Town approves project for grant application

Erin Smith Staff writer

October 8, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Town Council voted to submit a PARTF grant application for work to be performed at Leinwand Park at its meeting Monday.
Joel Moulin with W. K. Dickson presented two options to the board for their consideration, said Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden. In order for the town to pursue grant funding in 2014, the board had to select one of the two projects to be submitted for funding.
The first option involved a recreation project at Leinwand Park that will include improvements to the property recently purchased by the town on Swanzy Street, across from Leinwand Park. The second option was to continue with improvements at Tory Hole Park.
“He (Moulin) asked for the board's direction on which project to apply for funding,” said Madden. “The board selected the park improvement plan for Leinwand Park.”
Madden added that does not mean the town is finished with its work at Tory Hole Park. He said the town will be following up with a PARTF grant application for Tory Hole Park in the following year.
“With the purchase of the former concrete plant … and the donation of land, the town has about $160,000 of accumulated match funds towards the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant,” said Madden.
The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant is a 50-50 matching funds grant so the town is eligible to receive up to $320,000 in grant funding if the application is approved.
If the application is approved for funding in the 2014 grant cycle, Madden said some of the planned improvements for Leinwand Park and the Swanzy Street property include parking, a crosswalk between the existing ball fields at Leinwand Park and the new parking area, an area with a small water feature, tennis courts, shuffle board, horse shoes, and a few other features that will provide recreation for any age group.
“Right now, the playing fields are more for youth and young adults. This (the planned improvements) would open it (Leinwand Park) to other age groups,” said Madden.
Also, the board directed Madden to draft a letter to the Bladen County Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners requesting their participation in the construction a sidewalk and crosswalk on Mercer Mill Road at the Elizabethtown Primary School and Bladen County Health Department.
“That particular project was identified as a priority within the Pedestrian Study,” said Madden. “It was based on the survey results that were noted in the plan.”
The cost is expected to be about $5,000 for the sidewalk and curb cuts, said Madden.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will be responsible for the crosswalk markings and signs, said Madden.
In other business:
— The Paul L. Brown Leadership Academy Cadets presented the colors for the opening of the meeting.
— The board adopted a resolution establishing trick-or-treating guidelines and schedule.
— The board adopted a proclamation declaring November as Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.
— The board approved an amended lease for Burney's Sweets & More.
— The board authorized Bryan to proceed with code enforcement actions of property located at 811 Peanut Road.
— The board authorized a voluntary demolition of two structures owned by the St. James Church located at 503 Newkirk Street and 1508 Martin Luther King Drive.
— Madden updated the board on the situation with inmate labor. He said that the town has spoken with officials at the Tabor City Prison and there are concerns about transportation. Madden said he is working with State Sen. Bill Rabon and State Rep. William Brisson on the matter.
— The board approved the purchase of John Deere Tractor for public services and awarded the bid for financing in the amount of $20,000 to First Citizens Bank.
— The board also approved the purchase of two police cruisers from Vann Underwood in Whiteville in the amount of $47,902 and awarded the financing bid to First Citizens Bank.