February 1, 2016
The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, February 1, 2016, at the Ellettsville Fire Department Training and Conference Room, 5080 West State Road 46, Bloomington, Indiana. Jimmie Durnil called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Jimmie Durnil led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members in Attendance
Jimmie Durnil, President; Holly Nethery, Vice President; Claudetta Kelly, Secretary; and Amy Slabaugh were present. Mr. Durnil announced there is an open spot on the board and will request Town Council fill it as soon as possible.
Approval of Minutes
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes. Holly Nethery made a motion to approve the minutes. Amy Slabaugh seconded. Motion carried.
Holly Nethery thinks the Parks Board should have a web page. Mr. Durnil suggested she talk to Sandra Hash.
Claudetta Kelly explained they need to purchase a new recording system. It is getting more difficult to hear the meetings and to find cassette tapes for the machine. Sandra Hash recommended a digital system for recording their meetings. The cost is approximately $300 and if the Park Board approves it Ms. Hash will order it.
Holly Nethery made a motion to buy a new recorder for the Parks Board. Amy Slabaugh seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Privilege of the Floor
Mike Farmer advised the Heritage Trail (“Trail”) will be finished in the spring. It seems there should be a transition for reporting to the Parks Board rather than Main Street. There is $15,000 that wasn’t spent last year. He is wanting to know about lights, hours they’ll operate and liability for the Town. The entrances off of the highway should have lights. He presented a drawing of proposed lighting. Lighting, other than at the entrances, needs to be addressed. It is uncertain if the Town wants people on the Trail after dark. Installation will be $1,500 to $2,000 and three lights will cost approximately $1,000.
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion for the lights. Holly Nethery made a motion for the lights. Amy Slabaugh seconded.
Jimmie Durnil confirmed Mr. Farmer is going to spend $1,000 per light. Mr. Farmer thinks with hardware the lights may be $1,500 to $2,000 and installation may be $1,500 to $2,000. He wants a yellow LED light and they will be tied into the Town’s electrical system. Ms. Nethery asked if this is to be paid out of the $15,000. Mr. Farmer answered it will come out of the Park Board budget this year. Ms. Nethery asked if anyone has looked at the lights being solar powered. Mr. Farmer replied yes. His thoughts were the lights he is wanting to purchase should go on the grid so they are more reliable.
A vote on the above mentioned motion was taken. Motion carried.
Mike Farmer explained they have been looking at lights for the middle of the Trail. His thoughts are to put in three or four solar lights and add more at a later time. They are expensive. He is not planning on buying them at this time but is wanting to learn the consensus of the Park Board and the Town. Mr. Durnil requested Mr. Farmer obtain estimates for four lights. Mr. Farmer said there are bollard lights that stand 4’ to 5’ tall and have a solar panel that could possibly be used to fill in. No one has set the hours for the Trail. Mr. Durnil’s vision of downtown Ellettsville is to have something going on of a night and people walking over to the Trail. That is something they will need to talk about. Ms. Nethery thinks the hours the Trail is open should be consistent with the ball parks. Mr. Farmer commented the work can be done by Utilities and the Street Department.
Jimmie Durnil asked about the Eagle Scout project. Mr. Farmer explained the Boy Scouts want to build benches for the Trail. He agreed to let the Boy Scouts do the project and the Town would supply the materials to build park benches. He is seeking permission to spend $300 to $400 for a park bench. It is Ms. Kelly’s understanding that although funds were not used last year they are still designated for the Trail. Mr. Farmer wants park benches on the Trail and it should incorporate anything the Boy Scouts want to lend to it. It will allow one of the Boy Scouts to become an Eagle Scout. He would like to proceed on that.
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion that Mike Farmer be allowed to continue with the Boy Scout park bench. Holly Nethery made the motion.
Amy Slabaugh has not walked the Trail. It seems there is a lot in a short distance. Mr. Farmer will try to keep it at a minimum. If the Park Board becomes responsible for it there are a lot of things in a short distance. Mr. Farmer suggested she walk it first. The entrance to the trail system should be enticing. When downtown recovers the Trail will, hopefully, get a lot of use.
Amy Slabaugh seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Holly Nethery works at Hoosier Energy. She talked to Randy Haymaker about donating something for Ellettsville. He told her if she comes up with something to let him know and they’ll see if they can help. She will send Mr. Haymaker an email and see what they can do.
Mike Farmer provided an update on the Trail. The crossings are going in. Indiana Department of Transportation said as soon as the weather permits they will get the flashing lights and stripe the crosswalk.
At Campbell’s Park, there is a wall between the grass and the entrance into the park. It is in shambles and a liability to the Town. The retaining wall on the Trail is beautiful and made from rocks from the Stewart property. Someone should look at repairing the wall. They paid C & H Landscape to do the wall on the Trail for $2,500. Mr. Durnil asked Mr. Farmer to get an estimate for the next meeting.
Mike Farmer explained the next phase of the Trail should go to McNeely. They have talked to the Senior Citizens about a path through their property to join up with the new Town Hall property. There will be trails throughout the new Town Hall property. Then there could be a cross walk to Ridge Springs and people could walk the sidewalks all the way to the Wells property at the school. They would have a big trail system.
There is a discussion about the county trail connecting with the Trail at the Stewart property. They’re looking into building a trail underneath the bridge because it would be inexpensive and they think they can get it done.
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Holly Nethery made a motion to adjourn. Claudetta Kelly seconded. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 6:03 p.m.