The Fairview Heights city council Tuesday night approved spending $18,250 to hire a firm to plan and design a playground at Moody Park.
The total budget for the first phase of the project is $175,000. The park, once designed, will be built by city workers. Planning Design Studio LLC in St. Louis was chosen as the planning and design firm for the playground project.
Mayor Gail Mitchell was not at the meeting. He is recovering from an illness at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville and is expected to be released in a few days.
Before the council meeting, the Fairview Heights Police Department had an awards ceremony to recognize several officers.
The meritorious service award was awarded to Aaron T. Nyman, Neal R. Rohlfing and Ashley R. Krejci; Andrew C. Ward and Det. Brian D. Schrieber were recognized for innovative policing; Lt. John F. Proffitt, Randy L. Randolph and Tina M. Bangaru were awarded the chief's commendation; Jeffery F. Blair, L. Anthony Flinn and Jeffrey L. Stratman received a combat cross and Jeffrey L. Stratman was given a purple heart.