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Council moves forward with bond plans

The Maumelle City Council reaffirmed its desire to have four bond projects and a sales tax increase on the November ballot this year.

Mayor Mike Watson distributed working copies of the proposed ordinances to the aldermen at the Council’s regular meeting on Monday night. Only Alderman Steve Mosley was absent, whom Watson said, was traveling.

Despite the Council having decided to place the four projects on the ballot, including the hotly debated indoor aquatic center, that didn’t prevent pool supporters from speaking at the meeting to again voice their approval.

The commute of year around swimmers to North Little Rock and Conway, among other nearby cities was one area of concern.

“We have to travel relatively long distances to somewhat shoddy conditions,” said Dyron Hamlin, who competes in triathlons and also has a daughter who swims competitively.

“A city of our size needs a year round pool,” he added.

Roy Andrews spoke in support of the pool but was in favor of all the proposed bond projects.

“Let’s finish the ball fields,” he said. “And the senior wellness center, the city hall needs repairs and I support the pool. Please put the pool on the ballot. You don’t have to make the decision … let us vote.”

Terry Jones also spoke in favor of the pool.

It was City Attorney JaNan Davis who said that even if everything passed, the decision would still be in the hands of the aldermen.

“It would be up to the Council to decide to issue bonds,” she said and Watson added that if interest rates were to increase, it might not make financial sense to have all the bonds refinanced.

“The rate could increase,” he said.

The proposed ordinances will be back on the Council agenda for first readings on the July 7 meeting.

That is the next meeting of the Council as well.

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