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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 

Jay OKs grant upgrades


May 9, 2019

It looks like some buildings on Commerce Street and other places around the town of Jay will see upgrades after the council Monday night approved the town to move forward in spending a grant for economic development that was the discussion of three public meetings.

The $17,500 the town received from the Florida Competitive Partnership through the Department of Economic Opportunity must be used by June 15, 2019 and several projects that would make the most impact without spending a large amount have been suggested.

Seib submitted a list of these less expensive ideas to upgrade the appearance of property, increase property value and stimulate the economic activity with the town.

These ideas included: pressure washing the building and sidewalks; placing flowers onto the streetscape and placing flower basket holders; painting the buildings, including the tin on 5256 Commerce to blend in; adding fencing and planters; create new street signs, buy banners for streetscape (seasonal); phased construction of business storefronts and repair park equipment, such as basketball rims, backboards and nets, electrical repair of basketball lights, tennis court repave and soccer goals.

Councilman Wayne Godwin made a motion to approve the town move forward with the projects, which was seconded by Mayor Shon Owens. The motion carried.

The council also approved:

-to allow Mike Roberts to hold a Baseball Camp starting Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Bray-Hendricks Park

-a one-time forgiveness for Smith Tractor for a water bill where there was an underground water leak


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