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Pinson tables city park contract

By Lee Weyhrich

PINSON — The Pinson City Council on Thursday tabled action on awarding the final contract for constructing the new city park.

The contract will likely be on the agenda again for the Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Pinson City Hall.

Other park considerations were touched on Thursday. The park still hasn’t been given a name. Suggestions have included Pinson Park, Children’s Memorial Park, Settlers’ Park and Palmer Park.

This graphic shows the particulars of the park.
file photo

The council did vote to dedicate a portion of Oak Street West that will become the new park’s primary entrance. The road will need to be built from the ground up and will become the responsibility of Pinson to maintain. The only portion the council won’t accept responsibility for is the bridge, which Mayor Hoyt Sanders believes is fewer than 30 years old.

In other news, Sanders said that more than $80,000 in paving has been completed at Pinson Elementary School and Emerald Forest Estates. The school paving included striping and a new bus ramp.

“That genuinely looks better than when the school opened,” Sanders said.

The council also voted to begin a paving project in Aspen Ridge. The project was never completed by the original contractor, leaving the city with the responsibility. An out-of-court settlement granted Pinson land valued at roughly the cost of paving in exchange for completing the project. A portion of Gold Leaf Lane in that neighborhood will be re-paved by Campbell’s Asphalt Paving and Concrete at an estimated cost of  $12,650.

The council also voted to begin an unrelated cleanup project around Main Street Bridge. Debris and “cobbles,” as Sanders referred to them, have piled up underneath the bridge. The estimated cost of cleanup is between $8,000 and $11,200.

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