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Grandview approves funding for new playground

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview has been selected by the NFL Seattle Seahawks organization to receive $25,000 toward a new playground to be built at Country Park. Monday, council approved the use of capital improvement funds to help with the cost of the project.

The overall cost of the project, according to City Administrator Scott Staples, is $44,500. The city is short $5,500 to fully fund the project.

He told city council members Monday there have been other contributions provided for the new playground from Teddy Bear Corner, Wal-Mart Distribution Center and an anonymous donor.

The Seahawks organization will be sending representatives to Grandview in October for an event surrounding the completed project.

Staples asked if the council would be willing to authorize funding to make up the difference between the cost of the playground and the money donated in the event additional donors cannot be found.

Mayor Pro Tem Pam Horner wanted to know if community groups, such as Kiwanis, had been asked to provide funding.

Staples said there are plans to ask for donations from such groups.

His concern was due in part to a July deadline. He said the equipment is to be ordered in July, but council does not have plans to meet during that month. Therefore, he asked for approval during the Monday, June 15, meeting for up to the $5,500 as a safety net for the project.

"Perhaps the council can visit the issue during its June 15 meeting," Staples proposed.

Instead the Grandview City Council felt it was not necessary to wait until its next meeting and held a vote last night to approve funding up to $5,500 for the playground equipment.

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