Dr. Kathy Murphy from Gadsden State Community College spoke at the Tuesday evening Centre City Council Regular Meeting. She asked the council what courses they should offer for the students of Centre and Cherokee Counties. “We have a laser focus on growing our campus here along with all of our other campuses, we want to increase our enrollment.” Murphy said. “We are starting our cross country team in the fall, we are going to start baseball and softball in the spring of 2023. In our arena at our Cherokee Campus, we are going to reline the court and bring our basketball teams, both girls and guys, to play some games here in the community.” Murphy stated that they were “all in” here in Cherokee County and thanked the council for allowing them to be at the meeting.
Among other topics discussed and approved was a resolution to apply for the 2022 CDBG Project Grant, Rescue Funds will be used for the Tennis and Pickleball Courts, and there was a change order for the Aquatic Center in the amount of $5,076 to fix some issues with the baby pool.
T.J. Baker, a local Eagle Scout, was at the 4:00pm planning meeting to discuss his idea of building a GaGa Pit at the Centre City Park. Read the full article here. Talks of a splash pad were also discussed in the planning meeting, but the topic was tabled for another time.
There could be a new City Hall coming to Centre. Mayor Mansfield will be conducting a feasibility study and will report back to the council on his findings. Full article is available here.
The Mayor also expressed that there was a lot of frustration with tax payers in the delays in some of the current capitol projects. “It certainly would have been easier if we just accepted these first bids and moved forward, getting them off of our plate, but with creativity with the consession stand and negotiations with the swimming pool, and rebidding the tennis courts.” Mansfield stated that they city saved 1.2 million dollars by not taking the first bids that came along. “There was a huge savings to delaying these things.”
During the Council Comments, most thanked Gadsden State Community College for attending the meeting. Kay Davis stated that she was excited to see steel going up at the new Farmers Market location, and how important the market is to our area. Don Cothran recognized the 8U baseball team for coming in 2nd our of 44 teams at a tournament in Pell City.
Meeting was adjurned. The next meeting of the Centre City Council will be on July 12th at 5:00pm.