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The Carthage Press
  • Council accepts donations for police, parks

  • Carthage City Council members voted on Tuesday to accept $25,000 in donations to the city for the parks department and police department.
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  • Carthage City Council members voted on Tuesday to accept $25,000 in donations to the city for the parks department and police department.
    The council approved resolutions accepting two donations from the Kent D. and Mary L. Steadley Memorial Trust.
    One donation was for $10,000 for a proposed renovation of the flower beds in Central Park.
    Early last year, the Dogwood Garden Club presented the council with a plan to completely strip and rejuvenate the four big flowerbeds and other flower arrangements in Carthage’s Central Park.
    This grant was made to help pay for that.
    Another $10,000 donation for the police department was accepted from an anonymous donor.
    Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said this donation has come in annually for several years and the department really appreciates it.
    Dagnan said he looks at the capital needs that cannot be funded with city money and uses this donation to meet some of those needs.
    The donation comes in without any strings attached.
    Council members accepted a $5,000 grant from the Steadley Trust to fund a study of the city’s parks by architecture students at Drury University’s Center for Community Studies.
    The University has offered to study the city’s parks and put together a “visioning tool kit” of suggestions for the future of the parks.
    The work would be carried out in the fall of 2013 and would likely include a series of public meetings.
    Drury students worked with Carthage residents and the city back in the spring semester of 2011 to put together a similar visioning tool kit for the city’s downtown and Square area.
    A committee of local residents is still meeting monthly and using those suggestions to make improvements to signage, including a new welcome sign that will be discussed at the February Budget Committee meeting.
    In other business at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Police Chief Greg Dagnan said a project to improve the city’s emergency radio system is proceeding.
    He said new radios have been purchased and are installed in patrol cars, fire trucks and other vehicles.
    Dagnan said the city is seeking bids to install needed equipment on towers across the city to complete the improvements.
    He said he and Fire Chief Chris Thompson hope to have the new system in place and running by April 15.

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