Walton County to assist city of Paxton with senior center parking lot

By DOTTY NIST

The city of Paxton has plans to build a senior center, and Walton County has agreed to assist with the parking lot for the facility.

The decision came at the request of Donna Smith of the Paxton City Council, who represented the city at the May 9 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting at Freeport Commons.

Walton County BCC Chairman Danny Glidewell, who had included the request with agenda items under his name for the meeting, introduced Smith.

Addressing the commissioners and stating that Paxton Mayor Ann Sexton had been unable to attend, Smith reported that Paxton had been awarded a grant of $1.3 million for a new senior citizens building. Her request was for the BCC to entertain the county constructing the parking lot in order to provide for more cost effective use of the grant funds. Smith said the center would be located off U.S. 331 just north of the town hall.

Glidewell explained that the proposal was for the county to provide equipment and manpower to lay the base for the parking lot and do the paving and curbing, with the labor to represent part of the city’s match for the grant. The city, he said, would purchase the asphalt for the parking lot with grant funds.

Glidewell commented that this would be a nice project with space for meetings and meals and a kitchen, along with health care examination rooms and some office space.

Smith explained that the grant had been awarded but was not sure when construction on the building would start. She said the deputy city clerk had estimated that it would start around the first of the year but that bids for construction had not yet gone out.

It was confirmed that the parking lot construction by the county could be handled in house by county crews.

The request was approved unanimously on a motion by District 5 Commissioner Tony Anderson.