Berwick considers funding new playground equipment

BERWICK — Town leaders are considering paying for a $40,000 piece of playground equipment to replace the 25-year-old equipment at the Berwick Civic Complex.

Troy Lombardo, the council representative on the town’s recreation committee, said the committee has received a low bid of $40,688 for the tower and climber that will be installed by the manufacturer.

Lombardo said the merry-go-round and jungle gym, which are newer, will not be replaced.

Councilmen decided to wait on the purchase until budget meetings to determine whether enough money is left in this fiscal year’s budget or if the purchase should be placed in the upcoming budget. Those meetings will start in about a month.

Lombardo also brought a request for $5,000 in matching funds from the Renwick Homeowners Association before the council. They were granted the money to begin improvements on two park areas in the subdivisions.

Also in Renwick, the punch list for Phase 5 has been completed by the contractor and the final plat was turned over to the town April 30. A special meeting of the council was called by the mayor for 6 p.m. May 23 to give final approval of this phase.

Lots in the newest phase of Renwick Subdivision development will cost $4.15 per square foot and will be sold beginning May 30. Lots will be available for sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis in the Berwick Council meeting room.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

—Adopted ordinances setting millage rates at 18.12 mills and $25 per acre drainage fees, the same as in 2012; and amending the water and gas meter repair costs. No comment was received during public hearings on the ordinances.

—Appointed Sandra Watson to the Berwick Development District.

—Approved a resolution to the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana coming out against the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act that requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to eliminate certain subsidies and discounts on flood insurance.

—Enacted a resolution of respect for Carroll Thorguson.

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