Magistrates look to add additional $7,000

Last updated: May 23. 2014 12:03PM - 562 Views
By - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

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It looks as if the county will amend its 2014-2015 fiscal budget to include an additional $7,000 to help fund the Russellville City-County Park located off the 68-80 Bypass.

Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton approached the fiscal court Wednesday, May 21 at a special called meeting asking for the additional funding above the $3,000 already allotted the park.

Stratton handed out a list of projects the city wanted to complete to enhance the park, which draws both city and county users.

The projects include:

New roof for club house and pavilions $3,600

Cover gable ends and siding $535

Roof pavilions $3,287

Pressure wash all picnic tables (repaint if needed) $350

Cut down swings from 12 feet to 8 feet for safety purposes $350

Paint all paintable playground equipment $350

Pour sidewalks from playground parking lot to pavilions $500

Paint all concrete buildings including dug outs on bottom fields $450

Paint all fencing (playground, tennis court, ball fields, etc.) $700

Repair newest tennis court (seal and stripe) $14,500

Turn old tennis court into sand volleyball court $500

Replace bad lights throughout park $5,000

Replace seven steel doors on buildings $1,470

Clean grills and paint, place better grills around pavilions (remove old grills that are in bad repair) $500

Paint curbside at park entrance $350

Re-roof buildings $2,500

Patch, seal and re-stripe basketball court $1,000

Mayor Stratton said the city was able to allot $26,000 in its own 2014-2015 budget to use towards upgrading the park. The mayor said the city has been very blessed and able to allocate more money this year to complete these necessary upgrades to make the park look better.

“This park has been neglected for several years,” said mayor Stratton. “It’s getting to the point we need to bite the bullet and do what needs to be done down there.”

Mayor Stratton said by upgrading the park it shows the community is ready for development. When perspective industry comes to Logan County one of the things they look for is quality of life, and an attractive park system falls under those criteria.

All the labor, said the mayor, will be done by city employees, which will cut down on the costs.

Magistrate Drexel Johnson commented at the meeting that he thought the projects all needed to be done, while magistrate Russell Poore noted, “We are all citizens of the county,” and felt improvements needed to be made as well. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin echoed with, “absolutely.”

Before leaving the meeting, mayor Stratton thanked the magistrates and judge executive for their cooperation and good working relationship.

“I could not personally ask for a better relationship between the City of Russellville and the county as we have now,” said mayor Stratton. “We can call on one another and the general consensus is what is good for the city is good for the county. We are all blessed.”

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