The Sealy City Council on Feb. 27 authorized city staff to move forward with $3,000 in safety upgrades to B&PW Park.
Planning and Community Development Director Warren Escovy told the council that he and other city officials met with Sealy Little League president Joel Grigar to discuss plans to improve safety measures at the park, previously addressed in a January council meeting. The city will be responsible for crosswalks, speed bumps, directional arrows and the necessary labor and materials. Fencing is already underway and being paid for by the Little League.
“We’re going to continue with the plans that we had,” Grigar said. “I think all we lack is a little bit of concrete pouring underneath the new awning, which if you’ve driven by, you’ve seen. Most of the fence work on the field itself is complete. Now we’re going to build the fence around the outside for safety precautions and we’ll make sure we work with the city [on placement]. We’ll work on improvements adjacent to that at the playground, adding in a crosswalk, adding in extra gates.”
Upgrades to restroom facilities also have been discussed but will be addressed in a future phase, Grigar said.
Discussion ensued about the possibility of a need for even more speed bumps, which Escovy said will cost about $500 for two additional sets.
“I just ask that we look at that,” Councilman Chris Noack said.
Mayor Janice Whitehead agreed.
Councilman John Hinze suggested that a walkway may be necessary “because right now you’re walking into a ditch.”
Councilman Koy noted that events like Sealybration should be taken into consideration because additional access is needed for vendors.
Melanie Willingham, president of Sealy Community Foundation, which hosts Sealybration, said they could work around the park upgrades and their first priority is safety of the kids.
Grigar said he’s pleased with the progress and believes a noticeable difference will be recognized at the park on Little League’s opening day March 24.
“The good thing is that anything we do at this point is an improvement over what we have,” Grigar said. “If it doesn’t all happen at one time, that’s really OK.”
Sealy City Council members also opted during the Feb. 27 meeting to solicit applications from potential volunteers who wish to serve on a city board. Some of the council-appointed boards recently were “repurposed” and consolidated, prompting Mayor Janice Whitehead to suggest that it may be beneficial to solicit new applications.
City Secretary Dayl Cooksey explained that terms expire in May for the Economic Development Corp., Planning Commission, Main Street and Parks Board.
Following council approval at last week’s meeting, the following announcement was issued:
“The City of Sealy is in search of volunteers to serve on City Boards and Commissions. If you are interested in serving, applications can be found on the City’s website or one can be obtained from the City Secretary’s office at 405 Main Street. Please return completed applications to the City Secretary’s office. The available boards/commissions are Planning Commission, Parks Board, Sealy Economic Development Corporation, Sealy Main Street Advisory Board, and TIRZ No. 2 (Sealy Development Authority). There is an immediate need to appoint three new members to the Parks Board.”
Those interested are asked to contact Cooksey at 979-885-1669 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.