Garden City council votes to bring free Wi-Fi to town park

The Garden City Town Council met Monday evening, Aug. 17, 2020. From left to right are Mayor Tim Eskew, Councilman Scott Arnold, Councilman Doug Pender, Councilman Butch Bradford and Councilwoman Pat Chafin. Not pictured is Councilman Michael Black. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

GARDEN CITY, Ala. – The park in front of Garden City Town Hall will soon have free Wi-Fi. Mayor Tim Eskew at Monday evening’s Garden City Town Council meeting presented a plan to bring internet to the park, which the council approved. The reported cost of the project is $2,679.98 including a $199.99 installation fee. The council voted to pay for the plan monthly, at $114.99 monthly. Eskew noted the costs will be covered by funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

“What we’re doing, we’re trying to formulate a plan, in case the schools have to go to remote learning,” said Eskew. “We’re trying to do something to help. So, what we’re trying to do is extend our Wi-Fi over to the park where we can give internet service to try and help out for the children that don’t have the ability to get it, and our idea was to do that. We’re going to do it in such a way where the guy I’m working through, we’re going to have the internet work until 10:30 at night. That way it’s safe from any problems with people that really don’t need it. We’re trying to do everything we can to help the community and use federal funds.”

In other business Eskew also notified the council that the Town received an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) grant for $350,000 for water line installation and repair.

He specified, “It’s to put in a water line across the river bridge and to take care of the lower end of town, renewing all the old pipes in the area. It’ll be around Short Street over to County Road 509 and all the way down into the river and it’ll even go into Blount County. We’ve had a developer who’s talked to us; he’s wanting water on the Blount County side so we’re trying to work with him to get water over there.”

Councilman Doug Pender reported the Garden City Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) needs an exhaust fan. He said the department lost some medical equipment due to heat. He said the exhaust fan will allow the department better temperature control within the station. No action was taken. Pender also reported the VFD now has four certified EMTs.

The Garden City VFD will have a Swamp John’s benefit dinner Aug. 29, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at the Garden City Volunteer Fire Department located at 169 Fifth St. SW, Hanceville, AL 35077. It will cost $12 a plate.

The council also voted to purchase a $100 ad in the Hanceville Quarterback Club’s football program.

The Garden City Town Council meets the third Monday of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Sept. 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Garden City Town Hall.

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