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Board chooses pool opening date of May 30

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Bill Houck
During its monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Brazil Parks and Recreation Board officials announced the pool will open May 30, weather and water permitting.

"This is a tentative date," President Ruthann Jeffries said. "Both the air temperature and water temperature have to be 70 degrees for us to open."

Jeffries added five of the current lifeguards are graduating seniors who will be participating in graduation, as well as hosting open house parties and participating in a cleaning and training day to prepare for the summer, which Jeffries explained is why they are waiting.

The board has contracted Brehob Corporation, Indianapolis, to inspect and repair the pump and motor for the pool's slide.

According to Jeffries, it will cost approximately $5,000 for Brehob to dismantle and repair it.

However, if they find they need to replace the pump and motor, install a new system and have it up and running in time for the current pool opening date, the cost would be approximately $6,500.

Meanwhile, Forest Park will once again host the Clay County Relay for Life Saturday, May 12.

"The first relay was in the park," Jeffries told The Brazil Times. "It's the 10th anniversary of that, so they said they wanted to bring it back and keep it at the park."

In addition, Park Superintendent Bill Houck told The Brazil Times he has been working on the plumbing issues throughout Forest Park.

He added he has called the respective companies in regard to the repairs for the cracks in the pool.

Houck also said he's been in touch with PDF, Inc., concerning the re-welding of the slide and the fencing project at Wheeler Park, repairs which still have not being completed.

Officials also say they haven't heard back from the insurance adjustors regarding the hail damage to the parks.

Jeffries said the damage could be as high as $250,000, but she doubts it will add up to that much.

In other park board news, board members approved a motion to hang up more courtesy signs in response to Brazil resident Harvey Roscoe expressing concerns about pets and smoking violators on the playground equipment.

Roscoe said when he's taken younger children to play at the park, the children were not comfortable playing on the equipment with large dogs in close proximity.

Roscoe added the presence of older patrons occupying all the swings while simultaneously smoking is another issue he hasn't been happy about.

"We have signs up that say no smoking or pets in the playground area, but they are on the outskirts of the area, so people may not see them," Jeffries said. "We don't have the personnel or the police presence to enforce the rules to patrons all day long, but we've decided to put up two wooden signs by the playground equipment that will say, 'No pets or smoking in any playground area.'"

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 Tuesday, June 12.



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