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CDC (4-B) to fund improvements at pool
(08/31/17)

By Sherrie Williams
Community Development Corporation (4-B) members approved funds for several improvements at the Iowa Park Municipal Pool and Spray Park during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.
The meeting was held at the pool so members of the board could get a first hand look at improvements needed.
Improvements approved include replacing the diving boards, replacing the leaves on the palm tree in the spray park, and refinishing one of the palm trees that needs a new protective coating.
Board members agreed to spend up to $9,500 for replacing the diving boards, $7,000 for new palm tree leaves, and up to $9,950 to refinish/repair spray park features.
The board also voted to fund the purchase of fish at a cost of $6,000 for the annual Fish Fest to be held in October.
Iowa Park Animal Control Officer Matt Ohm and Police Chief Robert Johnson addressed the board members about the animal reclaim center.
They reported to board members they had been working to get cost estimates for piece milling the project, but would like the city to seek bids once again for a turn key operation.
They explained that they feel there is an affordable way to construct the center.
Board members stated they still have funds designated for an Animal Reclaim Center.
It was decided Ohm would asked the city council to consider seeking bids again for the Animal Reclaim Center.
There was also a request to consider funding improvements for the planter containers under US 287 at Johnson Road, Pacific Street, and Bell Road.
Parks and Recreation Director Jason Griffin said he has been working with a Wichita Falls nursery in regard to the best trees to plant in the containers.
Board members said they felt the trees that are currently there are fine, but they would like to see more flowers planted.
It was pointed out there is still over $14,000 of the $15,000 budgeted by the board for botanical and agriculture.
Griffin said he will look into planting flowers along with the trees.
Following taking care of the requests, the board set the 2017-2018 budget.
Last year the estimated sales tax, which is where the CDC funds are generated from, was $187,500. As of July 31, there has been $166,811 in sales tax collected for CDC. The estimated amount for the remainder of the budget year is just over $200,000.
This year the proposed amount they will have to work with is $200,000.