Two dozen residents of the 33-year-old St. John’s Park gathered on the entrance green for a specially convened meeting last evening at 7pm. The meeting was called by the residents’ committee chairman, Tom McCarthy and the topics included the maintenance of the estate into the future.
Tom was generous in his praise of Billy O’Brien and Peter Carty who have been cutting the extensive green areas for the past three years with little or no help.
Help and Co-Operation
The chairman also singled out Kerry County Council liaison officer, Seán McCarthy for his help and co-operation in matters of providing the equipment to maintain the estate.
A ride-on mower has been acquired by the committee and one of the decisions to be made was the location of the mandatory, lock-up shed for such a machine.
The meeting shifted location in order to fully appreciate the choice of site for the shed and there was unanimous agreement on a site to the rear of the estate.
The chairman took a minute out of the proceedings to reflect on the residents of the area who have gone to their eternal reward in both recent times and since the estate was populated in 1983.
It was also proposed to designate an area of the green at the entrance to a memorial bed where a planned scheme of planting and a stone could be set in an area of reflection.
The cost of running the soon-to-be-delivered ride-on mower was also discussed and ways of raising the funds to keep it in order were also considered without decision.
A yet to be designated monthly, clean-up night was also proposed and this will be firmed up at the next meeting – which will be called by the chairman when the mower is in place.
A monthly draw, where each house would contribute €2 per week – with prizes to be decided – emerged as a possible runner.
Residents with ideas for raising funds are asked to contact Peter or Eileen Carty or Tom McCarthy.