2012-05-25 / Government / Neighborhood

Forest Acres City Council approves facelifts for parks

By Cathy Cobbs

After three years of study, bids, delays to obtain neighborhood input, it appears that Citadel and Idalia parks are ready for their major facelifts.

At the May 8 Forest Acres City Council meeting, city manager Mark Williams asked the group for approval of the lowest qualified bidder, Tyler Construction, to start work on both city parks with some changes to include improved fencing.

Citadel’s cost of construction is $248,698, while Idelia will total $98,459. This does not include playground equipment, which will be approved at a later meeting.

Williams suggested, and the council concurred, that the parents in the surrounding area be consulted about the different choices for equipment.

The council approved the expenditure unanimously.

In other business, Williams reported that renovations to the city’s main building has been completed at a cost of $52,000 and that the police department has moved back into the area.

Williams also discussed with the council ongoing problems with people letting their dogs off-leash at Quinine Park.

“I’ve been told that we have the best off-leash dog park in the area,” Williams said. “People have vandalized the signs that say that all the dogs should be on a leash.”

The council discussed the possible installation of a security camera or an increase in police presence during daylight hours.

In other business, the council:

• passed on first reading the annexation of 6714 Eastbrook Drive into the city;

• read a proclamation honoring First Christian Church on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; • heard police chief Gene Sealey tell of continued car and home breakins during April. Several arrests have been made, but incidents have continued.

The council adjourned shortly before 6 p. m. In attendance was Mayor Frank Brunson, Curtis Rye Jr., Ginger Dukes, and Shell Suber. Charles Fetner was absent from the meeting.

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