CRA plans fire hydrant painting project

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

Councilman Kevin Russell asked if there would be a theme for the hydrants and Everett said there would not be one. “We don’t want them all painted like watermelons, that is a one-time a year event,” Everett said. “We don’t want to say ‘it must be this, it must be that.’”

Everett said the CRA was also investigating the possibility of installing splash pads in the city for children to play in, possibly at Pals Park or near the Farmers Market in downtown Chipley.

Splash pads are basically sprinklers that spray kids from a self-contained water source which recycles the water, Everett said. Marianna has a splash pad near its farmers market pavilion which is very popular with the children, he added.

“We always hear there is nothing for the children to do, so we want to look into adding some things for them,” Everett said.

The CRA is also discussing a grant program to help downtown businesses replace the outdated electrical wiring found in some buildings. The grant program would be a matching grant, but it could help property owners update some of the buildings and bring them up to code.

“It’s the small things that make a difference in a community, and some times it doesn’t take big money,” Everett said.

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