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Board approves Progress Road Park expansion

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The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a $367,580 construction contract to build athletic fields on 4.2 acres of property adjacent to Progress Road Park.
The town purchased the property nearly two years ago with the intent to expand Progress Road Park, which includes two soccer fields.
The expansion will include the construction of a 245-foot by 440-foot multi-purpose athletic field capable of allowing up to two contests or four practices at the same time. The north end of the field will include an eight-foot chain link fence for safety issues with the existing railroad property.
A new irrigation system will be installed and a 41-space parking lot will be built. Twenty four 1,500-watt lights will also be installed on 70- and- 80-foot poles.
In other news:
• Board members approved the purchase of property at 178 N. Main Street in order to provide extra parking for the Bess Crawford Morton Museum.
The town will buy the 85-foot by 140-foot piece of property for $225,000.
There is currently a 1,964-square-foot house located on the property, which will be demolished to allow for the parking spaces. The demolition will cost around $13,000.
Approximately 21 parking spaces will be gained from the property.
• Board members approved an amendment to the town’s alcoholic beverages ordinance on third and final reading that will create a new class of beer permit for growler stores.
The amendment permits the consumption of individual beer samples on the premises of growler beer stores. Store patrons are allowed no more than five, one-ounce samples per business day.
Last October, the Collierville Beer Board gave On Tap Growlers a Class 2 off-premises beer permit, the same permit granted to convenience stores and gas stations. It does not allow the consumption of beer on the premises.
On Tap Growlers owners recently approached town staff to request an amendment to Collierville’s alcoholic beverages ordinance in order to allow tastings on the premises.
A growler is a glass bottle no larger than 64 ounces that is filled by a store employee with beer from a keg. The growler is securely sealed prior to sale.
To qualify for the new Class 5 “Growler” permit, businesses primary source of revenue must be from selling and refilling growlers, meaning grocery and convenience stores would not qualify.

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