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Some park projects are underway, but some are waiting on the money to arrive.
Last week, the Richmond City Council approved the signing of loan documents for the Park Board to borrow $225,000 to get park projects underway such as the tennis courts and softball fields. Other projects are approved to begin, but the board is still waiting on the loan money to be deposited. As of yesterday the board had not received the money.
The board has a bill of more than $168,000 for the tennis courts coming, and some work still needs to be finished on the ball fields.
Other projects have been approved and are just waiting for the money or better weather in the spring. Projects include a Bark Park for dogs and a new parking lot at Southview Park.
The park board was able to borrow the money, thanks to a 1/2 cent park tax that was passed last April; however, tax funds were not collected until last month. Board members anticipate getting some money next month. The revenues are projected to be more than $200,000 a year. Currently, the Park Board operates on about $75,000. Current reserves are down to about $13,000.
Immediate earmarks for the loan money account for about $200,000. Park board member Mark Sowder said some things wouldn’t need to be paid for several months leaving them time.
“We know we have some early costs coming, but we also know that we don’t have to do parking lot work the first warm day,” Sowder said. “There’s plenty of time for our tax money to start coming in.”
In other actions:
Park Superintendent Terry Dickey reported that a group of Boy Scouts has completed horseshoe pits at West Armour Park. Dickey reported the project came in well below budget.
The board approved the final piece of the Bark Park. A waste station that costs $500 will bring the total price to $8,700.
Recreation Director Haley Morrissey has hit the ground running in her first two weeks. Morrissey reported that basketball sign-ups have been extended to Friday, Nov. 14 and cheerleader sign ups go until Dec. 3. She also said there are plans for an adult volleyball league after basketball season.
City Administrator Rick Childers said the floor problem in the city’s gym is almost fixed. Childers said there is still some waviness in some of the boards, but said some glue repairs should flatten out the floor.