Becoming a Township

The year 2015 marked Little Italy's centennial 100th year anniversary as a community in Arkansas. We want to make the community official, preserve our heritage, and improve services by becoming a town recognized by the state.  


This is a grassroots movement 5 years in the making preceded by a 15 year promotional and historical preservation effort.  


Town Hall meetings completed:  May 5, 6, 8, July 18, 2014, and Feb 10, 2015.    

Incorporation Process.

  Incorporation process has 2 Kickers:  

  1. The court shall not approve the incorporation of any municipality if any portion of the territory proposed to be embraced in the incorporated town shall lie within five (5) miles of an existing municipal corporation and within the area in which that existing municipal corporation is exercising its planning territorial jurisdiction, unless the governing body of the municipal corporation has affirmatively consented to the incorporation by written resolution.  This has already been accomplished by receiving the resolutions from the cities of Bigelow and Fourche.
  2. A petition must be signed by the greater of either two hundred (200) or a majority of the qualified voters residing within the described territory, to the county court of the proper county.  Given the number of voters in the proposed boundary of Little Italy, 200 was required to sign.  This has been accomplished.

Little Italy Clean Water Statements.

 "Little Italy historic preservation efforts have been in process for nearly 15 years with the publication of several essays and books to promote the area, well before the watershed zoning ordinance was proposed.  The people of the area have kept the land natural, unspoiled, and undeveloped for 100 years, before it was a watershed, and they want to keep it for 100 more, well after it is a watershed.  The voters' desire and driving force behind the incorporation is to keep the historic land we love natural and rural for the next 100 years and to live in peace and cooperation with our neighbors.  As we mark our centennial anniversary in 2015, we look forward to honoring our ancestors' heritage by becoming Arkansas' next municipality."  - Statement by Kristy Eanes and Chris Dorer, Little Italy Incorporation Task Force Co-Chairs    

Current Status.

11/30/17: LITTLE ITALY INCORPORATION PETITIONERS FILED AN APPEAL IN CIRCUIT COURT.   This appeal is to the Arkansas Court of Appeals.