The Ellettsville Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday, August 4, 2008 at the Fire Department Training and Conference Center. Geraldine McIntyre called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Members present were Geraldine McIntyre, Vice-President; Amber Ragle and Richard Pease. Jimmie Durnil and Michael Griffey were absent.


Approve Minutes of July 7, 2008

Richard Pease made a motion to approve the minutes of July 7, 2008. Amber Ragle seconded. Motion carried.


Review Accounts Payable Expenditures

Amber Ragle stated $236 was paid for the flowers planted at both Gateways and also the electric bills were paid.


New Business


Tony Bowlen, Ellettsville Town Marshal asked for direction with the vandalism at the parks; issue a criminal trespass warning or forward their information on to the Parks Board.  Recently a young man was caught trying to set fire to one of the Shelter Houses.  Without the authority from the Parks Board, the Police Department does not have the authority to keep people out of the park.  Amber asked Tony if they have a recommendation on what should be done.  Tony recommended the Board receive the “trespassers” information and then issue their parents a “Criminal Trespassing” warning for the juveniles to keep them out of the park.  For “adult” trespassers it would be a warning not to come back on park property or they will be taken to jail.  For “juvenile” trespassers it would mean referring them to juvenile probation for criminal trespass or criminal mischief if they are caught doing something.  Tony gave some different examples of situations.  Geraldine stated the Parks Board should recommend, what they feel is right, and then take it to the Town Council to decide.  The Town Council has more rights than the Parks Board.  Tony would like direction on how to handle the “vandals” and “set a few examples”.  The season is almost over but he would like a plan in place for next year.  The Town has very nice parks and there have been many people enjoying them.


Amber Ragle stated a church rented the large Shelter House over the weekend and had a big function.  The rental form was brought to Amber and it stated the grass had been torn up in one spot.  How does the Parks Board want to proceed with the security deposit that was paid?  It appears when they removed a concession trailer the wheels locked up and pulled up a large section of the yard.  There are no written guidelines as to what is considered damage and Amber does not know how to proceed with their deposit.  Geraldine asked Amber to get an estimate from Jim Ragle, of the Street Department, on the cost to repair the area and then refund the difference. 


Geraldine McIntyre thanked Amber for her help in the planting of the flowers at the Gateways.



Richard Pease made a motion to adjourn.  Amber Ragle seconded. Motion carried.