Six signs stating, "Leash and clean up after your dog. It's required by law!" will be hung in the park due to many complaints about pet waste.
Those disregarding the sign will be fined $25 the first time. After the first time, those still disregarding the law will be fined $50.
"Forest Park is not a litter box, but it's being used as one," Park Superintendent Bill Houck said.
During the Park Superintendent's report, Houck said the grass in the park is dead and the new grass from the last two years is gone due to the heat and lack of rain. He said activity in the parks has decreased due to the weather, including rentals.
Pool activity has also been down according to Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries who said during the pool report that the number of pool parties has decreased.
"We've had decent crowds, but not what you'd expect for these temperatures," she said.
Jeffries said all the water samples have been good, and she thanked Houck and the pool staff for maintaining the pool so well.
Board member Linda Messmer reported a complaint she had heard about plants covering the sign displaying the pool hours. The board said it would look into the problem and fix it if necessary.
Once the meeting was opened to audience comments, Eagle Scout Luke Cowden requested project ideas from the board. He has less than one year to complete his project and will act as project manager with other troops helping and adult leaders supervising. The board suggested Cowden build 20 picnic tables, agreeing that they would provide the lumber and pattern. Cowden said he would donate his time and labor to the project. He has to get the project plans approved by his leaders before he can begin work.
Another audience member, Heather Wallace, of the Eliza Rizley Stacey chapter of the DAR, requested permission to use the park area for a Patriot Run/Walk on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. The newly formed chapter of the DAR is trying to have fundraisers with a portion of the proceeds going to veterans. During the Patriot Run/Walk, the group wants to involve veterans while commemorating and thanking them.
Board members suggested Wallace speak with Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen to discuss blocking off roadways. The board approved the request pending the group receive liability insurance.
The Parks Board also discussed a go-kart race at Forest Park, sponsored by the Clay County Search and Rescue. Three volunteers from the organization requested the race around the time of the Popcorn Festival. The board did not want to have the race during the festival, but approved of the weekend of Sept. 22-23, pending the group receive liability insurance and sign a contract.
"Basically, we don't like having go-kart races over there for one reason only -- the wear and tear on the track," Messmer said. "It's starting to deteriorate from age and usage, and any oil or anything that gets on there, it does tear it up. We simply don't have the money to resurface it. But since you are local, and you are doing it for a fundraiser and what you do is for the good of the community, we feel like we have to give you this opportunity."
The Clay County Search and Rescue is run by volunteers only and is funded through fundraisers and donations.
Audience member John Day spoke to the Parks Board concerning two Popcorn Festival events.
First, Day explained a recycling pick-up event where community members could drop off appliances such as televisions, radios, washing machines and dryers to be recycled.
The event would be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday during the Popcorn Festival.
The pick-up area will be on the west side of the baseball diamond by State Road 59.
If the semi is completely loaded, a donation will be made to the Popcorn Festival.
"We're hoping it will help the community to get rid of their junk so it doesn't end up in our dumpster or in the park or out in the country," Day said. "If it works, it's something good for the community. If it doesn't work, we won't do it anymore."
Day said they don't know what company they will use yet. The board tabled the issue until a company has been chosen.
Secondly, Day asked the board if the Popcorn Festival could have a raffle. The Parks Board approved the raffle, pending approval from the Gaming Commission.
Meanwhile, the board has a camera set up near the pool entrance; however, they haven't been able to view the recording so board member Todd Brackman said he would get it fixed. He also plans to set up more cameras in the park soon.