Because of amount of rain during the month of June, Supt. of Parks Bill Houck reported damage to the grounds and trees.
"June was very wet," he said. "We are currently looking at trees that will have to be taken out of the parks because they are dead."
Houck also reported damage done by vandals to the bridge and gazebo located in Forest Park.
"We have never had this much of a problem before," President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "It is getting out of hand."
Discussion ensued amongst board members about how to resolve the issue of vandalism in the parks. There has also been damage done to picnic tables, benches and the door at the band shell. Which because of budget constraints, the board is only repairing and replacing the objects broken.
"We can still do some things, but the funding will be an issue," Treasurer Linda Messmer said. "We have to be careful."
In an effort to save money, the board approved having the lights at the tennis courts at Babe Wheeler Park be placed on a timer, which would shut off at 11 p.m.
"People forget to turn off the lights and it is costing us money," Vice President Todd Brackman said. "We are cutting costs and this seems like the way to do it."
The Forest Park Pool recently opened and the money generated by the pool is down.
"I'm not sure if it is the economy, weather or if it is because we raised the rates," Jeffries said. "Or it could be a combination of those factors."
A $25 donation was made to the board from the North Clay Middle School Galahad team for their field day at the park. The money is to be applied to discs for the use of the disc golf course. Jeffries informed the board the Delta Theta Tau Sorority has contacted her about a $500 donation for the purchase of picnic tables.
The board also voted to accept the donation by Ron Harms. He asked to install a flagpole and American Flag in the area of the band shell.
Before adjournment, the board thanked Houck and the volunteers who worked during the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration.
"I received a lot of compliments on how clean the bathrooms were and the trash being picked up," Jeffries said. "There were a lot of people and everything was kept very clean."
Houck said Mike and Dawn Bemis did the majority of the work, cleaning the bathrooms and Cody Bemis and James Bush collected the trash.
"They did a fantastic job," he said.
The next meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, at in the Council Chambers at City Hall.