Unpaid bills were an item of major concern for the Brazil Park and Recreation Board at last nights meeting held in the Riddell National Bank Community Room.
Apparently many of the bills incurred by the Park Board over the summer for various services have not yet been paid by the city. Some were just recently paid after a delay of several months.
"I'm so embarrassed by this," said Board Secretary Caroline McCullough.
Treasurer John Tilley said "The entire Board is embarrassed that we negotiated contracts with people in the community and they're not being paid.
"Payment is out of our hands," Tilley added. "They're paid by the City of Brazil."
The Board was also unanimously opposed to a recycling center being placed in the building at Craig Park. Board members said they were not consulted about this and it was never voted on by the Board. They were told by City Hall that it was a done deal. Board Vice President Brad Deal said he was opposed to a recycling center at Craig Park or any of the City Parks.
The Board discussed the Mayor's request to permit the bandshell to be reserved for weddings for $100 per day. Interested parties should call the Clerk's office to make reservations.
Parking on the east side of Roy Brann Stadium was discussed. The Board said it was creating a big problem. Besides killing the grass and damaging the ground, the Board said that cars were parking down by the walking track and sometimes turning around on the track. This creates a real danger to the walkers.
To solve the problem, the Board voted unanimously to direct the Clay Youth League to remove the gate on the east side of the ball stadium or weld it shut to the Board's satisfaction.
It was reported that a new park worker had been hired by the city for the rest of the year. He is to start today.
The Popcorn Festival Committee submitted insurance policies for all festival participants prior to the meeting. Board President Ruthann Jeffries said the Popcorn Festival Committee was very easy to work with and they were compliant with Board policies.
Jeffries also said the Board wanted to thank the Riddell National Bank for allowing the use of the Community Room for their meeting. The Board could not meet at City Hall due to the state auditors being there.