Last week I wrote about resolutions, but I want to shift gears and share my wish list for Maumelle and its citizens. Wish lists are easier and a lot more fun to think about. Sometimes they come true and sometimes they don’t. As Cinderella sang in the Disney classic, "a dream is a wish your heart makes." Here’s my wish list for Maumelle for 2014.
Oh, Lord, please let us get another entrance to Maumelle and hopefully get all the highway work done so we can come and go to Maumelle in a timely fashion. As most of us know, a new entrance/exit won’t necessarily fix the problem. There are simply too many cars on the highways to allow Maumelle traffic to merge.
I hope through our new, fancy video system that one of our council members or city officials will get discovered for a big movie role. My money is on Joshua Clausen or Preston Lewis. Did you see Preston’s Christmas message on Facebook?
I hope every council member and city official gets his/her own fancy golf cart with a Maumelle logo on the side. And we could even establish a special division of the Maumelle Police Department with their own carts complete with blue lights and sirens. They could patrol the golf course areas of Maumelle to make sure these wild and crazy golf cart owners don’t get out of control.
I hope all the folks that want the aquatic center so vehemently agree to have the taxes added to their personal bill so I don’t have to pay for it in perpetuity.
I hope our local schools form their own district with its own governance.
Preston Lewis has the plan and a wish for it to come true.
I think Maumelle has a handful of good restaurants and we all have our favorites, but I would like to see at least one more good restaurant come into town. The chain joints will come and go, but I want a place that offers healthier eating with more vegetarian eating choices such as a Boulevard Bread or Canyon Grill. We have plenty of places to make us fat and happy. For instance, the only salad you can get around here is a chef salad or some sort of chicken-thrown-on-the-lettuce-salad.
As far as chains go, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Popeye’s or Church’s Chicken. The KFC food (also a Taco Bell) at Morgan is suspect at best.
And while I’m on restaurants, I wish restaurants would take "kid’s meals" more seriously. Since I often have the grandbuddies in tow, I am ready to see something besides chicken strips and chicken nuggets offered for the little guys.
When are we getting our recycle bins? I recycle and my garage looks like a scene from the television series "Hoarders" in between trips to the recycle center. Hopefully, the bins will give everyone a reason to "pitch in."
Water system governance
It’s time for Maumelle Water Management and the city of Maumelle find a new governance system that’s accountable to the city and the citizens who pay the water bills.
I like Maumelle just like it is and I wish for NO MORE APARTMENT COMPLEXES until the traffic situation is resolved. You do the math on how many cars are added to the Boulevard when they build one of those complexes. Granted, many of them are on the North Little Rock side, so maybe we can ask them, pretty please, to hold off for a while. It’s for the greater good.
Finish the running/walking/biking path
Not that it is a big problem, but I’m ready to see the orange cones go away and to see this nice, government-subsidized running/walking/biking path finished.
I wish that more people would support the Maumelle Players by attending their productions. They work hard and deserve our support. They are undertaking the challenging "The Mikado" on May 2-4 and 9-11. Come on, get you some culture!
Lake Willastein should host an arts festival featuring arts, crafts, entertainment, fine foods and adult beverages. And please, no carnival or pony rides! I think there are about eight or so food trucks in the area and several craft breweries. Couldn’t we host the first "Maumelle Food Truck, Craft Brew and Arts Festival?"
Watch for more happening at the Maumelle High School Theater. When Robinson Auditorium starts renovation, some of the Arkansas Symphony concerts and Celebrity Attractions shows will be right here in our backyard. I’ll write more about that soon.
I wish you all a safe and prosperous 2014. Now, let’s get out there and do something nice for someone. See you on the Boulevard.
Neal Moore is COE (Chief of Everything) at Neal Moore Creative, a PR, advertising and marketing consultancy. If you have a community concern or if you’re just irritated about something contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.