July 9, 2014 10:52:02 AM
VERNON, Ala. -- The City of Vernon is moving closer to building a splash pad at the city's park.
Mayor Glenn Crawford announced Monday an invitation to a Land Water Conservation Fund compliance workshop July 15 in Montgomery, an indicator that the city's $50,000 grant application submitted in July 2013 has been accepted.
"It's a meeting to cover how you handle the grant award and how you go forward," Crawford said. "It hasn't officially been accepted, but being invited down is a promising sign for us."
The LWCF grant will require a $50,000 match from the city. The grant application was written by Nick Walters of Stone Adams Financial Partners in Jackson, Miss. Walters was hired as a consultant when the current council took office in 2013.
Crawford said the city currently has a site selected in the playground area of the city park.
"We started this within the first two months of our term," Crawford said. "This was a project that, as individuals, most us wanted to make this an addition to our park."
Should Vernon receive the grant this month, it could break ground as early as October, Crawford said.
In other business:
■ The council voted unanimously to continue to let Pickens County handle its waste material, like garbage and sanitation disposal. If the city had opted to handle its own solid waste disposal, it would have been required to deal with the Environmental Protection Agency directly, Crawford said.
■ The council voted unanimously to hire Jason Clifton as a part-time police officer.