Park and Recreation Board



The Ellettsville Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday, March 3rd, 2003 at the Ellettsville Town Hall.


Members present were Darlyne Sowder - President, Edwin Macatangay - Vice President, L.D. Axsom, Jeff Frownfelter - Secretary, and Denise Knell.


Other people present during the meeting included Jason Schunn, Jeff Schunn, and Jim Ragle from the Street Department.


Darlyne Sowder called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Edwin Macatangay seconded the start of the meeting.



Edwin Macatangay motioned to accept the minutes from the February 2003 Meeting.  Denise Knell seconded the motion to accept.  Motion carried 5 - 0.


Floor Open for Public Comment

No Public comment.


New Business

There was a presentation for improvements to the Memorial Park by Jason Schunn for the purpose of an Eagle Scout project and the betterment of the parks property. All members were given a diagram of the park as it exists today. The diagram indicated what was to be changed. Along with the diagram was a list of materials and supplies along with a work schedule. Total estimated costs were around $ 688.14 and the work would happen over a two-month period to start in early April and last through the weekends, weather permitting.

The general purpose of the project is to upgrade the sidewalks and steps to avoid tripping hazards. There will also be a ramp added for accessibility, and there will be new stairs built. There will be some expertise volunteered for the construction of the ramp, step construction and pouring of cement. All codes for the ramp and sidewalk would be adhered to with Jim Ragle assisting with information. A dumpster will be provided for hauling away the old block.

There was some concern about where the money would come from to pay for the upgrades. It was suggested that the Parks Board would be willing to pay for some of the costs but was hoping that Jason Schunn could discuss the improvements with the VFW Post Commander, Don Lewis, and also receive some moneys from them. He said he would discuss the issue with the Post Commander of the VFW and come back with an answer and final proposal.

A vote was proposed by Jeff Frownfelter to approve the park improvements pending final financial questions are resolved, motion seconded by Edwin Macatangay. All members voted in favor 5-0.

There was a suggestion of scouts working on the Wishing Well Nature Park project.  Jeff Schunn said he would take the request to the other members of the troop.


Old Business

5-Year Master Plan;

Darlyne submitted a brief email from Dr. James Segedy.  The email mentioned some key points of the Master Plan progress.  Members of the Parks Board were still concerned about the progress and would like to see a more comprehensive plan for the progress and completion of the master plan.


Skate Park

Jim Ragle, Street Commissioner was asked to develop and present plans for both the bathrooms and the multi-purpose building. He brought with him some plans for a bathroom near the Skate Park. Preliminary approval of the building was expressed though not voted on and approved. The plans were a suggestion and some comments for adjustment as to the size and costs were raised. This will need further research and a more definite budget and final building plans before approval.


Wishing Well Nature Park

There was some discussion of parking along the Sycamore Street area for the park. There was a plan to attend the school board meeting to ask for an easement from the school to allow for a pathway from Sycamore to the Park.   There was some question and discussion about the utility pole and the exact location of the property lines.

If the Parks Board and Town of Ellettsville can obtain an easement from RBBCSC, and 

Monroe County Parks Department gets funded for the establishment of a linking trail, it would allow for a trail all the way from Sycamore Street to the Flatwoods Park.  Parking for WWNP would be along Sycamore Street between the sidewalk and the street.  Edwin Macatangay was to find out more details and possible intent of the school board for this purpose during the school board's meeting on the fourth Monday of March. Darlyne was to check with Dave Sorokoty as to the intent and purpose of the Town of Ellettsville in this matter.



Darlyne Sowder passed out a budget fact sheet for the Parks Board.  Some questions were raised concerning the document. The board members would like the following clarified in the near future.  What is the statement of Funds?  Where did it come from?  What exactly is the Fiscal to Date?  Who really does have control of the money, Parks Board or Town Board?

The budget is still not clear to the board members. It would make decisions concerning money a lot easier if the board members had a more clear understanding of the numbers as presented by the forms passed out during the meeting. The Parks Board members look forward to better understanding the budget so that they may make clear decisions in the future in all matters of expense.


The meeting was moved to adjourn by Denise Knell and seconded by L.D. Axsom. All members voted to adjourn; meeting adjourned at 9:21 PM.



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Darlyne Sowder - President                                 Edwin Macatangay - Vice President



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L.D. Axsom - Member                                        Jeff Frownfelter - Secretary




Denise Knell - Member