The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors entertained a report from City Manager Gary Brinkley during their brief meeting Tuesday.

The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors entertained a report from City Manager Gary Brinkley during their brief meeting Tuesday.
According to Brinkley, as of Tuesday afternoon, the Arkadelphia Municipal Airport was completely opened. Approximately 15 inches of rain in a six-days period, followed by more than three inches of rain during the second period forced a temporary closure of the airport.
“The work we did in the drainage ditches this summer and fall paid dividends. Ironically, the cleaning of the ditches from the airport to the river was done so well, it became a pipeline for overflowing rivers back to the airport and flooded the facility,” Brinkley said.
In addition to the airport, Brinkley noted city employees are spending time in drainage ditches around town to remove downed trees and unclog pipes.
“We know we are behind on pothole repairs as they have spent so much time in the drainage ditches,” said Brinkley, who assured the public that workers will work on the potholes as time permits.
“We could use a lot of sunshine to help prep the area for the patching material,” Brinkley added.
Brinkley also reported the contractor is making progress on the demolition of the building at 1420 Pine Street.
Based on the work, Brinkley believes the contractor will complete the job within his contract days. The property will be used for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.