WHITMIRE — Beth Broom of Whitmire’s recreation department reported that registration for fall football and cheerleading has been slow but is expected to pick up as it does each year when school begins.
Broom also said improvements to the rec league football field are progressing with a goal post valued at approximately $5,000 purchased from www.govdeals.com for $500.
Whitmire began the month of July with $79,860 and ended with $15,720 after depositing $27,248 and spending $91,388.
Mayor Billy Hollingsworth explained the reason for heightened expenditures is that every July the town owes a variety of insurance bills.
On the public works front, July’s beginning balance of $774 was increased to $1,179 by month’s end following revenues and expenditures totalling $75,218 and $74,813, respectively.
The Whitmire police department reported a total of 82 incidents for last month with calls including burglary, larceny, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, DUI, assault and liquor law violations.
Mayor Hollingsworth said he wants council to begin looking into updating playground equipment at downtown’s Heritage Park.
“Our playground equipment is getting old and needs some repairs and the last thing I want is anybody getting hurt,” he said.
He said he has also seen on social media interest in having exercise opportunities for adults located in the park.
“We’re going to be looking at what’s out there and what’s available and I think it’s an excellent idea,” he said.
Mayor Hollingsworth is also looking into the possibility of having a brick fountain built downtown to help “beautify” the town.
He said council will likely apply for grant money to finance the fountain so as not to use taxpayer money.
Lastly Mayor Hollingsworth reported a codified book of town ordinances is nearly complete and, although the book cannot be released until “four of five” items have been corrected, he invited anyone who is interested to drop town hall and take a look.
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