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Board approves mowing contract, discusses Santa House

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Brazil City Parks Board met at City Hall, Wednesday for its regular monthly meeting with some serious decisions to make.

One of the top items on the agenda was awarding a mowing bid contract.

Specialty Lawn Care Inc., and Mullenix Lawn Care offered bids.

Before the board examined the bids, President Ruthann Jeffries commented on some adjustments that would possibly be made depending upon additions made to the parks.

After careful consideration, the board unanimously voted to award Mullenix Lawn Care the contract, with $26,220 for 23 cuts, which will start at the beginning of April and run through mid-fall.

"I know I am new to the board, but I live across the street from one of the parks," Vice President Todd Brackman said. "Mullenix does a good job."

Other members of the board also acknowledged the hard work and time that Mullenix has done.

"He does more than he is paid for," Supt. of Parks Bill Houck said.

Representatives from Christmas In The Park were present at the meeting to inquire about the possibility of a new Santa House.

"Our reasoning is very simple, the current building is approximately 15- to 20-years old and in need of repairs," representative John Day said. "It is not handicap accessible, there is no heat and it isn't large enough to hold Santa, his helper, plus a child and parent."

The board was in agreement for a new building and enjoyed the concept of it, but the building that Christmas In The Park had picked was something that could block the scenic quality of the park for people when driving past the park.

"We need something that is permanent," Treasurer Linda Messmer said, "because if something can be brought in on a truck then it can be taken out with truck."

The board did thank the organization for the work they put into making Christmas In The Park possible.

"It really was exceptional last Christmas," Secretary Caroline McCullough said. "It was absolutely gorgeous."

Meanwhile residents will see some extra cars parked inside the fenced-in area at Craig Park.

The Brazil City Fire Department contacted Jeffries about the possibility of using the parking lot at the park for training purposes, such as the Jaws of Life and extinguishing a car fire. The instructor would volunteer his time and the department needs a location and automobiles.

"If I'm in a car accident or a family member of mine is, I want people who are trained to save my life to do it," Jeffries said.

Craig Park was picked because the department needs to be close enough to still receive emergency calls.

Board members agreed the park could be used as long as members of the public could not get to the cars while they were being stored at the park and everything was cleaned up after the training event.

Other business during the meeting included:

* An amendment was made to the cost of the pavilion. To rent the entire pavilion, the cost is $100, and only $30 to rent a quarter. The band shell will remain at $50 and shelter rental will now cost $30,

* The daily pool rates will remain $2.50, family passes at $120 for 4 people-$5 for each additional person living in the same house and raise the two-hour pool party rates by $20, for parties consisting of up to 100 people-$160, 100 to 250 people-$180, 250 to 500 people-$270,

* A request was approved for the Humane Shelter to paint the floor of the Concession Stand with the correct paint and to discuss the job with Supt. Houck before beginning, and

* The approval of moving $1,000 from the Capital Outlay Fund to the Non-Reverting Fund.

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Does anyone ever use the consession stand near the playground in Forest Park? Why could it not be used for a Santa House? Or maybe even one of the log cabins?

-- Posted by opininated on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 9:59 PM

The concession stand is opened at times, actually, I'd like to see it opened more to generate funds for the support of the parks and the log cabins are "historical".

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Mar 14, 2009, at 3:53 AM

I agree. I would love to see that stand and the one at the softball park open more, but I think for one month at Christmas time it could be used as a Santa house.

By the way, who's more historical than Santa? LOL

-- Posted by opininated on Sat, Mar 14, 2009, at 1:33 PM

I think a perment santa house would be good. Also I do think one of the cabins would make a great one.

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 12:11 PM

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