BY LEANN DILBECK –
With no old or new business to discuss, the September Mena City Council meeting Tuesday evening was a total of 12 minutes long with council members hearing only from department heads.
Airport manager Will Robbins reported that business at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport had been traditionally slower, as it is in the summer months, with many aircraft owners using their aircraft. He also told Council members that a pre-construction meeting for the C-3 taxiway would be held on Wednesday, September 18.
The capital improvement is made possible through a $237,056 grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration. The rehabilitation of many of the taxiways is part of the airport’s master plan.
Frank Meade reported that building permits issued for August had doubled from the same time period a year ago.
Fire Chief John Puckett reported that his department had nineteen runs, one first responder call, one motor-vehicle accident, six stand-bys at the airport and two building fires.
MRHS Administrator reported that the hospital continues to experience a very low census and contributes the lower volumes to a trend that is being seen nation-wide in healthcare. He added that the next few months are traditionally busier months for the hospital. The renovation of the ICU unit is nearing completion and added that at its conclusion, 41 of the 65 rooms of the hospital will have been fully renovated. He announced that the 5th Annual Health Fair is planned for Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. until Noon. Bowen said it is set to be the biggest Health Fair the hospital has hosted and is designed to be family friendly with activities and events for children like bounce houses, face painting and more.
Jerry McKee reported that the pool is officially closed and his staff will continue with mowing and weed-eating but gratefully, it is beginning to slow.
Police Chief Jimmy Doster said that advertising had been placed for the vacant position on the police department but no one had been hired to date. He said officers filed 116 reports, made 27 arrests and worked 23 accidents.
Roy Harris reported that his department continues working to prepare streets for overlay.
Mena Water Utilities Manager Charles Pitman reported that October 21 was the date set for new water meter installation.