Council votes to tear down playground equipment
by Tim Delaney
Oct 18, 2013 | 259 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTWELL – The Austwell City Council approved tearing playground equipment down in the city’s park for safety reasons at its Monday, Oct. 14 meeting.

City Councilwoman Nadine Garner said caution tape would not do any good because kids wouldn’t be able to read it or understand it.

“There are some boards that are unsafe ... some broke in two. I’d rather it just come down if it is not usable,” she said.

The council voted to tear the playground equipment down and haul it off on the first Saturday everybody is available to help.

In a related item, the council voted to have a playground equipment fundraiser on Nov. 9 at the city park.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with brisket sandwiches – donations will be asked for the brisket, chips and drinks.

Mayor David Cann said $4,000 is the goal to raise, which is 10 percent of a $40,000 matching grant for the playground equipment.

The council also acknowledge a letter from building inspector Mike Henry announcing his resignation as of Jan. 31.

“Mike Henry has been our building inspector for the last five or six years,” Cann said.

“He was a very good inspector and worked with people, and he made suggestions. We are going to miss him,” Cann sai.

Two residents will be contacted to see if they are interested in the position: Eric Kurecka and Henry Lerma.

The council agreed not to accept Henry’s letter of resignation until Jan. 31.

City Secretary Melissa Hopper announced that a Halloween party will be held at the city park at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 for kids K through 12.

Hot dogs, chips and a drink will go for $3, and candy will be handed out.

A costume contest for the kids will have a $25 first prize gift card, a $15 second prize and a $10 third prize gift card.

Also, the council approved closing the city park from dusk till dawn because of vandalism. Water will be cut off duing that time.

A no trespassing sign will be put up for that period, as well.

“If it continues, we will have to put up some night security up,” Cann said.

The Refugio County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the new park regulations.
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