WALKER — Sidney Hutchinson Park’s walking trail will be expanded, better landscaped, made more accessible and generally improved, Mayor Bobby Font said.
Font told the city’s Board of Aldermen on Monday that while the city lacks all the money needed for a complete upgrade of this “very popular feature of our city,” ways would be found to make the public park’s walking trail more inviting.
“This is something the people want and we will make every effort to accommodate them,” Font said. “The trail is really beautiful and generally follows a path under a canopy of trees. It’s a real asset to our community and I invite everyone who enjoys walking and jogging to visit our trail.”
The mayor said that city Department of Public Works employees and other resources would work toward improving the trail while the city awaits grants to speed up the process.
Meanwhile, a private donor contributed pilings to help build a bridge over part of the lake. Improvements already have been made to the entrance and parking areas and other changes are on the way, Font added.
Other matters addressed during Monday’s meeting included:
ALCOHOL SALES: The board introduced and set for public hearing a proposed change to the city’s alcohol sales regulations and fee schedule.
If approved at the Nov. 7 board meeting, the city would require waiters, waitresses and retail clerks selling alcoholic beverages to obtain notarized applications annually.
The city would not charge fees for applications to sell alcohol, but applicants would have to pay costs related to background checks conducted by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.
LANDSCAPING GRANT: Aldermen accepted a state Department of Transportation and Development grant of $96,470 for landscaping both sides of La. 447 from Aydell Lane to Interstate 12.
The board awarded the contract for the job to Hard Rock Construction LLC.