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Week of 9.23.13 FINAL

Week of 9.23.13 FINAL

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Moore on MaumelleWeek of 9.23.13How many people would use an indoor pool? Can we afford it inthe long run?
 There are rumblings from a group of citizens advocating theconstruction of an indoor “aquatic center” in our fair city. Theestimated cost? A whopping $9 million plus a huge annual price tag tomaintain it, estimated at $300,000 to $400, 000. Such an endeavorwould take additional bond money and approval by Maumelle voters. There are a few larger communities with indoor aquatic centersincluding the city of North Little Rock, which has an indoor pool as partof its senior activity center. I think everyone would agree that it wouldnice to have an aquatic center. But is the idea practical or a priorityfor our community? Especially since we have a nice outdoor pool.Last week’s paper featured a passionate plea from one parent, whosechild is a member of a swim team, advocating the center so theswimmers would have a place to practice. I totally support communityrecreation and sports, but you have to look at cost versus usage. Forinstance, you can visit our soccer or baseball fields and they arepacked with players from age 4 and up. And I am sure the fields costnowhere near the amount of money as building or maintaining anaquatic center, and there can’t be nearly the same number of participants at a pool.Let me propose this: Perhaps we need to take a closer look at perhapsfunding much needed upgrades at Maumelle Water Managementbefore we take a plunge into deep debt for a swim center. The watersystem upgrades are inevitable, and to me, seem more important thana center that would be used by a small percentage of the population.Like the cart before the horse, let’s make sure we have the clean waterto put in the pool. I realize the funding sources for the projects aredifferent and Maumelle Water is not part of the city government, buteventually it all comes out of our pocket.My point is, let’s make sure we’re ready to pay for the right project
 
that serves the most people in the most efficient manner. Stay tuned.
(more)Page 2 of 3Senator Sanders gets major shout out from liberal media
One of the state senators representing the Maumelle area, Sen. DavidSanders, received quite a bit of recognition from the liberal media thispast week. Sanders is a Republican and an on-the-record conservative.First the
 Arkansas Times
, probably the most liberal-leaning publicationin the state, called him one of “Arkansas’ 25 Creative Thinkers” for hiswork on parole and healthcare reform. Max Brantley, often a critic of Sanders, wrote the profile of Sanders, also noting that Sanders wouldprobably run for higher office. I would agree with him on that.And in the same week, John Brummett, a liberal columnist for the
 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
gave Sanders one of his upwardlypointing “arrows,” meaning he received Mr. Brummett’s approval.Brummett says of Senator Sanders: “He wasn’t much of a newspapercolumnist, but he’s a solid state legislator. It’s an entirely different skillset. It turns out he is a policy wonk. He has superior command of thosethree aforementioned main issues — the private option, parole andteachers’ health insurance.”Before entering politics, Sanders wrote a syndicated newspapercolumn, which appeared in this newspaper. I’ll be talking to him soonfor a column.
Zoning meeting regarding Riverland home
Right down the street from where I live in Maumelle is a sign I’ve neverseen since I’ve lived here. It says, “The Maumelle Board of ZoningAdjustment will hold a public hearing in regard to this property. For

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