On August 26, 2016, Mayor Tucker issued Mayoral Directive 2016-29 which established the advisory body with the purpose of provide recommendations, in the form of a written report, to the Mayor for the re-proposed use of the former Arkansas National Guard Monticello Readiness Center located on Jordan Drive.
The taskforce shall consist of five members, namely one (1) City Council member, one (1) representative from the Parks & Recreation Committee, one (1) representative from the Monticello Economic Development Commission, and two (2) at-large residents representing the community.
“This is a great opportunity for our community,” stated Mayor Tucker. “In the last two years the National Guard has closed nine armories. Cities have re-purposed them for community centers, police stations, emergency operation centers, and even classroom space for a local college. We have several needs in our city, we just need to decide how best we can use the facility.”
Tucker announced in late May, his plans to appoint a special taskforce to decide the fate of the city’s newest facility. The Mayor’s Office accepted applications for appointment to the advisory group throughout June & July.
Members are as follows:
Chair Jack Lassiter, Community At-large
Joe Britton, Community At-large
Nita McDaniel, MEDC
John Davis, Parks Committee
Joe Meeks, Alderman