A local engineer has volunteered to help develop a utilization plan for a local park, the Cheraw Town Council learned Tuesday.
In a meeting with each of the town’s department heads for a mid-year review, maintenance director Scott Laney said Steve Howiler has volunteered to work on a plan to better utilize the town’s property at Riverside Park by the Great Pee Dee River.
“Steve and I both think there is a lot of untapped potential for more recreational use there,” Laney said.
Councilman Reid McBride asked about the possibility of acquiring grants to help construct restrooms.
Laney said restrooms would, of course, be a tremendous asset. In fact, he said Howiler had mentioned the possibility of using town property at the top of the hill for restrooms to make plumbing issues far less worrisome.
The only problem with adding restrooms in an area like that is vandalism, said Laney. “That is a real concern.”
“But the shelter at Arrowhead Park is rented every weekend, and I know we could do the same at the river if we had more accommodations,” said Laney.
Council members were receptive to the idea of making future plans to enhance Riverside Park, and possibly Byrd Park. However, as this was a briefing meeting there were no decisions made.
Cheraw Fire Chief Marvin Murray told council members the new ladder truck ordered for the town should be ready for inspection by Oct. 27. The town has been dependant on the current ladder truck since the late 1970’s.
Murray will spend two full days “going through the truck and its functions, testing everything on it,” he said, “with the same people who built it.”
“I like the idea of that,” Murray said. “We’ll be going through it with a fine tooth comb, and they will be right there to fix anything that’s not perfect.”
Murray also talked about the firefighters program former Fire Chief John L. Melton is currently teaching at the high school. The program offers students the opportunity to graduate as a Level 2 firefighter, a program that would cost adults approximately $1,300 to complete.
Every fire requires a Level 2 firefighter to be on the scene. “You can’t send two Level 1 firefighters into a fire,” said Murray.
The high school program is already a tremendous success, as more than 80 students signed up for the program.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.