The Brazil City Parks ad Recreation Board welcomed Brad Deal as its new member and vice president at the Monday night meeting. Deal, who was sworn in Friday by Mayor Kenny Crabb, replaced Ken Bass who died in July.
Deal, 45, is a life-long Brazil resident. He and wife, Robin, have three children.
Deal said he considered it an honor to be asked to serve on the board. "I know the Bass family well," he said. "I hope I can do half as good a job as Kenny was doing."
Deal's first meeting had a full agenda. Treasurer John Tilley reported $10,279 in the non-reverting fund which comes from contributions and park income. That money will carry over to the next year. After some final bills were paid, the Park and Pool fund, which comes from tax appropriations, had a near zero balance. Any money left in the Park and Pool fund is forfeited and does not carry over to the new year.
The board discussed funding of the four Forest Park bridges. The cost for just the bridges is about $16,200. Other costs to complete the project include $4,000 for paint, $2,000 for a sidewalk to Pinckley Street and $1,500 for electrical conduits to be put in now so the bridges can have lighting in the future.
The board has received contributions specifically for the bridge project as follows: $5,000 from the Clay Parks Association, $5,000 from Pepsi, $3,000 form the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation and $200 from Tri Kappa. The board still need about $10,500 to fully fund the project. Anyone who would like to make a donation for the bridges should contact any of the board members or notify City Hall. Contributions are tax deductible.
Mowing contracts for next year were discussed. The topic was very controversial earlier this year when the board chose a bid nearly $4,000 higher than another local bidder. The board will advertise for 2003 bids in January.
An unknown tax appropriation for next year will complicate the bidding process. Due to an incomplete property tax reassessment, state supported facilities have no idea how much tax revenue they'll receive in 2003 or when they'll get it. The board will have to lock into a mowing contract early in the year without knowing how much money they'll have to pay for those services, which won't come until later in the year.
Spending priorities were discussed including asphalting drives, maintaining the baseball grandstand, the possibility of creating ponds under the bridges, basketball goals at Craig Park, backstops at Craig Park and Wheeler Park and adding a cross country course at Craig Park.
It was reported that Dave Evans, of Decorators Inc., would like to donate a 30-foot flagpole in honor of his father, Walter Evans, who recently passed away. It will be placed at the park entrance by the fountain. The park will have to provide electricity to the pole for lighting which is proper protocol for displaying the flag continuously. Authorization was given for Glen Steuerwald to provide an estimate for the electrical work.
The fence at the south end of the park has been removed. The gate is to be taken down later. Both will be replaced sometime in 2003. The dead pine tree by the fountain, which was destroyed by lightning, has been taken out.
The paperwork process is continuing on a $10,000 donation left to Forest Park by the Thelma Wallace Estate. Plaques will be placed on shelters for Nick Miller, a former board member, and Clay and Hazel Stearley, who left a contribution to the Park Board. The Board directed the secretary to send notes of appreciation to the children of Bob Dix. Dix, who recently died, made many donations of material to the parks without recognition.