Main St. Road work

Road work continues on Main and Poplar streets in Benton as crews finish replacing drainage pipes.

Road work on Main and Poplar Streets in Benton is closer to being finished.

Crews from Jim Smith Contracting have been in town replacing underground drainage pipes. After milling the pavement, new pipes have been installed that will drain north to the property behind the Five Star convenience store.

From Fifth Street to Eighth Street, workers are digging down one foot and removing the drainage base. They are then replacing the base, adding a layer of concrete and then a few inches of asphalt. New concrete curbs have are also being installed.

From Eighth Street to the Y at H. H. Lovett Park, crews are milling three inches down and replacing it with three inches of asphalt.

Mayor Rita Dotson said she is also going to ask for a price to replace other curbs and gutters in the city while the contractors are in town working.

Complete repaving of Main and Poplar streets will probably not be completed until spring 2021.

The city council heard the monthly police report for September from Sergeant William Treadway. During September, the Benton Police Department answered 722 calls, 321 of which were for alcohol/extra patrol, 20 were alarm activations and 37 were for suspicious activity. 24 of the calls were for collisions.

The police department opened 20 cases, resulting in 27 criminal charges. Sixty-two citations were issued. Forty-three were traffic offenses and 19 were criminal offenses.

• Accepted the lone bid from Jim Smith Contracting in the amount of $239,195 for the Country Trace Lane drainage structure. The city has received $211,000 in emergency road aid to use towards the project.

• Held second readings and adopted two ordinances to rezone property known as Southwest One Industrial Park from Residential 1 to Industrial 2 and 2675 Main St., from Residential 2 to Commercial 2.

• And, held a discussion about parking issues on Main Street from Eighth Street to 14th Street.