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Electrical work stalls pocket park completion

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

After a busy spring, work on the downtown pocket park has stalled.

The hold-up is volunteer electrical work, said Clint Shelton, chairman of the Decatur Beautification board.

The project has $9,600 in lighting fixtures and equipment to be installed, and as soon as that's done, city crews can finish the sprinkler system, which shares conduit locations with the electrical lines, he said.

The project has $8,000 in shrubs and trees on order to plant once the irrigation is ready. It also has $12,500 in metal furniture in a warehouse ready for installation. A steel trellis went up in the spring at the Second Avenue Southeast park.

The board has about $6,000 that could go toward hiring an electrician to finish the work, Shelton said, adding that the volunteer who installed the electrical conduit a few months ago is busy with construction at the new Target.

The Target shopping center will be ready in October, so the volunteer might not be available for another four months, he said.

Board member Alan Lansdell recommended waiting until fall for the electrician because it's a safer time to plant.

The board did not have a quorum to make a decision. Shelton said he would make a recommendation on the electrical issue before next month's meeting.

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