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An Unexpected Amount of $29,000 Was Donated to Leesburg to Install The Wheelchair Accessible Swing
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An Unexpected Amount of $29,000 Was Donated to Leesburg to Install The Wheelchair Accessible Swing

In LEESBURG, Fla, there is just a week to go for a new swing to be installed in the city for children with disabilities, which is a gift by the community to the city. But anyways, the gift was a little expensive for the city costing $28,717.

The city manager Al Minner said they don't even want to say no to the wheelchair swing but it also costly so they will somehow find a way to put in up.

Earlier this year, Mark Stapleton saw a video on facebook about the swing and decide to raise the money for the accessible swing and even made the Leesburg city officials welcome the swing.

He raised the money to $3,000 with the help of an online fundraising effort and by putting up a collection jug in his thrift store of Highway and this all he did in just 4 weeks. $500 was donated by Bill Bryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for the accessible swing.

According to Saleen Chanan-Faulkner, the ones who will love this swing the most will be the parents of the children with disabilities from the community.

As per the dealership, the swing should have stared 8 months ago, but yet isn't there. Stapleton said, they have been waiting since he raises the funds but he only gets to hear more 30 days and 30 days.

The city manager said the delay of the swing is due to unanticipated costs to put on the wheelchair-accessible swing. In October, city commissioners hesitantly approved the cost of installing the swing and the commission meeting which nearly $3,000 and $29,000 to install.

According to the city minutes from the meeting, “Commissioner Robuck stated we do not have much choice since we agreed to accept the wheelchair swing, but we are spending $28,000, which is more than it cost. He pulled this because he does not want stuff like this to happen again. If someone wants to give us something, it needs to go through our regular budget process. He feels this kind of got pushed on us, we did not have any say, and it was not part of the whole park design.”

The pleased by Stapleton is finally going to be installed. according to him, He doesn't care about his request the only one thing he cares about is the children. Minner said, this project is on its way and is expected to be done by mid-December, it's a permitting process.

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