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Pembroke asking for help with park
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Pembroke is taking preliminary steps toward getting state funding to help fix up the city’s Municipal Park.
City Council members at a called meeting Wednesday afternoon approved a resolution to “make a pre-application” to the Department of Natural Resources’ Land and Water Conservation Fund for a grant to add new bathrooms, bleachers and a tennis court to the park.
The project is expected to cost $170,522, according to City Clerk Betty Hill.  
If the pre-application is accepted, the city will formally apply for a grant, Mayor Mary Warnell said.
“These are improvements the city has placed on a priority list for its recreation program,” she said. “Without the grant it will be necessary to delay getting the improvements made.”
The grant provides 50 percent of the cost of the project with the city required to match it through either money or in-kind spending, she said.
Hill said the city won’t know until January if it can apply for the grant.
Also at the meeting, council members approved a request from Bryan County Emergency Services Director Freddy Howell to allow Pembroke Fire Chief Peter Waters to also serve as interim battalion chief for the North Bryan County Fire Department.

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