County sets aside $850K for park upgrades

November 20, 2009 11:38:00 AM

Allen Baswell - [email protected]


Lowndes County has pledged $850,000 toward a plan for upgrading and improving neighborhood parks. 


And the city of Columbus plans to look for "creative ways" to fund the project. 


During a Thursday city-county intergovernmental relations committee meeting, District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders said the county has set aside $850,000 for the parks project. 


Earlier in the month, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Executive Director Roger Short presented a $1.6 million plan for upgrading and improving neighborhood parks. 


"We are going to look at creative ways to finance this," Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said at the Thursday meeting, held in the supervisors'' boardroom at the Lowndes County Courthouse. 


City officials plans to discuss the issue at a later time. 


In other matters, Smith presented supervisors with a letter requesting to use county workers to assist with repairing potholes. 


"I am not against the city, but we are overworked. It is not up to the county Road Department to do the city''s road work," Sanders said. 


"All I did was make the request for help," Smith said. 


The supervisors will put the matter on the agenda for their next meeting, Sanders said. The supervisors are scheduled to meet Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. 


Committee members also heard from Chris Ramsden of Raytheon Corp., who presented information on updating radio communications throughout the county.

Allen Baswell is a former staff reporter for The Dispatch