Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 20, 2013

Looking to pitch in

City may provide large in-kind help for Splash Pad

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens City Council discussed requests from the Kiwanis Club concerning the Splash Pad project during a workshop on Wednesday.

City Administrator Pam Burton said the Kiwanis Club  asked for the pad to be constructed on the southwest side of Kiwanis Park on South Prairieville Street. They are also seeking a 3-inch water line with a meter at the Splash Pad location, as well as a 6-inch sewer line.

“You’ll see a big number, the estimated water use,” Burton told the council.

Burton said the 36,000-gallon-per-day water estimate is a guess based on what has been used in other Splash Pad locations. Couple the water use with the sewer charge, and the city will be contributing $6,696 each month the Splash Pad is open in the form of lost revenue.

“That doesn’t include the treatment process at the plant,” Burton said. “That just includes water consumption at the current rate.”

Burton said the Kiwanis membership want more parking on the backside of the park to accommodate those coming to the Splash Pad, and are asking the city for labor to put in a culvert to make that possible.

The parking will be unpaved, except for two concrete spots for handicapped parking.

“We currently pay the electric bill at Kiwanis Park,’ Burton said. “We have no idea what electrical costs will be (with the addition of the Splash Pad.)”

Mayor Jerry Don Vaught acknowledged that the city is offering substantial help to the project.

“I feel very good about it, but at the same time, that’s a nice contribution,” Vaught said.

At the meeting, the Council also discussed the Athens Economic Development Corporation grant for the Splash Pad project. AEDC President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Malone said the board voted Feb. 7 to contribute $20,000 to the project. The AEDC action is subject to a vote by city council.