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Newborn getting first public park

NEWBORN - The town of Newborn will soon have its first public park.

Work began on the park, to be located next to Town Hall, this week. The nearly 2-acre park will include a gazebo, walking trails, benches, chairs, tables and playground equipment, according to Mayor Roger Sheridan.

"We figure that it's a way of getting people to come out and get together and do things," he said. "We're going to put a gazebo in there and really make it useful."

A majority of the land was donated to the town by a citizen. The park is being funded through 2011 SPLOST revenues. Sheridan said the cost to pour concrete for the walkways is a little more than $42,000 and the remainder of the cost has not yet been determined. He said the town is trying to do as much work in-house as possible to cut down on costs.

The park was designed by students with the University of Georgia Metropolitan Design Studio, located in Clark's Grove.

In other news, the Newborn Town Council will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Newborn Town Hall. The council will discuss a proposed water rate increase. Sheridan said the council has not yet been informed by Newton County what the increase in the wholesale water rates will be, but that the council will likely vote to increase rates by the same amount the wholesale rate is increased. The council is also expected to discuss the addition of permitted and conditional uses, primarily related to permitted commercial establishments, to the town zoning ordinance. A list of the proposed uses can be viewed at www.newbornga.com.