Park improvements ‘on track’ in Hornbeak

Park improvements ‘on track’ in Hornbeak

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:05 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Park improvements are on track in Hornbeak.
Hornbeak’s mayor and board of aldermen received plenty of good news about improvements to playground equipment and the town’s walking track during their monthly meeting Tuesday night.
A public hearing about the park improvements — which are being funded by grants — was held prior to the board’s regular session.
City recorder Joyce Truett explained one grant is funding playground equip-ment, while another grant is funding improvements to the walking trail at the town’s ballpark.
The grant for the play-ground equipment is a 50/50 matching grant for Hornbeak for a project estimated at $34,947, with a portion of the town’s required matching funds of about $17,000 to include a $12,000 donation from the playground equipment company. The grant for the walking track is an 80/20 matching grant for a project with an estimated cost of $49,850, making the town’s portion about $10,000. The funds for the town’s portions of the grants are available in its Parks and Recreation Fund.
Mrs. Truett said the track improvements will make the trail “Americans With Disabilities Act-accessible.”
She said an engineer is currently working on a contract for the improve-ments.
“A lot of people are really, really looking forward to the walking trail,” she said.
Mrs. Truett also said she has been told new dugouts are being installed at the park and alderman Leon Walden noted a considerable amount of work has been done in the area.
In action during Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the board:
• Approved the town’s applying for Community Development Block Grant funding and Rural Development loans for the third phase of its ongoing sewer project after hearing a brief update from engineer Bob Nichols. The third phase will add about 52 customers and also includes replacement of a pumping station’s entire unit.
The board also approved signing Nichols’ engineering contract.
• Was informed by alderman Paul Truett that there are several potholes in need of repair on the town’s streets.
• Learned a local resident has been told by police to cease placing bags of trash in a ditch on a piece of property or else he will be cited into court.
• Approved a resolution officially appointing Dennis Dozier to fill a vacancy on the board of aldermen created by the resignation of Grant McGuire in January.
• Voted to use former city recorder Betty Walley as a back-up employee as needed on a part-time basis whenever Mrs. Truett is out of the office to study and attend mandated training for city clerks. There had been discussion about the need for someone trained to be available in the event Mrs. Truett is ever sick or out for personal reasons and Mrs. Walley said she is willing to help out as needed.
• Learned Mrs. Truett recently completed training and passed her first test in the lengthy process to become a certified municipal finance officer. She will be required to attend several more classes every other month over the next two years for the mandatory certification process.
She will also next attend a free training session for court clerks March 10-11 in Franklin.
• Voted to pay bills that included a Tennessee Municipal League invoice for $3,617 for the town’s liability insurance; a $221.40 invoice for required advertising for the town’s sewer grant; and a $300 surety bond for the sewer project, an annual insurance-related item paid from the sewer budget.
• Voted to purchase a refurbished 2009 Crown Victoria police patrol car for $13,000 from a Jackson dealership and authorized borrowing the funds at the cheapest percentage rate the town can secure. Mrs. Truett reminded the board the action must also be approved by the state comptroller’s office before it can proceed.
The board was also informed that grant funding received by the town’s police force can be utilized to equip the vehicle, a former Madison County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle which is already wired for police use.
• Learned bids will be sought for the mowing of the town’s cemetery prior to the April 5 board meeting.

Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.2.11

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