Vevay Town Council hears plans for park improvements

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The Vevay Park Board presented plans for upgrading town parks at Monday night’s meeting of the Vevay Town Council, which will center on the refurbishing of Baird Park.

Park Board members told the town council that it will be installing new playground equipment at Baird Park in the Spring, and a new piece of playground equipment will also be installed in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park.

Park Board members also asked if town attorney Greg Coy could help them draft a user agreement for anyone or any group that would like to use the entire park for an event.

For 2006, the park board asked the town to give them $35,000 to help with the projects. Jamie Hayes moved to provide the $35,000, with Pete Furnish seconding the motion and Keith Smith agreeing.

Ron Hocker of the local Main Street project attended Monday’s meeting, and he updated the council on plans for continuing the town beautification project this year.

Ron Hocker said that the Main Street committee would like to continue the downtown flower pot program this summer, and would like to expand the program from 50 pots up to 100 pots.

He told the council that the group’s budget for the upcoming year is $17,800. Pete Furnish moved to have the town donate $5,000 to the Main Street group, and also allow the group to store equipment and supplies in the town’s building on Seminary Street. All were in favor.

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In other business discussed by the Vevay Town Council:

— The bill from Doug Reagan for fixing a water leak in the Firth Addition was brought up again. He asked the town to pay half of the bill because he had to hire someone with a backhoe. Pete Furnish made the motion to pay half of the bill, with Jamie Hayes seconding the motion. Keith Smith voted against the motion.

— Jamie Hayes made a motion to hire all current town employees for 2006. Pete Furnish seconded the motion and Keith Smith agreed. Town attorney Greg Coy was also rehired for the coming year.

— The town council asked town marshal Brian Morton to speak with Alan Harris about the old appliances sitting behind his property at 110 West Main Street and the need for the area to be cleaned up.

— Walter Cotton asked if a speed limit could be put back up on the west end of Market Street. The council agreed to get this done.

— Carl Bovard had turned in a quote for work on a ditch on Seminary Street between Main Cross and Vineyard streets. The town council hired him to do the work.

— The next meeting of the Vevay Town Council will be on Monday, January 23rd. The meeting will be held at Vevay Town Hall, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.