Two city parks slated for new playground equipment

North Park and Jaycee Park are both getting new playgrounds.

Two Kirksville city parks are getting tens of thousands of dollars worth of brand-new playground equipment after the city council gave its ok at Monday evening's regular meeting.

Council members unanimously approved a proposal from Cunningham Recreation for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment at both North Park and Jaycee Park.

The total out-of-pocket cost for the city is right around $55,000.

"We'll have a lot larger playground, both at Jaycee Park and North Park, than whatâ??s there currently,â?? said Sarah Halstead, Kirksville community services coordinator. â??It'll be a lot nicer, newer. The standards have changed since those playgrounds were installed at those parks so we'll have safe equipment for the kids. Obviously, [it's] older equipment. We do keep [it] up; however, it is just time for those two pieces of equipment to be replaced and something nicer and newer placed."

Also at Monday's meeting, the council approved the purchase of up to 1,000 tons of rock salt for street maintenance this winter.

Council members also passed a resolution establishing just one company to handle retirement benefits for city employees.

Currently the city offers multiple deferred compensation providers, which leads to more red tape for city staffers and causes confusion for employees.