Mayor B.J. Meeks said the building hadn’t had a lot of work done but said in the last couple of years the air conditioning had been replaced, the roof had been replaced and the ceiling had repairs. He also said the bathrooms received new tile.
Park and Recreation Director Howard Smith presented a proposal to the council this week to do work on the counter in the reception area and to replace flooring.
“Some fluids leaked out of the machines but fortunately it didn’t get out into the main lobby,” Meeks said of the former concession stand area. “It had syrup all over the place and wasn’t a very neat appearance. We got that fixed and moved Howard’s office in there where the concession stand used to be and Bethany Davis has his old office.”
Bethany Davis was recently approved by the council to be hired as program director.
The concession stand will now be towards the back of the recreation department.
“It looks a lot better with the concession stand moved out and moved back to the back of the gym,” Meeks said. “There’s more room back there and it’s better to serve people on the opposite side of the kitchen. I think this is an improvement. When you walk in the lobby being able to see Howard’s office in there and not the concession stand makes the appearance a lot better.”
Smith said he wanted to put carpet down in four areas of the building. Three rooms in the front and one room in the back would have carpet installed.
“It will be the heavy grade commercial carpet that will be there for a while,” he said.
“We’re going to take the cabinets out on the kitchen side and make that a storage room which will make that room available for meeting rooms. That conference table we bought can go in there so we can have a meeting room slash board room.”
Meeks said rooms that were previously being used for storage are now available for use. He said the equipment in those rooms has been moved to the armory.
Smith also said the counter at the reception area was made out of plywood and needed replacing. He said he wants to remove the plywood and make a block wall and then add granite countertops. The granite will be donated.
“Howard’s office is a little more private and you can lock it up better,” Meeks said. “The reception area will be better when we get some work done there, maybe we can get some work done on the counter and make our lobby look a lot better.”
Smith said once these renovations are complete, the major projects will be done.
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