BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena City Council voted unanimously at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 on a resolution that gives Mayor George McKee the authority to apply for a grant that, if approved, would widen a high traffic road that actually belongs to the city and county.
East Boundry that stretches between the Mena School bus barn and East Ransom Road is a busy inlet for traffic in the mornings and afternoons due to parents, students, and faculty trying to get to the school.
Mayor McKee said the city is seeking a $200,000 grant that will assist with widening the road. The total estimated cost of the project is $293,000. The $93,000 above the grant total would be split 50/50 between the city and county. It will be several weeks before it is known whether the grant is approved or denied.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to widen and repair a county road that has needed it for a long time at a minimum cost to local government,” said County Judge Brandon Ellison.