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Donation allows for purchase of more cameras

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ruthann Jeffries
A generous donation from a Clay County couple allows the Brazil Parks Board to install additional security cameras.

Jon and Mary Jane Girton, Brazil, donated $1,000 to the park board to provide financial assistance.

"Most of the extra things we are able to do in the parks is due to the generosity of the citizens of Brazil who've enjoyed the park for many years," Board President Ruthann Jeffries told The Brazil Times. "Citizens like the Girtons want to see the parks grow and remain safe, not torn up. We are very grateful to them and all the citizens of Brazil for their help."

The Girtons told park board members they did not want to be contacted for media recognition.

Currently, Forest Park has three installed security cameras, but board members want to install a total of ten.

The park currently owns eight, and is planning to purchase two more.

Board member Todd Brackman said he's in the process of acquiring a 10-digit-code to access the software to run the cameras.

In addition, the board is planning renovations to improve the safety and accessibility of the Forest Park Pool.

Per state regulations, the pool must have two entries on for both pools (this includes the baby pool).

Board members plan to install stairs, as well as a pool access lift to make the pool compliant to American Disabilities Act standards.

These renovations need to be completed by March 2012, and plans are in the works to start construction after the pool closes.

Besides the renovations, the pool is having and overall successful season.

"We're running behind because we opened later and we've had so much rain, but we have 25 more pool parties booked and we've had satisfactory water samples this year," Jeffries said.

In other park board news:

* Board members voted in favor of purchasing two more tennis nets from Summit Supply,

* Contractors for the city's water project will do necessary repairs for damage done to Craig Park during construction of water tower,

* The board discussed replacing the sidewalk, which runs between the swimming pool and the tennis courts, and

* Board members also discussed putting in another request this year to the Rotary Club to help with adding picnic tables and the drainage system that had to be installed for the Fourth of July Celebration and the Popcorn Festival, which costs the park board $7,000.

The park board meets every second Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 7 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place Aug. 9.

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