May 1, 2017





The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Town Hall Meeting Room located at 1050 W. Guy McCown Drive.  Jimmie Durnil called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Members in Attendance

Present were Jimmie Durnil, President; Holly Nethery, Vice President; Claudetta Kelly, Secretary; and Amy Slabaugh.  Carol Hoobyar was absent.


Approval of Minutes

Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes.  Holly Nethery made a motion to approve the minutes.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.  Motion carried.


Accounts Payable

Jimmie Durnil advised funds were transferred from Electric to Materials for rehab of the walls in Old Town Hall.  Old Town Hall should be ready for them to look at by the next Park Board meeting.  The floors remain covered because of removing the middle wall.  There is a balance of $9,971 in the Heritage Trail Fund and Town Improvements which can be used for Town Hall expenses.  Ms. Nethery asked if they approve the trail counter what fund will it come from.  Mr. Durnil answered it will come from the Heritage Trail Fund.  Ms. Slabaugh asked how much electric costs a month.  Mr. Durnil replied it runs less than $500 a month and is included in their budget.  Ms. Slabaugh asked what has yet to be paid from the Heritage Trail Fund.  Mr. Durnil answered anything needed for Town improvements and the Heritage Trail. 


Old Business

Holly Nethery has received submissions for the essay contest.  There are two submissions for Grades 1 - 6 and five for Grades 7 - 12.  Park Board members are to review the essays by Monday, May 8, 2017.  Judging is to be based on content, clarity and quality and voting will be done by email.  The winning essays will be read at the Memorial Day Program and printed in The Ellettsville Journal.  All other entries will be posted on the Park Board Facebook page.  Jim Garrett will be the speaker.  There was discussion on the program which was outlined as follows:  Prayer, Girl Scouts to lay the wreath, Presentation of Colors by the Boy Scouts, reading of the winning essays, song, introduction of the speaker, Mr. Garrett will speaker and Taps will be played.  The Memorial Day Program will be at 11:00 a.m. on Memorial Day. 


New Business

Jimmie Durnil explained the Planning Department would like to have a Trail Counter to count people using the Heritage Trail (“Trail”).  This will help immensely with applying for grants and justification for money spent on the Trail.  Ms. Nethery agrees it will help justify the Trail or make way for improvements.  She approves.  Ms. Slabaugh asked if they’re also wanting software.  Mr. Durnil answered no, just the counter. 


Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to allow the Planning Department to buy the Millennium Trail Counter.  Holly Nethery made a motion to allow it.  Claudetta Kelly seconded. 


Amy Slabaugh asked the following:  What grants are they applying for; what is the plan because it is a short trail; and do they want to expand the Trail?  Mr. Durnil answered the idea for the future is to expand the Trail to the Senior Citizens housing and come up through the woods at new Town Hall.  The main idea is to find out how many people are on the Trail, how to better use it and the hours it is being used.


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


Jimmie Durnil is trying to find some way to put cameras on the Trail because of vandalism.  Ms. Kelly asked what will prevent the cameras from being vandalized.  Mr. Durnil answered the cameras will be located out of reach. 


Holly Nethery is a member of the Monroe County Fall Festival Committee (“Committee”) and a few of their problems are with teenagers and what happens in Campbell’s Park.  The plan is to show movies in Campbells Park on Friday and Saturday nights.  There will be games when the movies aren’t being played.  Someone brought up the lights at Campbell’s Park and how bright they are which isn’t good for movies.  Is it possible to turn off the lights?  Mr. Durnil answered the Street Commissioner told him the lights can be turned off during the Fall Festival.  At a Fall Festival meeting Sandra Hash discussed storage.   The Committee wants to know if the Park Board would be willing to designate a 5’x 5’ area on the second floor of old Town Hall for storage.  Mr. Durnil noted currently one-third of the second floor is being used for storage.  Ms. Nethery thinks this is a Town function, held in one of their parks and if there is room to spare she would like to see it used for Fall Festival storage.  Ms. Slabaugh asked what the use is on the second floor.  Mr. Durnil replied it is to be used for museum storage. 


Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion.  Holly Nethery made a motion to let the Fall Festival committee use roughly 5’ x 5’ worth of space in the upstairs of Old Town Hall for storage.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.


Jimmie Durnil stated refrigerators and things such as that may not be stored upstairs.


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


Jimmie Durnil reminded everyone their main project is the Memorial Day program and review of the essays.  Thank you to Ms. Nethery for her work on the Memorial Day program.



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 5:55 p.m