By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Bids will be sought to replace Shelter 2 at Riverbend Recreation Area, the Hancock Park District board decided Tuesday.

Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed this year.

The decision came after Gary Pruitt, Hancock Park District director, said recent discussions with RCM Architects, which is handling design work, indicated a $380,000 estimate for the shelter, with a donor providing about $250,000.

The board indicated a willingness to cover the difference with park district funds, but wanted to seek bids first. The board can accept or reject the bids.

Park board members Gary Hirschfeld and Ed Ingold voted to seek the bids, while Scott Younger abstained because the project will be funded with a donation from the Mariann Dana Younger Donor Advised Fund managed by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

The shelter will be handicapped accessible, enclosed, constructed of stone with a metal roof, and will include an indoor fireplace.

The shelter will be 41 by 28 feet. The interior will have six picnic tables with seating for 48 individuals.

The Younger family previously approved money from the fund to be used for construction of a gazebo near Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend, too. Construction is expected this month or in April.

Separately, the park board approved a resolution to appropriate $35,800 for replacement of a computer server, 12 computers and a Cisco network switch this year. The request came after discussion with staff and the park district’s information technology provider.

Robert Sams, natural resource manager, gave a report on the 2017-2018 Hunting with Permission Game Management Program at Litzenberg Memorial Woods on the south side of U.S. 224, across from the Litzenberg farm/park.

There were 41 individuals who entered the lottery and 37 permits were handed out to 26 different individuals.

During the Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 season, 49 hunting trips were logged, Sams said, and seven of 26 permit winners did not use the permits.

Seven white-tailed deer were recorded as harvested, one below last year’s total. Besides deer, hunters also observed coyote, raccoon and wild turkey, Sams said.

Separately, the board reviewed the 2017 annual report of the park district’s Blanchard River Greenway Trail Fund. The fund had a balance of about $367,727 on Jan. 1, 2017, and an ending balance of about $431,126. The report listed revenue of about $67,977 including about $14,535 from investment income, about $45,432 in appreciation revenue and about $7,809 in gifts received during the year.

Expenses for the year were about $4,578 with about $1,168 for investment management fees and about $3,410 for administrative services.

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