Work on the new floor at the ASPIRE Center should begin August 18, according to an update provided by the parks and recreation committee during their meeting held on Tuesday, July 16.

    Hardwood flooring for the project has been donated by Monticello 
Flooring, and several local companies and organizations have 
committed funds to help with installation costs. Parks and Recreation 
Director Lonnie Chaplin said the contractor will get floor installed 
to a point where it can be used for the annual Quilt Show of the 
Little Mountains, which will be held Labor Day weekend.
    After the show, the floor will be sanded and finished, according to 
Chaplin. He said he is continuing to work with sponsors in order to 
recognize their contributions to the project.
    Also during the meeting, the committee reviewed the financial report 
for parks and recreation. Mayor Tracie Sexton said the budget is 
about $5,000 over what was projected.
    She indicated the budget needs to be updated for that department. 
County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson suggested that  a work session 
be held to go over the budget in more detail.
    The committee also discussed the two bids they received last month 
for security cameras at the park and the ASPIRE Center. Silent Guard 
appears to have submitted the best bid, but Anderson suggested that 
they table any action until after the committee has taken a closer look at the budget for the department.

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