At the Monticello Planning Commission meeting held Tuesday, March 14, the permit for a basketball arena for Monticello School District was approved. The permit was proposed by fire marshal Dale Jones after the plans had been sent to him by Little Rock engineering firm, Odom Architecture. The arena is planned to be partially underground and needs a few more adjustments to the original plan. Fire marshal Jones also mentioned that the construction of an Arby’s restaurant location will soon begin between Ray’s and Commercial Bank on Highway 425.
Also discussed in the meeting was the addition of streetlights along areas such as Highway 425, the town square, and downtown area. The purpose of adding these streetlights is to make the areas of town that are darker during the night more visible. Among the considered streetlights was also LED stop signs to serve the same purpose.