With the recent addition of Todd Brackman to the board, the meeting began with the new election of officers.
In a 4-0 vote, Ruth Ann Jeffries was elected as President, Brackman as Vice President, while Linda Messmer retains the position of Treasurer and Caroline McCullough was voted into Secretary.
The board then discussed the 2008 achievements that were compiled by Supt. of Parks Bill Houck.
Some of the highlights included:
* The maypole at Forest Park was taken down, the pea gravel removed and the area graded and seeded. The damaged section of the large metal swing set was removed and the area seeded and graded,
* The Pavilion and basketball courts at both Forest Park and Babe Wheeler Park were sealed with asphalt coating and shelter one at Forest Park was repainted,
* Twenty-five new benches were built and added to the band shell area and new playground equipment was installed at both Forest Park and Babe Wheeler Park,
* A large dead tree was removed from the area near the west shelter at Craig Park and repairs were made to the shelter from when the tree limb fell across the shelter and tore off part of the overhang, and
* The mowing area at Craig Park was enlarged south to southwest to include the area coming out of the walking/cross country track to connect with the rest of the mowed area to the east. This along with the increased hay mowing by a local farmer has enhanced the utility and aesthetic quality of the track and the park in general.
"We have a great list of accomplishments considering we were trying to save money," Jeffries said.
However, like everyone else, the parks board has to review the revenue generated through the parks and a slight increase was agreed upon.
"The pavilion, band shell and gazebos should all remain the same," Messmer said. "I think that by asking for $5 more for the shelters should help with the budget."
The cost of the shelters increased from $25 to $30.
"We don't want to charge people anymore than necessary," Jeffries said. "Because it is a park, but we like everyone else in the economy needs to make money to pay for other things."
In other business during the Wednesday meeting:
* The placement of signs in the parks by the Tobacco Coalition for a smoke-free park did not pass,
* Approval was given to Brad Deal to continue to do volunteer work on various projects at Craig Park, and
* A list of 2009 Goals/Spending Priorities was created.
The Brazil City Parks Board will next meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 11, at City Hall.