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October 17, 2019

9/26/2019 10:12:00 AM
Park getting fitness facility
A Robinson park will soon be the site of an outdoor fitness facility, while another park is almost ready for its official opening.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday approved release of donated funds to buy fitness equipment for Washington Park. The outdoor fitness facility, a project of Leadership Crawford County, will be completely funded by a $10,170 donation from the United Way.

The equipment will be installed north of the tennis courts in the next 30 days, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said.

Meanwhile, work on the new Cross Street Station park is nearly complete. The park, built on the South Cross site of a building demolished last year, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, during the annual Heath Harvest Festival.

The festival is Oct. 4-5 and the council also approved plans for it.

It will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a Crawford County Collectibles Car Show on South Cross and a chili supper with all free-will donations going to Relay for Life of Crawford County. The band Capt. Quirk will play at 6:30 p.m. A beer garden on the east side of the square will be open 5 to 11 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, vendors will open and entertainment will start at 9 a.m. The annual parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Robinson City Park.

Also Tuesday, aldermen approved paying Superior Welding $29,600 for istalling structures at the new park.

Meanwhile, the fate of another South Cross property owned by the city remains in the air while a third is up for sale.

The council was to consider putting 605 S. Cross - former site of the Allen Sanitarium - up for auction, but chose to table the plan for more time to look into options for the parcel.

Two blocks to the south, the vacant lot at 807 S. Cross is up for sale, as is a lot at 1002 N. Robb. The South Cross property was once the site of a small apartment building that was torn down after being damaged by a fire. A single-family residence previously stood on the North Robb property.

Bids for both plots will be accepted until 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and will be opened that day.

Aldermen also approved re-zoning a piece of the former Briggs Manufacturing property from industrial to residential.

The southwest corner of Reed and Pine - 902 W. Pine - is owned by Randy Mikeworth. He plans to clear it off and install a double-wide modular home. He will use it as a residential rental property.

The council also voted down an ordinance that would allow raffles in the city.

In other business, the council:

• Reimbused Ryan Reynolds $729.89 for expenses involved in the local soccer program. He was also paid $2,800 to cover the cost of soccer officials.

• Purchased a portable sampler for the wastewater department from Hydro-Kinetics, St. Louis, for $4,082.

• Agreed to send wastewater employees Tom Hose and Dylan Dartt to the upcoming IAWPCO regional conference.

• Set trick-or-treat hours as 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

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