RIDGELAND — Construction of a fitness center for city employees on the police department campus is progressing after aldermen approved a contract with Burns Cooley Dennis Inc. for geotechnical services on the site.

The Charles N. White Construction Company has offered to donate its services to the city at no cost for construction of the center. They will oversee and manage the project. Aldermen have said they hope the inclusion of White Construction will encourage other contractors to offer services and materials as donations or at a discounted rate.

According to Community Development Director Alan Hart, the center was conceptually designed in-house by the city planner to keep costs down. Drawings show a rectangular building with a double door entrance and a side door. A sketch of the inside of the facility includes a single bathroom and proposed placement of workout equipment.

Neal has said they hope to have a facility roughly 1,000 square feet that will house free weights, treadmills, and other equipment.

RPD has $77,000 leftover from a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant earmarked for the 1,000 square foot facility.

While this facility would be on the Police Department campus, it would be made available to all city employees.

The center will be located on the south side of the RPD campus just behind the Court Services building.

In other board action aldermen:

 • Approved a final plat amendment for Maple Place

 • Approved a list of surplus equipment from the Fire Department. Fire Chief Matt Bailey said that they found a variety of items including appliances during a recent cleaning that “went back to 1990”

 • Renewed a one-year approval for Hemphill Construction to the round-a-bout off-ramp to I-55. A representative with Hemphill Construction said that their permit expired at the end of the month and they wanted to remain compliant. The permit was renewed for a year, though the representative said they expected to have work done well before then.

 • Approved a special event permit for Canopy Children’s Solution 5k 4Kids Canopy Care Run for Saturday 22 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Colonial Heights Baptist Church at 444 Northpark Drive. They expect 250 participants. Volunteers are set to clean up and insight restrooms and trash cans will be available. Police Chief John Neal said the event would generate 2.5 hours of overtime for eight posts at $27 per hour with an estimated overtime cost of $540.

 • Approved an event permit for the City’s annual Trunk or Treat event for October 25 at Freedom Ridge Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and expect a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. RPD will have a COP unit, beat officer and motor unit adjust their schedule to be present in the park during the event.

 • Approved a special event permit for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Labor of Love 10k and 5k run/walk fundraiser for September 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Harper, Rains Knight and Co. on Highland Colony Parkway. They expect between 250 and 300 participants. Salvation Army members and volunteers will clean up. The event will generate three hours of overtime for nine posts at a rate of $27 an hour for an estimated overtime cost of $729 total.

 • Approved a special event permit for the Living Testament Going Blue for Myositis for August 19 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. to be held at Old Trace Park. Event activities will include a 100-foot slip-n-slide and a DJ. They expect 250 people throughout the day. First aid and medical stations will be available on site as well as bathrooms. Living Testament staff will clean up and shut down the event. The group is hiring their own security and the event will generate no overtime for RPD.