La Plata town council awards National Night Out grants
Council also welcomes two new staff members
The La Council six National Plata Town distributed Night Out grants to neighborhoods in the area at its business meeting on Tuesday for the purpose of enhancing the community outing for local residents.
Representatives from Hawthorne Greene, Hickory Ridge, King’s Grant, Villages of Steeplechase and Washington Square came forward to accept the $200 award from Mayor Jeanine James. La Plata Grande Gardens I also received a grant.
The recipients applied for the gifts and will receive checks in the mail, which are meant to go toward entertainment and activities for the annual evening of community fun that takes places on the first Tuesday of August ever y year.
Prior to handing out the grants, James issued an official proclamation to christen Aug. 1 as National Night Out in the Town of La Plata.
“All neighbors are encouraged to participate in or host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, and visits from emergency personnel,” read James, in a provincial tone that belied the casual nature of the text.
Both James and Police Chief Carl Schinner expressed a desire to visit each of the neighborhoods for the event. Civic leaders and government officials will likely be visible throughout the evening, engaging with residents and enjoying the festivities.
Council fills staff openings
The council ushered in two new members to fill positional openings, one for the Planning Commission and another for Parks and Recreation. The former may actually have a pair of openings, but for now John Jordan will begin a five-year term on the planning commission.
“We interviewed two candidates, and it looks like we’ll fill potentially two spots,” said councilman Matthew Simpson. “We feel Mr. Jordan is the appropriate person to appoint at this time to the first spot open.”
Erin Ferriter was selected to fill the Parks and Recreation opening and begin a four-year term. Both motions carried with unanimous support from the council.