By LINDA MESSMER
The Forest Park pool operators will have their third annual bicycle give-away on Aug. 11, manager Sara Osborn said at Wednesday night's Park Board meeting at City Hall. The event will be broadcast on MIX-FM radio and additional prizes will be given away between 1-3 p.m.
Pepsi donated the 26-inch Dr. Pepper mountain bike and helmet. Participants may register once per day at the pool until the day of the drawing. They must be present to win.
Jennifer Bass presented the Board with a check for $500. The donation was the result of the Kenny Bass Memorial Softball tournament held this summer in honor of her late father.
The Board also accepted donations of $1,000 from Delta Theta Tau, and $200 was given in memory of Richard Evans.
Golf Pro Mark Rogers was given permission to use 15 acres at Craig Park for his First Tee program pending a written proposal which will be given to the Board at their next meeting.
The Board also voted to allow Ron Harms to give out fans at the Brazil Concert Band's Sunday night concerts. Approval was given for one year only as long as it does not become a litter issue.
The Nazarene Church youth group asked for permission to have a bake sale and yard sale at their softball tournament in August. The Board gave permission for the bake sale but denied the yard sale due to concerns of a litter problem.
The Board voted to purchase 10 additional 10-foot picnic tables and white rock to put in parking spaces at Forest Park and Craig Park.
They approved a policy requiring everyone to pay for use of any shelter at the parks. Previously some benevolent organizations had been allowed to use them for no charge. Some not-for-profit patrons, who had to pay, complained that it was unfair. It was explained by the Board that income from the shelters was factored into the budget therefore a small fee was necessary.
Clean-up from the recent storm was discussed. Board President Ruthann Jeffries gave a special thanks to Clay County jailer Robert Yocum and the inmates.
"They came in this morning and almost 99 percent of the fallen branches and debris in Forest Park was cleaned up," Jeffries said. "I just think that's a wonderful service. They help us so much."
Jeffries also thanked Sara Osborn and the lifeguards who got the pool and area around the pool cleaned up by 12:30 p.m.