WAGRAM — The town of Wagram now has a new community center, recreation center and walking trail.
The board thanked Floyd Adams with Adams Company during its meeting on Thursday for assisting in the new amenities.
Adams administrated a $500,000 grant through the Community Development Block Grant program, which provides communities with resources to address community development needs. The grant assisted in demolishing and rebuilding the community center located on McKay Street. It also added a 2,480-square-foot recreation center on Marlboro Street. Next to the new center they put in a 1,340-foot walking trail with a picnic shelter, picnic tables and lavish new playground equipment.
The commissioners and mayor said they were in awe of the additions.
“I’m very pleased with the playground equipment, it is immaculate,” said Mayor Milton Farmer. “Especially those tables, everything looks very nice.”
The town will host the annual Christmas Dinner in the center. The tentative dates for the dinner for are Dec. 15 or Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.
“I think instead of going out to a restaurant, we hire a good caterer,” Farmer said. “It will be cheaper and then people don’t have to drive far.”
Town officials are expecting 30 to 40 guests to attend.
In other business, town officials said there is a need for volunteers for the fire department.
“We received a letter from the state fire marshal with concerns,” Farmer said. “What we need are volunteers, primarily during the daytime hours.”
The fire department needs a minimum of four volunteers on each shift.
“We need some more volunteers because if we don’t get any then someone is going to have to spend some money and we’re on a tight budget as it is,” he said. “Especially if you’re off during the daytime, they just need some bodies there.”
The board also welcomed newly elected commission member, Kendrick Thomas, who will replace the late Jackie Laviner.
“Our new commission member will start next month,” he said. “I know we’ll see great things from you and fresh ideas.”
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.