By JIM MAURER
Arlington, Mount Blanchard and McComb will receive the largest of the Hancock Park District Community Park Improvement Program grants, which were approved by the park district board at Tuesday’s meeting in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
The park district allocates about $96,000 annually to assist a dozen communities in the county with a variety of park projects. Representatives met with park district personnel on Oct. 19 to review the applications and select 2018 projects.
The location, the grant amount and the projects include:
- Arlington — $12,500, new enclosed shelter house at Arlington Community Park, the third of three annual installments for the $37,500 project.
- Mount Blanchard — $11,125, sidewalk installation from Main Street to the gazebo entrance and around the perimeter of the gazebo at Hurricane Park.
- McComb — $10,135, remove Shelter 2, including concrete, and replace it with a 28-foot by 44-foot shelter, including a concrete pad at Cloe Greiner Memorial Park.
- Arcadia — $8,350, new heating, ventilating and air conditioning system installed in the community building at Arcadia Community Park.
- Benton Ridge — $8,903, new roof installed on shelter house; batting cages and rubber backing for each backstop at Benton Ridge Community Park.
- Findlay — $8,383, drinking fountains at Riverside Park and Swale Park, plus tree replacement throughout the park system.
- Fostoria — $9,033, five grills for City Park and Gray Park; three benches along the walking trail at Reservoir 2 and 3; repairs to shelter house roof; and replacement of wood fascia on the shelter.
- Jenera — $3,406, replace mulch with 59 tons of mason sand in the swing area at Jenera Park.
- Mount Cory — $3,743, replace ceiling tile and the metal door in the community building; replace three bucket swings in the playground near the community building; and purchase trash receptacles with lids for various locations in Mount Cory Community Park.
- Rawson — $9,000, design services for a new restroom at the depot; update wiring in the shelter; and save remainder for the future construction of a new restroom in Rawson Community Park.
- Van Buren — $2,000, partial funding for a portable garage with metal siding and roof for 2.108-acre Hoadley Park.
- Vanlue — $9,421, improve the infield on the back baseball diamond and upgrade wiring in the main enclosed shelter.
Separately, Hancock Park District property and casualty insurance will cost $32,974 for 2018.
Additional flood insurance for Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area will cost $1,937, and flood insurance for the boat house at Zonta Landing in Riverside Park will cost $645.
Ryan Pessell, with Hitchings Insurance Agency, presented information about the renewal to the board and park district staff. He said the property and casualty insurance decreased about $752 from last year’s amount, while the flood insurance increased slightly.
The commissioners also approved a resolution to appropriate $8,650 for roof replacement on the Waterfalls Pavilion in Riverside Park. While the park district oversees the pavilion and waterfront, the park is operated by Findlay.
The board also reviewed the 2018 budget, which will be available for public inspection until the Dec. 12 meeting, when the board will discuss it and take action. The budget has more than $1.58 million in income and expenses for the year and includes employee pay increases which will cost about $40,000, park district Director Gary Pruitt said.
The board also reviewed the 2018 goals and objectives for park district employees for full- and part-time employees. There are three goals for each person as determined by the employee and management during the annual evaluation.
Pruitt said this is the fourth year for goal setting, and employee completion has average 84.25 percent over the years. The high point was 91 percent in 2016 and the low point was 76 percent this year, mainly because of some personnel changes during the year, he said.
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