City of Aragon

City of Aragon

The City of Aragon has decided how to spend the remaining $30,000 of recreation funds left in the 2008 Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax funds for just over $30,000 to make repairs to the Aragon Historical Society building.

City council members voted unanimously to approve the spending with Steve Dutton Masonry to make repairs and renovations inside and out.

Mainly the work will focus on the exterior, with new siding going up, false windows being installed to replace the windows on the front of the building, and even bringing down a porch roof that is no longer needed and causing problems.

Mayor Garry Baldwin also suggested and got approval for an additional $1,000 over the $29,993 quote to add a metal roof to the facility.

Aragon had two choices presented from Dutton: the low bid which only included a wooden siding that is not guaranteed to last forever, and a brick siding expected to last longer but cost $20,000 more.

Gibbs Construction also bid on the project at $30,685, which would have included the main slate of work that is being sought for completion.

The Historical Society building - owned by the city but leased to the organization yearly - is the latest facility to get upgrades using old 2008 SPLOST funds.

Baldwin told the council they needed to use the fund as soon as possible or potentially lose the chance to spend the more than $30,000 left in the account.

SPLOST money has also been used to help pay for needed upgrades at Pittman Park, which should be finished just in time for the Aragon BBQ this weekend.

Public Works Superintendent Daniel Johnson said work being done to remodel the bathrooms at the park, along with the concession stand, were close to being finished. He added that electrical repairs were nearly done as well, and all was expected to be wrapped up on Monday latest ahead of the annual event.

Johnson also reported that picnic tables that had been approved for purchase and installation were also now completed at several parks around the city for local residents to use and enjoy.

New policies were put in place in previous months to allow for people to reserve use of park facilities and picnic tables as well, with prices varying depending on the area.

However, unless otherwise reserved, the picnic tables are setup on a first come, first served basis.

Work for the repairs and renovations at Pittman Park were also funded in part via money leftover in the 2008 SPLOST account.

Aragon has other plans for recreation upgrades for local parks in the near future, which were laid out in a document put together over the past months by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the recreation plan. Baldwin said it would be a guideline for the city's recreation efforts moving forward.