Board wants resident input

Sunday, May 17, 2009

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.

Voices heard

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.

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  • There are so many lots the city owns that this could go on. It could be created specifically for a skate-board park and have some benches and picnic tables. Almost like a new park addition to the city. Let's put it in a lot the city owns that is visible. Let's get a map on here of lots/property the city owns and vote from there!

    -- Posted by Criminology08 on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 1:51 AM
  • I agree with Criminology08 on their comment about the Skateboarding -- It makes much more sense to have it in view of everyone

    The children would be so much safer (in case of injury) getting to a doctor - hospital and definitely safer from anyone trying to cause harm or trouble

    -- Posted by 2dogbob on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 10:36 AM
  • The skate park will have a better chance on it own.

    -- Posted by donalde on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 2:38 PM
  • I thought the park board gave the skatepark committee the use of land in a park if they raised the money. Sounds like to me we have some people changing their minds. Didnt think they could raise\find the money. Stick to your word. Resending your vote. WHY? I would like to know why! What are we teaching our children if we as adults give them our word, they go out and have fundraiser, march in parades ect. It's okay to change your mind, if it doesnt go your way. WOW!

    -- Posted by HappyTimes on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 9:23 PM
  • The skatepark should be in a HIGHLY VISIBLE place. Why?

    -It will be more accessible to skaters because they can travel to the skatepark via skateboard or on foot instead of needing automobiles.

    -More people will be there to watch the skaters perform and work on their skating skills when located inside the city limits.

    -It will discourage misbehavior when more people are present.

    -Kids will have something to do other than skating on parking lots, businesses and wherever they can find inclines, steps, benches, and rails.

    Favorable locations for the skatepark.

    -North of the Armory on St. Rd. 59 in front of the Clay Youth League baseball field. It could be located from the Armory property line to the first light post north of that boundary(100 X 120 ft.).

    -If the city could gain the property where the old Brazil High School football field was located(next to the YMCA).

    -Property along U.S. 40 between Depot and Vandalia Streets.

    -Property located along Jackson Street between Depot and Vandalia Streets.

    -It should NOT be located on a hill or where there are many trees to block the view of the skatepark.

    -- Posted by Clay County Skatepark Advocate on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 11:03 PM
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