The Centre City Council has been in the process of applying for a grant through East Alabama Planning Commission from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for a splash pad to be placed in the Centre City Park, the grant would also cover the cost of a walking trail as well however after further research it appears that the chances to receive money for the splash pad are greater than the chances to receive funding for the walking trail.
The City Council has agreed and adopted a Resolution moving the grant proposal forward – the match for the grant on the city’s part will be $80,000 IF the grant is approved.
Councilman Harry Moon voted against the measure saying that he felt like the $80,000 the city was proposing to match for the grant could be used to make much needed repairs to the walking track at the Ed Yarbrough Park.
In other business – Mayor Wilkie gave council members a quote for the purchase of security cameras to be placed in the city park which will be discussed at the next meeting.
Due to new regulations put into effect by the FCC the radios currently being used by the City’s Streets and Sanitations Department are obsolete and will have to be upgraded to narrow band frequencies.
Mayor Wilkie also gave an update on the plans to purchase the Federal Building – Wilkie said that an appraisal had been done and that the finalizations of the plans were contingent upon the property owner.
Councilman Glenn Chandler also said that they were several streets that were being added to the “to be paved” list and that if council members had streets within their respective district that needed to be added they could submit them at anytime so that funding for the projects can be budgeted.
Mayor Tony Wilkie also presented a proposal from the Gadsden Times asking the City to purchase advertisement for a special article being done on Cherokee County with council members for a number of reasons voting not to do so, it was at that time that Councilman Frankie Kelly asked Mayor Wilkie if the city had purchased an advertisement for the local Quarterback Club Program for the upcoming football season, Wilkie said that normally a representative from the Quarterback Club approaches the council about doing so but that no one had been to see him about the matter at that time.