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Holiday display destroyed by ice will be replaced

The city of Sherwood is still paying the price dealing with the Christmas snow and ice storm.

On March 25, the Sherwood City Council voted to appropriate $35,584 to replace a display destroyed by the storm.

“The city experienced a severe winter event on Christmas Day that resulted in the loss of the Enchanted Forest Arch,” states the ordinance. “It is the desire of the Advertising and Promotions Commission that this important display be replaced.”

The funds were appropriated from the A&P’s budget and the project is being done without competitive bidding.

“Given that time is of the essence for the construction of this display which is considered unique in nature, competitive bidding is hereby waived as being found not to be practical for these purposes.”

In other business, the council approved the creation of one full-time regular fitness/wellness coordinator in the city’s parks and recreation department. The council action also created one full-time regular day came counselor in the after school/day camp department.

Council members agreed to appropriate $19,103 in 2013 for the wellness coordinator/facility night manager post which amounts of six months of salary plus taxes and benefits.

An additional $4,450 was appropriated from 2013 funds for the day camp counselor, with $3,224 being used for six months of salary with $1,226 for taxes and benefits.

Tommy Smith, assistant program coordinator, said there are many programs in the parks and recreation department which aid children, such as the Sherwood Summer Day Camp is a fun and safe place to send children.

In the city’s after-school care program; the City of Sherwood offers after-school care from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, for students attending Sherwood Public Schools (Sherwood, Oakbrooke, Sylvan Hills, and Clinton Elementary).

“The After-School Program will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on days the children are out of school throughout the school year as long as it is not a City observed holiday or due to inclement weather,” Smith said. “The children eligible to attend will be 5-12 years old, and currently in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.”

Smith said a city van would pick up the children and bring them to the Bill Harmon Recreation Center.

“This program is a recreationally-based program,” he said. “The program counselors will assist with homework, conduct indoor and outdoor recreational activities as well as arts and crafts activities.”

The City of Sherwood also offers a recreationally-based Summer Camp.

“The Summer Camp will be located at Sherwood Forest at 1111 West Maryland,” Smith said. “The dates for the camp are based on the Pulaski County Special School District’s Schedule.”

The children are divided based upon the grade they are going into (1st-8th).

“The children must have completed Kindergarten in order to be involved in this Summer Camp,” Smith said. “Each week will offer a variety of indoor, outdoor, and arts and crafts activities, and will include a field trip as well as a trip to the Thornhill Pool.”

The hours of operation for the Summer Camp will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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