Marked Tree Council looking at options for Carver Gym project

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Marked Tree City Council continued discussion of the Carver Gym, which was closed by the city in April due to its dilapidated condition, and looked at three options for how to proceed with the project laid out by Mayor Mary Ann Arnold.

Last month, the city council agreed to commit $35,000 toward the Carver Gym project to act as a base for the Carver Gym committee to use, together with other donations, to help match grants they will be applying for to use on the project.

Monday night, Mayor Arnold presented the council with three options, in writing, for the Carver Gym. These options were: renovate Carver Gym based on the $553,280 estimate given by Little & Associates Architects, build a new gym based on the $948,480 estimate given by Little & Associates, or tear down the gym and turn the area into a park. The park would have a large pavilion, more playground equipment, repairs to the existing courts, bleachers, possibly a splash pad, Wi-Fi connections, and any other ideas the community may have.

After some discussion that grew heated a few times, Alderman Steve Craig said the council needed to vote on one of the three options and that a price was needed for option three.

Craig made a motion for the city to get an estimate on option three and for the council to vote on one of the three options at the next meeting, with that being the final vote on the direction of the project. Six council members voted in favor of this with Michael Scott and Jerry Jones abstaining from voting. The motion passed, and the council will vote on one of the options in November.

See the full article in the Oct. 15 edition of the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune or read the paper digitally.

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