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Mena City Council Holds June Meeting

During their regular June meeting held Tuesday, June 9th, the Mena City Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Clerk/Treasurer to destroy outdated financial records and other documents. The resolution is inline with Arkansas State law, Arkansas Code Annotated 14-59-114 concerning the maintenance and destruction of accounting records, which allows the city to destroy old documents no longer used for city business.

The council also appointed Jeremy Jones to the Mena Airport Commission. Jones is to fill the unexpired term of Gregg McDonald; a five year term that expires in February, 2023.

During the department reports, it was reported that fuel sales at the airport were currently at about fifty percent of the 10 year average, affected mainly due to Covid-19 shutdowns. As airport traffic begins to increase, the Airport Commission says sales should increase as well.

In his report to the city council, Fire Chief Steve Egger told the council, “Last month, we had two smoke alarm activations, one cooking fire,…I want to give kudos out to the police department, once again. They were johnny on the spot and they made a good stop with their portable extenquishers.” The chief said the fire department conducted one auto extrication, responded to one aircraft standby and one unauthorized control burn. The department provided fire extinguisher training for one industry and attended three public relations events.

The police department reported 304 calls for service in June, 54 arrests and 17 accidents worked by officers.

And in the hospital report, Mena Regional Health Systems Administrator Jay Quebedeaux told the city’s governing body that they are continuing to watch the spread of Covid-19 very closely. Quebedeaux said, “We are keeping a close eye and continue to take Covid very seriously. We’ve had an uptick in cases, obviously, to the south of us. And, we’ve obviously had an uptick in Mena. So, we just continue to watch it.”

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