The Cherokee City Council authorized the mayor to sign the notice of final inspection and acceptance of project for the Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project on Dec. 11.
"It was seven years and one month ago that a group of concerned citizens brought forth this idea," said John Cook, who along with Dr. Robert Martin, co-chaired the committee that raised funds for the ambitious project to create an aquatic center and make park improvements.
Rather than leave project odds and ends that cannot be completed in the winter, the council approved a change order, reducing the contract amount by $10,761.82 for work that will be completed later and some work that it was determined would not be needed. This was done prior to the acceptance of the project, clearing the way for the city and the major contractor to sign off on the job.
Cook said he would keep the council posted on new developments but no longer felt it was necessary to report to them every meeting like he had been doing.
"This couldn't have happened without the effort of John Cook, Doc Martin and all the citizens who put in their time to this undertaking," said Duane Mummert, park superintendent.
The mayor and the council members thanked Cook for his efforts.