New recreation director named
by Clay Neely
Michelle Huffstickler was named as Grantville’s new recreation director by the Grantville City Council on Monday eve.
Huffstickler will be working with the existing Grantville Recreational Advisory Board, along with acting as the recreational liaison between Grantville and Coweta County, according to Mayor Jim Sells.
Earlier this year, the city council voted to dissolve the Recreational Advisory Board, but, according to City Clerk Tonya Wheelous, the board is still in operation.
“The Recreational Advisory Board is still in operation and will remain so,” according to Sells. “They’ll certainly be one of the tools that she’ll use to get what we have up and running and then start making improvements. We will be moving forward with the opportunities for recreation for the children in Grantville.”
With the existing ball fields active in only spring and fall, the opportunity for other sports such as flag football, soccer and lacrosse are all possibilities for the recreational baseball league off-season, according to Sells.
Huffstickler is expected to officially start work in mid-April. However, the possibility for meeting with the city manager to begin administrative duties and meeting with the Recreational Advisory Board could happen sooner than scheduled.
“Her interview is what really made her stand out,” Sells said. “We expressed our need for more possible areas for recreation and she felt that we had a plethora of underutilized areas such as the large field at the Griffin Street Park and the possibility of a new park on Meriwether Street.”
Sells indicated that while the city would still like to construct a new gymnasium, that particular project would take a sizable amount of time and money.
“Regardless, our goal for Grantville is year-round recreation and we feel that she’s a perfect fit for the job,” Sells said. “We’re very excited about the possibilities that we have.”
In other business at Monday’s council meeting:
• Also related to recreation, it was announced that the estimated completion date for Grantville’s new splash park is May 1.
“We’re currently discussing the punch list items with our contractor,” said Sells. “The remaining items left to complete the park include concrete and fence work.”
Councilman David Riley inquired into the possibility of a location for a new pavilion at the splash park.
“We’ve looked around for a good location but aren’t quite sure where the site should be,” said City Manager Johnny Williams. “We’re waiting on the input from our new recreation director.”
• Approval was given for an Easter egg hunt at Colley Park on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., sponsored by the Grantville Veterans Association.
• Approved unanimously was a budget amendment that would allow two council members and the city manager to attend the Georgia Municipal Association Convention in June.
• The council also gave approval for two other upcoming activities, the Great Grantville Motorcycle Ride-In on May 12th and Kid’s Day in Grantville scheduled for Sunday, March 30th.