Councils Seeks to Expand Tapley Park
BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena City Council met on Tuesday, April 26, in a special called meeting to consider bids that were submitted in a request for two new police units for the Mena Police Department. Two bids were submitted and Mena Ford won with a low bid of $21,244.18 per vehicle.
The city plans to purchase two 2016 Ford Taurus Police Intercepters that will replace two 2010 Dodge Chargers currently in the police unit fleet, that will be used for trade-in value. The only other company to place a bid was DeQueen Auto Group, who bid each car at $21,646.00.
The cars have been ordered but the delivery date has not been set. The new units will need to be detailed with police decals, light bars, interior cage, and radio equipment, at an estimated cost of $5,000 each.
Following the special meeting, the City Council Parks Committee held a meeting to discuss expanding Aubrey Tapley Park. The committee wishes to build three adult size softball fields at the park to encourage more tournaments. The current fields are the legal size for official adult tournaments. To be official, the fields need to be at least 300 ft.
To further discuss the development of the fields, the park committee will present the idea to the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission, which provides much of the funding for the park. The next meeting of the Mena A&P is Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. at Mena City Hall.