BY LEANN DILBECK –
Mena Mayor George McKee presented two bids during last week’s City Council meeting for upcoming street overlay work scheduled to begin, originally on August 25, but has been delayed until September 2.
The low-bid approved was submitted by B&L Paving for $280,665. McKee reported that they had provided services for the city in the past and the work was always satisfactory.
Council also approved Resolution No. 1305, adding $150,000 from the special one-cent county sales tax to the budgeted overlay amount, as McKee explained that the city’s streets had taken a hard-hit from all of the flooding over the last year. He explained FEMA only repairs work that is immediately visible following a flood and that much of the damage sustained by streets isn’t visible for months.
Councilman Dwight Douglas, on behalf of Andy Brown who was unable to attend, requested that $50,000 of the addition within Resolution No. 1305 be ear-marked for sidewalks in residential areas of Mena. Members present approved the action.
The streets to be included in the overlay project have not yet been released by City Hall.