Pleasanton to submit grant application for memorial park

Updated: Apr 9

PLEASANTON – A grant application for a memorial park on the northeast corner of Main and Ninth streets received approval of the Pleasanton City Council on Monday, March 14. Council members also approved a city match of $2,500 to build the park.

City manager Theresa Whitaker said she planned to submit a grant application to AARP to build the park, which she estimated could cost $14,000 to $18,000, depend on the bids she received for the concrete work.

She said the park, which is east of the Pleasanton Community Center, would be a place for community connections. The design would include a veterans memorial in the center with a place for plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Also included would be a stage, and the wall of the building on the north side of the park could be used for showing movies. Whitaker said she developed the plan for the park.

Council member Rochelle Schreckhise pointed out that AARP grants don’t require matching funds. However, Whitaker said she believed that the city’s match would make the proposal more likely to be funded.

Senior center option

Whitaker said she met with Linn County Commissioner Danny McCullough about some options to put the Pleasanton Senior Center in the Pleasanton Community Center. She said they discussed the county deeding the existing senior center over to the city in exchange for providing space at the community building.

“He wanted (the seniors) to have a safe, comfortable place,” Whitaker explained, adding that the seniors would need two rooms – one place in which to gather, the other room to prepare meals. Currently meals are not being prepared in the building.

She suggested the city could turn around and sell the building and invest the proceeds into the center. A former church, the senior center on 13th Street, would need work, but she said it was a good building.

“It seems like it has a lot of potential,” Whitaker said.

Soldiers for Jesus rally to return

The Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club will sponsor a motorcycle rally in Pleasanton again this year after a successful rally last summer. Whitaker said the event is scheduled for June 4, however, the club is looking to expand the rally into a three-day event that would use the former dirt race track south of the city in 2023.

She said the schedule could include drag races on Friday night, oval track races on Saturday and a church service on Sunday.

Mayor Michael Frisbie estimated that it had been 14 years since the track was used.

In other business, the council:

  • Learned that Whitaker had been unable to find a veterinarian that would do a pet vaccination clinic. She said she had approached 15 vets without finding one to take it on. The city is expanding the window for pet registration to June 15.

  • Learned that the city had received only five applications for lifeguards so far. The minimum to operate the pool is 12, Whitaker said, adding she planning to extend the application period into next week. Councilman Aaron Portman said if there weren’t enough lifeguards, how could the city open the pool. Opening day is schedule for June 1.

  • Discussed either increasing the rent or selling a vacant lot on the east side of Main Street next north of the Linn County News building. Conley Sales has been parking equipment on the lot and has been paying $12 a year rent. Whitaker pointed out taxes on the lot were almost $500 a year. A city representative is expected to contact Conley Sales to discuss increasing the rent or purchasing the lot.

  • Approved a $2,800 bid by James Higgins to remove a 120-foot row of saplings near Seventh and Cedar streets.

  • Approved spending up to $5,000 to purchase a used street sweeper.

  • Learned that a water leak across from the water plant is to be repaired, but it could cause a disruption of water service. Public Works Superintendent Joey Morrisey said he had contacted Chad Page of Parker to make the repair and said it would take less than a day to complete.

  • Approved making more than $2,400 in repairs to a mobile generator owned by the city that is used during power outages.

The council also learned that the following events had been scheduled:

  • Easter egg hunt, April 16, 11 a.m.

  • Citywide garage sale, May 7

  • Citywide clean-up, May 9

  • Memorial Day service, May 30, 10 a.m.

  • Let Freedom Ring, July 2

  • Fourth of July fireworks display, July 2

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