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Vandalism back at area parks

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bill Houck
A full list of agenda items kept the Brazil City Parks Board on its toes Tuesday evening.

As the weather warms, vandalism has already begun to show its ugly head.

"It is unfortunate that I have to tell you that we have already had vandalism this year," Supt. of Parks Bill Houck said. "There was a total of 37 windows busted out of the cow palace where individuals threw rocks through them."

Vice President Todd Brackman acknowledged the problem had started earlier this year in comparison to last year, and they will be looking into ways to curtail the vandals. The board agreed to have Houck look into estimates to replace the windows and the matter was tabled until the next meeting.

The board then moved onto the five-year master plan, which includes information on the current facilities offered at the parks, playground equipment and sidewalks. By completing the plan, which is delivered to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the board will be able to apply for grants in the future.

"I would really like to thank (Clay Community Parks Association representative) Wilma Dean Baker," Treasurer Linda Messmer said. "If it wasn't for her, we never would've gotten this done on time."

The board voted 3-0 to approve the master plan. Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries was unable to attend due to family obligations.

Brackman presented an update about the benches project for the Forest Park Band Shell.

Todd Brackman
"I was told they have the money in hand for 76 benches, and an additional 10 more are sold," he said. "I would like to commend George Kumpf and Connie McClure for all the work they have put into this. It is really starting to come together."

For the second year in a row, only two companies offered mowing bids for the parks. Specialty Lawn Care Inc., and Mullenix Lawn Care both made bids, which were for 23 cuts. The difference in the bids of the two companies was $870.

"I would personally like to stay with Mullenix Lawn Care because it is only an $870 difference," Messmer said.

"The job (Mullenix) has done is a good job," Secretary Caroline McCullough said. "I know $870 is a difference, but the service is worth it."

The board voted 3-0 in approval of the Mullenix Lawn Care bid.

In other business, the board also voted to move the start time of the meeting to 6:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board is 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Council Chambers at Brazil City Hall.

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I like loyalty, but how do you know that specialty won't give you the same service?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 6:36 AM

The grass isn't always greener on the other side. For $870, I'd go with what I know too...

-- Posted by always skeptical on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 6:54 AM

Did you really expect no vandalism due to the fact that we have no security in any of the parks now!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 10:59 AM

Maybe some kind of volunteer watchers would cut down on the vandalism. Not to act as security, but to maybe identify the vandals and call the police when the vandals are seen.

-- Posted by Baldgranny on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 2:59 PM

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