June 2, 2014
The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Ellettsville Fire Department Training and Conference Room, 5080 West State Road 46, Bloomington, Indiana. Richard Pease 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
Richard Pease, Claudetta Kelly and Amy Slabaugh were present. Jimmie Durnil was late. Geraldine McIntyre was absent.
Approval of Minutes
Richard Pease made a motion to approve the minutes of May 12, 2014. Claudetta Kelly seconded. Motion carried.
Review of Accounts Payable Expenditures
Claudetta Kelly explained Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer, provided a comprehensive report for their previous meeting and she said there weren’t any changes to it.
Denise Line, Town of Ellettsville ADA Coordinator, was present to explain why they can or cannot do certain things at the Park. The American’s with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was signed into law in 1990. In 1992, the Town was to have a Transition Plan completed but it didn’t get done. In 2013, the ADA Transition Plan was completed and adopted by the Town. Through the years there have been various deadlines and standards established by the ADA. The 2010 Standards on Accessibility now apply to any alterations made to the Park. Most of the park is not ADA compliant. At this point, nothing else can go on the hill where the playground equipment is located. Mr. Pease asked if it is because the playground equipment is on a hill. Ms. Line replied that is correct because there is not an accessible path to it. The Park Board wants to order two benches. One bench can go at the playground on the hill but the other bench will need to be on a level that is accessible for individuals with disabilities. Mr. Pease asked if they want to pursue this who would tell them whether or not is accessible. Ms. Line replied it would be her. Ms. Slabaugh asked where the best spot would be for the bench. Ms. Line answered it would be somewhere off the parking lot so it is on an accessible path and individuals with disabilities wouldn’t have to go on the grass to get to the bench. Ms. Slabaugh asked if they put a bench at the playground do they also have to put one on the bottom part. Ms. Line replied if a bench is put at the playground one will have to be put on a level accessible path.
Included in the ADA Transition Plan are four questions the Park Board is to consider when working with play areas: (1) Is there a continuous accessible route at entry and at access/egress to accessible components? (2) Are there accessible ground level components? (3) Is there a transfer system or ramp to elevated components? (4) As the surfacing for the accessible route been installed and maintained as accessible? The Park Board has talked about altering the playground equipment. Unfortunately, it can be maintained but features cannot be added at this time. Mr. Pease advised at this time they are talking about maintaining it. They are going to replace the swings and the Street Department does that every few years. Ms. Line explained next year she will attempt to get an ADA grant for adding accessible components to the park.
Jimmie Durnil asked if the park bench has to be permanent or can it be moved around. Ms. Line answered it can be moved around but they just have to pay attention to the height. Individuals with disabilities have to be able to transfer to the bench and that’s why the height is important. The bench on the accessible path needs to have an arm on it. Mr. Pease asked if she can show them where the bench should be placed. Ms. Line said she can talk to Jim Ragle about it. Mr. Durnil advised the Trustee said he will pay for 4’ x 5’ concrete pads for the park benches.
Denise Line mentioned the Park Board has never formally adopted a civil rights and ADA statement about non-discrimination. Mr. Durnil asked who would prepare this. Ms. Line replied she will talk to Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer, about a plan Butler University prepared for the Town park and about the process for the Park Board to adopt a civil rights and ADA statement. Mr. Durnil would like to improve the park and would appreciate any ideas. Ms. Line stated she would like to apply for a Corcos Grant to add some play and education components to the park. It’s an 80% - 20% matching grant. She talked to the Trustee and he approves of anything that will add to the park. Some accessible paths are needed.
Jimmie Durnil appreciated and thanked Ms. Line attending the meeting. He confirmed they will order two benches. Mr. Durnil asked Ms. Kelly if Main Street will be okay with this. Ms. Kelly thinks they will be okay with it.
Privilege of the Floor
James Drake, represents Chad Stevens of Asher Fleet Services, who is concerned about the plan to clean up Jack’s Defeat Creek. They applaud the Town’s efforts. The cleanup will stop at Main Street. They’re concerned with the increased flow that will hit the McNeely Bridge. How will it affect Asher and its immediate neighbors who are already some of the most heavily affected by the flooding? Their flooding problems just got worse. The water backs up at the last bridge. Mr. Durnil asked if he was talking about the business by the old sewer plant. Mr. Drake said that’s correct and they’re at the corner of McNeely and Matthews. Mr. Durnil doesn’t know if the Park Board can answer those questions because they’re a support group for the park. Ms. Line suggested he attend the next Town Council meeting on June 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., and talk about it under Privilege of the Floor.
Richard Pease entertained a motion to adjourn. Jimmie Durnil made a motion to adjourn. Amy Slabaugh seconded. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.