2/9/2018 6:09:00 PM State funding sought for Manpower Park
The City of Jackson’s Manpower Park (pictured) off East Main Street would benefit from some major improvements if the city receives requested funding from the state’s next Capital Budget. The improvements would include a perimeter sidewalk, period lighting, new electric service, and a public-address system. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
The Jackson city administration is working with state legislators in hopes of receiving state funds in the future to enhance the city-owned Manpower Park.
Jackson Mayor Randy Heath told Jackson City councilmen at their Jan. 22 meeting that the city would be applying for funding "to enhance the park" in the next State Capital Budget. He has been in communication with State Senator Bob Peterson and State Representative Ryan Smith who are in the process of identifying possible local projects in their districts for these state funds. The engineering work is yet to be done, but Heath said the estimated cost for the total project would be $75,000.
If the funding is secured, Heath says it would be used to help build a perimeter sidewalk around the entire park. The improvement project could also include period lighting along the new sidewalk, new electrical wiring and a public-address announcing system which could be heard throughout the park.
At the Jan. 22 meeting, council, by a 6-1 vote, passed an emergency resolution authorizing the mayor or his designee to file an application for the state funding. Second Ward Councilman Ron Queen cast the only dissenting vote. Queen did not explain his vote, but had stated at previous meeting, he would pass any legislation without it being given the normal three readings.
These improvements would be in conjunction with an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, which would fund the repair of playground equipment in the park's Glenna Reed Memorial Playground as well as one-quarter of the cost of the sidewalk and for work to improve the drainage system on the park grounds.
"This would be another step forward making Manpower Park more of an asset for our community," Heath concluded.
Barbie McCathren and the Cultivating Our Future civic organization, which was founded last year, carried out some beautification projects in Manpower Park last year and also organized and conducted special pre-Christmas activities at the park, including multiple Christmas trees and other new decorations. Heath noted that McCathren has also been in communication with Representative Smith regarding the proposed improvements at the park.