By Blenda Copeland
Thanks to a generous donation from a Russell County-based company, the Ladonia Sports Complex’s improvements are continuing. WestRock (formerly known as MeadWestvaco) donated a $12,000 check earlier this month toward the construction of a digital, LED sign at the complex, which falls under the Russell County Parks & Recreation system. Commissioner Carl Currington said he was grateful to secure the donation for the complex, which is in the district he represents. Currington said he’s working on other projects. This upgrade and others were on his wish list, but he said his allotment of funds from the county, which can be used for commissioners’ preferred projects like these, wasn’t enough to cover it. So, he solicited donations, one of which came from WestRock.
“They had to make the sign,” Currington said in an update April 12. He said he hoped the installation of it would begin this week.
Meanwhile, as for other improvements, Currington said picnic tables were put in on cement slabs; awnings will be added over tables for seniors, and, “We’ve got the basketball court there.” Additionally, Currington said he’s applying for a grant to add trees to the complex.
As for other wish list projects, Currington said he’ll have to bring up at budget time in a few months the hope of doing a traffic study on the half-mile stretch from Woodland Drive to the Chevron gas station where many wrecks seem to have occurred – to see if anything can be done to alleviate the problem. At the same time, Commissioner Larry Screws is also pursuing recreational improvements in his district, in Hurtsboro. Screws has asked the county attorney to pursue drafting a lease with the county school board’s attorney regarding the installation of a walking trail around the old elementary school in Hurtsboro. Screws pointed out that the walking trail is a budgeted item. He said the commission has a rendering of the project, and as soon as a draft lease is presented and approved, work can begin on it. “It’s going to be asphalt,” he said.