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The Carthage Press
  • Disc golf course, fountain on agenda

  • City leaders will discuss allocating money for a new fountain in Kellogg Lake and a disc golf course in the park around the lake at Tuesday’s regular Carthage City Council meeting.
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  • City leaders will discuss allocating money for a new fountain in Kellogg Lake and a disc golf course in the park around the lake at Tuesday’s regular Carthage City Council meeting.
    Carthage City Administrator Tom Short said a budget amendment up for consideration at the meeting includes appropriations from the city’s unallocated fund balance for the fountain, disc golf course and a number of other items.
    “We do our budget amendments quarterly,” Short said. “So it was either do these now or wait until March to allocate the money.”
    Short said the city is proposing allocating up to $9,500 to replace the fountain in Kellogg Lake, which failed almost a year ago.
    The city had $4,200 in a fund set aside for repairing the fountain, but an examination of the pump, which was removed earlier this year, showed that it had been rebuilt several times before and was beyond repairing this time.
    Short said plans for the fountain are still being developed and the Public Services Committee and the council will look at it again and give a final okay before the project proceeds.
    Short said the amendment also includes up to $6,000 for construction of a disc golf course at Kellogg Lake Park.
    He said Parks and Recreation Director Alan Bull has been speaking with a vendor in Springfield that sells the baskets and other equipment for disc golf courses, and that vendor has offered to map out the course as well.
    Short said the project will have to be put out for bid, but if that vendor wins, the city would likely take him up on his offer.
    Short said the $6,000 will cover the costs for baskets, poles, concrete to set the poles, and other equipment.
    City staff will install the nine-hole course in Kellogg Lake Park west of the lake and around the slough.
    Another item on the amendment is $3,000 for a “Phase 1 environmental study” of the remaining 57 acres of the Myers Park retail development in south Carthage.
    Short said these studies are required before properties can be sold, and the Carthage Economic Development Corporation has recommended that the city perform the study for the entire property instead of commissioning studies each time a lot is sold.
    The Corporation has said that would remove one step in the process of selling the lots and make them more attractive to buyers.
    Other items in the budget amendment include:
    • Supplements to the police department’s budget of $6,163 for training courses and $2,000 for paper for the Digiticket system.
    • Allocates $1,406 left over from the Battle of Carthage Sesquicentennial celebration for miscellaneous repairs to the Civil War Museum.
    Page 2 of 2 - The council will also take up five appointments by Mayor Mike Harris.
    The Mayor proposes reappointing Jason Martin and David Myers to new two-year terms on the Police and Fire Pension Board, Jim Loomis and Steve Weldon to new three-year terms on the Civil War Museum Board and Allan Vandenberg to the Police Personnel Administration Board.

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