By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
WEST POINT —
The odds of having any home competitions this spring looked to be slim for both the West Point tennis team and the Cold Springs track program as 2013 neared.
Poor surface conditions at each of their facilities was the root of the problem.
However, with the first week of practice set to take place soon the two Cullman County athletic programs received a piece of good news earlier this week as they prepare for the upcoming season. The Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) awarded each program $15,000 in grant money, which will be used for resurfacing projects. At West Point, all four tennis courts will be resurfaced, while at Cold Springs it will be the track. Depending on if the weather cooperates, both coaches said their programs should have their facilities back up to par by the time contests begin.
"If we can get it done, hopefully we'll be able to split some of our matches at home because right now, all of our matches are going to be on the road," West Point tennis coach Tim Garner said.
In addition to the two athletic programs, four other organizations also received grant money during the CCCDC’s monthly meeting.
Good Hope school received $15,000 as well to help upgrade the technology in the library and for the purchase of several eBook Readers.
Joppa Fire Department received $13,000 for a skid unit, which helps with a variety of fire fighting operations. According to Fire Chief Donny Hadley, the unit would replace the old one the department has.
“This was about the only way we could afford to equip another grass truck,” he said. “We were recently able to inquire a new truck to replace one we had that was not used for grass fires. It was a putt-putt type unit. This will be much easier for us, and allow us to enhance our services.”
A grant was also awarded in the amount of $8,000 to Welti Elementary School for awning work. Cullman Caring For Kids was given $2,000 to help with their Child Abuse Awareness month campaign.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Cold Springs High School lunchroom.
* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org