De Queen Mayor Jeff Brown spoke to De Queen Rotary Club on Feb. 4. The mayor told members about upcoming projects for the city. The water tank near De Queen Medical Center is in need of major renovations. Approximate cost is $850,000 and bids are currently being taken. The tank will be out of service for two-three months while repairs are completed. Sidewalks are scheduled to be installed at De Queen High School and Junior High to provide safe travel for students walking to school and sporting events. Future plans are to extend sidewalks along Coulter Drive and continue along North 9th to the school administration office. The mayor discussed the importance of the upcoming 2020 US Census. Residents are encouraged to participate since population count will affect federal funds received for the community. Census may be completed by mail, phone or online. Census forms will only be sent to physical mailing address not PO boxes. A public hearing will be held Feb. 21 to discuss $1 million infrastructure grant earmarked for new construction of water and sewer projects. Public is invited to voice opinions for best use of these funds.