They're just not sure what to do about it.
During a recent meeting, the Park Board discussed the grandstands at Roy Brann Stadium, located in Forest Park.
President Ruth Ann Jeffries told board members contact was made with the board's insurance provider, which stated repairs on the stands were estimated in the hundreds of thousands and possibly more.
"It really is in bad repair," Jeffries said.
During its November meeting, the board agreed to begin looking into the steps needed to refurbish the grandstands with cooperation from the Clay Youth League (CYL) in order for them to remain open for the 2011 season.
Jeffries said a local contractor estimated repair costs for the understructure between $15,000-$18,000.
Board members then contacted their insurance provider regarding the issue. Representatives from Forest Sherer Insurance, Co., has informed the board the grandstands were not in code compliance. For example, the aisles are too narrow and they are not handicapped accessible.
Jeffries said the CYL contract states the organization is responsible for the upkeep of the grandstands, adding they have made repairs.
Still, repairing the grandstands will be costly and Jeffries said the board did not have the necessary funds for a project or that magnitude.
She said she has investigated the possibility of applying for grants, talking to representatives of the Department of Natural Resources among other sources, including the possibility of obtaining a historical grant.
Jeffries said she learned a rehabilitation grant might work for such a project. However, that might be difficult as well as Jeffries said these types of grants are matching grants.
For example, if the park board were to obtain a $50,000 rehabilitation grant, they would have to match the funds.
"It's not encouraging," Jeffries said, adding if the grandstands are not repaired by the start of the 2011 CYL season, they will have to be fenced off.
"That stadium is important to a lot of people," Jeffries said. "A lot of people are sentimental to that grandstand. But the bottom line is, it's going to take an awful lot of money."
Jeffries said it has been estimated the last time the grandstands were refurbished was in 1956.
"I think we've been very fortunate," board member Caroline McCullough said, regarding there being no accidents involving the stadium.
Meanwhile, board members discussed the possibility of going to the Brazil City Council to discuss having the streets in Forest Park paved.
Jeffries said the board would have to approach the council first, which in turn, could then discuss the issue with the Clay County Commissioners.
Earlier this year, the City of Brazil and county commissioners worked together to pave Pinckley Street and John Stelle Drive, which is an entrance into the park off of Pinckley Street.
Jeffries said she has discussed the issue with the Clay County Parks Association as well, but reiterated the board is in a state of limbo regarding the possible paving.
"We kind of have to take a back seat on this," she said, adding she hopes to hear more at the turn of the year.
In other business, the board:
* Approved the purchase of a 15HP Peerless pump for the park pool filtering system at an estimated cost of $3,498, and
* Approved to maintain status quo regarding meetings for the 2011 calendar year. The board will continue to have its meetings at 6:30 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month, at Brazil City Hall.
The park board's next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11.