PLEASANT VIEW -- The city is applying for a grant from the Land and Water Conservation fund to help with a makeover in the works for Shady Lane Park.
The plan for the park includes a paved parking lot, a playground, a building with storage and restrooms and walking paths at the minimum, with possible boweries and also storm water detention areas.
City Administrator J.J. Allen said the cost for the complete makeover, which will include improvements on a donated two and half acres, is now approximately $600,000.
Allen said the wording on the grant application he is submitting is very specific. He said the city needs to demonstrate it has sufficient resources to match the $300,000 from the grant.
He said if the grant is received, it will help with the updates and creation of new aspects of Shady Lane Park but the city will remain responsible for maintenance and cost of operations.
"We've got $300,000 in our CIP (Capital Improvement Projects), our five-year program," said Allen. "If we get $300,000 we could do this project."
He said if the city receives a grant for less than the $300,000 requested, then the council will have to make decisions and decide what projects to keep.
"If you apply for a $300,000 grant and get $100,000, do we still have to spend $300,000?" asked Councilman Todd Walker.
Allen said the city had already planned to spend $300,000, regardless of the amount of grant money received. He said the city is not obligated, however, to spend that amount. Allen said the city had budgeted to spend $75,000 on Shady Lane this year and $225,000 next year.
Allen also said it could be six to nine months before the city receives word on whether it will receive any money.
"If a bucket of money becomes available then I guess we could (do the park)," said Mayor Doug Clifford. "This is basically throwing our hat in the ring."
Clifford said the grant application had been well prepared by Allen. Council members voted unanimously to apply for the grant. Councilmen Tim Hjorten and Scott Boehme were not present and so did not vote.