Public Hearing, Mena City Council Meeting Recap

There was a Public Hearing Tuesday prior to the Mena City Council meeting to allow citizen input concerning two grants that will be applied for on behalf of the City and the Mena - Polk Senior Citizens Center by Western Arkansas Panning and Development District (WAPDD).
Tracee McKenna with WAPDD conducted the hearing before a full house at City Hall. 
Numerous people commented about the many benefits of the Mena - Polk Senior Citizens Center. There were a number of needed updates and improvements mentioned that grant money could be used for that would allow the Center to continue operating without cutbacks, including repairs to the concrete floor that is buckling, updating the heating and air system, enclosing a carport to make room for a larger walk in freezer and pantry, and improving the insulation. The grant would be a matching grant from the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP).
The second part of the hearing concerned a separate grant for outdoor recreation projects. Some of the possible uses for this grant included shade at the city pool, trees, updating playground equipment at Janssen Park, additional ball fields at Tapley Park to accommodate 13 and 14 year olds that have no field to use at this time, and a walking trail. This grant would be from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant Program.
Both grants are in the development stages and will be applied for later this year. Mayor Seth Smith is working with WAPDD and will also be requesting support for the grants from Mena's State Senator and State Representative.
Immediately following the hearing the City Council met for their regular monthly session. All aldermen were present, along with the Mayor, City Clerk/Treasurer, City Attorney and Department Heads.
The Council took care of routine business and heard reports from Department Heads.
A Resolution was passed in support of the continuation of the one half percent sales tax for highways and bridges, county roads, and other surface transportation.
An ordinance was passed approving the application of Little Italy for a private club to be located at their location on Hwy 71 North in Mena. Little Italy will now have to apply to the Department of Finance and Administration Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.
The Council approved the purchase of two new police interceptor sedans bought on the state bid.
The February City Council meeting was changed to February 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. so as to not conflict with an Arkansas Highway Commission  Public Hearing in Mena scheduled for February 11, 2020.
1-14-20 8:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG