By DIANE DIERKS
The Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board met Wednesday evening at City Hall. Treasurer Linda Messmer reported budget balances. The Non-reverting Fund, as of Aug. 31, showed a balance of $14,634.51 and the Park and Recreation Board Fund showed a negative balance of $5,432.99. The board is awaiting the December tax draw from the state that, according to Messmer, will balance the negative fund.
Ruthann Jeffries, board president, commented that a suit had been filed, regarding a diving board injury that occurred in June of 2006 and the city attorney is involved.
A motion was approved to allocate approximately $1,000 for the construction of 25 park benches this winter and the board confirmed a drum truck was purchased for $170. Linda Messmer said that as the parks near the end of the season, approximately 66.7 percent of the budget has been spent.
Bill Houck, park superintendent, reported masonry work is being done on the pavilion to repair deteriorating mortar and discussed possible maintenance on the bridge pillars and resurfacing the tennis courts next year. He said that new signs with height requirements would be posted for the slide in Wheeler Park, in order to comply with insurance regulations. Houck confirmed that the pool house is closed and the pool has been drained and winterized.
Next on the agenda was final preparations for the Fishing Fun Day, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. L.T. Clark will provide bamboo fishing poles to participants without fishing gear.
The Pepsi Co. will provide beverages and all participants will be entered in a drawing for door prizes. Numerous sponsors are donating bicycles as prizes. Fishing licenses are required for anyone who is between the ages of 18 and 65.
Four new seesaws were purchased for Forest and Wheeler parks and a motion was approved to purchase three loads of white rock to be distributed at Forest Park. The superintendent was granted permission to investigate the cost of a trailer to be used for hauling benches and tables.
The board discussed the condition of the water fountain that was donated to Forest Park by the Women's Christian Temperance Union in 1906 and the possibility of returning the fountain to working order. Plans were also made to obtain estimates to install a new drinking fountain and two mini-shelters near the walking track.
The next Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at City Hall