POLAND -- Twelve adults, one little boy and his big, tan and white, fluffy cat showed up at the Clay County Parks Board meeting last night at the shelter in Poland Park.
The meeting was quick but efficient as the board voted to have Jim Skelton cut down a tree near the Poland Park parking lot this fall for $500. They also moved to fix some of the wooden playground equipment at the Center Point Park and signed vouchers to pay the monthly bills.
Initially, president Kevin Girton, from Harmony, called the meeting to order. Board member John Mace, from Brazil, read the minutes. Members Doris Easter, of Saline City, Marcella House, from Coalmont, and Mike Heaton of Brazil, made all votes unanimous.
The seven county parks maintained by the County Parks Board are located in Carbon, Center Point, Coalmont, Knightsville, Poland, Saline City and Staunton.
According to John Mace, board members are appointed by Clay County Judge Ernest Yelton to a two-year term. The board appoints caretakers for each park.
Caretakers are usually a local resident who lives near the park. They see that the parks are maintained, pick up trash, check to make sure the water is shut off and report any major needs to the board. Caretakers are paid $50 a month from April through Oct.
The Parks Board budget is approximately $30,000 which they receive from the county.
Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. During the winter they meet at the Clay County Court House. Throughout the summer the meetings are held at the different parks.
The meeting calendar and location for the rest of the year are: Aug. 5, Coalmont Park; Sept. 2, Saline City Park; Oct. 7, Center Point Park; Nov. and Dec., Clay County Court House.