By JIM MAURER
A gazebo will be constructed at Riverbend Recreation Area in the vicinity of Brugeman Lodge, which hosts weddings and other programs.
Ron Rush, president of the Hancock Parks Foundation, announced during the park district board’s monthly meeting Tuesday that the foundation board approved a donation last week to fund construction of the gazebo. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation will fund the project with a donation of $40,500 in honor of Mariann Dana Younger, who died July 17.
The gazebo, and connecting sidewalk, will be constructed to the left of the lodge’s main entrance.
Separately, the park board approved renewal of property and casualty insurance through Ohio Government Risk Management Plan, administered by Hylant Administrative Services and represented by Hitchings Insurance Agency, Findlay. The annual premium is $33,726, effective Nov. 30 through Nov. 30, 2017.
The board also approved flood insurance for Zonta Landing boat/canoe/kayak livery at Riverside Park for an additional $592.
The board also reviewed the park district’s 2017 budget of about $1,526,402. The board will approve the budget in December, following a public inspection period.
A majority of the budget revenue is provided by an 0.8-mill, eight-year levy, most recently approved by voters in March as a replacement levy. It is expected to generate nearly $1.4 million annually, about the same as the existing levy, which expires at year-end.
The park district sought a replacement levy instead of a renewal levy so it can receive any additional tax revenue caused by revaluation of county properties.
Separately, Gary Pruitt, park district director, said a grant application for recreation trails was not approved by the state. Pruitt suggested a continuation of the trail from Riverside Park, which ends behind Riverview Suites office building, to behind the park district headquarters. Estimated cost is $50,000 to $60,000, he said.
Separately, the parking lot will be paved at Aeraland Recreation Area, he said, while concrete boat launches and steps will be installed at Blanchard Landing and Liberty Landing, west of Findlay.
Railings will be installed, but the areas are already being used by boaters.
The board will meet in executive session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, to conduct Pruitt’s annual evaluation. The board usually discusses the matter and compensation in December.
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