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Walking track to be finished next fall

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brazil park patrons will be able to utilize the new walking track that Brazil Park and Recreation Board members said should be completed by August 2012. The project is able to be completed because of funding from a $150,000 federal grant. The new walking track will be 3,682 feet long and 10 feet wide with two pedestrian foot bridges. [Order this photo]
Brazil Park and Recreation Board (BPRB) members announced that the Craig Park walking track should be finished for patron use in August 2012 during the board's monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

"This will be a wonderful addition to the attractions in the park," Parks Superintendent Bill Houck said. "The more recreational facilities we have, the more people and businesses will want to locate here."

The Clay Community Parks Association (CCPA), a separate entity from the BPRB, applied for a federal grant to help implement the recreation project.

The City of Brazil received a federal grant from the government for $150,000, and the CCPA raised a $38,500 match.

"That organization has done a lot to help the parks improve over the years," Houck said.

The new walking track will be 3,682 feet long and 10 feet wide with two pedestrian foot bridges.

However, the walking track implementation is not being met without a struggle.

Some nearby property owners are contesting that a portion of the walking track is part of their property, but BPRB members say they believe the property in question belongs to the city.

"There needs to be a survey done to clear up the matter," BPRB Secretary Caroline McCullough said during the meeting discussion.

CCPA President Jim Thompson said the association is in the process of gathering funds for a survey.

"We weren't trying to make any of the neighbors mad or anything," Thompson said. "We are in the process of surveying the area around the park. We'd like to know what we have available, especially concerning the southern boundary lines. We may not need all of that."

Meanwhile, BPRB members discussed the remaining budget for the 2011 year, as well as their completed achievements for the year and the goals they've made for 2012.

"We had champagne achievements on a beer budget," BPRB President Ruthann Jeffries said.

BPRB Treasurer Linda Messmer said she hopes to have enough money left over from this year's budget to roll over to next year and be used to purchase and install the pool lift and pump to meet American Disability Act requirements.

"We have a potential roll over of about $17,000," Messmer said. "We've been scrimping and saving all year. We put the lift and pump on the encumbrance list early on in hopes that we could afford it."

Some of the achievements the board members listed include:

* Forty-eight new plastic benches were added to the Forest Park band shell area, now totaling two hundred and eight and a new awning was installed on the front of the band-shell. In addition to the front of the band shell being painted,

* The Brazil City Street Department and the County Highway Department resurfaced three streets in Forest Park,

* The installation of three more new heavy-duty plastic toilet stalls in the pavilion men's restroom and two of the old damaged stalls in the women's restroom at the Pavilion were removed and two new ones were added,

* Another super Fishing Fun Day took place at Craig Park,

* Seventy area perimeter posts were replaced at Forest Park in the carnival area,

* A new septic sewer system was installed in Forest Park for the Rotary Fourth of July

Celebration, and Popcorn Festival's food venders and RVs gray water and sewage disposal,

* A new pump motor and impellor were installed in the swimming pool filtration system, and

* The wooden playground equipment and bridges were washed and treated with wood preservative by WOW.

Some goals park board members included in their 2012 plans include:

* Replace and paint more of the missing parking area posts in Forest Park,

* Upgrade parking areas in Forest Park,

* Continue to upgrade the old plumbing in all parks,

* Continue to rehabilitate shelters which have rotted post, by cutting off the rotten parts and inserting concrete pads under the post,

* Plant more trees,

* Clear out old cedar bushes, unwanted growth and trash trees at Craig Park,

* Upgrade the electrical systems in the pavilion and playground area in Forest Park,

* Rehabilitate toilets the at swimming pool,

* Replace the pump on the slide at the pool,

* Build a new parking lot where the old railroad gorge was alongside the entrance road at Craig park,

* Complete the installation of the remaining security cameras and security camera software,

* Reseal the Forest Park walking track, and

* Investigate a grant to repair the tennis courts.

The board meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Brazil City Hall.

The next park board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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Thank you President Obama for the $$$$ to help Brazil become a better community to live in. Maybe next year you could help us out with some new roads.My RV hit a giant pot hole on 40 and caused a lot of damage. That's ok I can wait a while but it looks to me the roads here are cobblestone & brick from 1911. Well thanks Barry Obama for the new PTVFD Firehouse and the new roads and community house here in Stanton. all FEDERAL STIMULUS $$$$ Will be looking forward to the new roads in Brazil.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 7:26 PM

I think the Brazil Park Board is doing a very good job. THANKS

-- Posted by BAMA on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 10:48 AM

After reading the report from Brazil Park and Recreation Board (BPRB) members. I feel there is ONE BOARD that is doing a GREAT JOB FOR THE TAXPAYERS OF BRAZIL CITY.


