Log Cabin Staff Writer

The Mayflower City Council on Tuesday authorized a city application for a GIF fire protection grant, which would provide money to be used for two new emergency sirens.

Carl Rossini, fire chief of the Mayflower fire department, said the emergency siren on Jackson Street and the one behind the city park will be replaced with new 360-degree rotating sirens. The old sirens will be put at the end of Center Street and on Easterwood Point Road, where the city’s new volunteer fire station was recently built.

"What we’re trying to do is broaden our coverage with sirens," Rossini said. "You’ll definitely hear these new ones."

The resolution, which will send a request to the Arkansas Rural Development Commission for $41,760, passed unanimously.

Treasurer Dale Carter presented the status of FEMA funds that will be used for assisting in the recovery costs after severe storms that passed through the town in the spring.

Total damage costs from the storm are calculated at about $125,680, of which $3,385 has been covered by insurance, while FEMA has paid $27,755, Carter said. He said FEMA is projected to pay 75 percent of the rest of the costs, providing nearly $64,000, with the state paying more than $15,000 and the city contributing more than $15,500.

Carter said the state should pay its share once FEMA does. 

Carter also said there is damage on Lake Forrest Drive that is still awaiting cost projections.

"FEMA says they have enough money to continue," Carter said. "I’m hoping [they pay] project by project, not the overall program."

The next Mayflower city council meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.