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Park Board thanks McCullough

Friday, December 14, 2012

Caroline McCullough (second from right), received a plaque from Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham Tuesday night in honor of her service to the Brazil Park and Recreation Board. McCullough has served as Board secretary for a number of years. She is pictured with Mayor Wyndham (far right) and Board members (from left) Linda Messmer, Bill Houck and Ruthann Jeffries. [Order this photo]
The Brazil Park and Recreation Board met for their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The board first heard from Mayor Brian Wyndham who commended the board for all of its hard work.

"This is a thankless job," Wyndham said, "but you do it because you like the community. You've made the whole park system what it is, and we get a lot of good comments about the parks. I don't want you to think your work goes unappreciated."

Wyndham also complimented Board Secretary Caroline McCullough who will be leaving the Park Board at the end of the year.

"I appreciate everything you do," Wyndham told McCullough, "you've been a big part of the success of our parks. Thank you for your effort and time. It's been very much appreciated."

Wyndham presented McCullough with a plaque honoring her for her service. Board President Ruthann Jeffries said the board would plant a tree in McCullough's honor in the spring of 2013.

After the reading of last month's minutes and the treasurer's report, Park Superintendent Bill Houck gave his report.

Houck reported that most of the leaves in city parks have been picked up. Houck said new toilet stalls will soon be installed at the pavilion in Forest Park. The men's restroom at the pavilion will also be painted soon.

Next, the board discussed hail damage repairs with Brad Pell. Pell met with inspectors at Forest Park and found damage had been done by this year's hailstorm. Further, damage has been done to shelters at Craig Park.

According to Jeffries, insurance monies will only cover the cost of repairing one shelter. Pell has agreed to repair the two shelters and the pavilion for the amount of money that the insurance approved.

Next, the board discussed the trail progress at Craig Park. According to the board, the trail should be completed in May 2013.

Next, the board discussed the age restrictions, rules and eviction policies for city park playgrounds. The board approved the age restriction per Brazil city Ordinance No. 97.24. The board approved the playground rules as follows:

* Restricted to ages 12-and-under and their parents or guardians,

* No swearing,

* No smoking,

* No rough play,

* No inappropriate behavior,

* No vandalism, and

* Violators of playground rules shall be evicted from the park and subject to fines.

The board discussed eviction from playgrounds or parks with city attorney Traci Lawson, who said it is lawful for a member of the board or law enforcement to evict someone from the playground or park for up to 90 days with an appeal process through the board. Lawson is working on drawing up official documents on the matter.

Next, the board made a correction on previous comments they'd made concerning weapons, specifically guns, in parks.

The board had previously stated in last month's meeting that park laws could supercede state laws when it came to park visitors bringing weapons. The board wanted to ban weapons of any kind from the park.

However, the board recently discovered that concealed guns could be brought into parks if the person carrying it has a permit. If a member of law enforcement or a park board member sees the gun, they have the right to ask the person carrying it to see a permit.

Finally, the board discussed achievements for 2012 and goals for 2013.

Some of the achievements listed by the board for the year include:

* Finishing the new parking lot near the entrance at Craig Park,

* Finishing the street paving at Forest Park,

* Hosting more than 120 kids at the Fishing Fun Day and giving out 13 bicycles,

* Installing new cameras at the pavilion,

* Installing new roofs at the 13 shelters, band shell, park office, King St. garage and two dugouts at Forest Park,

* Installing plastic benches at Forest Park,

* Replacing siding and painting walls at the pool guards room,

* Painting all shelters at Forest Park, and

* Installing an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant lift for the swimming pool.

The board also discussed many of their goals for the coming year.

These goals include:

* Add new posts with tree identification tags at the Emery Jenkins Nature Trail,

* Install new stalls in the restrooms at Babe Wheeler, Craig Park and the swimming pool,

* Paint the inside of all park restrooms,

* Add more umbrellas to the tables in the pool area,

* Plant more trees,

* Remove all dead trees, stubs and shrubs from the 2012 drought,

* Add more perimeter posts at Forest Park,

* Add dusk-to-dawn lighting near the parking lot east of the golf driving range,

* Replace or repair four older frost-free faucets in Forest Park,

* Make service repairs to the Kabota tractor, and

* Replace the Dodge pickup steering and brakes.

The board will review contracts before their next meeting in January.

The board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., in the Brazil City Hall council chambers.

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