September 8, 2015
The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, September 8, 2015, 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.
Richard Pease introduced Holly Nethery, a new board member.
Members in Attendance
Claudetta Kelly, Secretary; Richard Pease, Amy Slabaugh and Holly Nethery were present. Jimmie Durnil was absent.
Approval of Minutes
Richard Pease entertained a motion to approve the minutes. Amy Slabaugh made a motion to approve the minutes. Holly Nethery seconded. Motion carried.
Claudetta Kelly advised the Board has not approved minutes from the June meeting.
Richard Pease made a motion to approve the June 1, 2015, minutes. Holly Nethery seconded. Motion carried.
Privilege of the Floor
Tiffany Willingham, on behalf of the Monroe County Fall Festival (“Fall Festival”), is helping with Education Day. The slides the Park Board helped finance in 2014 were a big hit. Kip Headdy, Street Department, actually ground down the edges on the slides so they’re smooth. They no longer need the straw bales. They want to promote the slides so they can be available for other functions. The Park Board does not have a logo. She asked Amy Slabaugh about the Park Board working on a logo. She would like to put a face on the Park Board for some of the things they have sponsored.
One of the things she has heard about the Fall Festival is since it moved to its current location senior citizens seemed to be deterred from going because parking is not great for those with mobility issues. Maurice Endwright had a vision of melding generations. They have looked at hiring Rural Transit to run a shuttle route on education day. She talked with Marilyn Harris of Senior Housing for permission to have shuttle stops at Allen Street and Maple Shades. Because Area 10 and Rural Transit are combined she was assured it would be all right to incorporate The Endwright Center. The schools think this is a good idea. She will advertise this on the website and in The Ellettsville Journal. This is not something the Fall Festival committee approved because their theory is parking has always been an issue for the festival and people seem to find a way. This year she is closing more streets to make the festival grounds safer for children so it will make it more difficult for parents. The shuttle is worthwhile for putting some energy and funding into. She thinks it is something that helps get seniors and other people in the community down to the festival grounds which are, in fact, Park Board properties. She is asking the Park Board to help sponsor some of the expense of using the shuttle to get the community to the festival grounds.
Amy Slabaugh asked if they rent Rural Transit. Ms. Willingham answered they can rent them for $450 a day, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. She hopes the community will respond positively to this. She has permission from the Assembly of God and Methodist Churches to use their parking lots as shuttle stops. She still has to hear back from the Church of Christ and the Baptist Church. She has asked to use buses that have wheelchair access. Ms. Slabaugh asked where the shuttle bus will drop people off. Ms. Willingham answered they will let them off next to the pavilion stage. If it rains they will have to put extra gravel down and she will have somebody assigned to that position throughout the day. A round trip will take 20 to 30 minutes. Ms. Kelly thinks anything that helps senior citizens get to the festival grounds and enjoy the parks is a good thing. Ms. Willingham noted all of the programming in place is directed to second through fifth graders but it is something that can be enjoyed by all ages. Ms. Nethery confirmed they only want the shuttle for education day. Ms. Willingham said that’s correct and she has heard the gentleman in charge of the parade would also like to use the shuttle. They have noticed a lot of people park at the high school and junior high and walk down to State Road 46. Last year she helped with the golf carts and picked up seniors to take them to the parade. Maybe this will get the ball rolling and the Fall Festival can do this for all three days. She reiterated she wants to give the Park Board credit for the slides and wants the public to know they can rent them. The Street Department has agreed to put them in the park system for renting. If anyone helps sponsor the shuttle she will give them credit for the sponsorship. Ms. Slabaugh asked if they could have two shuttles. Ms. Willingham answered yes. Ms. Slabaugh thinks they could sponsor two shuttles because they have enough money and don’t spend too much. Ms. Willingham thinks parents will not be prepared for not being able to get close to the festival grounds. Last year the festival compacted everything which she thinks was a good move because they could open up Ritter Street. This year they will again have Ritter Street open except on education day. Ms. Nethery suggested donating $900 for the shuttle service.
Richard Pease made a motion. Holly Nethery seconded. Motion carried.
Tiffany Willingham presented two logos for their consideration. Mr. Pease is uncertain if the Park Board can approve the logo. Ms. Willingham will ask Scott Oldham if this has to go before the Town Council for approval.
Richard Pease made a motion to adjourn. Amy Slabaugh seconded. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.