By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
A summerlong project was finished and celebrated on Friday night as the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex parking lot was opened with a ribbon cutting before Mt. Pleasant?s ?Meet the Players? night.
The paving project, which began in May, was done in partnership between the City of Mt. Pleasant and the Mt. Pleasant Community School District. The project not only turned the once gravel, and pothole-filled lot, into a smooth, concrete surface, but also will impact the city?s water quality in a positive way. Permeated bricks, which were placed in the middle of the parking lot, help water run from the north and the south to the middle of the lot. The water is then filtered underneath, leaving it cleaner than it had been before.
Mayor Steve Brimhall said the project was a long time in the making. ?I don?t know about you guys, but I?ve been waiting for this day since this complex was built,? Brimhall remarked. ?It has finally come to fruition and that?s a good thing.?
Brimhall thanked the City and school district for the partnership and work on the project. Brimhall gave a nod to City Adminstrator Brent Schloeisman for finding the grants that helped finance the $1 million project. The City had nearly $500,000 in grants and split the remainder of the bill between the two Mt. Pleasant entities.
District Superintendent John Henriksen also spoke during the ribbon-cutting event. After listing off all the local people and businesses responsible for getting the job done, Henriksen ended his speech with one last note on the community.
?As you can tell from my list, this was nothing short of a total community effort,? Henriksen said. ?It?s really something the entire community can be proud of.?
Executive Vice President of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance Kristi Ray also took to the mic to thank the city and district for their partnership. ?The Chamber of Commerce is not going to take one bit of credit for this. The credit goes to the school system and to the city.? She joked the Chamber was only at the ceremony because they own the giant scissors used to cut the ribbon.
However, she and the Chamber were on hand for the football team. ?Why the Chamber of Commerce thinks this is important is right here,? Ray said, motioning to the players. ?You guys are our future workforce. You?re our future residents. It?s the Chamber of Commerce?s main priority to make sure that these students know they are appreciated (and) they are loved.?