Several local businesses have donated money for installation of a new hardwood floor in the gym at the ASPIRE Center, and several others have made commitments to the project. Members of the Parks and Recreation Committee were updated regarding the project during a meeting held Tuesday, June 18.

The flooring was donated by Monticello Hardwood. The cost to install it will be approximately $36,000. Senture, Bo Hawkins (State Farm), Vision Care and Monticello Banking Company have donated to the projects and offers continue to come in to help pay for the project.
The old gym floor will be removed by Foothills Academy at no cost. Officials expect construction of the new floor to begin about mid-August. There will be a slight break in the work so that the annual Quilt Show can be held, before the project is completed.
Also during the meeting, the board took another look at quotes for security systems to be installed at the park and the ASPIRE Center. The committee had tabled the issue during their meeting in May.
Committee members asked County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson to check with Silent Guard to verify the difference in their quote and that submitted by Modern Systems.
Timber on the land that was recently purchased adjacent to the park will be cut in November, according to Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Chaplin. Chaplin said that it will be stages for sale to bidders. The park will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the timber sale.
The park is currently preparing for the upcoming Wayne County Fair and Horse Show, which will be June 29 through July 6. The county road crew will provide a water truck, a roller and some prep work at the arena for events that will be held there.
Also during the meeting, the committee:
• Agreed to have property lines repainted prior to the removal of timber at the park.
• Met in executive session to discuss personnel issues. No action was taken.

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