Lemon Park plans announced

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Will Whaley - Staff Writer

The Recreation and Parks Committee released their plans for renovating Lemon Park at the Barnwell City Council meeting last Monday night, May 5.
Mike Shumaker, parks and recreation director, presented the proposed renovations to the park that include two of the parking lots getting crushed gravel. This will be done in hopes of reducing the number of parked cars along the road and safety.
Other renovations include a second entrance way to Lemon Park.
According to City Administrator John Zawacki, there were many complaints about having to walk a long distance to get to the second parking lot.
While no money was formally requested at the meeting by Shumaker, Zawacki estimates that the total cost for a second entrance to Lemon Park to be at least $16,000.
"You are looking at about $14,000 for the pre-made handicapped ramps and stairs and extending the sidewalk to the handicapped ramps is around the $2,000 range," said Zawacki.
The use of Lemon Park has increased since its completion. Three district tournaments for Barnwell Baseball Association were held this year as opposed to only one last year. This led to an increase in practices at Lemon Park also.
In other news:
Bid package deadlines were also set for May 15 and, will be publically viewable at 2 p.m. Packages for this bid include replacing six manhole covers, garbage disposal and a new water main on Haven Street.
The Barnwell Police Department now has a full staff with 16 officers. The three newest officers were sworn in at the meeting: Joshua Orth, William Murphy, and Diane Tarter.
Chief Reuben Black stated that eight patrol cars were in need of being replaced. In the near future, he said he is looking into grants.
No action was taken after the closed session to discuss.