Alderman Brian Woodall presented the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) with a list of items he would like to see completed at the city parks at its February meeting. According to Woodall, now might be a good time to do these projects since interest rates on borrowing money is at an all- time low.
A splash pad was at the top of the list. According to Woodall, there is a lot of interest from the citizens for a splash pad. He campaigned that he supported adding one to one of the city parks.
According to Woodall, the price could go in any direction, but an initial price could be $300,000 and then build off that price depending what is added to the pad.
Second, on Woodall’s list was two double tennis courts because that is what the high school needs to have tournaments. Park’s director Jamie White said that the cost to surface the courts would be $300,000 and that didn’t include fencing, nets, or lighting.
Mayor Mike Callis said that there had not been a big request from residents for tennis courts, just mainly from the high school.
Woodall’s third request was to expand the parking lot at Meadowbrook Park. Several improvements have been made at the park recently, according to Callis. Paving access to the dog park has been completed. New playground equipment is expected to be delivered in three weeks with a three-to-four-day time frame for installation.
In addition, work is being completed on the barn which will include a more up to date electrical stand-alone box. Work has begun on two sand volleyball courts, and the trees will be cleared out along the fence line between the park and Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home. The lighting is scheduled to be improved along the walking trail.
Tearing down the maintenance building at Richland Park and reassembling somewhere else on the grounds was the fourth item on the list. The last item was rehabbing the restroom facility located behind the Robert Coleman Community Center.
Currently, the city is in the process of improving that center, often called the OEO Center. There is also some concern about the age of the city swimming pool which was installed about 50 years ago. Improvements were made on the pool recently.
The council agreed for Callis and Woodall to work on a price list for the five items.
Alderman Thomas Dillard expressed some concern about spending at this time because of the adjustments the city might have to make if the $15 minimum wage became law. He said he didn’t oppose getting the pricing, but felt the city should brace itself for what might be coming down the road.
Callis said the city would have to look at its debt service position before borrowing more funds.
Alderwoman Penny Barnes suggested that the city look at its long-range goals. Callis added that he would try to get the Municipal Technical Advisor Service (MTAS) to assist the city in establishing these goals.