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Alderman Preston Lewis asking for the return of Maumelle rings
Alderman Preston Lewis asking for the return of Maumelle rings
MAUMELLE, Ark. – Alderman Preston Lewis of Maumelle is leading residents to call upon Maumelle’s city government to bring back a former landmark in the Maumelle Rings. Since the 1980s, Maumelle residents traveling state highway 100 (Maumelle Blvd.) would always see two separate concrete rings marking the city limit boundaries on both sides of town. Road construction projects though forced the relocation of the rings. For the past decade the rings have been sitting on a trailer behind Maumelle’s Public Works facility.  Statement from Alderman Lewis: "I have asked Mayor Mike Watson about restoration of the Maumelle Rings since 2013, but I have been unable to get him to take action on the issue. For over a year, I wasn’t even told they were still in existence. Finally, I heard they were still in Maumelle, so I went and found them. They are in surprisingly good condition despite ten years stacked on top of a flatbed trailer. It might take a little restoration, but I think it’s something our City can and should do.  We are one of the finest communities in Arkansas, and we have a very distinctive icon that has been hidden from the public for a decade. That’s not right. Maumelle residents have been asking for “Welcome to Maumelle” signage since The Rings were removed, but many were unaware that we still have The Rings in our possession. I don’t know why City Hall has continued to keep them sequestered away, but it has gone on far too long. I’m encouraging all residents who want to see The Rings restored to contact City Hall or their Alderman and voice their opinion. The City has land where The Rings could visibly be seen from Maumelle Blvd. and comply with Highway Department guidelines." A petition is available at www.Preston4Maumelle.com. Separate photographs files of images or site location along Maumelle Blvd. are available upon request.