May 12, 2014
The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, May 12, 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
Jimmie Durnil, Richard Pease, Geraldine McIntyre and Claudetta Kelly. Amy Slabaugh was absent.
Approval of Minutes
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes of April 7, 2014. Geraldine McIntyre so moved. Richard Pease seconded. Motion carried.
Review of Accounts Payable Expenditures
Claudetta Kelly explained they have a balance of $37,062.72. Mr. Durnil noted $20,000 has been appropriated for spending. Ms. Kelly stated the Clerk-Treasurer provided a more detailed statement so the Parks Board could see what had been spent during the past year. The Clerk-Treasurer told her the balance is what the Parks Board has in its fund.
Claudetta Kelly provided an update on the park benches. At the last meeting, the Parks Board agreed to order two benches for around the playground area. She is unaware whether or not Amy Slabaugh ordered the benches. Mr. Pease noted on March 8, 2014, he talked to Jim Ragle and he agreed to put the benches at the playground. They’re to be shipped to the Street Department. They also discussed additional playground repairs. Mr. Ragle advised they order seats for the swings every other year. The bill comes out of the Parks Board budget. Mr. Durnil advised Scott Oldham has approved the purchase of the benches as long as it is for the parks and not the Fall Festival.
Tiffany Willingham has been asked to cover Kid’s Day for the Fall Festival. One of the complaints is there are not enough free activities to draw families to the Fall Festival. A gentleman in the community has agreed to loan bales of straw to the Fall Festival. The plan is to put bales of straw throughout the grounds to encourage seating. She presented photos of slides made from truck bed liners. The slides are laid on an incline and lined with bales of hay. She’s thinking of placing the slides on the lowest incline at the side of the lowest shelter house. For two slides the cost is approximately $700. She has discussed storing them in a truck bay and getting the slides to the park with Jim Ragle. Mr. Ragle is excited about anything being free for the kids and as for the straw, they use it throughout the year. She would like to purchase a few bales of straw for the Street Department so they won’t have to buy it. The slide won’t have to be staffed so it won’t be volunteer intensive. They will rely on parents to supervise their children. The slide are something that could be used at schools or for Main Street at Christmas. They’re something that can draw people to Campbell’s Park which is a wonderful resource that hasn’t been exploited to its fullest extent for the Fall Festival. She is requesting permission to use the shelter houses for programming space on Kid’s Day. Wild Care will be in one of the shelter houses for all three days of the Fall Festival. Wonderlab sets out old DVD and VCR players and other small electronics for the kids to take apart and she would like to put this in one of the shelter houses. Are the shelter houses lit at night? Mr. Durnil replied they have electricity but they’re not lit. Ms. Willingham noted there are two light poles in the park that are not lit at night. Will they be lit for the Fall Festival to provide lighting at the park? Mr. Durnil doesn’t think so. Maybe they can get them turned on. Ms. McIntyre added the problem was they had them turned them off because kids were tearing up the benches and restrooms. She has two problems with the proposed slide. Someone should be there all the time and does their insurance cover the slide? Ms. Willingham doesn’t know about the Town insurance but the Fall Festival carries an event insurance policy which is printed in the program. Ms. McIntyre thinks it should be checked as to whether or not the Town or Fall Festival insurance covers the slide. Ms. Willingham said she will look into and consider it. She will check
with Anderson Orchard on the type of insurance they have in place. Other ideas are a straw house for older children, a corn sheller for kids and a sand box filled with corn for kids to play with shovels, buckets and dump trucks. Tractor Supply has agreed to donate feed troughs. She would put four to five inches of corn in one and maybe loose straw in a second trough. The feed troughs would stay up all three days. She is going to check with Musgrave’s Orchard and see if they will donate apples for Kids Day or get them to sell produce. She wants to use Campbell’s Park as much as possible. Ms. McIntyre reiterated she would like to know whose insurance will cover the slides, will someone be at the slide at all times and will an age limit be put on it. Ms. Willingham asked how the shelters are designated. Ms. McIntyre replied at one time they were going to name them but never did. Ms. Willingham asked if the Parks Board preferred to rent the shelters for the Fall Festival. Mr. Durnil answered no. Ms. Willingham thinks the shelter across the footbridge would be a great place for the Fire and Police Departments because it makes them visible, they’re elevated and they’re in the Park. Mr. Durnil commented that’s beyond the scope of the Parks Board. Mr. Durnil asked if they secured financing for the slides. Ms. Willingham has a small budget and is $1,000 less than what they have spent in the last two years. She would be expected to do fundraising and seek donations.
Jimmie Durnil made a motion to furnish $1,000 to buy the slide to be used in Campbell’s Park. Geraldine McIntyre seconded. Motion carried.
Tiffany Willingham explained the schools said in years prior Kid’s Day lacked in educational activities to justify children spending a lot of time there. It’s a lot of work for a classroom to come to the Fall Festival for an hour. She’s getting a lot of interest from organizations and groups wanting to come in for free and provide table top, hands-on activities. A suggestion was made for a community art project such as a mural. The restrooms are a blank slate. She used to work law enforcement and anytime a business was having a problem with graffiti they were encouraged to paint a mural. Ms. McIntyre commented someone at a Main Street meeting wanted to paint a mural on the restrooms. Mr. Durnil suggested letting Main Street look into this. Ms. Willingham noted Brenda Wampler is a retired art teacher and perhaps a few others could be enticed to work with the kids on Kid’s Day. Ms. Kelly stated Main Street has a meeting coming up and Ms. Wampler is a member so they could discuss it at that time. Ms. Willingham volunteered to paint it white if the mural turned out to be a mess. Ms. McIntyre said the police do not protect the park and should drive by it on their shifts.
Tiffany Willingham asked about lights inside the park during the Fall Festival. Mr. Durnil replied they will have to get them turned on. Ms. Kelly suggested they could be turned on for the Fall Festival and not any other time. Mr. Durnil will call Jim Ragle about having the lights on for the Fall Festival.
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to adjourn. Geraldine McIntyre made a motion to adjourn. Richard Pease seconded. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Jimmie Durnil, President Richard Pease, Vice President
Claudetta Kelly, Secretary Geraldine McIntyre, Member
Amy Slaubaugh, Member