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Hartselle Enquirer

Priceville Council names board for sports complex

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Priceville Town Council incorporated a public park and recreation board as a step needed to pursue funding for a multi-purpose sports complex at a regular meeting on May 9.

Appointed as board members were Robert Bedwell, Patsy Dunkin and Mary Ratliff.

Mayor Melvin Duran said the board will be owner of the facility in name only and the town will lease it and assume responsibility for the bonded indebtedness. Negotiations are underway with Encore Inc. to manage the complex.

“We’ll be meeting with the architect in three to four weeks to go over the design and make any changes we feel are needed,” Duran said. “I’d say we’re three to six months  away from breaking  ground and nine months to a year from the project being complete.”

He estimated the cost to be between $7 and $8 million.

The Priceville Council announced an interest in building a sports complex in early 2015 and adopted a one-cent sales tax increase to help with the funding in March 2015.

The council acted on other matters as follows:

•Approved payment of bills totaling $87,528.20.

•Approved $425 to Eagle Enterprise  for an advertisement on menus at Libby’s Catfish Restaurant.

•Approved $650 to Ed Smith Office Machines for yearly maintenance on a copier at Linda Duran Public Library

•Approved submittal of the annual Municipal Water Pollution progress report the Alabama Department of Environmental Management

•Accepted a $2,500 donation from Jeremy and Jessica Holmes for the special needs playground in Veterans Park. The money was raised at the 2016 Miss Albany Pigtail fundraiser at Priceville Elementary School

•Authorized Mayor Duran and Councilman Don Livingston to confer with a real estate broker for  information pertinent to the rental/lease of the city-owned Dinsmore Building on Hwy. 67.

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