People have been taking nuts from Forest Park this fall, which means a lot of squirrels may go hungry this winter. This issue was discussed at last night's Brazil Parks Board meeting at City Hall.
Board treasurer John Tilley said the nuts are food for the squirrels. Board Secretary Caroline McCullough explained that while many people leave corn at the park for the squirrels, the nuts have significantly more nutritional value. The Board requested that people please leave the nuts in the park.
The Board voted to allow the Christmas in the Park Committee to have a Christmas walk through Forest Park 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. There will be decorations along the sidewalks and the concession stand will be open and have cookies and hot chocolate.
They also gave the Christmas in the Park Committee permission to move its sign about 100 feet south of where it now stands.
The Board also voted to take action to display American flags according to protocol. They'll get an estimate for lighting and pole and rope repairs or replacement for flags at Wheeler Park, Craig Park and on Center Street immediately.
Board president Ruthann Jeffries reported that the merry-go-round was repaired, restored and back in the park's playground. Lorren Parsons did most of the repair work. Youth from the Eastside Christian Church donated money to buy paint. The merry-go-round is now red, white and blue.
Jeffries said, "The kids are having a ball with it."
In other matters the board said the CCC pond in front of the Fountain is the only item left needing repairs due to storm damage. It was supposed to have been repaired before the Popcorn Festival this weekend but it was not done. The Board will follow up on it.
There will be signs posted at the north end of the walking track stating "No unauthorized vehicles beyond this point. Violators will be prosecuted." Once the signs are up the police can ticket and fine violators.
Terry Jones from the Western Indiana Economic Development District discussed the value of the board getting a five-year plan developed. Such a plan would make the Board eligible for certain grants and matching funds through the Department of Natural Resources. Jones agreed to help the Board work on a plan.
A motion was passed on usage of the $14,000 Thelma Wallace bequest. The sidewalks, lighting and electrical service project for the north end of Forest Park will be done with the money and a plaque with her name will be displayed in the park.
The Board discussed a bid from Patrick J. Longo to prepare sub-grade, form, pour and finish the area from sidewalk to bridge and bridge to bridge in Forest park, all materials included. A second bid from Longo was also discussed for the area from bridge to parking lot which is approximately 115 feet. The total for both bids was $4,420.
A motion was passed to accept both bids with the concession that the sidewalks will be five feet wide and at grade level. Vandalism in the parks was discussed. At Wheeler Park a gate and toilet were broken. Someone tried to drive a truck through the wooded area of the new cross country track at Craig Park. It got stuck and the owner cut out several trees in an attempt to free the vehicle. The incident has been turned over to the prosecutor's office.
The Board thanked Dan Clodfelter for volunteer work he did in the park. In final business, the Board agreed to spend the rest of the Eastside Christian Church donation on playground equipment.