Judsonia plans to repair its kennel this year after plans fell through due to COVID-19 to build a new one, Mayor Stan Robinson said.
“We were supposed to have Last Hope [K9 Rescue of Boston] come and give us $8,000 to help us build a new one and now it turns out our kennel is in such bad shape that we’re going to go ahead and fix the one we have, and hopefully that last one hope will come and we can put the kennel where we want it,” Robinson said. “We got a few donations, but most of them I just budgeted to take care of. It will cost around $3,500 to fix the current kennel.
Judsonia also received information Thursday, Robinson said, about a grant the city will apply for to help the city with a new fire station.
Currently, Robinson said they have a fire station downtown and one in Depot Town. “We’ll close the downtown one, I’m sure, once we’ve built the other one.” He said the new one will be right next to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 908 Arkansas Highway 367.
Robinson also hopes to revive the city’s activities in the new year.
“We missed our fireworks last year and we missed our Prospect Bluff Days,” Robinson said. “We had just started again and it was kind of a setback and disappointing for the city, and me too because I worked hard to get these things back up and running.”
Looking back on the things that were accomplished in 2020, Robinson talked about cleaning up various properties. The city also purchased three police trucks, conducted negotiations for a Verizon tower, completed construction of a community building, and completed several police courses, including de-escalation courses and radar certification. Multi-street overlays were also completed and a new canopy was built at Friendly Acres Park.