The Union Recorder

Local News

June 20, 2014

Immediate county recreation projects set

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County Commissioners Tuesday affirmed an immediate recreation department project direction for county tax revenues over the next two years.

Walter B. Williams, Coopers Park, Harrisburg Park and the Soccer/Track Complex will receive doable and funding efficient upgrades as Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) monies become available.

Recreation Director Bill McNair, County Manager Ralph McMullen, Commissioner Tommy French and Commissioner Henry Craig established the project priorities in recreation committee discussions.

French said the county is finding an organized way to spend revenues earmarked for recreation. Now is no time to let the parks continue deteriorating.

“It will make our recreation facilities not only adequate, but something the community can be proud of,” French said. “Over a period of time, we’ll have active people coming in, and our parks won’t be dead.”

On average since the 2012 SPLOST collections began, the county collects $24,500 monthly for recreation spending.

McNair said give or take the yearly projected revenue is $292,000.

Counting the $136,000 the recreation department has spent on 2013 and 2014 projects including fence screens at the youth complex, restrooms, scoreboards and maintenance equipment, McNair proposed a $476,000 spending total to cover improvements at all four county parks.

County Finance Director Dawn Hudson said the county had the SPLOST to cover the work though collections are behind the $2 million six-year projection since April 2012.

“We are trying to build each year and not try to do all at once. We know our priorities will change each year, but we’ll have a plan to best spend those SPLOST dollars at our recreation facility,” Craig said.

Commissioner Emily Davis wasn’t pleased the proposal skipped a county pool.

French said the money just isn’t there.

“In six years, you may have a pool, but all of your parks are falling apart,” he said. “It would take at least three or four years with no spending to get that pool.”

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"