July 2, 2012


The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, July 2, 2012 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

Jimmie Durnil led the Board in the Pledge.


Members in Attendance

Board members Jimmie Durnil, President; Richard Pease, Vice President; Phil Rogers and Claudetta Kelly, Secretary, were in attendance.  Geraldine McIntyre was absent.  


Approval of Minutes

Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion for the approval of the minutes for the regular meeting on June 4, 2012. 


Review of Accounts Payable Expenditures

Claudetta Kelly stated the current balance is $32,189.91. 


Old Business

Jimmie Durnil opened a discussion on the benches the Parks Board wants to purchase.  The total cost to purchase the two picnic tables and shelter is approximately $9,800 and $750 for shipping it.  He went to the Clerk-Treasurer’s office and was advised there wasn’t enough money appropriated to spend this year.  The Parks Board can only spend $4,800 this year.  If they buy one bench it would be $3,000.  He called Linda Forster and she said that would be fine.  He requested she send a receipt.  The weight of one bench is less than a third of the original weight but the shipping is still $750.  He tried to make arrangements to pick up the bench in New Albany but they wouldn’t agree to it or to reduce the cost of shipping.  He talked again to Sandra Hash, Clerk-Treasurer, and was advised there are a lot of new guidelines coming into effect on July 1, 2012.  Marty Stevens had agreed to the concrete and Jim Ragle was going to pour it and put it in.  He made an offer to the school board to assist with the disc golf.  They can do three holes for $1,200 with no installation fee.  He suggested the school board meet with the Parks Board to see if they can help them out.  There is a lot of interest in disc golf.  Jim Ragle had suggested putting a park bench on the baseball diamond bathroom side and one around the corner of it.  They will order it in late December and it will be payable in January.  Mr. Rogers suggested the next time Mr. Durnil meets with the Clerk-Treasurer he should request an additional $5,000.  They’ll be covered if there was a special and they could get additional tables. 


Phil Rogers had also talked to Sandra Hash and she told him there is not enough money appropriated.  He told her to appropriate more money, it’s not difficult.  Mr. Durnil said Ms. Hash told him they would have to appropriate it next year.  He has asked Ms. Hash to appropriate $10,000 so they will have $14,000 to spend next year on the equipment.  They will try to purchase the picnic tables for next fall.


Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion for the amount of money to appropriate for purchasing picnic tables in 2013.  Phil Rogers made a motion to appropriate a total of $20,000 to purchase equipment in 2013.  Richard Pease said that was correct. 


New Business

Jimmie Durnil talked to Amber Ragle in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office about the gathering for Verda Slinkard.  He had requested the person coordinating the gathering attend this meeting to discuss it.  He’s having some reservations about it.  He doesn’t think they can back off the approval to not make them pay the down payment.  They have paid $100 and the check has been cashed.  The problem is Ms. Slinkard is going to retire and she will take a similar job with similar pay in Lafayette.  He’s uncertain how the community will like having a fundraiser while she will be making that kind of money.  Mr. Rogers doesn’t think the rental fee should be waived.  If you waive the fee for one organization you would have to for others.  Mr. Durnil stated if he returns to the Parks Board next year they will have to take a new stance on it.


Phil Rogers talked to Town Marshal Tony Bowlen about closing the park at 10:00 p.m. Children shouldn’t be down there after that time without adult supervision.  Marshal Bowlen told them there was only so much they can do and they do patrol it.  They see the police coming and just hide. 


Jimmie Durnil advised the pep rally for the softball team went well.  The men’s restroom had a little problem.  Someone had gotten sick and left a mess.


Jimmie Durnil announced the next meeting is August 6, 2012.



Phil Rogers made a motion to adjourn.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned.