Posted 8/6/2014 10:56 am
Updated 2 months ago
The nearly 100-year-old community of Little Italy in eastern Perry County is seeking incorporation as a municipality.
Kristy Eanes, great-granddaughter of the area's first Italian settlers, and Chris Dorer, a Little Italy resident and local historian, are leading the effort to gather the signatures of at least 200 qualified voters in order to incorporate. Those signatures must be submitted to the county judge by March 1, 2015.
Eanes and Dorer say half the necessary signatures have been collected.
"We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback," Dorer said. "If that trend continues as we gather additional signatures, we should have more than enough to present our petition to the county judge."
Dorer said an incorporated city would to improve services to residents, including utilities, schools, road aintenance and emergency response needs.
"If we incorporate, we have the ability to attract more utilities to our area, to improve our infrastructure, and to decrease the response times from emergency agencies," he said.
Eanes and Dorer are hoping the incorporation will take place in the first quarter of next year, ahead of the community's 100th anniversary in December. The two are sharing updates on the effort at LittleItalyArkansas.com.