MAMMOTH SPRING -- A public meeting was held Feb. 2 at Mammoth Spring City Hall before the regular February council meeting.
Mayor Jean Pace called the meeting to see if there was any opposition from the residents of the city regarding the restoration of the city water tank.
Pace told the council she had applied for a USDA grant for the project. She said the total cost of the project would be approximately $159,000 and would include sand blasting and painting the inside and the outside of the tank. She said it would probably not be a 100 percent grant, possibly a 50 percent grant if the USDA even approved it.
She said if the project should come to be, the tank could be down at least at month. Pace said if the grant was not approved, the project would not be done this year because the city did not have the funds to do the project.
There was no opposition to the project from the public.
During the regular council meeting, the mayor gave an update on other grants she is working on. She has written a grant proposal for a new 4-wheel drive police vehicle. She also reported that the Thayer Walmart had donated $1,000 to the fire department to buy equipment for the fire truck.
"One of our city's current needs is a two-ton truck. We will try to purchase a used one because we can't afford a new one," Pace said.
She said the city has been put on the state's "want list of surplus property" for two new large generators for the city's lift stations and two smaller generators for the fire and police department.
There were some people at the meeting asking for assistance due to the recent ice storm. The mayor explained the process beginning with Fulton County Emergency Management Director Darrell Zimmer.
"Mr. Zimmer has to make a request to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The governor will then make a request to the president to declare our area a national disaster area. If declared a disaster area I will meet with the emergency agencies requesting help. They will then come and assess our damage," the mayor said.
Pace stressed how important it is to keep records in an emergency situation.
"We have kept records from day one of the ice storm. I had one employee that spent two days doing nothing but taking pictures," she said.