$112,500 grant to benefit Monette parks

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Ernestine Harrell, Vickki Carroll and Monette Mayor David Fletcher view notification letter saying the city has been awarded a $112,500 matching grant. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

The City of Monette received notification Jan. 10 from Governor Mike Huckabee the city had been awarded a $112,500 matching grant from the Department of Parks and Tourism.

Mayor David Fletcher shared the news with aldermen during the Jan. 23 council meeting.

"This is wonderful news," Fletcher said. "This is beyond our wildest expectation. Vickki (Carroll) and Ernestine (Harrell) have put a lot of work into the application and presentation of this grant, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

"The grant is to be used in the construction of a concession stand, lights, bleachers and barrier free access at the ball complex and play equipment and barrier free accees at the city park," he said. "Senator Jerry Bookout and Representative Ray Kidd have been our partners on this also, as they do everything they can to help us."

The city also received a letter from state senator Tim Wooldridge saying the $30,000 application to Arkansas Rural Commumity Grant Program has been received and is being reviewed.

"Tim (Wooldridge) said he is hopeful they will be able to grant in full the request of the city," Fletcher said. "He said he had driven through Monette and was impressed with the recently completed intersection downtown.

"We get the most amazing letters," Fletcher said. "We even got a letter commending policeman Aaron Davis, from a lawyer in Flint, Mich., who had gotten a ticket on his way from visitation at a nearby funeral home. He was going 83 miles per hour in a 55 mile zone. He explained that Aaron handled the incident in a professional way."

In other city business:

*Alderman Tom Carroll requested the parking stops at the city park, after paving, be put back in place. Plans have been made to do so.

*The council approved the 2006 city budget.

*Mayor Fletcher reported Perry Wood had been collecting estimates for the renovation of the new city hall and would be presenting them at a special meeting or the next regularly scheduled council meeting.

*Alderman Steve Suber proposed the city allow people to give donations or memorials for placement of equipment, benches, etc. at the intersection beautification project.

*Alderman Harrell shared information from the monthly Monette Youth Association report, and said they neglected information on the sign account. She will check with the committee about the account geared at fundraising.

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