Amory aldermen table discussion on new playground

AMORY – The board of aldermen tabled a discussion to establish a budget for the KaBoom! playground grant project during its regular-called meeting Jan. 2.
The city was awarded the $15,000 grant as a part of Let’s Play, a partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the national non-profit group KaBoom! in September 2012.
The purpose of the Let’s Play partnership is to get kids and families active nationwide and to ensure that there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child.
The grant was made possible due to the Playful City award the city won last year and stipulates that $24,000 must be spent on equipment and timbers which leaves the city responsible for $9,000.
This money will go toward the freight cost of getting the equipment shipped, the installation and the ground surfacing.
All of the equipment will be compliant with the new standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The playground is a community build project.
“We need volunteers who can contribute their time with helping us get this built,” said city accountant and grant writer Jamie Morgan.
KaBoom! works with five equipment supply companies and the board is working to come up with a budget by the next board meeting so the companies can start the bidding process.
Those interested in helping with the project can contact Jamie Morgan at the city clerk’s office at 256-5721.
In other business, the board approved:
-A request to purchase a pickup for the fire department from Estabrook Ford in Pascagoula at the state contract price of $23,207.
-A request of a merit increase for building inspector David Moore for successful completion of ICC Residential Mechanical Inspector exam, effective Jan. 7, 2013.
-A request authorizing a matching charitable grant of $10,000 to United Way of Greater Monroe County.
-A request authorizing a matching charitable grant of $5,000 to Amory Meals on Wheels.