October 1, 2014
The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, October 1, 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
Richard Pease led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members in Attendance
Jimmie Durnil, President, Richard Pease, Claudetta Kelly and Amy Slabaugh were present. Geraldine McIntyre was absent. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes of September 2, 2014.
Claudetta Kelley is upset about the cabin. Mr. Durnil’s understanding is the cabin belonged to the Senior Citizens who gave it to Joe Peden. Mr. Peden will be moving it within the next year. The Town doesn’t want the responsibility. Ms. Kelly was at a meeting in which the cabin was discussed. Everyone is in favor of leaving it downtown. The recurring theme was there seems to be a certain amount of secrecy with regards to the decision on the cabin. Several people never heard about the cabin. She doesn’t like the idea of one or two people making the decision without letting others know what is going on. Mr. Durnil commented in defense of Town Council the cabin was purchased and brought in by Maurice Endwright who gave it to the Senior Citizen Committee, who in turn gave it to Joe Peden. Ms. Kelley stated this is not what Dennis Fisher has said. This is why there is a lot of confusion. Dianna Johnson, a former teacher, is present to speak on why she and other teachers would like the cabin to stay. Mr. Durnil thinks the decision has already been made. It’s not in possession of the Town and is only on Town property. Ms. Kelley advised Jim Davis looked at the deed and it is in the name of the Senior Citizens.
Richard Pease made a motion to approve the minutes of September 2, 2014. Amy Slabaugh seconded. Motion carried.
Jimmie Durnil would like to buy one or two more benches.
Review of Accounts Payable Expenditures
Jimmie Durnil advised the balance is $39,000.
Jimmie Durnil mentioned Claudetta Kelley had researched ordinances pertaining to the Park Board and provided copies for everyone. It appears the Park Board can appoint new members but they may have to have approval from the Town Council.
Claudetta Kelley is concerned about the cabin because she has talked to so many people who want to know what is going on with it. Mr. Durnil thinks there are issues the Town is concerned with that they know nothing about. The cabin is old and needs repair. He knows Scott Oldham and Jim Davis do not want any part of it right now. Ms. Kelly would like to know why.
Privilege of the Floor
Dianna Johnson, retired school teacher with Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation (“RBBSC”), wants to keep the cabin downtown. Pioneer Day is held downtown and approximately 230 children attend every year. She doesn’t think people in the community realize the cabin could be used for other purposes. She understands the need for the cabin to be kept up and thinks Joe Peden would be a good tender of it. She wishes someone would reconsider. Gloria Cowden, a retired second grade teacher with RBBSC and involved with the Cowden Foundation, may have an interested party who wants to take over the cabin. They would request an amount for yearly upkeep. There is not a lot of money but thinks they would definitely consider taking over the cabin. Would there be a way to put in a new door with a ramp for the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)? She hopes all considerations will be met before any decisions are made. Maybe it would help bring the Monroe County Fall Festival back downtown.
Jimmie Durnil noted it is not as simple as putting in a wider door. Bathrooms would have to be put in and very expensive things would have to be done to make it ADA compliant. The Town does not want to take responsibility of the cabin. The cabin was given to Mr. Peden years ago. This all came about when teachers became concerned it wouldn’t be there for their field trips. The Town Council takes their time making decisions and covering their bases.
Scott Oldham, Town Council President, entered the meeting. Mr. Durnil asked Mr. Oldham to explain the Town Council’s position on not taking the log cabin. Mr. Oldham and Mr. Durnil stepped outside of the meeting. Mr. Durnil returned and conveyed Mr. Oldham told him it is cost prohibitive for the Town to take over the cabin.
Tiffany Willingham thanked the Park Board for purchasing the slide used at the Fall Festival. Photos can be viewed at monroecountyfallfestival.org. Mr. Durnil advised the Park Board can sponsor the straw for the Fall Festival next year.
Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to adjourn. Richard Pease made a motion to adjourn. Amy Slabaugh seconded. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.