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City Council takes first steps toward skate park

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Kids, get your wheels lubricated, but first, money has to be raised for a new skate park.

The Brazil City Council did its part Tuesday night by starting the procedure to pass two ordinances aimed at creating a skate park similar to the ones at Greencastle, Plainfield and other cities.

Both proposed ordinances passed first reading of two required readings unanimously.

The first ordinance will create a skate park fund as part of the Brazil Parks and Recreation Department's non-reverting fund. Money donated to the fund will be used to build and maintain a skate park at Craig Park.

Park Board President Ruthanne Jeffries supported the fund, saying donations have started coming in to the city for a skate park but there is no way to keep those donations separate from other park money. A skate park fund will end possible confusion over the designated use of money for a skate park.

Mayor Tom Arthur agreed, saying confusion has already arisen about donations.

A second proposed ordinance would establish a five-member Skate Park Advisory Board to raise money and supervise design and construction of the skate park. This board will serve under the City Park Board.

Because the advisory board and the park board will work closely, two of the advisory board members will be chosen by the park board and two by the mayor. The fifth member will be Debbie Hobson, the city's Human Resources Director.

Based on unanimous support shown by councilmen, the skate park ordinances will probably be passed on final reading at the council's next meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

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