BY MELANIE BUCK –
Work began Tuesday, September 2, on street overlay projects that were approved by City Council at their August meeting.
On Wednesday, B&L Paving began overlaying the road surface on Petross Street and Lincoln Street. As of Thursday morning, the crew was resurfacing Martin Street. Work was originally slated to begin on August 25 but was delayed.
The low-bid approved, submitted by B&L Paving, was for $280,665. Mena Mayor George McKee reported that they had provided services for the city in the past and the work was always satisfactory.
City 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.
Also approved was $50,000 of the addition within Resolution No. 1305 be earmarked for sidewalks in residential areas of Mena.