Town Park Expansion Contemplated by Climber | Local News, Sports, Employment Opportunities

Climbertown Park is about to get new benches, courtesy of the local Eagle Scouts project. The Climbertown Board of Directors discussed new additions to the park, with particular focus on benches and a new town hall building. Resident Caleb Costner proposed the bench idea, which he would build around the climber pond, as part of his Eagle Scout Project. The design will incorporate measures to prevent theft and movement, including placing the benches underground. Three to four benches will be built in total, with some around the furnace and one facing the pond.

School clubs were suggested to help maintain the new benches, with Councillor Melissa Murphy saying, “Kids are always looking for volunteer projects… Why don’t you look into it to give them a chance to like the FFA, FBLA, NHS. They all need their volunteer time, so if you give them that information at least verbally, It will probably reach them.” Another suggestion was put forth to build an actual rock bonfire platform to move the bench. Currently, fire pits are places where people burn items. The aim is to have the new benches installed by August 15th.

The City Hall project has been underway for over a year, with the board having received preliminary drawings of what the new building will look like. The new building will be located in the town park and provide space for the fire station, highway department, town hall, community rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, town committee meeting rooms, and warehouses. The town is working with architect Chris Cook, who has a lot of great ideas to integrate. The challenge is to determine the budget and how much they can spend from the city budget.

In other news, the town has updated rules and fees for the water system, with everything put together in one document. This included updated rates that had not been adjusted since 1967. The town’s highway department also received CHIPS funding of $195,103.71 annually. This funding will be used to blacktop the roads soon. The town also heard an update on the sidewalk project, which is expected to begin in August or early September and be completed by November. Finally, the Highway Authority put up flags throughout the town to commemorate Memorial Day.

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