By JIM MAURER
Purchase of new computers for Hancock Park District staff was approved by the park board Tuesday during its regular meeting.
The $9,000 purchase for eight desktop and two laptop units will upgrade equipment using an obsolete operating system, according to park district Director Gary Pruitt.
Park district personnel, in consultation with information technology individuals over the past few months, think the upgrade will “enhance efficiency, effectiveness and productivity …,” according to the board report.
The new equipment will replace “aging computers” in the front office/customer service, administration, marketing, program management and park operations, according to the report.
Separately, board members and staff toured Civitan Park, off Clinton Court, and Liberty Landing boat launch, off Liberty Township 89, before returning to Richard “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center where naturalist Michelle Rumschlag updated the board on park district programs offered by staff and volunteers.
Civitan Park abuts county-owned property along Main Street in downtown Findlay, where buildings have been removed as part of an effort to reduce the impact of flooding in the area. A former manufacturing property, owned by private individuals, is adjacent to the property.
Pruitt is seeking a state Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft, grant to finance concrete boat launch areas at Liberty Landing and Blanchard Landing, estimated at $75,000 for both. The 8.8-mile trip between the two areas takes about three hours by canoe. The park district would have the work done, and the state would reimburse the expense, he said.
It may take several years before the project is completed if the grant is approved by the state, he said.
Separately, Pruitt said the state Department of Transportation will provide about $38,000 this year and next year for paving projects on park properties. Pruitt said engineering will be done to pave the parking lot at Aeraland Recreation Area, on Washington Township 243, west of Fostoria. All or part of the project will be done next year after the preparation work is complete and estimates are received, he said.
Also, the park district staff has completed an operational procedure for special events use of park district property, generally events at Riverbend Recreation Area such as a race. Staff will meet with the organizers of the event, who will have details, site layout and proof of group’s liability insurance. Once the paperwork is completed, and the two sides are in agreement, an event permit will be issued, he said.
Separately, a cabin at Blanchard River Natural Preserve, near Mount Blanchard, will be removed by park district personnel over the winter. The area has been closed to the public while it has been cleared and prepared for use.
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