“I said when I designed this park that it would last 20 years and this is the 15th year with very little maintenance. If we don’t do this,” Lee said, speaking of a volunteer effort to sand and seal the playground equipment, “you’ll be bulldozing the place in five years.”
Lee said that if he had 300-500 volunteers hand-sanding and hand-sealing the park, that it could stay open for another 15-20 years with minimal work. Lee asked to set aside the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2 for this project.
Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer immediately moved to suspend the rules and formally endorse the effort, which passed unanimously. The park will be closed for that week.
In other news, Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines said that the Spring Cleanup was moving along smoothly. He also wanted to reiterate that, for the chipper service, only limbs 6 inches or less in diameter and piles of 10 feet by 8 feet by 5 feet would be accepted.