October 3, 2016





The Ellettsville Parks Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Ellettsville Fire Department Training and Conference Room, 5080 West State Road 46, Bloomington, Indiana.  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; Amy Slabaugh and Carol Hoobyar.


Approval of Minutes

Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to approve the minutes from last month’s meeting.  Holly Nethery made a motion to approve the minutes.  Amy Slabaugh seconded.  Motion carried.


Accounts Payable

Expenditures were discussed.


Old Business

Jimmie Durnil advised the lights have been installed at Memorial Park.  They look good but the street light over shadows them.  The concrete bases for the lights on the Heritage Trail have been poured. 


New Business

Claudetta Kelly reminded everyone that because of the General Election the next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.


Privilege of the Floor

Lloyd K. DeWar, Jr., O.D. proposed putting in a six feet in-ground green bench at Memorial Park similar to the one at Campbell’s Park.  The bench will be positioned so it gives a full view of Memorial Park.  All agreed.  Dr. DeWar will provide concrete footers.  Mr. Durnil suggested he get with Danny Stalcup and Kip Headdy of the Street Department.  Ms. Kelly suggested he also get with Denise Line, ADA Coordinator, to make sure it is compliant. 


Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to allow Dr. DeWar to proceed with his bench at Memorial Park.  Holly Nethery made a motion that they do that.  Carol Hoobyar seconded the motion.  Mr. Durnil added the caveat Dr. DeWar needs to check with Ms. Line about the bench height and location.  Motion carried.


Jeanna Kapczynski, Main Street, explained there was to be a bridge across Jack’s Defeat Creek to the Heritage Trail (“Trail”).  People think it’s dangerous to cross the road to get to the Trail.  Main Street is applying for a grant with the Community Foundation to purchase the Peters’ property, with the garage on it, adjacent to the Trail for parking, approximately .75 acres.  The selling price is $65,000 and they have not had it surveyed or started negotiations.  Main Street is requesting $35,000 from the Community Foundation because they have $35,000 which will be used for the 1:1 match.  The grant application is due November 7, 2016.  Main Street is requesting permission to acquire the property and give it to the Town and Parks Board.  She will talk to Mike Farmer about putting down gravel or paving it.  They have an endowment that will pay $700 a year toward maintenance.  Grants will be awarded on January 9, 2017.  Money has been set aside for legal fees.


Holly Nethery asked what they want to do with the garage.  Chris Fisher answered Main Street has an office in The Journal’s office mostly used for storage.  They would use it for storage, to sell concessions for events on the Trail and/or as headquarters for Main Street.  They’ve received comments from people wishing there was parking closer to the Trail. 


Carol Hoobyar thinks from a safety viewpoint it answers a lot of questions and would be good for those challenged physically.  She likes the idea to initiate it and find out what happens.  Ms. Nethery thinks it is worth pursuing, it will enhance the Trail, parking is a huge issue and the Trail has so much potential she wants people to enjoy it.  Ms. Fisher noted the appraisal was done when the Trail was built so that part is done.  They will talk to the Town Attorney, Town Planner and Town Council.  Mr. Durnil thinks the Town can provide their support but he will have to have guidance from the Town Manager and Town Council. 


Amy Slabaugh asked the status of old Town Hall.  Mr. Durnil answered there are discussions about Cook Group helping out.  It won’t be ready before the first of the year.  He wants to put in a decent flooring with Wains coating around it and paint the entire interior.  All of the Ellettsville items would then be moved into the building.  If Cook Group does help with the building they will restore it to the original look of the bank.  He is trying to locate old photographs of the building as a bank.  Ms. Slabaugh asked if Cook Group doesn’t do the renovations will it be a Parks Board expense.  Mr. Durnil replied it will be split between Utilities and the Parks Board.  It will cost $4,000 to $5,000. 



Jimmie Durnil entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Holly Nethery made a motion to adjourn.  Carol Hoobyar seconded.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.