Monroe City Council to consider small lake, fountain, at Childers Park

Last month, Walton County Board of Commissioners agreed to relinquish any Monroe city parks that were under the County’s administration back to the City of Monroe for upgrades and renovations. The City had formulated a plan to take over the maintenance of these parks, which include Matthews Park and Hammond Park, pending funding availability to begin upgrades.

In the meantime, plans are underway to upgrade some of the current city parks in the spring, including Childers Park which lies between West Spring Street and McDaniel Street and the Pilot Park off E. Church Street. Plans for the Pilot Park that include a community garden are expected to be approved at the March City Council meeting with an expected completion date of June 2020. However, construction on improvements to Childers Park are expected to get underway sooner.

During Tuesday’s Called Council Meeting and Work Session, Monroe city officials will discuss plans to grade and build an approximately 5,570 square-foot lake habitat with a fountain and a gazebo at Childers Park. The park currently features a dog park, walking and exercise trails as well as some children’s playground equipment. There also will be a rework of the sodded dog park area and a shade structure for the slide area. The costs involved are expected to be discussed and voted on this month.

The Feb. 4 Called Meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall on N. Broad Street. The community is always invited to attend.

The full agenda follows.

1.      Roll Call

2.      City Administrator Update

3.      Central Services Update


1.      Finance

a.      Monthly Finance Report

b.      Renewal – Property & Casualty Insurance

c.       Approval – Out of State Travel

d.      Travel Policy Update

2.      Airport

a.      Monthly Airport Report

3.      Public Works

a.      Monthly Solid Waste Report

b.      Monthly Streets & Transportation Report

4.      Utilities

a.      Monthly Electric & Telecom Report

b.      WiFi

c.       Monthly Water, Sewer, Gas, & Stormwater Report

5.      Public Safety

a.      Monthly Fire Report

b.      Monthly Police Report

c.       Approval – Out of State Travel for Police

6.      Planning & Code

a.      Monthly Code Report

b.      Surplus of Real Property – Parcels M0110093 & M0110094

7.      Economic Development

a.      Monthly Economic Development Report

8.      Parks

a.      Monthly Parks Report

b.      Childers Park Project Request


1.      Public Hearing Rezone – 329 Barrett Street

2.      Public Hearing Conditional Use – 1110 South Madison Avenue

3.      Public Hearing Rezone – 341 North Broad Street

4.      Public Hearing Variance – 341 North Broad Street

5.      Public Hearing – Comprehensive Plan Update

6.      Approval – Major Subdivision – 945 Holly Hill Road

7.      Approval – Major Subdivision – 321 Milledge Avenue

8.      Resolution – Comprehensive Plan Update

9.      Resolution – Service Delivery Strategy Amendment

10.  Resolution – 2020 CDBG Application

11.  Resolution – Opposing HB 302 and SB 172

12.  Resolution – Supporting SB 309

13.  Resolution – 2019 Budget Amendment

14.  Approval – GEMA/HS Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement

15.  Appointments (3) – Tree Board

16.  Schedule of Fees – Fire Marshal’s Office


1.      1st Reading – GMEBS Restated Defined Benefit Retirement Plan Ordinance

2.      Resolution – Support of Grant Match Applications for 2020 Historic Preservation Fund CLG Survey & Planning Grant



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