The Carroll County Inclusion Park project, a project designed to give kids of all intellectual, developmental, and physical abilities a place to play, is moving along.
The organization’s chairman Lori Dillahunty and Fundraising Chairman Wendy Jones updated the Huntingdon town council at the Jan. 24 meeting.
The Inclusion Park’s Board of Directors is a nonprofit group that is raising awareness of inclusion and the need for an inclusion park in Carroll County.
The park will be an area of Kelley Sports Complex and Sesquicentennial Park on Mustang Drive.
Dillahunty and Jones said they have spoken at several Carroll County Schools and different organizations regarding inclusion and the project.
“With the support of the community, Carroll County Schools, volunteers, and local businesses and organizations, we have been able to raise $30,000 in just one year,” said Jones.
On March 25 at 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Civic Center a fundraiser will be held that will include dinner, live music, raffle and an Inclusive Fashion Show featuring local boutiques.
Loan approved for sewer system
During the business session of the council meeting, council members passed the issuance of $1,300,000 for a sewer system loan with the PBA City of Clarksville. This is a loan for sewer system improvements in the lake area to install a new pump station.
Mower purchased approved
The Parks Department will purchase a Toro 4000 mower from Jeff’s Lawnmower Service of Huntingdon at the state bid amount of $10,722.61 that was approved by the council. C & S. Outdoor Co. bid $13,143.05 on a Grasshopper mower.
Solid waste collection up for rebid
The town’s solid waste collection and disposal services will soon be rebid since an automated side load will change the service and pricing. Waste Management’s contract expires in June and there is one other company, Raekar that wants to bid.
Mayor Nina Smothers said a proposal was signed and accepted on Dec. 20 for the purchase of a Pierce Freightliner pumper for the Fire Department from Emergency Vehicle Specialists under Sourcewell purchasing program for $408,197.
The mayor said she had a visit from Al Jackson concerning his planned development off Humphrey’s Road. He is placing $350,000 in an escrow account to be used to increase the depth of the planned pumping station on the east side of Hwy. 70 below the 1,000 Acre Lake. These funds will also be used to install a manhole on the west side of Hwy 70 in the same area. This price is based on the estimate from Scott Daniel of J.R. Wauford, and may be increased if found necessary, according to the mayor.
The mayor said Asbury Circle, which approaches Huntingdon First United Methodist Church will become a two-way street. A stripe will be placed down the center since people are using it as a two-way street.
Councilmember Carl Byars expressed appreciation for the expressions of sympathy at the death of his mother-in-law, Yevonne McCaslin.