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Rebuilding Sunset Park is focus of Public Forum before City Council committee meeting

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

By Elizabeth O’Farrell

The rebuilding of the pavilion at Sunset Park was the focus of a public forum in advance of a Louisiana City Council Committees Monday night.
Tim Carter told the council that although they were unsure of the budget for reconstruction, Fowler Lumber would sell the city building materials at cost. He added that Brett Penrod would donate any concrete work.
Several residents addressed the council concerning the pavilion. Dr. Randall Cone said that he would “like to see a much larger pavilion with easier access to electricity and water.” He said that the park could be a major asset for the community.
Mr. Ronnie Lawrence suggested looking in to designing the pavilion to resemble Fort Buffalo which was located south of Louisiana. Fort Buffalo was built in 1811 and was burned during the War of 1812. “It would bring tourism to Louisiana,” he said.
While the consensus of those who attended was that the pavilion needed to be larger, discussions also included how to pay for it.
Kelly Henderson, the city administrator, said that the insurance limit was $10,000 with a $5,000 deductible. The debris removal cost the city $6,000.
Others noted that there were many skilled people in town who could donate their time and talents to rebuilding the park.
“This is a fine opportunity for us to take ownership and make this a community effort,” said Cindy Blaylock, local businesswoman.
It was suggested that people be approached individually rather than a wider call for assistance. “Every time I ask someone for help, they give it,” said Viki Cadwallader.

The pavilion at Sunset Park was destroyed in the storm on Thursday, July 19. The city council will decide what measures to take for replacement of the pavilion in the coming months. The structure was insured.