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.
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.