Forest Park officials eye $19 million in SPLOST projects

FOREST PARK — City officials are hoping for $19.38 million in 2015 SPLOST revenues to fund 24 projects across seven departments, according to the list released recently.

Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart said he had “absolutely zero” to do with the list.

“The law says you can’t use government funds to advocate for a tax, which is what SPLOST is,” he said.

City Manager Frank Brandon said the lists were provided by the heads of each department.

Mayor Pro Tem Maudie McCord made the motion to accept the list of projects, which was approved unanimously by the council.

There are five administration projects that include equipment for City Hall; streetscape improvements on sidewalks, curbs and gutters, drainage improvements and landscaping on various streets; landscaping in medians; a multi-purpose special event center and renovation and parking at City Hall.

In the police department, officials would like to spend money on vehicles, computer equipment, firearms training systems and facility improvements.

Projects in the fire and emergency medical services department include vehicle and equipment replacement and facility improvements and renovations.

In the recreation and leisure services department, SPLOST money would be used for renovating the pool and adding on to the pool; for tennis courts and equipment; Kiwanis Stadium construction and renovation and on Memorial Park.

The Planning, Building and Zoning Department needs equipment, vehicles and improvements at Agnes Bateman Community Building.

In the area of personnel and support services, SPLOST funds could be used to buy computers and other equipment and for improvements on City Hall annex.

Public Works Department officials would like money for street resurfacing, building construction, vehicles, equipment and park construction.