A memorial for Ahmaud Arbery will be erected at Brunswick Villas / Madge Merritt Park if Glynn County Commissioners approve a recommendation made Tuesday by the County Finance Committee.
The memorial is part of a comprehensive park improvement project estimated at $ 100,000 that includes new playground equipment, a new pavilion and disabled parking spaces.
The package also contains a reflection area dedicated to the memory of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was murdered while jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood last year by three white men. A jury found Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Brian guilty of the crime on Wednesday.
County commissioner Allen Booker said improvements to the park and Arbery Memorial would be funded through discretionary funding allocated to each parks and recreation commissioner in their districts.
Booker, in a phone interview on Wednesday, said he chose the park for the memorial because it was near where Arbery lived with his father.
“He was going there all the time to clear his head and relax,” he said.
Booker said he was working with several organizations and the Arbery family to design the memorial.
“We want it to be something respectful in which the family will feel good and uplift the neighborhood,” he said. “I worked with county staff to revitalize Arco in particular. “
Members of the finance committee also recommended:
• Rejecting three offers for a covered batting lodge in North Glynn after they were all “considerably higher” than county officials had predicted. Committee members voted to recommend rejection of bids, revising the scope of the project, and publicizing new bids.
• Declare a modular building surplus of 2,000 square feet and put it up for sale. The building was used by animal control.
• The purchase of three Ford Expeditions to replace three aging emergency response vehicles with more than 170,000 miles on them at a cost of $ 134,000.
• The purchase of 10 Ford Explorer chase vehicles for $ 344,765.
• Approval of two grants for the Glynn Swamp Library. A Georgia Public Library Service grant of $ 7,139 will be used to purchase new computers. A US Rescue Plan grant of $ 34,470 was also awarded to the library.
• Acceptance of a $ 13,000 grant from the Department of Justice, which the county will match to replace bulletproof vests to replace aging ones used by county police officers. The vests will have integrated body cameras to accompany the cameras already present in each patrol car.
The Justice Department also gave the county a $ 19,000 grant to purchase supplies and equipment.
• Glynn Haven Park will receive $ 52,000 in upgrades, including new playground equipment.
• Acceptance of the only bid for electrical upgrades and repairs at Blythe Island Regional Park. The park advisory board wanted more bids, but asked for permission to approve the project, which is estimated to cost $ 270,500.