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September 5, 2013

Pinson council members view revised plans for new park; continue meeting to Friday

PINSON — City Council members got a close look at revised plans for the new Pinson Park during Thrusday night's regular session.

Jane Ross showed new artist's renderings for the site, which involve minor changes from the previous version. The biggest change involves moving the park's main building closer to the middle of the 14-acre site.

As before, the plans include:

  • An amphitheater with a shelter for a 36-by-20 foot stage and seating for about 290
  • Separate playgrounds for pre-schoolers and grade-school age children
  • An optional pair of splash pads, also divided between pre-school and grade-school ages
  • A building with restrooms, a ranger's office, a party room, patio and admission booth for the splash pad
  • A disc golf course with nine holes plus three practice holes
  • A walking trail
  • A maintenance building

The plan as presented, without the splash pad and some other smaller items, would cost $1,224,158. Added costs for optional items, plus a 5-percent contingency allowance for unforeseen costs, would push the total to $146,650.

Ross said the park would take approximately 12 months to build.

The council went into an executive session for the third straight meeting, this time to discuss possible litigation and a real estate transaction. After about 40 minutes, the council went back into public session just long enough to vote to continue the meeting until 4 p.m. Friday.

In other business, the council:

  • Annexed two residential properties, one on Osage Lane and another on Willow Drive
  • Changed the zoning on three previously-annexed parcels from Jefferson County R-1 and A-1 to Pinson RM
  • Heard from Mayor Hoyt Sanders about the purchase of an SUV from the town of Altoona, replacing an SUV destroyed by a downed tree
  • Announced that the annual Christmas Parade and tree-lighting ceremony would return to its traditional dates of the first weekend if December
  • Voted to declare three properties as nuisances for weed abatement.

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