The Brazil Park and Recreation Board met for their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the Brazil City Hall council chambers.
The board is wrapping up several projects and events in the next few weeks.
Fishing Fun Day, sponsored by the board, will take place this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9-11 a.m., at Craig Park. Fishing instruction and food will be provided to all in attendance. Prizes will be awarded to all participating children 12-and-under. Treasurer Linda Messmer reported that the board has received approximately $2,190 in gifts and donations for the prizes that will be awarded to participating children at this event.
Superintendent Bill Houck reported that Mike Miller and his workers have been working on putting new roofing on several structures at Forest Park. The bid submitted by Miller at the board's July meeting was accepted and he began working shortly after. Houck reported that Miller has done a great job so far, and said Miller's work should be finished soon.
Houck also reported that the new parking lot put in at Craig Park by the cross country track has been beneficial to those who come to the park and to those who come to cross country events for the school.
Houck suggested waiting until October to take bids for lumber for the building of new park tables. Houck believes that prices for lumber may decrease by October, as the recent drought and fires across the nation have increased the price of lumber. The board agreed to wait until October to take bids.
Board President Ruthann Jeffries reported that the board is hoping the revenue secured from the pool at Forest Park this year will cover the salaries for pool workers. Jeffries also suggested that repairs be made to the bathhouse at the pool, specifically the repairing of a few walls and repainting of the structure. The board agreed that these changes are necessary and should be taken care of this fall.
The board heard from Tom Hess of Berea Christian Church in Brazil. Hess asked for permission to hold a church service at Forest Park on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m., after the "I Love Ashley, A Celebration of Transplantation" 5K run. Hess is hoping members of his church will participate in the run and then attend a service in the park shortly thereafter. The board approved his request.
The board received an apology from resident Kyle Dowell who was responsible for damage done to a table at a local park. Dowell has agreed to pay restitution for half of the damage done. The board thanked him and accepted his apology.
James Welch, a Clay County resident, was present to request permission to host a benefit this Friday, Sept. 14, at Forest Park. Welch's cousin Jimmy Ornduff recently lost his wife Virginia Ornduff, 39, to an unexpected heart attack. Jimmy was not able to pay all of the burial and funeral expenses and needs approximately $1,200 more to cover the costs. The benefit will provide food, a raffle, prizes and music in order to raise the $1,200. The board granted Welch permission to host the benefit at Forest Park and discusses pricing and safety conditions with him.
In other meeting news, the board:
* Approved the purchasing of new security cameras for Forest Park. They will purchase and install four additional cameras at a price of approximately $110 each, and
* Received two bids to re-paint the shelters at Forest Park. Mike Miller Contracting submitted a bid of $5,395 (approximately $415 per unit, with 13 units total). Chris Buck submitted a bid of $3,500. Both bids include the price of labor and paint. The board accepted Buck's bid.
The Brazil Park and Recreation Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., in the city hall council chambers.