By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
The Friends of the Park Commission provided an update to the Cleveland Board of Aldermen Tuesday on their work for an all-inclusive playground appropriate for children with disabilities.
Brian Bishop, assistant chief of the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department, spoke on the group’s behalf.
Bishop and Brad Powell, credited with developing the idea, previously appeared before the board in October to discuss the idea.
Renderings of current ideas were presented to the board members in packets.
“These are about 100 by 90 feet park additions,” Bishop said. “Like we talked about before, it will be all-inclusive. There will be some wheelchair-accessible parts to it, some sensory-stimulating elements for any kind of disability or children who aren’t disabled.”
The group has looked at several parks including Fireman’s Park where they would look to install distinctive firemen-related pieces.
Bishop said J.A. Dawson and Company out of Pelham, AL, is currently the preferred equipment supplier due to the style of the equipment and proximity to Cleveland.
The estimated cost for the playground, minus discounts, is currently $437,000.
“Part of that $437,000 includes $52,000 in construction costs. We felt like we could have people in the community do that. We’ve certainly got people with the expertise that can knock that back.”
Bishop said a large part of the price is attributed to the surface of the park, which will be completely rubber rather than gravel.
“We have started some research and there are a number of grants out there that we’d like to look into,” said Bishop.
In other business, Gracie Peltan said she received a notice her beekeeping was a nuisance to the neighborhood.
“An anonymous neighbor of mine claimed to have seen a bee in their yard. I own some beehives. Mind you, nobody has claimed to have been stung.”
At that point, Alderman Kirk Povall asked whether this was the appropriate forum for Peltan to address her issue.
Board attorney Danny Griffith said the board meeting did not seem to be the correct place to address this kind of grievance.
“We asked the officers who gave us the notation, the violation, how to appeal this and they would not get back to us,” said Peltan.
Community development director Kenneth Taylor said an investigation was done to confirm the issue.
“The land development ordinance states that if you’re going to have any form of agriculture products on your property, you have to have at least five acres of property. This being in a residential area, it’s less than five acres, and under the land ordinance it cannot happen.”
“The violation I got cited this, which was saying that it should be unlawful to keep any animal or animals where it constitutes a nuisance or a menace to the general health of the city,” responded Peltan.
Peltan said the notice of violation said if her beehives were not removed within five days the beehives would be destroyed and her equipment would be seized.
“We hear what you’re saying. That’s fine,” Povall said. “But it’s not right for any kind of action by this board.”
Griffith said he would be happy to discuss things with Peltan’s attorney about how to resolve the issue.