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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Parks Board Meeting Minutes – August 13, 2019

Date and time:  5:00 PM, August 13, 2019
Present:  Board President Andy Smart, Barbara Foster, Brian Duncan, Mike Nicolas, Mayor Duane Roderick, City Clerk Susan Stoll, and Former Mayor Robert Shepherd.
Location: Court Room, Attica City Building.

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

Mayor Roderick reported the tennis court fence is repaired as of this week.

Leslie Coatings was contacted, and they said they plan on doing the tennis court re-surfacing.  Susan Stoll reported Leslie Coatings have not signed the contract yet.

Susan Hutchison suggested forming a 501c (3) nonprofit corporation as it would open more grant possibilities.  There was discussion about using the City’s or possibly Attica Main Street’s 501c (3).  Mike Nicolas will contact AMS about having a joint meeting to discuss such a possibility as well as possible coordination on projects.

There was discussion about the next 5-year Master Plan.  Andy Smart will contact Sarah Peel, who did the City’s 5-year plan.

There was discussion about connecting and completing the Parks trail system from through Ravine Park to the river and hopefully connecting with a much longer Wabash River Heritage trail system.  Former Mayor Shepherd suggested contacting Bob Bronson of the DNR Trails division for advice.  Also, Lori Jordan of Wabash Heartland.

There was discussion about the swimming pool facility, and the initial impressions of the engineering representatives who visited from three different companies. One of the firms had informed the Board that existing facilities are not grandfathered in when it comes to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Among other requirements, steps and curbs will have to be replaced with ramps to make them accessible to all.

After agreeing that the amount of money required to either refurbish the existing pools as they are, or to design and retrofit a lower operating cost and more modern aquatic facility, with amenities like splash pads, where one or more of the three pools are now would commit the Parks Department to one course of action or the other for the foreseeable future, the board voted unanimously to attempt to raise the money for the second option.

After more discussion, the Board then voted the three main priorities for the immediate future are:

  1. Modernized playgrounds and equipment.
  2. A modernized aquatic center.
  3. Connecting existing trails through Ravine Park to the river and Ouabache Park.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 PM.

The next regular Parks Board meeting will be September 10 at 5:00 PM in the court room of the Attica City Building.

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

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