Local clubs, businesses and individuals have donated $16,700 to date to pay for the bridge replacement project at Forest Park. Brazil Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries read the list of contributors and donations at Monday night's board meeting at City Hall.
Tri Kappa gave $200, Pepsi-$5,000, Clay Civic Memorial-$3,000, Clay Community Parks Assoc.-$5,000, Willis Stewart-$500, Rotary-$2,500 and Delta Theta Tau donated $500 for a total of $16,700. Approximately $23,700 is needed to complete the project.
Jeffries said the Stewart donation was specifically for the installation of a sidewalk from Pinckley Street to the big bridge. The board approved starting the sidewalk as soon as possible.
The bridge contractors were working Monday and the board did not know if the job is yet completed. They have concerns about the bridges and will inspect the finished work before paying the contractors.
The YMCA, which signed a contract with the board at the Feb. meeting has not provided a copy of their insurance yet as is required. The Park Board voted to give the YMCA three more weeks to turn in the insurance policy or the contract will be voided.
"We certainly want them to use it," Tilley said, "but we want the insurance."
Joe Mullenix of Mullenix Lawn Service, Inc. signed the mowing contract for the 2003 year agreeing to 22 cuts at all three parks for $22,330.
Rotary president, Mike Fuller, signed a contract for the annual 4th of July Celebration. He did not have Rotary's insurance policy but agreed to get it to the board within a few days.
The estate of Thelma Wallace may provide $14,114.14 to the Park Board. Jeffries thought the money should be used for a major project and have it named for Wallace. Suggestions considered were bandshell or comfort station repairs or paving all of the park's roads.
The new fence at the south end of the park by the walking track was discussed. The opening at the southwest corner was closed in with the new fence.
Jeffries stated that no board member had been contacted and asked to have that done. The fence contractors did it on their own apparently assuming that's what was wanted. Tilley said he saw no problem with it but if it posed a serious problem for park users a change might be considered.
Board vice president, Brad Deal, said he'd talked to Bill Lee the horticulture teacher at the State Farm regarding tree replacements for the park. He said Lee thought it was possible that the Farm could give the park up to a dozen trees every six months that would be from four to eight feet tall. The park would pay for the planting of the trees. Deal will get more information. The board reviewed the remaining contracts. The Concert Band will receive $4,500 for 13 performances. Senior Citizens will get the pool concession stand for $1,000.
The Clay County Humane Shelter will have the Forest Park concession stand. The Civil War Re-enactment was approved for the first weekend in May.
It was made clear that the board has an exclusive contract to use Pepsi products in all three parks for five years except for the 4th of July celebration.
Pete Paullus from the Christmas in the Park Committee reviewed the contract with the park board. The board had concerns about shelters being damaged, wind damage of displays not being repaired and displays not being removed in a timely fashion.
Paullus also had concerns. The park board requested time to review the wording of the contract and it will be signed at the April meeting.
The board moved to hire Sara Osborn as the manager for the Brazil Park swimming pool for the 2003 season. Jeffries said Osborn was co-manager last year and she already knows the job.
Local resident, Jim Sheese, sent a letter requesting that the road immediately east of Roy Brann Stadium be named Tobe Sutherlin Blvd. in honor of the Clay Youth League charter member for his many years of service. The board will consider the request and vote at the April meeting.
Jeffries said Spencer Park in Terre Haute had turned an unused tennis court into a skateboard park. Research will be done to determine if it's feasible to do the same at Babe Wheeler Park.