BY KARISSA MILLER

The Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking funding for construction of an inclusive playground at Jennings Park.

The Iredell County Board of Commissioners approved their request Tuesday to apply for a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for an Accessibility For Parks (PARTF) grant in the amount of $500,000 for the inclusive playground.

If the grant awarded, commissioners agree to provide a $100,000 grant match to install an ADA playground at Jennings Park which will benefit children with disabilities in Iredell County.

County officials said that they have already budgeted funds in the Capital Improvement Plan budget for fiscal year 2023 as part of Jennings Park Phase II.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business, the board approved:

♦ A request from the Fire Tax Oversight Committee for approval of allocating up to $8,000 to West Iredell Volunteer Fire Department from the All-County Fire Service District Reserve for building repairs.

♦ A request to award a contract to F.L. Blume for the Government Center Exterior Renovation Project – GC4E. The total project budget is $2.08 million, which includes a 6 percent contingency. This will include the exterior brick and windows renovation needed to complete the waterproofing project.

♦ A request from Solid Waste for approval of a Lease Agreement for the 901 Convenience Center Site. Rent for fiscal year 2023 will be $3,780, with a 5 percent increase each year the lease is renewed.

♦ A request from Tax Administration for approval of a resolution permitting electronic listing of personal property.

♦ A request from Planning and Development for the appointment of members for the steering committee for the update to the 2030 Horizon Plan. The Planning Staff recommends appointment of the following members:
• Planning Board representatives: Kristi Pfeufer, Andy Webster and Jerry Santoni
• Farmland Board representative: James Dobson
• Economic Development representative: Jenn Bosser
• Others: Jeff Cernuto, Richard Coleman, Harry Tsumas, Sean Turner, Jeff Cheek and Bill Johnson

♦ A request from Planning and Development for approval of a resolution amending the Map Review Officer list. Iredell County includes: Rebecca Harper, Rich Hoffman, John Lowman and Matthew Todd.

♦ An amended project ordinance for the LED project with Iredell-Statesville Schools and to close the fund.

♦ A request from the Finance Department for approval of $3.8 million to appropriate ARP Enabled fund balance to fund a loan program for Fire & Rescue Departments.

♦ A request to purchase two additional workstation consoles in the amount of $62,270 in ARPA funds for the Emergency Communications Center.

♦ A request to purchase three ambulance box remounts for the Emergency Medical Services Department for $471,531. ARPA funds will be used to purchase these box remounts.

♦ A request from the Finance Department for approval of a lease to N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services for office space. The request is for a lease renewal of 36 months at the current lease rate of $5,351.28 annually, or $445.94 monthly.

♦ A request from the Finance Department for approval to release a Request for Qualifications to provide planning, design and engineering services for a new ICATS facility in South Statesville.

♦ A request from the Finance Department for approval to select Stewart Engineering as the Architect for Jennings Park Design – Phase II & III.

♦ A request from the Finance Department for approval to select Edifice General Contractors as the Construction Manager at Risk for the Jennings Park Project.

♦ A request from the Finance Department for approval of the scope of work and to authorize the County Manager to sign the contract with CPL Architecture Engineering and Planning for developing a Fairgrounds Master Plan.

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