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Park Board talks money, vandalism

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Brazil City Parks Board met Wednesday, the topics of the evening consisted of the weather, vandalism and money.

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.

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The park did look good throughout the 4th of July celebration. Good leadership Bill!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 7:13 AM

I must also say that the parks have never looked better or more cared for.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 11:55 AM

Catch the vandals by using video survellance and then after catching them, prosecute by sending them to juvenile detention, whether it be Gibault or Plainfield. Then sue the parents home owners insurance policies. This will end most of it. There has to be consequences for their actions.

-- Posted by classof1979bhs on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 8:18 PM

I agree with classof1979bhs. The vandalism continues because there are no real consequences for those who get caught. Typically, the vandals get a warning and are let go. Might as well pat them on the head and tell them that they did nothing wrong for all the good that the warnings do. This town needs to do something more than just give warnings, and classof1979bhs has the right idea in my opinion.

-- Posted by Mr. D on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 12:51 PM

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