The discussion about coyotes seems to go on and on. At the end of the August 21 City Council meeting, Council Member Jess Holt was again questioning the method of trapping and the eventual fate of any coyotes that were trapped. Mayor Mike Watson insinuated that this had already been covered about three times and the city has contracted with a company to trap them and euthanize the animals.
For some reason, Council Member Terry Williams recently posted a “what do you think about it” post on Facebook seeking comments on the plan to trap and kill the coyotes. That seemed to be a moot point since the decision had been made. Naturally, most of the comments were sympathetic to the coyotes.
According to the mayor, in 2010, when the city was under coyote attack, three coyotes were trapped. Now the city has contracted for 14 days of trapping at $100 a day. At press time, no coyotes had been captured.
On another note, Council Member Holt has displayed a habit in meetings of grabbing his microphone each time he speaks, pulling it toward him and then pushing it away from him each time after he speaks. Mr. Holt, leave your microphone alone, please.
Open positions finally filled in Maumelle government
After serving as interim director of public works for over a year, Mike Hogan has been named director. He has experience with the city working for Maumelle Water Management and as Street Department supervisor.
Also, the city has named Jared Azzone as the director of human services. He has earned an undergraduate degree and an MBA degree from the University of Mississippi and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources and is a member of both the Society of Human Resources and the Central Arkansas HR Association. He most recently served as human resources director for the City of Southaven, Miss.
Hogan will be paid $67,908 and Azzone, $65,800.
Maumelle FOP endorses Davis
I ran into JaNan Davis the other day at Kroger and asked her when she would formally announce for Little Rock District Court Criminal Division judge. She hinted on Facebook a few weeks ago that she might seek the office. She told me she was definitely in the race and would be making a public announcement soon She mentioned that she had received the endorsement of the Maumelle Fraternal Order of Police and that the FOP has hosted all four candidates for the position. I confirmed this with Maumelle FOP President Michael McNeil. He also said that to date, the Maumelle FOP was the only FOP to have heard from all four candidates for the judge position.
The candidates will meet in the primary and if there’s not a majority winner, the top two candidates would have to run in November. Could be an expensive race.
There is nothing supreme about being white
I have given a lot of attention to the latest battles over skin color in our country. As a white person, I can honestly say, I have never felt supreme because of the color of my skin. I can’t even fathom where one would get that. Bad parenting? Lonely childhood? Lack of self-esteem? Born hateful?
And for these morons to call themselves “neo Nazi’s” is an insult to everything America stands for. They are an embarrassment to the planet. And for President Donald Trump to speak ambiguously about their very existence is disturbing.
Trump’s approval rating continues to plummet and he continues to blurt out his nonsensical, illogical malarkey and we continue to take it. Even in Arkansas, 40 percent of Arkansans “strongly disapprove” of his job performance. And 56 percent disapprove of his Twitter activity. (Source: Talk Business and Politics poll, July 2017)
Hopefully, he’ll be impeached but if not, we can voice our disapproval on Nov. 3, 2020. It can’t come soon enough.
Hell in Houston
As I write this, flooding in Houston is at epic proportions. The damage will be massive and long-lasting. I found it interesting that before the first storm had even hit, I had received emails from Red Cross, World Vision and others soliciting funds for the impending disaster. I am told the best way you can help is by sending money instead of clothing and supplies. With minimal effort, you can find a reputable recipient.
God bless Houston.
See you on the Boulevard. Stop the violence.
Neal Moore is a public relations and advertising consultant and freelance writer. If you have a community concern, Maumelle news tip or if you’re just irritated about something, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.