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Munford's Hope Park project is going forward.
During a brief meeting of the Munford Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night, Mayor Dwayne Cole announced that Drummonds-based DozerTrax USA had been awarded the bid to construct the park, which will be located on Drummonds Road about a mile west of the city limits.
The park will include a walking track and gym equipment.
DozerTrax's bid of $179,594 was the lowest, Cole said. The sealed bids were opened June 5.
The bid does not include the gym equipment.
"We will buy that ourselves hoping to save some money," Cole said.
In other matters:
• Police chief Jim Harger announced that city's police department was now using a digital radio system.
• Fire chief Alan Barkelew said his department held a safety fair June 7 at Kroger in Atoka and raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
• Cole said he will begin meeting with department heads and financial advisors in the coming days to get a 2014-15 budget together that is expected to be presented at the July meeting.
• Early voting for the Aug. 7 primary and general county election will be held at Munford City Hall July 18 through Aug. 2.
• In accordance with a new state law, the board passed an ordinance that requires non-resident Munford property owners to cast absentee ballots only. That law does not take effect until the Nov. 4 election.
• Munford's Celebrate Independence fireworks event will be held July 2 at City Park at 7:30 p.m.

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