Southwest Arkansas Radio
MINERAL SPRINGS – The city of Mineral Springs is continuing to make improvements in several areas and is looking forward to a great 2016. Mayor Bobby Tullis says the city recently paid off a fire truck and has also caught up on all water and sewer audits. Many of the 2015 city improvements can be seen at the park and in recent road improvements.
Mayor Tullis said he would like to thank the state highway department for enlarging the access to Sherman Street off of Highway 27 and to North Street off Highway 355.
“They put in new culverts there and widened the road to make a better entrance there. The state aid road program enabled us to get almost two miles of city streets paved in 2015. We paid off a million dollar sewer bond, make improvements to the park, and remodel city hall. The library moved into the renovated town depot, across from city hall, and the police department moved their offices into the former library space.”
Tullis said he hopes to continue upgrading the city infrastructure this year.
“We will be repairing water and sewer lines mostly. The city condemned two old buildings, those lots will be cleaned up this year. I’d like to continue that progress and clean up the
town. The spring rains washed out the south Crawford Street bridge. We are awaiting a reimbursement from FEMA for that project and have had to make some small adjustments after the recent heavy rains.”
At Monday’s monthly city council meeting, police chief Jeff Witherspoon announced that Francisco Mercado had been promoted on as a full time officer. The park commission committee gave an update on ongoing sports and equipment needs in 2016. Mike Erwin reported that the youth sports are growing in participation numbers. Basketball is underway right now, at no cost to the participants. Planning is underway for baseball/softball and the committee is looking at constructing a small storage building to better service the park.