Jan Sisk Lawrence Staff Writer
Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace announced last week that construction had begun on a new parking pad and driveway at the Mammoth Spring Fire Department/Community Hall.
The building is located at 165 Second Street. Pace said it was constructed in 1986 with grant money.
The new pad will be 36 feet by 30 feet.
"We have just run out of room at the fire department and felt like the addition was a necessity," Pace said. The pad will house the three firetrucks owned by the city and the new 1-ton Chevrolet rescue truck equipped with the jaws of life.
"Lack of room has been a problem at the fire station for some time. Besides being able to park the firetrucks in the new bay, the firemen will be able to store much of the equipment they use there also," Pace said. She said the fire department has grown in the past few years because of the many grants it has received, which have allowed the fire department to purchase needed equipment such as turnout gear, hoses and a portable pond.
Pace said the new driveway in front of the building will be 34 feet by 54 feet.
"The building is used quite a bit by the community. 55-Alive driving classes have been held there. It serves as a polling place for school board and city elections, and other clubs, groups and organizations use the building as a meeting or gathering place. Many residents rent the building for family reunions," Pace said. She said when the building is rented the money goes to the fire department.
She said city employees removed the old driveway at the building, saving the city some money.
"At the back of the building, where the bay is being built, it was dredged three years ago and has settled. This should give the bay a good strong setting," she said.
The total cost of the driveway and the pad is $13,550 and is being paid for with city funds. She said when more funds are accumulated, the city plans to build a steel extension over the pad.