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City Continues Clean-Up After Being Hard Hit by Ice Storm

BY LEANN DILBECK

The City of Mena continues cleaning up from the recent ice storm that has now been declared both a county and state disaster by government officials.

In an effort to assist the city’s residents, the City of Mena is clearing limbs and debris that is appropriately placed at curbside. Crews continued to work along Janssen Avenue on Monday.  Mena Mayor George McKee is grateful for everyone’s patience in this enormous task, “First of all, I want to say thank you to the citizens of Mena for your patience with us in getting the ice storm debris cleaned-up. There is an extremely large amount of clean-up to be done and it is very time consuming.” City crews began working in the northwest part of Mena on December 19 and are working their way southeast going block by block across town in the same manner as the annual spring clean-up.

The service is being provided at no cost. “Please remember, I have committed the services of the City Street Department to haul away any debris that is placed at the curb at no cost to you or your contractor, so keep this in mind when you receive a quote. I don’t want to see our citizens spending their hard earned money for hauling away storm debris, when the City will haul it off at no charge.”

McKee encouraged the elderly, low-income families, or persons with disabilities who need assistance with the clean-up to please contact City Hall at 479-394-4585.

The Mayor expressed his appreciation to all of the volunteer groups who have been instrumental in the clean-up efforts but acknowledged specifically a local Boy Scout Troop.  “I want to acknowledge the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 98.  This group of young boys, along with their leader Ray Haglar and several other adults, offered assistance to residents of Mena who needed help in removing limbs from houses, cleaning yards, and getting debris moved to the curb. This group worked hard and accomplished the clean-up of approximately 20 yards this last Saturday.”

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