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Survey says ‘WAIT!’

Lee Street Park study on hold

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day asked the City Council Monday to postpone a decision on having a survey done at Lee Street Park. She said the city received only one bid and she wanted more before the survey proceeded. Jonesboro officials have been trying to figure out how to use the park since it was unexpectedly dumped in their laps by county leaders this past spring.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day asked the City Council Monday to postpone a decision on having a survey done at Lee Street Park. She said the city received only one bid and she wanted more before the survey proceeded. Jonesboro officials have been trying to figure out how to use the park since it was unexpectedly dumped in their laps by county leaders this past spring.

JONESBORO — It is a no go for a proposed survey of Lee Street Park — for now.

Plans to conduct a study of the city park were sidelined by the Jonesboro City Council Monday because of a lack of bids from companies interested in doing the survey. The decision was made at the request of Mayor Joy Day, who said she wanted more bids before a company is hired.

City officials are still getting used to owning the park since the county government unexpectedly dropped it in their lap this past spring.

“We only received one bid for the survey,” said Day. “However I would not like the city to move forward without at least three bids. We will work on that and you know I will try to go as low as I can go on the price.”

Councilman Randy Segner has been tasked with helping the city scare up more bids for the survey project. Segner was asked to help find additional bidders because he is a real-estate broker by day and city councilman by night.

He told his fellow council members that he is going to try and find at least two or three additional bidders for the project.

“I’ve got contacts in the real estate industry that I can reach out to so we can try and get more bids,” he said.

Day said the lone bid the city has so far received for the survey was for $2,850.

Even though city leaders are not yet planning to buy any new equipment for Lee Street Park, postponing the survey does delay efforts to learn the exact dimensions of the park.

That in turn delays efforts by the city government to become familiar with the park, which county officials abruptly turned over to Jonesboro’s control in March. The county’s parks and recreation department had run the park since the 1950s but County Manager Wade Starr told the Clayton News Daily in April that it had to be turned back over the city.

He said Jonesboro had to resume control over Lee Street Park because Clayton County was at an impasse with its city in negotiations on a new service delivery strategy agreement. Starr said the county could not legally run a park inside the city limits without a service delivery strategy in place.