Work is now underway to make the Little General Family and Childrens Park at Cleveland and Lafayette streets a reality. Site preparation work is ongoing and council members are making sure some of the details for the park are not left out.
Millie Cheek, who serves as Ringgold Parks and Recreation chairperson, asked the council to add back to the pavilion plans a four-sided clock in a cupola.
Cheek said that their committee included the clock as something that would be a welcoming sight to those entering the city from that direction.
Vice Mayor Bill McMillon, who conducted the council meeting in the absence of Mayor Joe Barger, assured Cheek that the council did not have it removed from the plans and members of the council voted unanimously to add the have architect Raymond Clark add the clock back to the pavilion design.
Council members also approved the creation of a letter giving the Park and Recreation Committee permission to seek donations for park equipment.
The Parks and Recreation Committee will also review catalogs and make recommendations to the council on the sidewalk lighting for the park.
Maybe something taller to disperse the light farther, McMillon said. Possibly with two lights.
The historic Ringgold Depot also received some attention from the council as it moved the preparation and graveling of the proposed Depot parking lot at South Depot Street near U.S. 41 higher on its priority list.
McMillon said the city has unsuccessfullyapplied two separate times for grants to assist with a pedestrian bridge and other improvements including the parking lot.
Maybe if they see we are trying to do something we will have a better chance in the future, McMillon said.
Council members had a review of the heating and air conditioning needs to improve the environment of the Ringgold Depot when it is in use.
Councilman O.C. Adcock said the review shows the city must install additional heating and air units to make a difference. He said the current units provide enough to regulate the empty building but not if people are present.
Council approved ACS Services to create specifications for improving the air conditioning and heating at the Depot.
In other business Monday, Sept. 25, at Ringgold City Hall, Ringgold City Council voted unanimously to:
* Deny an ordinance to void a prior ordinance prohibiting parking in Phase III of the Bluff View subdivision.
* Deny amendments to the Ringgold Subdivision Ordinance to allow more flexibility on street limited parking.
* Approve a request by Dimple Potter to rezone from R-2, residential, to C-1, commercial, to promote sale value of the property on Guyler Street near U.S. Highway 41 behind Evans House.
* Approve a resolution and agreement for Hotel/Motel tax arranging for the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce and Historic High Country Association to coordinate under direction of the city.
* Approval Georgia Rural Water Association contract for grant of $3,600 to reimburse the city for fluoride equipment at the Ringgold Water Plant.
* Approve purchase of water valve exerciser at a cost of $5-6,000.
* Not relocate the Evans House, if the owner might donate the historic log cabin to the city. Question was raised at request of county historian Bill Clark.
* Approve the review of trees along Nashville Street by an expert to see what course of action should be taken to improve image of downtown.
* Authorize demonstration of a new monitoring system for Ringgold sewer pump stations.
* Purchase and install a larger U.S. flag at the Ringgold Depot.
* Request more information from Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers and Ringgold Police Chief Charles Land regarding the creation of a Mutual Aid Agreement between area police departments.
* Approve lengthening bi-monthly work session to one hour.
* Approve a request to meet with tourism and public relations consultants to help create an integrated plan for combining the citys tourism assets into one media/marketing campaign.
* Approve obtaining special counsel to provide legal advice regarding land use issues.
* Approve a policy of creating city government press releases to provide to area media outlets to better inform the public about various projects and issues