Council addresses potentially spending $15,000 for playground safety materials

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By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Buckhead City Council met Monday to discuss old and new business affecting their community.

“We got some information on what the state requires for playground safety zones,” said Mayor Ricky Walker.

The major aspect of the playground that the council focused on was the type of mulch that was at the base of the playground.

The type of mulch that Walker priced out was rubber safety mulch that cost $769 per pallet. After measuring the Buckhead playground he discovered that the council would need to purchase 24 pallets of the rubber mulch. The company was said to give a discount depending on the number of pallets purchased.

“We’re still looking at around $15,000 just for materials,” said Walker.

Councilwoman Jennifer Doran brought up the idea of using some of the city’s designated Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money. Walker mentioned that the SPLOST money would be something worth looking into, that they had only used current SPLOST funds on the new lights in the firehouse.

Commissioner Ron Milton later asked if there was any grant money available to help with the playground. Walker responded that is also being looked into.

“If somebody wants to make a big donation that would be acceptable too,” said Walker.

“There is no date that says you must be in compliance by yet,” said City Clerk Cheryl Safford, about a playground safety zone deadline.

Other business included the city’s well – council is waiting on the state to weigh in – and railroad crossing.

“There has been no notification about any closure yet,” said Walker, of the railroad crossing.

The railroad crossing has been looked at by the Georgia Department of Transportation, and work will be done on the crossing in the near future.

A community member spoke on behalf of the neighborhood located near the railroad crossing, saying how thankful the people were for the city council’s help with the issue.

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