More than fifty citizens attended Tuesday night's City Council meeting to watch Brinkley Sargent's presentation of proposed renovations or the rebuilding of community recreation facilities.

Dwayne Brinkley discussed the public input received during a series of meetings in July, as well as a new facility versus rejuvenation of present structures. He said code updates were important and should be considered when making any decisions.

Council members questioned Brinkley regarding code compliance and other requirements. New buildings rather than renovations might be more cost efficient, which will be discussed at a later date.

The proposed sites of the new buildings were indicated. Due to the floodplain, further research will be necessary to discern there is adequate space for the square footage of the structures.

Citizens voiced concerns about the floodplain, additional cost of rejuvenation compared to new construction, multi-purpose rooms, and what it will take to renovate the present senior citizens cente. More than one request was made for additional dance floor space in the final plans.

Mayor Rusty Jergins said that discussions would continue.

The planning and development committee discussed changing the name of Optimist Jaycee Park to Optimist Park. A motion passed to send the recommendation to the full City Council for discussion and vote.

(For more information about the meeting, see Thursday's edition of the E-T.)

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext 229.