By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Commissioners on the building and grounds committee voted unanimously to allow Cumberland County Community Complex Manager Donnie Moody to apply for a grant on behalf of the county in order to improve Obed River Park.
"It's for a recreational trails grant through TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation). It's an 80/20 grant, but our 20 percent could be through in kind donations, but it all has to be spent on the trail," Moody said.
The grant would be used for making improvements in the park and replacing old playground equipment with newer, fitness oriented play equipment and it would also add a second trail to the park for walking.
"Fair Park Senior Center would also like to partner with us and the hospital. The maximum we could get would be $250,000, but if we got somewhere around $100 to $120,000 we'd be looking at somewhere around $30,000 match from us," Moody said.
The Obed River Park is managed by Cumberland County under the Community Complex.
"I'd say let him apply. It would be great for the community," said Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner.
"There is a bad element that we're trying to get rid of and we want to create a better image of that park in the community. This would be a step in the right direction. We've already gotten rid of a lot of the problems over there and this could help it even more," Moody said.
Turner made a motion to allow Moody to apply for the grant and it was supported by 9th District commissioner Carmin Lynch.
Lynch added an amendment that it be recommended by building and grounds to the budget committee for its consideration as well.
The motion was then approved.
Tuesday evening the budget committee also unanimously approved allowing Moody to apply for the grant and to send it to the full county commission for its consideration.
A resolution will have to be written for the county's approval and to include with the application for TDEC.