BY MELANIE WADE –
The ceilings at Mena City Hall are now in the process of being replaced after a portion of the old plaster came crashing down last month. The areas affected were the Animal Control and Code Enforcement Offices, which were not slated to receive any ceiling repairs during the century old building’s on-going renovation project; however, after the crash, repairs were immediately necessary.
In the weeks since, the rest of the ceiling has been inspected and cracks have been found in other locations of City Hall. The offices currently have drop ceilings and the cracks in the plaster had been previously undetected. Mayor McKee said they are now replacing all of the ceilings in the building and about half of the job was complete as of last week. They hope to have the job completed by the end of the year.
McKee also said insurance coverage will help with the cost of replacing the ceiling, but not all of it. Official reimbursement numbers are not known at this time as a full cost of the project is not yet available.
In other council news, members adopted the 2018 budget and approved an ordinance to fund their part of district court operations. A quit claim deed was approved to Washburn’s and the Mayor also updated the council on the Morgan Street project, which is still awaiting proposed costs from the state.