Commission OKs grants

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

City commissioners approved moving forward with several grants at Monday night’s regular meeting.
The first grant up for discussion, approved unanimously,   was a matching grant from the Florida League of Cities for about $1,900 to help fence the perimeter of the Delma Locke Skate Park. The city will have to match the money offered by FLC, though City Manager Grady Hartzog said some of the money the city contributes will come in the form of in-kind payment, such as the value of city employees installing the fence.
Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron said, “I don’t like the idea of lockin’ it up.” But, she added, it may be necessary to deter the criminal element that has, on occasion, been a problem at the park.
Barron said the park will not be locked up at night, but explained that the fence, with only one entrance, will help “corral” would-be lawbreakers when law enforcement periodically shows up.
“Now, they just kind of scatter,” she said.
Mayor Teal Pomeroy asked Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas if he thought the fence would help with the situation. Douglas said it would.

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