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City to apply for park grant
Houston County Courier -  January 2010

By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

CROCKETT - Members of Crockett City Council approved a resolution at their meeting held Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to participate in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant Program.
The city’s portion of the 50 percent portion of the grant will amount to $75,000 and be funded by a cash or in-kind donation of $10,000 from the Crockett Rotary Club; $27,500 in city funds and $37,500 in in-kind work from the city and force account personnel.
Crockett City Administrator Ron Duncan said the grant would provide improvements to both the Davy Crockett Memorial Park and I.T. Williams Park.
Duncan said projects in the 55-acre Davy Crockett Memorial Park would include resurfacing the tennis court and make suitable for tennis, basketball, and skateboarding. Plans also include adding an ADA compliant playground area, a water fountain and a new ADA accessible path and replacement of some playground equipment.
Duncan said that projects designated for the 2-acre I.T. Williams Park included adding an outdoor ADA compliant playground area; water fountain; a 3-bay, 6-swing set; spring rider toys; and covering the play area with a sunscreen protective cover to allow access and use during the summer months.
In other business, council approved an  interlocal agreement with the county relating to the application under the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program for the installation of  security cameras at city owned facilities. The $18,546 grant will be divided between the city and county. Duncan said the city’s portion of $9,085 would be used for cameras in city hall near the water department and in the parks.
Near the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Wayne Mask said there had been a number of residents concerned about an issue of interrupted service from Northland Cable. Mayor Mask called on the company’s representative Linda Richie, who told council and those attending the meeting that her company did experience some issues during December that involved sporadic interruptions in service over a 72-hour period.
Ms. Richie said, “We do regret that it took us longer to correct these problems than we anticipated.”
She added, “We definitely care about the community. We were working on it from day one. We do apologize for these issues. We have them corrected now.”
Ms. Richie said that they had pro-rated the bills of customers who were affected for the 72-hour period. She said that the pro-rated amount equaled $1.87 per day.
Council approved the nomination of Gabriel Arcibar as a fulltime firefighter and welcomed the recently elected board and new members of the Crockett Fire Department who were introduced by CFD Chief Darrell Deckard.




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