Euharlee prepares for Joe Cowan Park opener
by Neil McGahee
Sep 04, 2013 | 3358 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Euharlee City Council gave the green light to a series of expense requests — more than $150,000 — needed to prepare for the opening of Joe Cowan Park on Sept. 19.

“You have before you a long list of line items for Joe Cowan Park,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss. “It comes to a total of $150,710.50.”

Goss emphasized that the deadline was fast approaching with the ribbon-cutting ceremony less than three weeks away.

The payables included $15,690 for installation of tennis and basketball courts; $8,419 for playing field turf; $14,738 for concrete installations; $12,000 for handrails; and $43,223 for site work on the 1-mile walking trail.

“The walking trail is complete?” council member Craig Guyton asked.

Goss replied that he had not walked the entire trail to check, but other than some minor facelifts, he felt the trail was ready.

“Georgia Power has to drive around the trail to put up the power poles,” Goss said, “so there are some things that we need to wait on until Georgia Power finishes their work.”

Council member Joseph “Jo-Jo” Turner questioned the readiness of the trail.

“There’s enough stuff, debris, laying on either side of the trail that you can’t mow it or maintain it,” he said. “Sometime next week, take a ride around it in your truck. You wil see debris.

“I’m also worried about the surface of the trail. I don’t mean to be disrespectful but I don’t like it the way it is now.”

Goss assured Turner that his concerns would be addressed and the payables were approved unanimously.

In other business, the council:

• moved discussion regarding traffic lights at schools to the next work session.

• approved the purchase of a Trail Wagon ATV from Tractor Supply for $5,299 for field maintenance at Joe Cowan Park.

• tabled a proposal to resurface the downtown tennis courts.

Euharlee City Council’s next meeting will be a work session on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at city hall.