May 19, 2023
It looks as though the chilly weather of Winter and Spring is over, and the warmer days of Summer are here. Almost any afternoon and evening in Bono you can see people enjoying the outdoor recreational opportunities at Legacy Park. You can also, smell the aromas of someone, not too far away, cooking food on the grill. It’s great to enjoy this time of year!
The U. S. Census reported, recently, that Bono is the fastest growing city in Craighead County. We have experienced an 11% growth rate since 2020. Also in that report was the fact that Bono’s median age is 29.5 years. This is younger than the statewide median age of 38.5 years. The growth, which we are experiencing, is attracting a younger population of people. This tells us that we will have a growing group of teens and children as many of these younger people are just starting their families. We will be working to add amenities, which will be attractive and beneficial to these young families.
We have several new businesses in Bono. Jonesboro Cycle and ATV Sales has located in the old Jimco building, which has been completely remodeled. You can get your coffee fix in Jonesboro Cycle and ATV Sales with Sno Brew Coffee, or you can visit their other location behind the car wash on 63 B. Another coffee Shop has opened, The Busy Bean Coffee Shop, is located across from Kum and Go on hwy. 63. Please visit and patronize these local businesses.
The city of Bono is now doing TextMyGov. This is a texting, communication mode, so we can alert you of anything, city wise, that you may need to know. You can also text back to the city to access information or report issues. Get started by texting; Hi to:870.558.6336.
Take note, also, that we now have a digital sign located in front of the senior center on College Street. There will be information on that sign for both senior center and city as well.
The final phases of the College Street project are almost ready for bidding. This means that, hopefully, we will see construction on this before the end of Summer. These last 2 phases will begin at city hall and go East all the way to the city limits. We will be enclosing the ditches, widening the street and adding sidewalks. We have received $630,000.00 in grants to apply to this project.
The city council approved for us to install 2 storm shelters, which will hold about 30 persons each. One of these will be placed on the maintenance property on the West side of town and the other will be between city hall and the community building. We are planning to install several of these storm shelters, over time, around town in various neighborhoods. These will be open and available to any citizen to use during inclimate weather.
Remember that we have a leash law. If you have a dog, you must keep it on a leash when outside. Also, this year we will have a Yard of the Month and Most Improved Yard, award. So, let’s all try to make Bono beautiful by keeping our properties looking great.
Yours for a Better Bono
Danny C. Shaw- Mayor