Warner Robins council votes to buy Walker’s Pond

chwright@macon.comJanuary 22, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Warner Robins City Council voted Tuesday to buy land for a passive park on the city’s north side.

After addressing agenda items that included the reopening of a public works position and approving a survey for a closed landfill site, council voted unanimously in a last minute agenda addition to purchase Walker’s Pond.

“I’d like us to get in and do something for that neighborhood,” said Councilman Mike Davis, who represents the district where the pond is located.

Council agreed to pay $75,000 for the land, owned by former Mayor Donald Walker’s family.

It is located behind the fire station on Green Street.

Councilman Mike Brashear said the land will be paid for out of the remaining encumbered money set aside for what was once supposed to be a sports complex at Russell Parkway and Ga. 247. The rest of the funds will be used to purchase land at North Houston Road and Elberta Road for a recreation complex, which council approved in a called meeting Jan. 16.

“Parks and recreation are very much important for this council,” Brashear said. “That’s what we’re doing.”

Council members also approved $10,000 for a site survey of the old landfill on Corder Road. They were presented with options for a park there that would include a skate park, dog park and a disc golf course.

Council also voted unanimously to reopen a ground maintenance position not originally included in the fiscal 2013 budget.

“We’re halfway through the year ... so we’re able to decide what to do with excess funds,” Brashear said.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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