Left to right: Tom Chappell, director of Hartselle Parks and Recreation, Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and library manager Michelle Blaylock.

Hartselle receives gifts for playground, library

By Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Christmas cheer spilled over at Hartselle Town Hall Tuesday morning as state Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) arrived with monetary gifts for the Parks & Recreation Department and the William Bradford Huey Library.

Orr arrived before the council session in time to share in a Christmas breakfast and then brought smiles to the faces of city officials with two presentations: one, a $5,000 grant for a new playground in Sparkman Park, and the other, a $3,000 grant for unspecified library needs.

Orr also announced he is looking for grant sources to help Parks and Recreation build a dog park and install lighting on a walking trail, and he plans to introduce two new bills to promote residential growth in Morgan County. 

“The business growth we’re seeing in Hartselle and other parts of the county is fine, but we need to see more rooftops,” Orr said. “The legislation I’m proposing would establish public-private partnerships, whose mission would be to develop a template to promote residential growth.

Tom Chappell, P&R director, said the $5,000 grant and a second $5,000 grant to come later will be used to help purchase equipment for a new playground, which is under construction between the Margie and Grady Long softball complex and youth football field, and additional equipment for a playground at the soccer fields.  

The council showed its appreciation for the work of the town’s employees by awarding them a one-time salary adjustment, as follows: regular full-time employees with more than six months of employment will receive $100; regular full-time employees with less than six months of employment and regular part-time employees will receive $50; and temporary employees will receive $25. 

The council acted on other matters as follows: 

•Adopted an ordinance rezoning two blocks currently in the central business district from B-3 to B-1 (neighborhood shopping).

•Declared as surplus property an unused freezer at The Depot and authorized it to be disposed of as scrap.

•Authorized Public Works to transfer $20,000 from drainage to street repair to cover the cost of rock needed on the Hall Street project.

•Declared as surplus a used chipper/grinder at the inert landfill and authorized it to be advertised for sale on govdeals.com.

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