GARLAND — Town officials are moving forward with plans to build a playground for families and children to enjoy.
During a Tuesday night meeting, commissioners accepted a proposal from contractor Brad Richardson to prepare donated property on South Bladen Avenue. The cost of the work for the 1.39 acres is $8,750. Town Clerk Pamela Cashwell reported that the work includes tilling, planting grass seeds and installing a sprinkler system. With a fiscal deadline approaching, work is expected to begin immediately.
“That work has to be completed by June 30, because it has to be done within this fiscal year,” Cashwell said about money that has to be used.
In addition to approving Richardson to begin work, commissioners officially gave a name to the park: Curtis D. Caine Memorial Park. Caine was a former commissioner and local businessman. Following several legal steps, his daughter, Connie Cain Rackley donated the property to the town.
Previously, it was estimated that it could cost between $10,000 and $12,000 for the total playground project. One idea was to renovate abandoned equipment left behind when Head Start left Garland.
“There was some equipment that was left over at the Head Start building,” Cashwell said. “The equipment is fine where it’s at, but if you move it, the equipment would have to meet the safety requirements of today.”
Research is being conducted to see if moving the old equipment is feasible. Another alternative would be to buy new playground items. Fundraising was also mentioned as a possibility to get equipment.
“It’s certainly going to prepped and ready to start so we can make some decisions moving forward,” Cashwell said referring to future actions of commissioners.
A final completion date has not been announced.
Vehicle tax hike increased
Garland commissioners approved a $5 increase for vehicle tax stickers.
The fee is currently $5, but effective July 1, the cost for a sticker will be $10. Town Clerk Pamela Cashwell reported that the increase may generate an extra $2,000 a year, bringing the expected total to $4,000. The North Carolina General Assembly allowed cities and towns to increase the tax up to $30.
“The increase would help us with our limited financial revenue,” Cashwell said. “It’s going into the general fund which will be used for streets, building repairs and recreation.”
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