December 6, 2004   Ellettsville Parks and Recreation Board Meeting Minutes


The Ellettsville Parks and Recreation Board met on December 6th, 2004 at the Ellettsville Town Hall. Members present were Darlyne Sowder, President; L.D. Axsom, Denise Knell and Jeff Frownfelter, Secretary. Darlyne Sowder called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM. 


Minutes from Previous Meetings

L.D. Axsom motioned to accept the minutes from the November 1st Meeting, Jeff Frownfelter seconded the motion, minutes approved 4-0.


Floor Open for Public Comment

Michael Probst, a local landscape architect, attended the meeting. He was here to introduce himself and present his business as a possible partner in working with the Parks Board and the Town of Ellettsville. He reviewed the 5-year master plan the Parks Board has developed. Michael stated that the plan was a good starting point and overall general base of information and direction for the town to follow in any future plans and growth. He suggested using this and building in more expansive and detailed information as needed specific to each new project.


Old Business

5-Year Master Plan

Each member was presented a list of corrections that were needed to the plan. Professor Segedy is scheduled to make all of the corrections and resubmit by the end of the week. In the next week the members of the board should review the current version for any more corrections. Another meeting has been scheduled on Thursday the 16th to make a final approval of the corrected 5-year master plan.


Skate Park

The skate park is still open even though the wooden equipment has been removed. The park will probably remain open throughout the year. It is hoped that new equipment will be purchased and installed in the spring using existing grant money.


Wishing Well Nature Park

L.D. Axsom requests the board develop a regular maintenance schedule for this property. The schedule would include the regular clearing of the existing trail with following billing to the parks department for the costs.


Memorial Park

No new business


Campbell's Park

Further discussion was held of a memorial plaque for the people who donated money to the park property. There was some discussion of the type of plaque that would survive or withstand possible vandalism and still be obviously visible to the public. The Parks Board feels the plaque is important to recognize those in the community who have helped provide facilities for the community. The facilities reservation form was reviewed and approved for use pending 1 spelling correction. Denise Knell motion to approve and L.D. Axsom seconded the motion with the reservation form being approved 4-0. There was a brief discussion of reservation signs to be posted. Currently favoring something very much like a street sign with hinges that can be locked closed and open to reveal the Reserved status. The sign is expected to be posted on an existing part of each shelter house. Jeff Frownfelter is to call and discuss the sign with the street department in the upcoming weeks.



There was a brief review of the budget and accounts of the Parks Board. Of special note in the budget are the Build Indiana funds for the skate park. These funds are slated to purchase some new equipment for the skate park. Memorial park fund still has about $4,000 dollars for improvements and maintenance. There was not a bill for flagpole repairs and a new flag. There was still $19,000 plus dollars in the budget. However, the Parks Board has not received a bill from the police reserve officers that were hired to patrol and protect the new restroom facilities from excessive vandalism over the past summer. The Parks Board expects this bill by the end of the year.


New Business



The meeting was moved to adjourn by Denise Knell and seconded by L.D. Axsom. All members voted to adjourn, meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM. Motion carried 4-0