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March 5, 2013

Commissioners talk pool, early challenges

MILLEDGEVILLE — The second county work session Feb. 28 continued the Baldwin County Commissioners’ goal of open dialogue and citizen input. Recreation topic statuses, work session format and early progress discussion lead the board into Tuesday's 6 p.m. regular meeting in courthouse Suite 319.

• Community garden in the clear

Then-candidate Tommy French, District 2, alerted the board last September about a Knight Foundation grant award given to Live Healthy Baldwin. Dr. Jim Lidstone, Georgia College’s Center for Health and Social Issues director, requested the board allow use of the Harrisburg Collins P. Lee recreation center for a community garden on behalf of the Milledgeville Community Garden Association.

County attorney David McRee originally said Jan. 31 the community garden called for a recreational policy and procedures change. McRee was afraid the fees and exclusivity of the property use could set a precedent allowing a myriad of citizen requests.

Upon further review, McRee reported Thursday the current policy and procedures cover use of the facility by non-sports associations.

“Following the last work session, I reviewed the request on behalf of the Milledgeville Community Garden Association. I’ve gone through our recreation policy and procedures a number of times,” McRee said. “This past weekend I came to the conclusion that our present policy and procedures are adequate enough to cover the requests being made by the association without making any changes.”

The group can finally apply for the garden featuring a walking track and 20 plots available to anyone in the county. The recreation director and county manager Ralph McMullen, who maintain subjective oversight, would then review the request.

Lidstone expressed relief after hearing the positive news.

“It’s going to be a great thing,” he said. “I think you’ll be pleased with how it turns out.”

• County’s summer pool options look slim

Recreation program manager Cyndee Edwards informed the commissioners that Georgia College allows limited use of its pool facility during May and July.

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