City seeks county assistance with park funding | New

Palestine City is asking the Court of Anderson County Commissioners to partner with them to provide new playground equipment and improvements for the greens and Calhoun Park.

At the commissioners’ meeting on Monday, October 24, Pasty Smith, director of Palestine Parks and Recreation for Palestine City, informed the court that these parks had not been renovated for approximately 20 years.

“We have underprivileged kids who live in the areas where these parks are and we want to try to give them something new to come in and play,” Smith said. “We are asking for your help in getting these playgrounds back to the state they need to be.”

For Greens Park, where the city owns the disc golf course, Smith said they were looking to purchase an agility/gladiator course for $108,909.39.

At Calhoun, Smith said there was equipment that needed to be rearranged.

According to Smith, the city has about $40,567 for these projects set aside in its capital improvement plan, but needs a total of $143,241.73.

Smith explained that the city is not asking for the full amount of the rest of what was needed, but anything the county can donate to help bring in more funding for these playgrounds not only benefits the city, but the residents. County.

This isn’t the first time the city and county have worked together to improve the park. The county recently helped the city fund its fitness court, which is slated to open next month.

The item was deferred to the next meeting of the Court of Commissioners.

Chief Deputy Nick Webb requested the use of funds budgeted for five vehicles in fiscal year 2022 for four Ford vehicles, two pickup trucks and two Explorers, to be outfitted for the Sheriff’s Office.

Webb said the sheriff’s office would like to leave the order for the five vehicles as a placeholder for when those they order will be available after the first of the year, to be purchased with the vehicle funds budgeted for the fiscal year. 2023.

Webb noted that the sheriff’s office has 45 vehicles in its fleet, 11 of which have more than 100,000 miles on them.

The commissioners approved the request.

During the meeting, the Commissioners also approved:

• Consent agenda items, including paying bills, budget changes, county roads crossing utilities, departmental reports, a proclamation for the month of adoption, and a resolution for Meals on Wheels, authorizing County Grand 2023,

• a proposal from Kofile for the digitization of trust deed volumes for the county clerk’s office to be paid with American Rescue Plan Act funds,

• acceptance of a petition to lower the speed limit on Anderson County Road 1121 from 60 mph to 35 mph,

• and for Commissioner Rashad Mims to create a bus rotation at the end of Anderson County Road 2108 for the Elkhart Independent School District.

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