Maumelle, Arkansas

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Maumelle, Arkansas
City
Location of Maumelle in Arkansas
Location of Maumelle in Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°51′13″N 92°24′24″W / 34.85361°N 92.40667°W / 34.85361; -92.40667Coordinates: 34°51′13″N 92°24′24″W / 34.85361°N 92.40667°W / 34.85361; -92.40667
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Founded 1974
Incorporated 1985
Government
 • Mayor Mike Watson
Area
 • City 9.3 sq mi (24 km2)
 • Land 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation 341 ft (104 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 17,163
 • Density 1,199.3/sq mi (463.2/km2)
 • Metro 699,757 ('10) (Little Rock)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72113, 72118
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-44600
GNIS feature ID 0067577
Website City Website

Maumelle is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 10,557. The city is located northwest of Little Rock, bordering the opposite shore of the Arkansas River, and belongs to the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Maumelle was founded by Jess Odom with federal assistance from the Urban Growth and New Community Development Act.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Maumelle is located at 34°51′13″N 92°24′24″W / 34.85361°N 92.40667°W / 34.85361; -92.40667 (34.853745, -92.406551).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24 km2), of which 8.8 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (5.07%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there are 10,557 people, 4,128 households, and 3,174 families residing in the city. The population density is 463.2/km² (1,199.3/mi²). There are 4,294 housing units at an average density of 188.4/km² (487.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 92.45% White, 4.89% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.77% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 4,128 households out of which 39.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% are married couples living together, 8.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% are non-families. 19.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.54 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $65,534, and the median income for a family is $71,826. Males have a median income of $50,220 versus $35,461 for females. The per capita income for the city is $30,013. 2.9% of the population and 1.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.7% of those under the age of 18 and 15.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Education[edit]

Public education is provided by the Pulaski County Special School District and the city is home to Pine Forest Elementary School (prekindergarten through grade 5), Maumelle Middle School (grades 6 through 8), and Maumelle High School (grades 9 through 12). Maumelle is also served by Academics Plus Charter School (K-12) inside the city limits. Central Arkansas Christian, a private middle school and high school, is located two miles east of the city limits.

Public libraries[edit]

The Maumelle Public Library, located at 10 Lakepoint Drive, is part of the Central Arkansas Library System.

Water supply[edit]

Maumelle Suburban Improvement District No. 500, popularly known as Maumelle Water Management, provides all water and sewer service to the city. The District traces its formation back to 1970 and operates independently of the City Council. It is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners. The District treats ground water from the Alluvial Aquifer and is the only water utility in Pulaski County that relies on ground water. All other utilities in the county use surface water from two reservoirs tapped by Central Arkansas Water.

Attractions[edit]

Maumelle has two recreational lakes, Lake Willastein and Lake Valencia, both surrounded by parkland, bicycle trails, and wooden bridges. Picnicking and fishing are available at both lakes. The Maumelle Veterans Memorial was formally dedicated on April 8, 2006, and is located on the shores of Lake Willastein.

The city has one of the most extensive municipal bicycle trail systems in Arkansas (13 miles) that offers access to wooded greenbelts.

The 4,226-foot-long (1,288 m) Big Dam Bridge, the second-longest pedestrian bridge in the United States, is located three miles east of Maumelle along Highway 100 (Maumelle Boulevard). The 14-foot-wide (4.3 m) bridge was designed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and rises 65 feet (20 m) above the Arkansas River and Murray Lock and Dam. It is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America originally designed and built for that purpose. Pulaski County Judge "Buddy" Villines formally opened the bridge to the public on September 30, 2006.

Public safety prior to incorporation[edit]

During the early days of the Maumelle community, public safety was provided by unarmed security guards and a small volunteer fire department - sometimes humorously labeled "Guns & Hoses". Without an incorporated government or a commercial base to support a sales tax, the residents of the community assessed themselves a community service fee to pay for services normally provided by municipalities. Also, the HUD New Town financing that was used to develop the city was also used to construct a Public Safety Building and to purchase a single fire engine.

According to former City Clerk Beverly Masters, an explosion and the resulting house fire in the early 1980s prompted expansion of the community's public safety offerings. The community service fee increased to $12 per month so that additional security officers could be hired and cross-trained as firefighters. The changes provided the town—whose citizens numbered only a few thousand—full-time fire protection 24 hours a day. A second fire engine was purchased for the community by Maumelle Land Development and the Maumelle Residents Association.

Maumelle Land Development hired Norman Moseley as the new chief of public safety in 1983. Moseley was in charge of improving the level of safety services provided. He worked toward the Pulaski County Sheriff awarding police powers to the security officers and then trained them to meet state standards in law enforcement and firefighting.

Community residents worked toward incorporation in the middle of the decade. However, they found that state law did not allow a Department of Public Safety (DPS) in a city of the first class. A bill was introduced in the state legislature to create a provision for the DPS concept. Under the new law, the DPS was to "perform the functions of, and have all the rights, responsibilities and duties of, a police department, a fire department, and any other department deemed by the governing body of the city to be necessary for the public safety of its citizens." Maumelle and its Department of Public Safety was incorporated on June 21, 1985.

Source: MaumelleFire.Com

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