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Theo Ratliff Center looks for support

LINDEN &045; As phase two of the Theo Ratliff Activity Center is under construction, Camilla Ratliff and the parties involved with the center are already looking toward phase three of the facility.

She also told the commission she was looking to gain their financial support for the upcoming phase of the project &045; which is slated to include playground equipment, park benches and a fence around the new playground &045; and as a continuous supporter of the center in the future.

According to Ratliff, the City of Demopolis has contributed approximately $150,000 a year to the center. Looking to get more partners involved, Ratliff said she was hoping for a contribution from the county of between $20,000 and $30,000.

Commissioner Freddie Armstead, whose district includes the center, told Ratliff the commission was &8220;stretched to the limit&8221; for the current year’s budget, but would look into possible county park and recreation funds and revenue from the tobacco tax to see what they could contribute. Furthermore, Armstead told Ratliff they would also see where the center might fit into next year’s budget.

Commissioner John Crawford echoed Armstead’s remarks.

In other business, the commission:

-Renewed a one-cent millage tax to go toward Marengo County Schools.

-Agreed to sponsor the Summer Feeding Program.

-Approved a $125 contribution to the Alabama National Fair.

-Approved a mileage rate increase.

-Appointed Woody Dinning to the Community Corrections program.

-Approved a transfer of a liquor license from Crawford’s to Larkin.

-Re-appointed Rudolph Parker to the South Marengo Water Authority Board.

-Approved two employees being promoted to full time at the request of the county engineer.