The Mammoth Spring Police Department has a new patrol vehicle paid for by a grant which was discussed during the July 6 regular meeting of the Mammoth Spring City Council.
"The police car has been funded and I'm going to close that grant out this week," Mayor Jean Pace said. "We've bought everything we had to that goes on it." The vehicle is a silver Dodge Durango equiped with all the necessary police equipment.
"We have the lights and the signs on it and all the other things that didn't go with it (originally)," Mayor Pace said.
Mayor Pace reported on several other grants, as well. "I received word that the portable radar system (grant) had been received and there were no problems with the grant applications. So, I'm expecting that's going to be funded. They'll just send us $4,500," Mayor Pace said.
"In our NRCS grant that we're getting to clean up the creeks, the amount was $2,000 less than the engineers estimated it to be. The same men who cleaned up after the storm debris will be doing that work and they're probably going to start on that this week," Mayor Pace said. "They estimated it (cleaning the creeks) to cost $10,000, but it's only going to cost $8,000. On that one (the grant) we will have to pay a small amount. I think they'll give us 90 percent and we'll have to pay 10 percent."
"We received a $250 recycling grant from Walmart," Mayor Pace said. "The grant is to send a house-to-house letter to all the (Mammoth Spring residents) telling them to recycle. To encourage more recycling. I'm working on that right now, but that amount of money will pay for the postage."
Mayor Pace announced that the Forestry Department is going to have a tree trimming class for all residents who want to know how to trim their trees and keep them looking nice, especially after the ice storm. The class will be held July 29 at the fire department. "(This class I set up) to give people information on how to trim and prune their trees to protect these trees more," Mayor Pace said.
"We were expecting that (the waste water treatment project) was going to cost about $10,000 to replace the sand out there (that filters the water)," Mayor Pace said. "But it didn't, (it was less)."
The sand has been replaced, the mayor said. The reason the sand had to be replace, the mayor explained, was because it had been put in about 23 years ago and there were concerns that it may not be filtering the water as efficiently as it should.
Resolution 2005 to apply for a grant for the cost of a generator for the police and fire departments was approved.
Resolution R20906 to establish a Heritage Commission for Mammoth Spring was discussed. Mayor Pace said the commission will work with schools and businesses to preserve local heritage and establishing the commission will also help the city receive more grants. The commission will act as the city's official preservation organization. The council approved the resolution.
The mayor said all of the paperwork from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in and all of it has been accepted. To date, Mayor Pace said, FEMA has reimbursed the city $83,317.52. Not all the reimbursements are in, the mayor said, because FEMA has been swamped with paperwork.
The next regular Mammoth Spring City Council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is welcome to attend.