Roanoke council discusses possible splash pad

The Roanoke Town Council discussed the potential construction of a splash pad in the town’s park during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Council President Dave Tucker presented a rendering of a splash pad that he had commissioned. The rendering depicted a circular pad that encompassed a 60-foot area. Tucker commented that if the pad is built, the volleyball court area in the park would be a good location for it.
The pad in the rendering reflected a budget of $100,000, said Tucker. He noted that council could make whatever changes it desired to the rendering.

Ultimately, for the project to move forward, remarked Tucker, it would have to be a public-private partnership, with citizens and businesses chipping in to fund the pad’s construction along with the town.

Council also discussed the installation of new bridges at the park. Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert reported that the CEDIT Advisory Committee had given a favorable recommendation to the town’s request for $60,000 for the project. The Huntington County Commissioners will now decide whether or not to approve the request.

The board learned that the Roanoke Beautification Foundation would be bringing back its brick drive fund-raiser in 2019. Foundation representative John Nelson explained that the fund-raiser would give citizens and businesses an opportunity to purchase a personalized brick on the Main Street sidewalks between First and Second streets. The fund-raiser will run throughout 2019, said Nelson, with purchased bricks tentatively scheduled to be installed in 2020.

In other business:

· Hibbert stated that the town’s street improvement projects for the year came out to a grand total of $523,192, which ended up being significantly below the forecasted amount. Seventy-five percent of the total was covered by the town’s Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) while the town chipped in the remaining 25 percent. Hibbert said that he would apply for more CCMG funding in January.

· Assistant Utility Superintendent Eric Parker requested $22,000 to pay for repairs to the town’s fifth well. Peerless Midwest submitted the quote for the repairs, which Hibbert explained was a worst-case scenario quote. The actual repairs, said Hibbert, could turn out to cost significantly less than the quote. Council granted Parker’s request, with the funds to come from the water fund.

· The board approved three-percent raises for town employees.

· Council accepted an application to join the town’s fire department from Tyler Abbott.