By LINDA MESSMER
There may be a Park Superintendent in 2005. Filling that position was discussed at last night's Park Board meeting at City Hall. Board President Ruthann Jeffries and Treasurer John Tilley said they have talked with Mayor Arthur and are making plans for next year.
The job will be a full time position. Job description, duties and salary will be determined later before the hiring process begins.
The Board determined that many of their contracts need to be reviewed and some revamped for next year. Apparently some contractual obligations of various organizations are not being met in a timely manner.
Tilley and Jeffries both discussed the difficulties they have in getting payment from some of the clubs. Damage to Forest Park after the 4th of July celebration continues to be a problem. Insurance coverage regarding damage by batted softballs and baseballs will also be addressed at a later date. The Board decided to rework some of the contracts with specific obligations.
The Board put another contract on hold. The proposed agreement with Golf Pro Mark Rogers, for the First Tee program, will wait until the city attorney can clarify and give legal explanation of its contents to the Board.
Tilley said he doesn't want the Board to get into a situation where they are obligating park land to an organization regarding a symbiotic relationship that may never materialize.
At the request of Alicia Reisinger, the Board voted unanimously to allow a geocaching group to hide a geocaching box at Craig Park. Geocaching is a type of global positioning system scavenger hunt.
The Board also voted to hire a private contractor to clean up fallen trees and debris around the walking track and at other places in the city parks. They agreed to hire Jeff Price to fix plumbing leaks at the pool. And they will hire Glen Steuerwald to do some electrical work at the pool.
The Board thanked Steuerwald for doing some emergency electrical repairs at Forest Park pool at 10:15 p.m. Sunday night.
A white line will be painted around a section of the walking track. The outside one-third of the track is to be for bicycle use. The inside two-thirds of the track is to be used for walkers only. Ten stencils of a bike will be painted on the biker portion.
Sara Osborn gave a pool report and reminded the Board of the bicycle give away on Aug. 11. The 26- inch Dr. Pepper mountain bike with helmet, as well as other prizes, will be given away between 1-3 p.m. next Wednesday.
The event will be covered by MIX-FM radio. Participants may register once per day at the swimming pool until the day of the drawing. They must be present to win.
The pool will remain open four extra days after school starts. It will be open Aug. 18 and 19 from 4-8 p.m. and Aug. 21 and 22 from noon to 5 p.m.