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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, JUNE 15, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Playhouse reschedules ‘Funnybone Soup’ CHIPLEY — Spanish Trail Playhouse has rescheduled the comedy “Funnybone Soup,â€? originally scheduled for today, June 15. The new performance will take place at 7 p.m. Aug.3. More information will be posted on the Spanish Trail Playhouse website, www.spanish w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Faith Events A2 Clock tower proposed for city park By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Resident Holland Kent presented the idea of building a clock tower on the site where the historic Chipley water tower once stood to the city council on Tuesday. “I understand there are plans to put a park at the site where the water tower once stood,â€? Kent said. “The water tower was seen as a landmark for Chipley, and I think what replaces it needs to be a landmark as well.â€? Kent presented the council with photos of clock towers, including the Cairo, Ga., town clock bell, as a potential landmark for the proposed park. Councilman Kevin Russell was appointed by Mayor Linda Cain to head up a committee charged with developing a park on the site where the city’s water tower once stood. The tower was taken down due to safety concerns on May 21. “Years back, Louis Valencia worked hard with the city to place a clock at the corner of 77 and Railroad,â€? Kent said. “I think we should consider the same concept on a larger scale.â€? He said cost of the Cairo clock tower was about $100,000. He also submitted photos of the Westfield, Mass., clock tower which cost about $500,000, as an example. “This is great,â€? Russell said. “This is what I want, I definitely want input from the residents. We don’t want this to just be a committee of five people deciding what goes in the park.â€? Russell said he would be in touch with Kent when the park committee next met so he could discuss the clock tower idea with the full committee. “I also would like to see us put a flag there, like the one down by the interstate,â€? the mayor said. Holland said there were grants available to fund a clock tower, add- ing that of the $500,000 spent for the Massachusetts clock tower, 80 percent of the project was funded by the federal government, and 20 percent was funded by the state. In other business, the council tabled private property standards ordinance until the next workshop. The council discussed the need for an ordinance at the workshop on June 6 to allow the city to clean up overgrown lots. The workshop discussion also included whether or not artificial flowers should be displayed in a lawn. CHIPLEY — Dance the night away from 6-8 p.m. June 21 at the Blue Lake Center in Chipley. Entertainment will be provided by the Good for Nothing Band. Bring your favorite finger food. By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT “Neighborhood Daysâ€? over the past seven years, Gaetz wants to listen to whatever is on citizens’ minds. Individuals having problems with state agencies are also invited to stop by. Constituents don’t need an appointment, but can drop in and have a cup of coffee. However, if a specific time is desired, call 866-450-4DON tollfree from anywhere in Florida. At noon, Gaetz will address members of the Kiwanis Club of Chipley CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council heard citizens’ concerns about speeding vehicles on Fifth Street on Tuesday, and by Wednesday afternoon the street had a fresh set of stripes. “Fifth Street is nothing more than a speedway for people to avoid the light at Highway 90 and 77,â€? said Chipley resident Thomas Lancaster said. “In the last few months, we’ve had several accidents, and two of them were very serious, at the intersection of Fifth Street and Wells.â€? Lancaster asked the council to consider putting a four-way stop at the intersection of Wells and Fifth, and to consider temporary three-way stops at other Fifth Street intersections, including the intersection at Forest and Fifth and Harrell and Fifth. People routinely disregard the 25 mph speed limit on Fifth Street, Lancaster said, even though the street runs alongside Shivers Park. “There are always children and people walking the track in the park,â€? Lancaster said, “and a chain-link fence isn’t going to stop a vehicle that’s going 50 miles an hour and loses control.â€? “We’ve been very fortunate and blessed that no one has been killed on that street,â€? Lancaster said. “If we can slow people down, we could very well be saving lives.â€? Mayor Linda Cain said that traffic has increased on Fifth Street. “It’s a lot worse than it has been,â€? she said. “We had discussed putting stop signs there years ago but for some reason we never did it.â€? See GAETZ A3 See TRAFFIC A3 North Bay Tribe to have gun safety class See BRIEFS A3 "" !         Get your free copy now INSIDE INDEX Calendar ...............................A2 Faith .....................................A2 Classifieds .............................A4 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 See CLOCK A3 City Council hears traffic concerns CARYVILLE DISPUTES $16,510 BILL Dance set at Blue Lake CHIPLEY — The North Bay Tribe of the Lower Muscogee Creek Indians will host a gun safety class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on June 22, at their grounds, located at 1560 Lonnie 50¢ Volume 90, Number 18 CECILIA SPEARS | The News Supervisor of Caryville Flea Market Paron Beeco came before the Caryville Town Council to give an update on preparations for the next Flea Across Florida during the council’s June 11 meeting. Attorney seeks documentation of bill By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT CARYVILLE — Caryville Town Council instructed Attorney Lyndia Spears to send a letter of dispute and request of proof of documentation in reply to a contractor who sent a bill to the town for $16,510. Spears explained during the Tuesday’s town council meeting that the town received two grants of $20,000 to build Hodges and Sellers Park in Caryville in 2010. “This was before my time but as I understand it one of the parks went over budget,â€? said Spears. “However, the town had paid off the over amount, which was quite a bit over $20,000. This bill says that the town owes a principle amount of $16,510 but fails to provide documentation, which is why I strongly advise the town dispute the bill.â€? Supervisor of Caryville Flea Market Paron Beeco came before the Caryville Town Council to give an update on preparations for the See BILL A3 Gaetz to visit Chipley for ‘Neighborhood Day’ Special to the News TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Don Gaetz will bring his Senate office to Chipley on Tuesday for “Neighborhood Day.â€? From early morning until evening, the Senator for Northwest Florida will meet one-on-one with residents, speak with business and civic leaders, local organizations and walk door-to-door. “Neighborhood Dayâ€? begins at 7 a.m. with Senator Gaetz meeting with board members of the Washing- ton County Chamber of Commerce. From there, Gaetz will travel to Graceville to listen to views of faculty and staff members at the Baptist College of Florida at 9 a.m. Starting at 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Senator Gaetz will locate his Senate office at the Washington County Agriculture Center, located at 1424 Jackson Avenue. 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