-- Posted by leelie on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 10:54 AM

Some nearby property owners are contesting that a portion of the walking track is part of their property. First of all why do they care if there is a nice lace to walk? What are they going to do with it anyways (the property owners)? Some people these days need to just sit back and relax... Maybe the property owners would change their minds if they drove thru Craig park and looked at it from the North side and see that anything would make it look good. I wonder how many of the property owners that are contesting this would be the same ones using it when it does get done?

-- Posted by soccerdadwithattitude1 on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 3:42 PM

The property owners bought and are paying taxes on there property for there use. If you own property why don't you allow it to be used for public use.

-- Posted by leelie on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 6:13 PM

I would hope the improvement would make the adjacent property more valuable.

There certainly is a need for more people to get out and exercise, maybe our Medicare bills we working people PAY will decrease - WIN WIN

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 9:52 PM


-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 10:07 PM

I agree with LEELIE!

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:26 AM

Me too...well said leelie!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:50 AM

HUH ???????????

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:53 PM

I agree that the park board is doing a GREAT job. Especially with the very limited funds they have to work with.

I do have one question....why did the street in front of the golf course in Forest Park not get paved?

-- Posted by jddriver on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 10:19 AM

Where they are planning to put this walk is going through what the state says is a wet land. Dnr owns this and that is why they got $150,000.00. The fact is, is that owners along the path will have to deal with trash and keeping an eye on there property. If pepole need to walk they can do it on the otherside of the lake.

-- Posted by woody2 on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 12:58 PM

I guess if you want to drive on a smooth road you can drive through the park. The city streets suck!

-- Posted by Tala on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:34 PM

Woody2: Do you really think the people that would be out walking on this trail are going to bring out trash just to dump on the trail? I think the property owners will need to deal with more trash from the school kids driving by on 340 then they would the people taking advantage of some exercise on a walking track. Take yourself to forest parks walking track and tell me how much trash you see the people walking just throwing down over there... This is a very good idea and I don't think most people are going to be nosing into other peoples property out there. Maybe this would give the property owners a chance to improve some of their lanscape for others to enjoy too. Why don't you look at the positive side of this insteed of looking for all the negative things about it.

-- Posted by soccerdadwithattitude1 on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 11:10 AM

Now wait one minute soccerdad, the park is alittle more out in the open and not a woods. it is also patroled, with this type of path there will be more night activity with young kids. And if you feel this way about your property the open it to the public and we will come. I need a good place to ride my gocart. Please let me know.............

-- Posted by woody2 on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 2:07 PM

So your saying there will be no patrols of this path? You think that if the police catch kids back there at night that they won't do nothing about it? I think you are just one of the many people out there that will find anything to complain about. Do you think that you would walk this path once it is done? Go walk the path from East Glen to TH and see how much trash and kids you find hanging out on it at night time. It is not as bad as your making this out to be. It would be a nice addition to Brazil so let it be.................

-- Posted by soccerdadwithattitude1 on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 6:56 AM

soccordad have you seen the engineer drawings? there are no bridges. before you speak, you should get the facts, it is a packed gravel dead end road to access the wetlands. If they DNR won't let them build a bridge over the damn now, what makes you think they will on phase2?. why should the property owners give up the land they bought and pay taxes on for their own use? there are already people trespassing back there and apparently have been doing it for years (reference the dog caught in the trap story)that is private property, if the public is already encroaching on the property now, what will it be like when there is an access road. The property owners are already picking up others trash, rugs, blankets and misc. There are 80 acres on the other side, use that. this is not a flat open walking track like Forest Park..it is a wooded secluded area. It is not the fault of the property owners that they worked on this project for 5 years and failed to first find out if they even owned the property. poor planning! There are other ways to access the city/DNR/wetlands. Ask the other property owners to put an access road through their property from 340. Maybe they'll get someone willing to do that.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 5:15 PM

or better yet soccordad...you donate your land, if you are a property owner, to the city so you can have a public walking track in your back yard!

-- Posted by myownlittleworld on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 5:19 PM

If they are planning on using the old railroad grade as the path there is a bridge or 2 back there I cant remember. It has been about 20 years since I have been back there.

-- Posted by MS660 on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 5:57 AM

Ok never mind I thought I wrote it in this article. It was in fact in the walking track story. Sorry!!! I feel like an idiot, I guess they say If the shoe fits wear it huh? LOL

-- Posted by MS660 on Thu, Dec 22, 2011, at 3:36 PM

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