Hogansville council considers ‘splash park’

Asia Ashley

March 14, 2014

A “splash park” was a brief topic of discussion during Hogansville City Council’s work session Thursday night.

City Manager James Woods said he toured several splash parks in Georgia and presented the council with the different layouts of the park to generate ideas for the city’s upcoming project.

The park project would receive $350,000 of county SPLOST funds that is designated for a SPLOST park. The location would be at Strozier Fields in Hogansville.

The city is now looking into costs and water requirements for pressure to determine whether to use a recirculating water system.

The county would provide the “man power” to operate the facility and the city of Hogansville would provide the water services, said Woods. The park would be generally designed for children aged 12 and under.

In other discussion, Woods informed the council of the cost of the senior utilities discount program, after the program was a citizen’s topic for discussion at February’s town hall meeting.

The city spends $65,000 a year- about $5,300 a month- in providing utility discounts for at least 208 seniors in Hogansville.

Eligible seniors, those who are disabled or below the poverty line, receive $7.50 off per utility bill every month.

Council is also considering a financial services agreement that would refinance the city’s debt services.

The agreement, presented by Anthony King of Kidwell & Compnay Inc., would allow the city to stabilize the current debt services, according to King.

By refinancing, said Woods, the city would not have to raise utility rates substantially to cover the debt service.

The city’s total debt is $7 million. The council will review the financing agreement further before voting.