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Parks Board Meeting Minutes – May 14, 2019

Date and time:  5:00 PM, May 14, 2019
Present:  Board President Andy Smart, members Barbara Foster, Brian Duncan, and Mike Nicolas, City Clerk Susan Stoll and several members of the public.
Location:  Courtroom, Attica City Building.

President Smart called the meeting to order.

Mike Nicolas read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Andy Smart and Susan Stoll reported on efforts to get the tennis court surface work done, citing contractor difficulties including scheduling and availability.

Sharon Hutchinson, grant writer for Tippecanoe county was introduced.  She lives locally and would also like the opportunity to help us with grant writing.

Sarah Mattern from Attica High School discussed further use of Ravine Park for Cross Country meets and received an endorsement from the Board.

Carolyn Carlson asked for an addition of a barrier at the small lions head overlook along the Ravine Park Nature Trail and the addition of a path at the culvert leading to the spring pool just east of the Canada Street bridge for her history class tours and the safety of the public.  She expressed her opinion that if the old Lions Club building were torn down, this area is a good location for a future community center because it is next to the public pool and that a much larger area would be opened up for more parking for park users.

As the subject had come up, Sharon Hutchinson mentioned that such educational uses of the parks provide good prospects for grant applications, she also informed the  board that even though a city department, the Parks Department could form itself into a 501 (C) 3 corporation, which is a requirement for many grants.

Susan Stoll reported Eric Swank/Director of Public Works had the City Pool inspected and it will need a new liner.  He feels that he may be able to get another year or two out of the present liner with patching, at most.  This liner was rated for a life of 15 years and it has been in place for 19.

Susan also reported the city’s large lawn mower is worn out and must be replaced.  Final costs will not be known until bidding.  These two items will greatly restrict the Parks budget for other projects and maintenance.  It was suggested that now may be the time to form a Friends of Attica Parks volunteer organization.

Brian Duncan and Barb Foster reported on progress with pool staffing and certification.

Brian Duncan also reminded us that we must set a date for a second public input meeting for our next five-year plan.

The next regular board meeting will be at 5:00 PM, June 11, 2019.

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 PM.

Submitted by Mike Nicolas, who is solely responsible for all errors and omissions.

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