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Committee seeks city assistance

Friday, March 12, 2010

Skaters are still looking for a place in Brazil for their park.

During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Clay Community Skatepark Committee representative Roberta Weliever requested the council and city's assistance in finding a suitable location for the skatepark.

"We purchased 28 elements for the park from the City of Danville, and we will be moving them to Brazil in the next few weeks," Weliever said. "The skatepark needs to be in the right place and must not be hidden."

She added the size of the skatepark would be 100-feet by 120-feet, and would prefer there be additional space for parking.

"It's not going to all be teenagers walking to the skatepark," Weliever told the council. "I imagine there will be parents taking their children so they can also keep an eye on them."

Weliever said the piece of land would also have to be municipally owned so the park would be contained within the Extreme Sports Law, which requires appropriate signage.

"The city would not be liable for injuries with the appropriate signage that basically states they will 'skate at their own risk,'" she said.

Weliever said the proposed area at Craig Park was not ideal because it was "too far from the road" and "not easily accessible" for skaters within the city.

"It must be in plain view of the public," she said. "I imagine that is part of the reason Danville had so much trouble with theirs because it was out of plain sight."

Weliever and the council discussed several areas in town, including along Depot Street and the former CSX site near Jackson Street and Chicago Avenue.

No exact location was settled during the meeting, but the council agreed to continue looking for potential locations. For the time being, Weliever said she has a couple options to store the equipment until a decision is made.

"York Chevrolet and Wallace Bros., have both said I could store the equipment at their locations if I needed to," she said.

Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton expressed her gratitude for the effort Weliever has put forth in an attempt to make the skatepark a reality.

"I want to publicly thank Roberta for the blood, sweat and tears she has put into this," Yelton said. "She doesn't have a child who would benefit from this, but she is doing this for all the children in Brazil."

In other business during Wednesday's meeting, the council.

* Awarded the mowing contract for cemeteries to Specialty Lawn Care, Inc., which provided a bid of $23,899.99 for 23 mows over the bid of $24,750 for 18 mows from Mullenix Lawn Service. Both companies are located in Brazil,

* Approved the five-year Master Plan for the Brazil City Parks Board as presented by Parks Board Treasurer Linda Messmer,

* Suspended the rules and passed an ordinance for two handicapped parking spaces in the City Hall parking lot. One is at the north end of the lot while the other is at the end of the steps, and the applicable penalties for illegally parking in those spaces are now enforceable,

* Heard a proposal to transfer the city's payroll and operating accounts to First Financial Bank, along with creating Direct Deposit options for all employees. The city currently utilizes Riddell National Bank for its accounts, and

* Discussed the possibility of creating one-way streets within the city. The proposed option would create a loop of sorts by making traffic flow only north on North Alabama Street, north of Hendrix Street, then east on Strain Street, and south only on North Harrison Street, also north of Hendrix. Council member Brad Deal said the streets in this area are not wide enough for two-way traffic.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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