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Parks Board posts new signs

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Parks Board Secretary Caroline McCullough and board member Todd Brackman hold one of the new signs to be posted in Forest Park. The sign asks park visitors to clean up after their pets and to keep their dogs on leashes. Violators will be fined.
During the July Brazil Parks and Recreation Board meeting, the board showed those in attendance a sign that will be posted in Forest Park regarding pet waste.

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.

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Again, the track was made for go-carts, maybe if there were more than one race a year, you could get donations or grants to help with the upkeep of the track. I as well as my family enjoy a day out at the park watching the races. Thank you Clay County Search and Rescue for bringing them back!

-- Posted by sixfoottown on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 8:50 AM

first off,the park secretery lets her dog off its leash in the park all the time,and yet there she sits displaying a new leash sign?secondly,i believe the park secertery and park supt are brother and sister,and a new state law is in effect concerning nepotism,park staff and park supt constantly run the wrong way on a one way street,i see that alot.i was threatend by park supt that if he saw me or my dogs in the park ever again,he would call the police.i used to walk my k9s through the park after park hours and reported to the police numerous times of suspicious persons,even voleentered to help search for a missing child from the pool recently,and i now know the mayors office and park board dont appreciate this extra set of eyes and ears,so you dont have that any more.i sure dont see the city paying me rental space on a no parking sign that is on my property,its the same administration,step on everyone and enforce what they think is in their best interest.my tax money pays the saliery of park people,yet im threatend by park staff to stay out.you wont see a dime of property tax from this home owner as my money will not work against me.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 12:00 PM

No one on the park board is paid staff. Only the park superintendent. The park board works long hours at the park and are real watch dogs of the park's financial records. It is a job no one but dedicated, caring people who really love our parks would do. There is NO nepotism, when one is not a paid staff but a volunteer.

Thank you park board workers for all you do as volunteers.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 4:27 PM

Supt. Houck: I'm not sure the grass is dead. I saw an "expert" who says our grass has just gone dormant, and should be fine if we get some rain. Hope we see before we replant a lot of unnecessary grass seed or sod.

-- Posted by zoomzoom on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 6:14 PM

Pool attendance is probably down because everbody and their neighbor has a backyard pool. These pools get less and less expensive every year. We put in a pool 15 years ago, which we still use today, and we feel like we saved $ overall. We don't have to drive or buy passes for a public pool. We also have complete control over the cleanliness and security of our pool. And the best part, we don't have to swim with strangers!

-- Posted by zoomzoom on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 7:14 PM

thank you poop police

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Sat, Jul 14, 2012, at 12:42 AM

piss and moan about vandalism in forest park,people beating on tennis court fences at 1240 am.tennis court lights are on.park closes at 11pm.no i didnt call police as i said i will not do their job when me and my k9s are not welcomed in the park thanks to park supt for that.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Sat, Jul 14, 2012, at 12:48 AM

I will be the first in line to thank our park board for their VOLUNTEERED time.I believe they have done a good job especially in this economy and no money to do anything.For the signs hip-hip hurray!!Why would people not want to clean up after their pets!? This park is for everyone and no one wants to step in pet dudu.I have grandchildren that play in this park and along with folks walking and picnics for family outings this is only a courtesy to clean up after your pets.Keep up the good work park board its only the ones not cleaning up after their pets that don't like the signs. I have my camera with me at all times and a picture is worth a thousand words and money in the coffers for the park board.

-- Posted by brzmm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 11:57 AM

what about the horse crap left by the christmas in the park.bet well never see any sign requiring the horse people to clean up after them.the city never has offered to pay rent for the no parking sign in my yard.i not only allowed your elect me sign be put in my yard,i voted for you,and yet,you allow park supt to prohibit myself and k9s from being in the park,the park that tax payers pay to not only go for up keep BUT TO PAY YOUR PAY CHECK.WHAT SAY MR MAYOR,CARE TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU HAVE A PARK SUPT DICTATE WHO CAN AND CANT USE THE PARK?

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Wed, Jul 18, 2012, at 12:21 AM

Anyone can use the park, and bring their dogs. All they ask is for you to pick up after your dog if it potties. Is that too much to ask? Who wants to go to the park to enjoy it, only to walk through a bunch of poo? Do YOU walk around with doggie doo all over your shoes? Why make other people? Be considerate !!

-- Posted by Berniesmom on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 12:09 AM

Most parks have "puppy stations," which has bags for dogs and a place to place the waste.... Why doesn't the park look into this?

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 8:37 PM

why don't you let the priviliged, rich and the elite golfers pick up after the puppies? they can collect it, recycle it, store it and then sell it as fertilizer. they can take that money and put back into the golf course; so the tax payers are not supporting their habbits and paying for them. sounds like alot of crap; don't it?

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 8:38 PM

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