Board wants resident input
The Brazil City Parks Board is looking for input from the taxpaying residents of Brazil on the location of the skatepark.
"I would like an opinion from the residents of Brazil, whose taxes support our parks," Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries said.
Jeffries is encouraging residents to call members of the parks board and identify themselves, where they live and what their opinions are on the proposed location of the skatepark. Residents are also encouraged to attend the next meeting of the parks board to express their opinions.
At the previous meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board and the Brazil City Council, parks board Treasurer Linda Messmer informed those in attendance that at the next board meeting of the parks board, she would be making a motion to resend the board vote.
With a four-member board, a majority vote is necessary. If the vote is split, then the motion will fail and the previous vote carries.
The skatepark does not have to be placed in the parks and there are other options open if the board decides that the city parks are not the place for it.
"If we were to vote to not allow this in the city parks, then it could go someplace else in the city," Jeffries said.
"The municipality immunity allows for it to be anywhere within the city and it is important for us to know where the community would like the skatepark located."
The next meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board will be at 7p.m., June 3, at City Hall.
In a recent online poll, The Brazil Times asked respondents where they believed the skatepark should be located. The results included:
* 564 voted for Craig Park,
* 489 voted for Forest Park, and
* 176 voted other.
Other responses included Babe Wheeler Park, the YMCA and somewhere in view of United States 40. There were 1,229 total responses.