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Skatepark getting closer to reality

Friday, April 15, 2011

This lot, located at 611 W. Jackson St., Brazil, is the location where the Clay Community Skatepark will be created. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Skateboarders may soon have a place to practice their tricks and grinds.

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.

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It is great to see this skate park become a reality. Mrs. Weliver and her group are to be commended for this great example of community service.

-- Posted by seventyx7 on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 10:16 PM

not this again this is not a good thing for Brazil we have enough eye sore's around here this is the last I mean LAST thing this town needs.We are asking for nothing but trouble. when this place falls flat on it's face in two or three years is Mrs. Weliver going to clean upthee mess I dought it.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 10:46 PM

OK so hoosiers what are you going to do for the kids in town ????? Oh i know sit on your fat behind and do nothing as usual thats the major problems with people such as you.... Kudos to Ms Weliever for taking a interest in our youth in town

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 11:35 PM

I, too, nod my head; however, it is in awe of Mrs. Weliever and her group in the efforts and the success thereof in bringing this park to Brazil. It is needed and will bring much happiness to those who use it. Congratulations!!! Positive commendations to you all.

-- Posted by Weems on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 3:33 AM

Much thanks, to anyone working on this project!! Thanks so much weliever! Its been 5 or 6 years ive been waiting. :)

-- Posted by rezz1 on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 4:48 AM

Go Hoosiers:

You have a right not to appreciate what Ms Weliever and others have done to get this skate park BUT you might think about what you think needs to be done in the community and volunteer in that area. I'd love to read about your success in the paper as well. There are many ways to improve a community and give its children more opportunities. If you'd like a list I'm sure readers can give you some suggestions. Mine is go be a CASA volunteer. There are MANY more opportunities for you to choose from. Put your money where your mouth is.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 8:57 AM

So let me get this straight. We have a half done water system on the west end of town where there are hydrants just sitting there with supply pipes exposed in 4 foot holes in the ground around them, in peoples yards. I cant drive anywhere in town without hitting a grand canyon sized pothole, and have had to replace 2 busted struts, and 3 rims in the last 3 years. But this skate park is at the top of the list of priorities for city money to be spent? Don't get me wrong but, like many others, I am a person of needs before wants. We NEED these other problems fixed before we give our kids what they WANT. I didn't have a skate park growing up, and I turned out just fine, and was better for it. And the fact that Ann Bradshaw is running for office again made me laugh. She spent how much money on a new road paver? And it sat for how long? And when she finally decided to use it she did what with it? Paved the park. Since when would the park be a high priority for being paved? Yea, don't vote idiot back in office.

-- Posted by zandelar123 on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 4:10 PM


Obviously you have not read most of the articles written about the skate park. If you had you would see that the financial responsibility the city has is they are donating an empty lot that was in a tax sale. All other monies used came from the kids earning it themselves with bake sales, car washes, donations, etc... Mrs. Weliever took a mortgage on her home to purchase the equipment that these kids she had promised to help could have a park. Personally, I would be grateful if the city had helped out a little more. If Linda Messmer had not made them drag their feet the kids would already be skating. Something tells me that Mrs. Weliever is going to work to make sure this isnt a bother to the city. She has worked to hard to get this going and I think she is great.

PS: I have never met Mrs. Weliever, nor do I have kids that skateboard, but I sure wish there had been something like this in Brazil when I was a kid.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 5:33 PM

Mrs. Weliever is an upstanding citizen, there's absolutely no reason to complain when someone steps up, that's partially the problem in Brazil, no one wants to step up because its going to be met with an unappreciative response from others who have an overly developed part of their brain with a penchant for bitching and negativity.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 6:12 PM

Good job Mrs. Weliever!

For those who have nothing to do but gripe about the good things that a few people do for the city......feel free to move elsewhere.

-- Posted by always skeptical on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 6:14 AM

Kudos to Roberta Weliever for all of her hard work to make the skate park in Brazil a reality! All of this done with passion and a vision and no tax payer dollars used. We should be grateful for people in this community who step forward and do positive things. Enough with the negativity.

-- Posted by SNG621 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 4:38 PM

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