City of Grantville
Parks committee elects officers
by Clay Neely
The election of officers, the selection of park benches and the prospect of a new pavilion for Griffin Street were the items of discussion at the Grantville Parks and Recreation meeting Monday evening.
'We have some benches in the park but the benches they took and didn't bring back were new benches. They must have done that for Grantville Days,' said Ruby Hines, Grantville citizen and chair of the recreation committee.
'That's a question for the city. I don't know why they wouldn't return them,' said Mayor Jim Sells.
'In regards to the benches, get a cost and take it to the city manager and he can take it to the city council. He can find the money and the council can approve it,' said Sells. 'If you're short on picnic tables as well, do the same.'
'We're in the new SPLOST cycle, so it shouldn't be a problem funding tables,' Sells said, referring to the county-wide Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, of which Grantville receives a percentage. 'Ask for enough for both parks and please bring in the prices and the companies you want to use to the next council meeting. Please get all the costs and do as much of the paperwork as you can so we only have to approve one figure,' Sells told the board.
Sells was in attendance to inquire about plans for the year.
City Recreation Director Trellis Zackery proposed several activities for the department to stay busy year-round.
'I'd like to see the creation of a character and leadership development class for teens where various speakers would be invited from various organizations throughout Coweta County. It would focus on leadership training, and high moral and ethical strengths. We could also involve the police department,' said Zackery.
Other proposed activities included group fitness, bingo, chess class, family game night, arts and crafts classes and frame making.
'It's still in our mind to get a recreation building for everybody - children, young adults, older adults. If we could just get a building,' said chairman Mary Elder.
'That will take some grants, and at the end March we should be in a position to do that,' said Sells.
'In 2013, we got our fence and the restroom and we're happy about that,' said Elder. 'But the tennis court is something we'd like to see happen for 2014. We'd like to resurface the court and place benches and receptacles in the area. We'd also like to create green space on Meriwether Street.'
'The county has a two-acre plot on Meriwether Street and it's very level. I'm talking to the county and going to the commissioners to see if we can have that,' said Sells. 'If the county will give us that, we can clear it and put in a pocket park. We need something on Meriwether Street because it's not safe for the kids to cross Highway 29.'
'If we could just get some things going now for our children but also for everyone, it hurts me to see a building like this is just sitting here and kids sitting out in the street. We asked for permission for activities but haven't been given permission from the city manager,' said Elder.
'We asked Mr. Williams to reinstate the program and getting the building cleaned as well,' said Zackery. 'The sinks are clogged in the restrooms and I wanted to see if we could go ahead and get things going for the year-round program.'
'If you need this building to do programs, you can have it. I can get that approved,' said Sells. 'If you want to do programs, that's what the building is for. There is no reason not to have programs year-round. I think the ball just didn't get picked up because of the holidays. Let's face it. That's why we're here. We can talk about needing a new building but we need to use what we have.'
'If we could get another pavilion at Griffin Street, I know we could use one,' said Elder.
'Some trees would have to come down. But you could put one out from the play structure. There was one by the splash park and we haven't figured out why they tore it down. Behind the Clements Malcolm center is where the pool was, you could have pavilions large enough for two families,' said Hines.
'You have a good-sized pavilion at Griffin Street. It's going to be hard to get support to get another one when there isn't one over here at Post Street,' said Sells.
'The two main things you need to do in a community are making it a great place for families and bringing in business. Bringing in business is the hard part. Businesses will look for good communities for people to live in,' said Sells.
The parks and recreation advisory board elected Allen Smith as their new chairman, Amanda Sherer as vice chair and Judy Cook as secretary.