During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Clay Community Skatepark Association representative Roberta Weliever provided an update on where progress currently stands.
"We are working to measure the exact size of the lot, but all the equipment will fit," Weliever told the council. "We have also created the by-laws for the association, but we still need to discuss the exact rules for the skatepark."
Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times the lot for the skatepark, which is located at 611 W. Jackson St., was purchased during a tax sale and is owned by the city.
"The city does own the lot, and is allowing the skatepark to be constructed there in order to meet liability requirements from the state," Gibbens said.
However, before the equipment, which was purchased from the City of Danville in late March 2009, can be placed, a couple of other things need to happen.
"I would like to try to get a legal opinion on what needs to be done to close the alley that is just behind Hughes Auto Sales," Weliever said, adding there may be a Vectren gas line running through the alley. "Also, we need to put some extra money into the park because I want to make sure the equipment is installed professionally to maximize safety."
Weliever provided the council with rules from multiple skateparks in the state, saying they are similar, but some are more specific than others.
"I would like the council's help in setting the rules, which will be posted at the park," she said. "It is a good piece of land, which is easily accessible. This has the kids excited and we are ready to roll on this."
Weliever thanked the council for its help to this point, which council member Steve Lamb said she is the one to be proud of the work.
"All we've done so far is nod our heads, so you are the one who should be commended for this," Lamb said. "I'm just anxious for this to become a reality."
Weliver also informed the council she would prefer bicycles not be allowed in the skatepark, of which there are two current drawings (one of which is on top of a concrete pad, and the other with steps leading to a concrete platform), and requested consideration into creating a crosswalk area on National Avenue so the children may cross the road safely on the way to the park.
"If everything works out, I hope to make the skatepark a reality this summer," she said.
Meanwhile, the council again tabled a decision on awarding this year's contract for the mowing of city cemeteries.
Concerns were voiced by council members about the lack of liability insurance proof from Mullinix Lawn Service, Inc., which was requested in the bid specifications, and the possible lack of equipment from Alexander's Lawncare, which currently has two mowers.
Alexander's provided the lowest quote of $14,490 for 18 cuts, while Mullinix bid the same amount of cuts at $24,750 and Specialty Lawn Care bid $23,899.99 for 23 mows.
"I'm all for saving the city more than $9,000, but what bothers me is the lack of equipment," Council President Sam Glover said.
With the cemeteries needing to be mowed soon, the council also discussed the possibility of allowing Alexander's Lawncare to do one cut of the three cemeteries for $805 and reducing the bid by that amount to see how good of a job would be done, but City Attorney Traci Lawson said that would not be a good idea given a contract is not in place.
The council then decided to table the issue in order to review a list of references for Alexander's and agreed a final decision had to be made during a special meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.