Groups seeking final word to begin projects

Published 4:08 pm Friday, February 24, 2012

Memorandums of Agreement are underway as the final touches are being added to the projects that will be happening around Butler County as part of the Strategic Health for Alliance grant.

After receiving a $20,000 grant, Butler County has had the opportunity for community members to step forward and apply for a portion of that grant money.

Dorothy Jordon with the Head Start program has selected a few things to order for that program.

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“We got some things that, as a whole, all of the children in the classrooms could use,” Jordan said. “We got in mind the soccer goals and the soccer balls, four parachutes for each classroom and the flying bean/bag toss.”

She is also interested in purchasing one set of stilts to share and see how the children like the stilts first before ordering more. The last thing she would like to order is a ring toss.

Along with Bright Beginnings, the YMCA in Greenville will be adding a crusher-run walking trail on Watermelon Hill.

“We have gotten you the quote on that,” Building Official for the city Eddie Anderson said. “We were hoping that would be satisfying with you all on the price.”

Anderson and Executive Director of the YMCA Amanda Phillips inquired about the possibility of using some of the grant money to move the playground to make room for the six tennis courts that will be built.

“We have never had the request,” Communities Coordinator Alabama Strategic Alliance for Health Program Stacey Adams said. “We’ve done it before but it’s in-kind.”

Adams advised that Anderson check with the playground company with the warranty and compare it to the quote he received from the construction company who will be building the tennis courts and get back to her and she will see what she can do.

Healthy Kids, Inc. Executive Director Lisa Nimmer said she has found a vendor for the three 16-foot sails she would like to purchase.

“We’re excited about the warranty that comes with it,” Nimmer said. “They seem to be rather stable. The last thing we have to do is to get with that is the poles that they will go up on.”

Anderson said he would look into acquiring the nine, metal poles needed for holding up the sails over the outdoor playground.

All projects will begin construction or ordering as soon as a Memorandum of Agreement has been written between Strategic Health for Alliance and the organization. The projects are scheduled for completion by June 1.

The next meeting for consortium meetings and the public is March 19 at 10 a.m.