"I would like to say how much I appreciate what the Brazil City Police Department and reserves are doing," President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "The reserves have really stepped up and I hate to think what would've happened if they hadn't been there."
Recently, Forest Park has seen an increase in vandalism, from breaking windows to graffiti, but thanks to the work of the reserve officers, much of the problems are being curtailed.
"We haven't caught the vandals," Vice President Todd Brackman said.
"But we've caught a lot of curfew violations."
The parks are closed at 11 p.m., every night, and the reserves have been foot patrolling the parks.
"Someone told me that we were making too much of this," Jeffries said. "But the people of Brazil are outraged."
A task force of volunteers is being organized to be in the parks when the reserves cannot be. But Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer says that everyone can do their part in watching the parks while they are with their family.
"We need the eyes," Archer said about concerned visitors to the park. "If people see something suspicious, and have their cell phone, call the police."
In other business, the board voted 4-0 to buy Lexan, a type of plastic that should withstand normal attempts of destruction and adverse weather conditions, to replace the broken windows in the cow palace at Forest Park and paint for the restrooms at Babe Wheeler Park.
The hours at the Forest Park pool have been officially changed.
In a unanimous vote, the pool will be open Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m., and be closed for private use on Sundays. However pool party time slots will be available for Sundays.
By not having a walking lifeguard and closing the pool at 4 p.m., instead of 5 p.m., there will be 30 hours cut a week.
The prices will remain the same as last summer, $2.50 for daily use and $160 for a two-hour pool party with up to 100 people.
The board also voted to allow Park Supt. Bill Houck to buy a new Hydrochloric Acid Pump for the pool.
The next meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board will next meet at 6:30 p.m., May 11, at Brazil City Hall.