FARR WEST -- Five different projects are being considered as part of the city's capital improvement plan, said John Stewart, who was recently appointed to the planning commission. Stewart said that in addition to discussing the improvements with the planning commission he had also spoken with council members and about a dozen residents.
Stewart said all of the five projects may qualify for block grants, and the city should consider applying for the funding to assist in the projects.
He said the No.1 concern will be sidewalks for students walking to school once the new Wahlquist Junior High School on 2700 North is complete.
A splash pad could be a possible project for the city, and Stewart said this might also qualify for a RAMP grant. If a splash pad were put in near City Hall, he said, there would be plenty of parking for it. He noted that parking has been an issue at splash pads in other cities, such as Riverdale, Harrisville and Morgan.
Another possible project would be the development of a park on the north side of Farr West.
"There are 40 acres right now," said Stewart, "It really has some super potential -- as the city grows, we could grow that into something."
Stewart said there has been a population shift in recent years in Farr West, with more children living in the north end of the city than other areas, and development of parks and walking paths in the city is an important part of the shift.
An expansion of the senior center, as well as a possible land purchase to expand the public works site, was also discussed, and Stewart said the city needs to look at land purchases as part of the plans for the future.
"Most cities put these together. They call them capital investment plans now," said Councilwoman Ava Painter.
"If you are going to apply for grants, you've got to have it (a capital improvement plan)," Councilman Tim Shupe said.
"It would be very useful to involve the public early in the stage when you generate the list," said Lou Best, who is a resident and former planning commissioner. He said Stewart had polled a very limited number of people in creating the list and said it would be useful to have more public involvement.
A public hearing on the capital improvement plan will be held in an upcoming meeting, Councilman Paul Dinsdale said, but a date for the hearing was not set.
"We will hold up on approval," Dinsdale said. "We are not in the business of railroading this through."