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McMinnville receives grant for Bigbee Trail upgrades
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The city has received a state grant of $28,500 to place signs, benches and other items along The Bigbee Trail.

A state grant of $28,500 has been awarded to the city of McMinnville for park improvements and upgrades along The Bigbee Trail.

The city Parks and Recreation Committee approved the purchase of several items that will be paid for using the grant money provided by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

“I need approval for these items,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department director Scott McCord. “I have three quotes. Every one of them is under $28,500. It will give us about $600 or $700 of playroom. There are only two item over $5,000. None are over $10,000. It’s all individual purchases.”

Committees have a spending limit. Anything over $10,000 requires approval from the full Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The list: three signs with bases $4,806; four concrete tables $5,443; five birdhouses $845; fitness equipment $4,156; three three-sided signs $9,637; six concrete benches $2,757; and four trail cameras $240. Grand total: $27,884.

“The items will be placed from Hobbs Park to Rocket Park along the new trail,” said McCord.

McCord applied for the 90/10 grant in April. The city’s out-of-pocket expense after reimbursement is $2,850.

Committee members approved the purchases.