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Parks Board Meeting Minutes – June 11, 2019

Date and time:  5:00 PM, June 11, 2019.
Present:  Board President Andy Smart, Members Brian Duncan and Mike Nicolas, City Clerk Susan Stoll and Former Mayor Robert Shepherd.
Absent:  Vice President Barbara Foster.
Location:  Court Room, Attica City Building.

President Smart called the meeting to order and read the minutes of the previous meeting.

The Board was informed that the City Council had authorized repairs to the wind damaged fencing at the McDonald Park tennis court from the public safety fund.  Former Mayor Shepard contributed that there might be a problem allocating money from this budget category for this purpose.

Grant Writer Sharon Hutchinson could not attend the meeting but did e-mail information about professional technical advice and possible funding.

President Smart observed that the pool and tennis courts are eating a large proportion of the Parks budget.  The subject was discussed and the consensus of those present was that creative thinking will be needed, as qualified contractors seem uninterested in the tennis court work and the pool will be much more expensive next year as the liner is four and a half years beyond its rated life and has only been kept intact by the extra efforts of the Public Works employees.  Also, concrete repair work will be needed on the deck and pump room ceiling.

Minor pool issues were asked about and their resolution reported.

The pool dolphin water cleaning vacuum is inoperative.  Thanks to Brian Duncan for quickly securing a borrowed one from the Attica School Corporation until ours can be repaired.

There was discussion of extra pay for the Pool Manager for extra necessary pool opening preparation work he felt he’d had to do.  There is a problem with already existing budget authorizations, but the board hopes this can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

The connecting trails grant, and routing was discussed.

The next public input meeting was discussed and a date and time of Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM was tentatively set.

Bob Shepherd asked that a bench be installed in Ravine Park for a charitable donor.

Mike Nicolas submitted a list of replacement swing seats and a request that they be purchased for safety reasons.  He also reported measurements and locations for safety fencing for children crossing the culvert below the Canada street bridge and along the high bank across from the small lion head spring fountain in Ravine Park.  He also asked that some natural appearing diversion be placed to keep the stream from further eroding the bank.  There was some discussion and President Smart observed that simply dumped concrete rubble is very ugly.

The next regular Board meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9th at 5:00 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

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

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