April 2, 2018





The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Town Hall Meeting Room located at 1150 W. Guy McCown Drive.  Jimmie Durnil called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Members in Attendance

Present were Jimmie Durnil, President; Holly Nethery, Vice President; Carol Hoobyar, Claudetta Kelly and Amy Slabaugh.


Approval of Minutes

Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes of March 5, 2018.  Holly Nethery made a motion to approve the minutes for last month.  Carol Hoobyar seconded.  Motion carried.


Accounts Payable


Old Business

Holly Nethery is still working on the essay contest for the Memorial Day program.  The rules will be the same as the 2017 program.  She will ask vendors for prizes.  At this time, she does not have a speaker for the program because those she has asked are not available. 


Jimmie Durnil provided a parking diagram to the east of the Peterson property by the Heritage Trail.  The total cost will be $25,000 to $30,000.  Main Street can provide $10,000 and will try to raise additional funds.  The parking lot may have to be done in segments. 

Holly Nethery asked the status of the playground equipment.  Mr. Durnil answered it will be ordered on April 6, 2018.  Mr. Nethery asked how it will be paid for.  Mr. Durnil explained the cost was less than they thought and the $5,000 deductible will come out of the Town Manager’s salary line.  There was a discussion on the equipment being replaced.


New Business


Holly Nethery announced this was Carol Hoobyar’s last meeting as she is moving.  Mr. Durnil thanked Ms. Hoobyar for being a good member.  Mr. Durnil advised they will have a meeting regarding a replacement after they adjourn.


Donnie Matson presented a proposal for donating photos and other historical materials to the Ellettsville History Center.   Mr. Durnil asked Park Board members for their thoughts on the proposal.  Ms. Kelly thinks it will take a lot of work.  Who will want to do it or have the time to do so?  Mr. Durnil is afraid they would take the items and stack them upstairs.  Time and money is also an issue.  Mr. Matson asked if the air conditioning and heating system worked.  Mr. Durnil answered yes, they work fine so there’s no mold.  A.J. Whitlow cleans it every third month.  Ms. Slabaugh thinks it would be great for the History Center.  There are some details that need worked out between the Park Board and History Center.  She doesn’t think they’re ready for his items yet.  Ms. Nethery commented they’re struggling to figure out how to manage what they have but she likes the idea.  They need time to find the best plan so everything will be preserved.  They’re already in the process of trying to figure out how to work with what they have so far.  They’re trying to work with the Monroe County Historical Society to learn about preservation, best storage and so forth.  Ms. Hoobyar thinks it is a good idea and would be a great asset when they’re ready.  Would there be insurance issues if the materials are on loan?  Perhaps every 90 days the items downstairs could be rotated to draw more people into the History Center.  After a discussion, the Park Board decided to wait until the upstairs has been cleaned out and determine the amount of involvement they will have with artifacts.  They’re very interested in his proposal. 


Jimmie Durnil proposed changing the sign to “Old Town Hall and History Center”.  All agreed. 


Amy Slabaugh asked once the parking lot is finished who pays for the upkeep.  Mr. Durnil answered the Park Board will be responsible.


Carol Hoobyar mentioned she was at a park in Columbus that had dog waste bag dispensers and disposal containers.  Something to think about.



Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Holly Nethery made a motion to adjourn.  Carol Hoobyar seconded.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:52 p.m.