White councilmen at their monthly meeting Monday approved a set of rules for the park. Among the regulations are the park's hours of operations -- excluding special events, the children's park, ballfield, bathrooms and parking lot will be open daily from 8 a.m. until dark. But residents will have a few more hours each day to use the walk path around the park, as they will be allowed on it between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Other rules state that children under 12 must be supervised by an adult over the age of 21; dogs must be on a leash and cleaned up after; smoking will be allowed only in designated areas; and the park's pavilion will be available for use by permit only, though a fee will be applied only when the applicants use its lights or electricity.
City Manager Jane Richards said the city will soon place around the park signs spelling out these and other rules. She said that since the opening of the park's bathrooms, she has noted one incident of stolen toilet paper and a mess left on one of the bathroom's floor, but overall, they have been kept in fairly good shape.
"They're nice, and I think they're going to be an asset to us, but we have to watch them," she said.
Richards told the council that the amenities that have been added to the park in recent months will lead to some increased maintenance costs and a few amendments to the fiscal year 2010 budget at the year's end; the city's fiscal year parallels the calendar year.
"The more you got, the more you got to do to keep it up," she said.
The council also approved the formation of a committee aimed at putting together a festival in the park in the coming months. Richards will chair the committee.
Richards at the end of the meeting told councilmen that she received from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson a letter notifying the city that it would be receiving the Appalachian Regional Commission grant it had applied for, which will go toward extending a sewer line to Barry Drive.
She said the city also received a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Census Bureau, which used city hall earlier this year for training and during the population count process.
The council's next scheduled meeting is set for Nov. 1.