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Park Board could face budget crunch this year

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Popcorn Festival Vice President Janice Cox (left)?presents Brazil City Park Board President Caroline McCullough with a check donation for the new handicap accessible playground equipment.
The Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board held its first meeting with the new officers in position Wednesday night, and it took a few moments to adjust to the new roles.

After establishing roles, the meeting went on smoothly with the council addressing as many issues as possible while its budget is yet to be determined.

President Caroline McCullough gave the treasurer's report, as Linda Messmer was not in attendance. McCullough said the city has not completed its audit yet but she has received indication that the Park Board will see a large cut in its budget from the 2007 amount.

"I think they're trying to hold us all accountable, and everyone's going to have to do their fair share to help out the city," Vice President Ruthann Jeffries said.

McCullough told the board to carry on with business as usual, but to avoid spending anything not absolutely necessary for park maintenance.

Park Superintendent Bill Houck gave his report, stating the major plumbing upgrade to the men's bathroom in the comfort station is complete.

The board publicly thanked Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw for a quick response to its request to have dumpsters removed Craig Park. McCullough said the placement of the dumpsters was a result of miscommunication.

Popcorn Festival representatives Vice President Janice Cox and Secretary Angie Haile presented a check for $1,740 to the board for the purchase of handicap accessible playground equipment. The money was raised from the raffle of an autographed guitar, signed by Billy Joel.

Cox also gave the board signed contracts for the 2008 festival, and asked the board for permission to install some electrical upgrades in Forest Park in preparation for the next festival.

Houck added, in the future, he would like to add more RV hook-ups to the park near the pavilion parking lot.

The board thanked the Popcorn Festival representatives for the donation, and Houck specifically thanked the festival organizers for their hard work.

Also discussed at the meeting was the repair of the zoo building at Craig Park, where bird droppings are becoming a serious problem.

A broken skylight and an open area above the garage doors contribute to the bird problem.

Houck was directed to price the project and set the project in motion.

The parks board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the Brazil City Hall.

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We should utilize Craig Park more. Why can't we have a festival out there? There is so much room for parking and other activities to go on out there. It's a beautiful park that is left behind.

-- Posted by OntheRight08 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 1:26 AM

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