Monette Municipal Compex open for business
The city of Monette held open house at the new Municipal Complex on #1 Drew Avenue from 1:30-3:30 Sunday afternoon. More than 200 visitors were in attendance to tour the new facility and stay for refreshments.
A formal ribbon cutting service was held at the beginning of the reception, with members of the council, City Beautification Committee and special guests. A large yellow ribbon was officially cut by Monette Mayor David Fletcher at the entrance to the new Municipal Complex.
"We are so pleased to have this facility, with all of our departments close by," Fletcher said. "We have city hall with the mayor's office, city clerk's office, and water department. People can come inside to take care of business or pay their city utility bill, or use our convenient drive through window. We have added necessary parking and landscaping.
"Directly behind this building is the police dapartment, along with the water, sewer and street departments. It is all accessible in one area. When we need to communicate we can do it easily.
"Liberty Bank's donation of this building was the start of our municipal complex dream. State Senator Jerry Bookout and Representative Ray Kidd really came through for us in getting funded necessary to do the renovation and construction. The entire council has been united in this effort, as well as the residents of the city."
Council members present included Tom Carroll, Byron Sparkman, Steve Suber, Ernestine Harrell, Joyce Reid, and Martha Jane Hout. City Clerk Vickki Carroll, CRDC Committee members, and complex builders Perry and Donna Wood were in attendance. Several mayors and their spouses from Northeast Arkansas were present, which included Caraway Mayor Joe South, Black Oak Mayor Norman Williams, and Brookland Mayor Joe McKeel.
Fletcher praised the efforts of the council and the builders for completion of the complex, along with former mayor Robert Flannigan, and former councilmen.
The members and coaches from the 7 and 8 year old state softball championship team, the Dynamite Divas, returned home on Sunday and took part in the celebration.
"It has meant a lot to all of us to have such a wonderful turnout today," Fletcher said. "We have so much to be thankful for here in Monette and look forward to more prosperity and growth in the future."