Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen details ideas for Civic Park, Legion Building – Salisbury Post

GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen recently held a brainstorming session at a special meeting, prompted by the release of some funds due to the ARPA grant received by the city. Key

GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen recently held a brainstorming session at a special meeting, prompted by the release of some funds due to the ARPA grant received by the city.

Key council discussions focused on two long-sought projects, including renovations and improvements to the civic park and the conversion of the Legion building into a community centre.

No decision has been made, but the board has come up with many ideas for moving forward.

General Manager Larry Smith opened the meeting with a presentation of items that have already been passed or mentioned that need to be addressed, including economic development, growth, and parks and recreation.

Alderman Jim Costantino highlighted transforming the Legion building into a community building and then using the remaining funds to improve the parks as what he sees as primary goals. However, Linker noted that civic park property lines should be cleared first before any attempt is made to acquire land to develop parks.

Alderman Doug Shelton agreed, saying he could take on the cleanup of property lines in the park, but that the council should not be looking to acquire land so soon.

Linker disagreed, saying the park had the greatest visual significance to Granite Quarry.

“I think most ARPA funds, for me, should have an impact,” he said. “We’ll just have to incorporate the other elements into the budget.”

Altering and adding to the city park without a steering committee or community survey is not something Smith suggests, wanting community input instead.

Barnhardt asked if the city could still allocate money from special funds in addition to what was set aside to apply for a grant with only the community contribution. Smith said she was right, but with a proper steering committee, they could reach out to other foundations to maximize grant applications.

If the city chooses to address the Legion building, Constantino said rebranding it as a community center would bring more traffic and revenue to the park. In addition, it could be included in the responsibility of the steering committee since it is part of the aesthetics of the civic park.

Smith said the steering committee would need a few people with specific acquaintances, including someone good at finance, an individual familyar with city planning and someone who knows architecture well.

Council members agreed that their next meeting will focus on the ins and outs of creating this steering committee, in the hope that residents will consider volunteering.

Several smaller ideas were briefly mentioned during the discussion, and Shelton expressed his preference for tackling smaller projects rather than larger items, such as wayfinding signs like the one to mark the directions to Civic Park, the baseball field behind Granite Quarry Elementary School and the Old Stone House. .

Mayor Brittany Barnhardt also suggested a water feature for the city could bring more visitors to Granite Quarry, especially one that “only uses rocks to incorporate granite” with the city’s name. Costantino agreed, saying it would be a little addition kids of all ages would enjoy. But all the little ideas have been put on the back burner for now.