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Park Board denies fiber optic request

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On Tuesday, Brazil Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously in favor of memorializing the late Kenneth McClelland by naming the YMCA softball field on the north side of Forest Park "McClelland Field." [Order this photo]
After further discussions with city officials, insurance agents and construction professionals, Brazil Park and Recreation Board (BPRB) members denied a company's request to install underground fiber optic cables through Forest Park Tuesday evening.

During January's board meeting, AXIATP Direct Sales Vice President Cory Childs and C-4 Communications Contractor John Collins gave a presentation explaining their request to install fiber optic cables connecting lines from Forest Park Elementary School to what will soon be the new CCS Central Office, 1013 S. Forest Ave, Brazil.

The board tabled the issue, promising the company they'd have an answer by the February board meeting.

They also told Childs they needed more time to learn about the process and details, and having more time would allow Childs and Collins to gather more information from Duke Energy and CCS.

"The insurance company made it clear this was not a good idea," BPRB President Ruthann Jeffries said. "By allowing them to go through the park, we would have to give them an easement."

Jeffries added the project plans included digging four 10-by-10 pits through the park.

"I am glad it worked out this way," Jeffries said.

In addition, the BPRB members voted unanimously in favor of renaming the softball diamond at the corner of Pinckley and King streets "McClellan Field," after the late Kenneth E. McClellan, who passed Jan. 18.

BPRB Secretary Caroline McCullough made the motion, with board member Todd Brackman giving the second.

The decision was prompted by a request from Brazil resident Steve Lamb, who presented it to the board.

"Kenny was instrumental in starting the Clay Youth League, as well as having the ball diamond put up and maintaining it all those years," Jeffries said.

Board members discussed conducting a formal dedication ceremony prior to the first game of the year, however, no official date was scheduled.

Meanwhile, the board discussed salary ordinances and increased the wages of Forest Park pool employees, with the pool manager receiving an hourly wage of $10.71 per hour, the assistant manger receiving $8.50, senior lifeguards receiving $7.65, junior lifeguards receiving $7.50 and cashiers receiving $7.25.

Jeffries told those in attendance the board will be accepting applications "sometime in March," and age restriction rules have changed.

Any applicant turning 15-years-old the day before the last day of their lifeguard training is eligible to apply.

Indiana State University is offering a lifeguard certification course Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 23-25, and Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1.

The times of the course are as follows:

* March 23 -- 6-8 p.m.,

* March 24 -- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,

* March 25 -- noon -- 6 p.m.,

* March 31 -- 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m., and

* April 1 -- noon -- 6 p.m.

Those seeking certification should attend all sessions.

The course costs $150, and certifies a student for 3 years in life guarding and standard first aid, with one year of CPR and AED certifications.

However, there will be some restrictions for employees who are 15, due to state regulated rules.

In other park board news:

* Park employees are continuing to place surveillance cameras throughout the parks,

* BPRB is currently running advertisements in The Brazil Times for mowing bids,

* Recently, strong winds damaged electrical lines behind the Forest Park bandshell. The winds caused a tree to uproot and fall on power lines that powered shelters 7 and 8. The falling tree also broke a light pole at the base, as well as causing various other damages. In response, Brazil Park and Recreation Superintendent Bill Houck said park employees will be reinstalling electrical lines and a new flag light, and

* The board unanimously voted to allow the utility pole in Forest Park left from the Christmas in the Park celebration to stay where it is.

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