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Mena City Council’s September meeting

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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:05 am

All six member of the City Council were in attendance, including Mayor George McKee, City Attorney Patrick McDaniel, City Clerk Treasurer Linda Rexroad and the Mayor’s Assistant Becky Horton.

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Fred Ogden, Airport Manager, reported that the Airport’s fuel sales for the month of August were up about 10 percent. The hangar renovation project, related to the State of Arkansas Department of Aeronautics grant approved last month, is nearly complete.

Steve Egger, Fire Chief, reported on the nature of 14 calls during August, as well as continuing training and education.

Jay Quebedeaux, Hospital Administrative Chief Executive Officer, reported there were 121 admissions, 735 emergency room visits, 25 newborn deliveries, 113 surgeries, and 1633 clinic patients served during the month of August.

Jerry McKee, Parks Superintendent, reported that the department has been working with the Street Department on the improvement of several areas at McMillan Park, to increase water runoff and drainage from the tennis court and swimming pool areas.

Brandon Martin, Police Chief, reported that there were 27 accidents investigated and 49 arrests made during the month of August.

Aaron Rice, Street Superintendent, reported that the department has been preparing for the fall street overlay, mowing right of ways, and clearing debris from drainage areas in preparation for fall, in addition to providing assistance to the Parks department at McMillan Park with their drainage improvement projects.

Committee Reports

Terri Neugent reported that the Advertising and Promotion Commission met on September 5, and stated that an ordinance has been approved by the Commission related to the collection enforcement of the A & P tax. This ordinance was presented for Council consideration.

Ed Gibson reported that the Planning Commission met on August 17 to consider and approve a small lot split on Missouri Street.

Mayor McKee reported that there was no meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Appeals during the month of August.

Mary Alice Head reported that the Ordinance Review Committee met on August 22 to consider a concern of Dick Hansen regarding the legality of a fence that has been built that borders his property. Head reported that an ordinance would be presented tonight for consideration that will serve to clarify the fencing compliance requirements.

McKee reported he had spoken to a representative from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Monday, September 18 regarding the North Morgan Street construction project. The representative told McKee they would have a new cost estimate for the project sometime next week that would include re-engineering for street alignment and signalization.

Ordinance Approved

Ordinance 2279 was approved and adopted. The ordinance amends and clarifies the intent of ordinance 2253 regarding the installation, erection and/or maintenance of a fence located in Industrial Zoning Districts.

An ordinance regarding the enforcement and collection of taxes levied by the city upon the gross receipts or gross precedes received by lodging establishments and restaurants and similar businesses selling prepared foods and beverages was sent to the Ordinance Review Committee.

Judith Roberson and Tammy Young were re-appointed to the City Mena Hospital Commission for five-year terms that will expire August 31, 2022.

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