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Schultz: Time to get moving on new ‘Pocket Park’

May 9, 2014

    The vacant area where Dwayne’s Sweeper Shop and Holthouse Drug Co. once stood may have been given a new name, and some early work on transforming it into a green space is due soon.
    At Tuesday’s Decatur City Council meeting, Mayor John Schultz referred to “Pocket Park, as I call it,” noting, “It’s time to get something in there.”
    Schultz said it is hoped that, in time, as money becomes available, decorative lighting, benches, flowers and the like, can be added. The Adams County Community Foundation has donated $10,000 to beautifying the space, and the city’s 175th Anniversary Celebration fund has some $2,500 left over and available.
    Sidewalks are needed first, the mayor said, and council okayed taking some $20,000 for that purpose from the city’s Rainy Day fund.
    Schultz said no more than sidewalks may done this year: “We will (do other things) as money allows.”
    City Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert said the sidewalk is likely to be starting soon.
    For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.

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