Town hall meetings set to discuss potential uses for armory

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Monticello will host two town hall meetings this month to discuss potential uses for the former Arkansas National Guard Armory in Monticello which was transferred to the city last year after it was closed.

The meetings will be held on July 11 and July 28 with both meetings scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Arkansas National Guard announced in January 2016 that it was closing the readiness centers in Monticello and Magnolia. The decision was made by Gov. Asa Hutchinson after receiving feedback from community leaders and the Arkansas Military Department.

The Guard’s plan was based on an effort to reduce operating and maintenance costs and to restructure and rebalance the forces in Arkansas, according to the release. The move will reduce the total number of readiness centers in the state to 53. The Guard estimates an annual savings of more than $81,000 by returning the Magnolia and Monticello facilities, based on 2015 armory maintenance and utility figures.

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