LUMBERTON — Plans for a wide range of enhancements to Dr. Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Advanced have been authorized Wednesday by Metropolis Council.
Council authorized a brand new website plan for the advanced, previously often known as Northeast Park, as a part of the appliance course of for a grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Belief Fund. The plans embody a splash pad, canine park, expanded playground, band shell/live performance garden, new soccer and softball fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, health stations, a skate park, amenities for court docket sports activities like tennis or basketball, and about 5 1/2 miles of strolling trails.
The vast majority of the enhancements could be positioned on land surrounding the present park area that has been added to the park since its preliminary website plan was authorized in 2005.
“It’s an ideal park website,” mentioned Jeff Ashbaugh, a senior challenge supervisor with Alfred Benesch & Firm, who introduced the brand new website plan. “Y’all have achieved an ideal job of pulling collectively land, as a result of you are able to do about no matter you need on this website, there’s loads of room to unfold out.”
The 2005 website plan is the latest website plan, so new a brand new plan is required to be able to be eligible for the grant. The particular concepts for the enhancements have been based mostly on suggestions obtained throughout public workshops, Ashbaugh mentioned.
The plan has an approximate price of $18,337,684, however the plan will likely be developed over eight phases. The PARTF grant will cowl a portion of the prices for the primary two phases, which embody the addition of the splash pad, playground swings, canine park agility tools, a 1/4-mile path and two multi-sport/soccer fields.
“I’m completely satisfied to see that the park goes to progress and transfer ahead with some additions,” Councilman John Carroll mentioned. “I’ve had a number of people locally to achieve out to me. I do know we’ve achieved effectively drawing for the Little League baseball tournaments, and I believe we may use that as a drawing card for softball.”
That opening section of the challenge will price an estimated $1,433,495. Of that, the town will allocate $10,000 to assist the Buddies of Recreation construct a canine park. The Lumberton Guests Bureau will contribute $500,000 for soccer fields and restrooms, and the PARTF grant gives $400,000. Town would offer the remaining steadiness of $533,495, in line with Metropolis Supervisor Wayne Horne.
That is pending the approval of the PARTF grant.
There is no such thing as a assure the grant will likely be authorized as a result of PARTF cash has been in the reduction of in recent times and it’s a really aggressive grant course of, Horne mentioned. Council must settle for the grant whether it is authorized, and at that time make plans for protecting the remainder of the fee.
A movement to approve the location plan, and an extra movement permitting metropolis workers to submit the PARTF grant software, have been each authorized unanimously. However issues have been nonetheless raised by some Council members.
Councilmen John Cantey and Eric Chavis each requested what efforts have been being made to enhance the parks in different areas of the town, specifically Luther Britt Park in West Lumberton.
“I perceive how we have to broaden the park, appeal to extra enterprise, appeal to extra income,” Cantey mentioned. “However because the one who’s been on Council the final 10, 12 years, I’m all the time going to say, certain, let’s do what we now have to do for that park, however let’s additionally do what we now have to do for our current parks across the metropolis. … I’ve a robust reservation about upgrading different elements of the town and never our a part of the town.”
In different enterprise, Council authorized 4 initiatives concerning the town’s water and sewer.
One approved the town to use for a $2.7 million North Carolina Clear Water State Revolving Mortgage for the aim of sewer rehabilitation on East Fifth Avenue and the rebuilding of the Outer Banks, Freeman and Ramada Inn raise stations. The challenge additionally consists of the set up of a brand new generator on the wastewater therapy plant, which metropolis Public Works Director Rob Armstrong mentioned was the most expensive a part of the challenge.
For this challenge, the town focused raise stations that have been flooded and out of service after hurricanes Matthew and Florence, and ones which have lots of movement on them, Armstrong mentioned.
Of the town’s 49 raise stations, the three chosen for this challenge have been the oldest and most in want of rehabilitation, Horne mentioned.
Town will finance the challenge at about $200,000 per yr over 20 years, Horne mentioned. Town has taken about $900,000 off its water and sewer debt over the previous two years, liberating up the town to tackle further debt for brand new initiatives.
Council additionally authorized shopping for a substitute pump for the Harrill Highway raise station, which Armstrong mentioned is without doubt one of the largest and most crucial within the system. A particular kind of pump will have to be bought from Xylem Water Options USA Inc. at a value of $24,136.08, to be paid out of the water and sewer operations finances.
Acquiring a $450,000 state revolving mortgage to pay for the removing of sludge from the backwash lagoon and for repairs and modifications to the lagoon as soon as it’s emptied additionally was authorized by Council, as was a filter media removing on the metropolis’s water therapy plant at the price of $33,250, which will likely be for utilizing cash from the town’s water and sewer capital enchancment fund.
In different enterprise, Council:
— Scheduled a public listening to for its Could assembly concerning an annexation request by the Lumberton Housing Authority for property on Caton Highway. A request to rezone the property so the LHA can construct a housing advanced on it was authorized throughout a earlier Council assembly.
— Requested metropolis workers to research a petition for a contiguous annexation request from Barbara Lynn Cagle Benton for property on Arbor Lane.
— Accredited a $277,000 mortgage from BB&T for the financing of automobiles, tools and repairs and a $575,000 mortgage from First Financial institution for tools, a growth truck and repairs.
— Accredited the allocation of $350 in Group Revitalization Funds for Cruising Second Avenue; $750 for a luncheon for the Robeson County Teen Group Emergency Response Group; $1,400 for the Transit Heart Youth Mentoring Program; $800 for the Robeson County Church & Group Heart’s Randy Rust Memorial Golf Match; $600 for the Shriners’ Sudan Pirates fundraiser; and $700 for the Robeson County Arts Council.
— Appointed Carroll to characterize Metropolis Council as a voting delegate on the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ CityVision convention, which is scheduled for later in April.
— Voted to put in four-way cease signage at Walnut and nineteenth streets.
— Accredited leasing property on Lowery Avenue to adjoining property house owners for $1. The property was one of many metropolis’s buyout properties as a part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and is now a vacant lot. The movement additionally gave metropolis workers authority to enter into related leases for different related properties as a result of the state of affairs is more likely to repeat itself as the town turns into additional faraway from hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
Chris Stiles will be reached at 910-816-1977 or by e-mail at [email protected]