Parks and Recreation Board met on January 3, 2007 at the Fire Department
Training and Conference Center.
Members present were Brett Williamson, President; Edwin Macatangay,
Vice-President; Geraldine McIntyre and Amber Ragle. Michael Griffey was absent.
Brett Williamson called the meeting to order.
Election of Officers
Geraldine McIntyre nominated
Brett Williamson as President. Edwin Macatangay seconded. Motion carried.
Edwin Macatangay nominated
Geraldine McIntyre as Vice President. Amber Ragle seconded. Motion carried.
Geraldine McIntyre nominated
Amber Ragle as Secretary. Edwin Macatangay seconded. Motion carried.
Approve Minutes of December 4, 2006
Geraldine McIntyre moved to
approve the minutes of the December 4,
2006 meeting. Edwin Macatangay seconded. Motion carried.
Dennis Williamson informed the
board that a copy of Town Code Chapter 95 concerning Parks and Recreation was
in their packets for review. Dennis also noted that Amber Ragle’s term expired
on 12/31/06. He asked if
she was interested in continuing on the Parks board for another 4 year term.
She indicated she would be interested in continuing.
Dennis also noted that the Town
Council passed the Ordinance for the fee structure for shelter house rentals.
Approve Accounts Payable /Review Expenditures
Amber explained the information
included in the reports is for all of 2006.
Brett has met with Greg Bielfus
from DNR and it is time to re-submit the Master Plan. Mr. Bielfus assured Brett
that the ADA form is only stating
that anything Parks related from this point forward will be ADA
compliant and only must be implemented by Parks Board, not the entire town. The
form just states that if the Parks board received any grant money for projects,
then those projects will comply with ADA
requirements. There is also a Land and Water Grant and it is connected to the
Master Plan. The town won’t be eligible for any of these grants until 2009 if
the Master Plan is submitted this year. The other type of grant is an RFT
grant, which does not require a Master Plan to be eligible. Brett has been in
contact with the HPER School
and they would need 6 months for a Needs Assessment. DNR has asked if there is
a way for a higher return rate on surveys. Some possibilities are sending the
surveys home with school children or setting up a booth at the Fall Festival.
DNR would like to see 3 ways of collecting data and are trying to see the
Town’s main economic contributor. The last master plan said farming and stone
cutting were the two main economic contributors, but Brett seems to believe
that is probably shifting, since Ellettsville is more of a bedroom community.
Brett has been talking to Frank
Nierzwicki about amending the town’s ordinances to require
developments to designate an area as green space for recreational purposes. For
grant purposes, land can be used as part of the matching portion just as
capital, cash and in-kind services are. If this happens, one of the big
questions will be ‘who will maintain these areas’ and the answer is all the
town has to do is mow a 3 foot strip and leave the rest as natural habitat.
Brett and Frank have met with a
gentleman who is interested in building a sports complex, which would have
softball/baseball fields outdoors, and a track, pool and weight room indoors.
He needs 100 acres to facilitate this. There is a place in Indianapolis
closing at the end of the year and he can buy their equipment for a reduced
price. He has no plans at this time, but would like to have it up and running
by this time next year.
Amber informed the board that
$30.00 was received in Coke Machine Proceeds.
The meeting was moved to adjourn
by Geraldine McIntyre and seconded by Edwin Macatangay. Motion carried.