September 2, 2014

 

The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, September 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

Richard Pease led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Members in Attendance

Richard Pease, Claudetta Kelly, Geraldine McIntyre and Amy Slabaugh were present.    Jimmy Durnil was absent.

 

Approval of Minutes

Richard Pease entertained a motion to approve the minutes of August 4, 2014.  Geraldine McIntyre made a motion to approve the minutes of August 4, 2014.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.  Motion carried. 

 

Review of Accounts Payable Expenditures

Claudetta Kelly advised there is nothing new to report.

 

Old Business

Amy Slabaugh reported the park benches have been installed at the park.

 

New Business

Jim Davis, Town Manager, presented the Parks Board budget for 2015.  Although the budget increased, portions were reduced to assist with funding the Heritage Trail (“trail”).  Mr. Pease asked if this means the Park Board will be spending $25,000 toward the trail in 2015.  Mr. Davis replied yes, in part.  The Town added $13,000 to the budget and reduced the materials line by $12,000 so $25,000 can be put toward the trail.  Ms. McIntyre remarked there is nothing shown for shelter rentals but the Town is taking money for the trail.  Mr. Davis answered income is not shown in the budget.   Ms. McIntyre stated Main Street has received grants for the trail and if the Town wants to put the Parks Board money into the trail it needs to talk to Jeana Kapczynski.  Mr. Davis advised Ms. Kaczynski is aware of the $25,000.  He explained the Town has decided not to build the bridge, will build the trail with its own work force and will have to return the funds awarded by the Indiana Department of Transportation (“INDOT”).  In the General Fund $50,000 is earmarked for the trail.  Mr. Pease asked if the Town decides it needs $25,000 for the trail will they get to vote on it or will the Town take it.  Mr. Davis replied in his opinion he believes the Parks Board should get to vote on it. 

 

Amy Slabaugh mentioned at their last meeting they discussed letting the Town build the trail and the Parks Board will provide the funds to tie up the loose ends rather than giving money and not knowing how it is being spent.  Mr. Davis continued.  The budget will be published sometime in September.  It has been reviewed by Monroe County Council and at some time it will be advertised.  Ms. Kelly asked if the Town could take funds at any time from the budget.  Mr. David replied at any time the Town Council can change budgets in any Town department.  He is uncertain how park boards are handled and whether or not once the budgets are set if they have 100% control. 

 

Everyone thanked Mr. Davis for attending the meeting and presenting the budget for 2015. 

 

Amy Slabaugh asked when the Town will begin building the trail.  Mr. Davis replied if Town Council goes along with the figures and returns the money to INDOT, it could go on the agenda for the next meeting.  He will asked Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer, where the revenue is stated in their budget.

 

Adjournment

Richard Pease entertained a motion to adjourn.  Geraldine McIntyre made a motion to adjourn.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.