During their monthly meeting held Thursday night at the Parrish Town Hall, members of the Parrish Town Council recognized a local business owner for doing business in the community for the past 40 years.
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PARRISH — During their monthly meeting held Thursday night at the Parrish Town Hall, members of the Parrish Town Council recognized a local business owner for doing business in the community for the past 40 years.
Parrish Mayor Heather Hall presented Mike Earnest, owner of the American Cutlery/Case Knife Store , with a Certificate of Appreciation and a key to the town.
"Mike has been in business in our community since August 15, 1978," Hall said, "and we wanted to recognize him in some way for being such a good neighbor and friend of the community."
Earnest said the community has always been good to him and he hoped to continuing doing business there for another 40 years.
"When I started in business here there were five additional hardware stores doing business in this area," Earnest said. "And now, I'm the only one left in the area. So I want to thank the people of this community for all of their support over the past 40 years."
Hall also updated those who attended Thursday's meeting on the progress at the Parrish Community Center following the July fire which caused major damage to the center's kitchen.
"Instead of trying to rebuild the kitchen, we're looking into relocating it into the old teacher's lounge and HomeEc area," Hall said. "We have also obtained quotes from some electrical companies in regards to getting the electricity back up and going at the center, but so far those quotes are very high."
Hall said the first quote they received said it would cost between $8,000 and $10,000 to just get the power turned on in the gym area alone at the center.
"And that's not including if they have to replace any wires," Hall said. "It's going to be very expensive to get the electricity turned back on at our Community Center."
Hall commended the Parrish Fire Department, as well as the other fire departments that responded to the fire, for doing an excellent job in getting the fire out quickly and keeping most of the fire damage contained to the kitchen
"We had smoke and water damage in other areas of the building as a result of the fire, but we may be able to salvage the cafeteria," Hall said "So I wanted to commend all of the firefighters for doing such a wonderful job."
Before the meeting adjourned, the council also voted to hold a special called meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss purchasing football uniforms or jerseys for the Parrish Park and Recreation's toy bowl football teams this year.
The request was made by Parrish's District 2 council member Bubba Cagle, who asked if that was possible.
"The Town has never paid for the toy bowl football uniforms or jerseys in the past, but it is something we can talk about," Hall said.