The voters have spoken. One of the most divisive elections in Maumelle’s short history is in the books. Maumelle will have its third entrance and will finally get rid of the Community Service Fee. With 20 percent of our eligible voters casting ballots, our city decided — by a scant margin of 18 votes — to create a new Maumelle. Several residents tried to defeat the proposals with their caustic social media posts but fortunately there were enough votes to make a difference.

The sewer project in North Maumelle was defeated but that was because the voters didn’t really understand it. That project may will come back around with the city paying for it instead of creating an additional tax.

Congratulations to the proponents who worked their fannies off to sell this idea and had a true “vision for the future” that went beyond thinking about their personal preferences and jaded perception of its value.

Nobody likes more taxes. But everybody will be able to see the positive changes around the corner.

And to you naysayers: We’ll proceed and you’ll reap the benefits along with the rest of us. I hope you can turn your attention to something positive.

It’s time to look forward and take our eyes off the past.

School lockdown

Our hearts skipped a beat when we saw the social media posts go up saying, “Maumelle High School is in lockdown.” The first thing that came to my mind was the recent Florida shooting. Surely, I thought, not in Maumelle. Things like that don’t happen here.

The horrible truth is they happen everywhere and anywhere. Fortunately, this incident turned out to involve a BB gun, but the police took it seriously and reacted properly and expediently.

I spoke with a school resource officer just last week and he said that one of their most effective weapons is having an open line of communication with the students. Because all the students are connected through their phone, they know about things before anyone else. And it’s critical that the students report what they know, when they know it.

Talk to your student and remind them that if they see something or hear something, say something. And to never play around with BB guns or fake guns on social media. It’s a dangerous game that you don’t want to play. Stay safe. Stay alert.

Library reopens

Finally. The Maumelle Public Library reopened on Monday with a group of kindergarten students from Pine Forest Elementary getting a sneak preview before the doors opened at 10 a.m. I took a quick tour and was pleasantly surprised to see the new children’s area moved to a much bigger space along with an adjoining room to accommodate activities. The library will have a formal ribbon cutting later this month.

Foodie notes

I had the occasion to visit the local American Pie on a Thursday. That’s significant, because Thursday nights are trivia nights at the local pizza place. The place was packed and they had a professional trivia guy with his own sound system, and so forth. Many of the tables were teams who could win prizes of some sort. The lesson here? If you don’t like trivia, don’t go on Thursday night. They were understaffed and it took us about an hour to get our food.

A rumor is afloat that the restaurant will add a full bar by taking in the space formerly occupied by the adjacent hair salon and several other failed ventures. We’ll keep you posted.

Bella Rustina packs them in

Congratulations to the organizers of the Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market. The parking lot was full all weekend and packed with patrons each day. I strolled through on Sunday and was amazed at all of the vendors reported to be from 10 different states. The organizer of the event is Ashley Norris, wife of City Attorney Caleb Norris. She had Caleb working the front door. They said they may be back in the fall.

See you on the Boulevard.

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 Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.