 29, 2018, the entire City of Maumelle now receives CAW water and not well water, as was the case for many previous years. Although it required a rate increase, the benefit for the customers is that it means a better quality of water and a long-term water supply for the future.

North Little Rock Wastewater Utility (NLRWU) constructed a 36-inch sewer interceptor as part of a phased project, which will allow the existing treatment plant in Maumelle to be decommissioned. The wastewater treatment will move to an existing treatment plant located near the Northshore Industrial Park. A second phase of this project will begin later this year, which entails placing a force main from the existing treatment plant to the interceptor.

Commercial & Retail Development

Commercial and retail development continues to come to Maumelle - US Pizza, Chick-fil-A and Sonic all opened new facilities in 2017 on Tract D. In addition to these commercial projects, we had several other large constructions projects started in 2017 - an addition at the Maumelle Library and additions and renovations at Kimberly-Clark and Molex in the Industrial Park. New facilities completed in 2017 were The Center on the Lake and the Maumelle Charter High School.

Financials

The City of Maumelle had an annual operating budget of just over 11.7 million dollars, including capital items (11.1 million dollars without capital items), with general fund reserves of more than 5.1 million dollars. This is well beyond the mandated amount of holding 20% in reserves. Street fund reserves are currently at 3.1 million dollars.

The overall financial condition of Maumelle remained strong during 2017. Revenues in the general fund increased by $309,194, as compared to 2016, and operating expenses were held below the budgeted expenses, even though they increased by $630,830. There was a decrease in the fund balance of $705,590 for the year due to capital expenditures. The street fund balance decreased by $733,228, also due to capital expenditures. The Sanitation fund had a $20,459 decrease in revenues, and there was a decrease in the Sanitation fund retained earnings of $18,423, during 2017.

Sales Tax


The city sales tax collection was $2,354,021 in 2017, which was a decrease of $141,023 from the previous year. The county sales tax collection was $3,711,233, which was an increase of $50,035 from the previous year.

Community Involvement

The Maumelle community is as vibrant as ever with new energy coming from the businesses locating in Maumelle. City employees are some of the best in their profession, and they genuinely care about this community and strive to do their best on a daily basis. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as the mayor of this wonderful community!

Sincerely,

Michael Watson
City of Maumelle Mayor