Residents of Little Italy, the small unincorporated community on the border of Pulaski and Perry Counties, will submit a petition for incorporation as a municipality today. The drive was started last summer.

A press release from the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force (an august body if ever there was one) says they’ve collected the requisite 200 signatures from qualified voters living within the proposed town’s boundaries, and that Little Italy would be the 501st municipality in the state.

Exactly 501 municipalities in Arkansas? It’s got to happen. Synchronicity demands it.

The group has a website and a Facebook page with some fun pictures and interesting history — and, improbably enough, a Twitter feed. Here’s their press release:


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 12, 2015) – Tomorrow, residents of the Little Italy community in northwest Pulaski County will file their petition for incorporation to become Arkansas’ 501st municipality. Under Arkansas law and given the population of Little Italy, a minimum of 200 qualified voters living in the proposed boundary must sign the petition before submitting it to the Pulaski County Clerk’s office.

WHO: Kristy Eanes and Chris Dorer, co-chairs of the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Pulaski County Courthouse / Clerk’s Office
401 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, Ark. 72201

Once the petition is submitted to the Pulaski County Clerk’s office, they will verify the signatures, make it public, announce a hearing and publicize the date of the hearing. If the Pulaski County Judge orders the incorporation should proceed, an order is sent to the Secretary of State’s office.