Tyler City Council gives OK to apply for grant

Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 23:23 - Written by Kelly Gooch, kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Area youth could soon have an opportunity to learn more about outdoor activities.

The Tyler City Council on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to apply for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant in the amount of about $40,000.

Tyler Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings said the grant would fund new outdoor programs for youth that attend the summer programs at Glass Recreation Center and the summer playground program. 

The proposed project includes a new outdoor series, where participants are instructed in activities such as kayaking, photography, fishing, geocaching and other programs, according to City Council communication.

Ms. Rollings said the goal is to expand program offerings, and funds would be used to purchase equipment and help pay program staff. According to information from the city, expenses could include office supplies, insurance, fishing poles, tackle, bait, water/snacks, binoculars, cameras, kayaks, GPS units, compasses and compost bin supplies, among other things. There also would be in-kind contributions such as volunteer time, prizes, marketing, staff mileage, native seeds/plants and facility use.

Ms. Rollings expects to find out whether the city received the grant in August.

On Wednesday, the City Council also approved a special use permit for the use of “Alison’s House,” at 110 E. Dobbs St., for special events, as well as a zone change to allow for an expansion of Greenberg Smoked Turkey Inc., 221 McMurrey Drive, and a zone change to allow for a four-story hotel at 2105 Old Troup Highway.

Additionally, the City Council gave approval for a short-term lease with Lake Tyler Marina Resort for the operation of the Lake Tyler Marina.

The purpose, according to a news release, “is to provide for marina operations while a longer term lease can be negotiated.”

“The long-term lease we are working on will address outstanding issues from the previous lease such as, but not limited to, RV space rental, boat slip repair, facility maintenance, subleases and sales documentation,” Utility and Public Works Director Greg Morgan said in a statement. 

Lake Tyler Marina Resort operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week through June 1, according to a news release. The marina will be closed June 2 to 4, and operations resume on June 5, seven days per week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those hours are in effect during the short-term contract, and a long-term lease between the city of Tyler and Lake Tyler Marina Resort is expected to be completed before the end of next month, according to a news release.