City to Purchase New Playground Equipment for Smith Road Park

August 18, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Playground Equipment

The Smithville Board of Aldermen Monday night voted 5 to 0 to purchase new playground equipment at the city park on Smith Road.

The board accepted a bid from School Sales and Services of Gallatin. The city will spend $8,015 to make the purchase. The company will install the playground equipment.

School Sales and Services was among four companies to submit bids.

(Playground equipment similar to that depicted in this photo will be purchased for Smith Road Park)

Meanwhile, Mayor Taft Hendrixson reported that the city has done some street paving.

According to the mayor, paving has been done on all or at least of portion of Hayes Street, West Bryant, Fisher Avenue, Duncan Street, and Anthony Avenue. The city tennis courts are also being paved.

The city hopes to have enough money left in the street budget to pave Adams Street

Questions were raised by George "Blackie" Davis and Faye Sandusky about the paving of the private driveway of the mayor's son.

Mayor Hendrixson said the company doing the city street paving also did the work on the driveway, but he says no city equipment, employees, or city funds were used on the project.

The mayor said he asked the company to give him a price on paving the driveway, which he thought was too high, but he asked them to do the work. The mayor added that he is paying the $3,700 for the project.

When asked by Sandusky if other residents in the area where the streets are being paved were given the same opportunity to have their driveways paved when the construction people came through, Mayor Hendrixson replied that "they had the same opportunity to contact the pavers, because they (pavers) were coming down the streets in front of their houses."

Mayor Hendrixson said "I'm certainly not trying to steal anything from the City of Smithville".

Complaints are beginning to surface about an on-going flea market at West Main and North Mountain Street, which has been in operation each week since prior to the Fiddler's Jamboree

City officials say there have been public complaints about the property becoming an eye sore, a possible violation of the city's beautification ordinance, and some business owners are grumbling about it.

City Attorney Vester Parsley says while the city apparently does not have a yard sale ordinance, there is a peddler's ordinance. " It's been on the books since 1976. They have to apply to Hunter Hendrixson (Secretary-Treasurer) to get a permit. It doesn't say what that permit costs. I assume it's free if they apply and meet the requirements of the ordinance which provides that they give their name and brief description of the nature of the goods they are going to sell; If employed, the name and address of their employer; and if a vehicle is going to be used, a description of it, together with a license plate number, and evidence of good moral character of the applicant."

City officials will check to determine if this property is in violation of city ordinances and if the flea market operation there can be regulated.

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