July 2, 2018





The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, July 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 Matthew Nasir led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Members in Attendance

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


Approval of Minutes

Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes.  The Clerk-Treasurer indicated she would be putting the minutes on the proper paper for the next meeting so they will have two months to sign.  Holly Nethery made a motion to approve the minutes.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.  Motion carried.


Accounts Payable

Jimmie Durnil stated there is a balance of $4,800 for maintenance and trail repairs.  Timbers were replaced at the playground in Campbell’s Park with new mulch at a cost of $1,900.  New slides have been installed. 


Old Business

Jimmie Durnil advised Donnie Matson was not present but he wants to leave his Ellettsville collection to the Town in his Last Will and Testament.  He prefers Mr. Matson leave it to the Parks Board rather than the Town so it can be used in the History Center as they see fit.  Ms. Nethery thinks it’s great and an inventory of everything he donates would have to be done.  There was a discussion on those items which may not be of historic interest to Ellettsville.  Mr. Durnil has two new tables from the Department of Natural Resources in the History Center with new items on them.  Items from the Ellettsville History Center are off the floor and on tables.  Ellettsville Utilities will put shelves together for storage. 


Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to tell Donnie Matson to leave the items to the Parks Board and to do with the items as they see fit.


There was a discussion on items that have been donated to the History Center in the past and having something in writing stating those items are for the use of the Parks Board.


Holly Nethery made a motion to accept the items in Donnie’s Will.  Trevor seconded. 


Jimmie Durnil advised this could be a full-time job for someone.  Ms. Nethery suggested using volunteers.


A vote was taken on the aforementioned motion.  Motion carried.


Holly Nethery commented the Memorial Day Ceremony was fantastic and there was record attendance.  Mr. Durnil commented the Parks Board purchased 10 chairs.  There was a discussion on planning the 2019 ceremony.


Jimmie Durnil advised he and Ms. Nethery have been opening Old Town Hall/History Center on Food Truck Wednesdays.   Ms. Slabaugh has offered to help with the items located on the second floor of the History Center.


New Business

Jimmie Durnil asked if they were interested in having people help with scanning photos on September 8, 2018, with the Monroe County History Center.  The concept is people bring photos and they scan them for the History Center.  After a discussion, it was decided Mr. Durnil will contact the Monroe County History Center about changing the date


Jimmie Durnil introduced Matthew Nassir whom presented his ideas for lighting at Memorial Park.  The Town entered into an agreement with the Monroe County Library Board and they have decided they’re going to fund the lighting in Memorial Park.  He asked Mr. Nasir for ideas.


Matthew Nassir thanked the Parks Board for the opportunity.  He and his family have been working on ideas for lighting.  First option:  An artificial tree with a flag pole in the middle and strands of lights on the outside.  Strands of lights can be found on www.athousandvolts.com.  Second option:  Fifteen-watt LED lights and two bullet flood lights in front and behind the memorial.  Lighting would cost $255.65 without shipping on www.superbrightleds.com.  This is the most cost-efficient option.  The lighting could be changed for different holidays.  The flag pole should be kept as it is.  Third option:  The same as the existing lighting but it would be LED instead of solar.  The cost for the LED lights would be $299.70 and can be found on www.superbrightleds.com.  Ms. Nethery asked how long the lights last.  Mr. Nassir did not know.  His preference is option 2.  There was a discussion of where the lighting would be located for the different options.  Mr. Durnil will forward the options to the Town Manager. 


Jimmie Durnil advised someone will clean the upstairs of the History Center and lighting is in all four windows.


Holly Nethery asked Mr. Durnil if someone was donating a flag for the 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony.  Mr. Durnil answered Dr. Miller will be donating the flag.



Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Holly Nethery made a motion to adjourn.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:58 p.m.