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Posted by Randy on 2013/8/8 9:40:00 (448 reads) News by the same author

The Trenton Park Board met on Monday evening, August 7th, here are the results of that meeting.

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Just before the conclusion of yesterday's Trenton park board meeting, board member Gary berry voiced his opposition to beer in city parks.

Berry said he received a lot of opposition from the public about the city council voting to allow beer sales in the grandstand area at last week's North Central Missouri Fair.

Berry said the city council should have seen what the community wanted. He also said he believes the city council action will open the door to what he called other things.

Park board president Don Altes said people were angry with the park board regarding the beer sales at the grandstand area. However, he said the park board had nothing to do with it, indicated the park board did not know about it before the city council acted, and the park board was bypassed.

Park board member Robert Shields suggested, had the fair boards request for beer sales been presented to the park board and made public before it was considered at the city council meeting, there may have been a different outcome.

However, he noted he would have voted in favor of allowing the alcohol. Trenton Parks Superintendent Jason Shuler said he did not see any alcohol related issues. Earlier in the meeting, Shuler said the fair went well and indicated persons involved with the fair cleaned up the fairgrounds very well. He praised the fair board, saying “kudos” to the fair board. Shuler said the park department assisted with several things at the fair, including hauling and spreading gravel around the grandstand seating area.

The North Central Missouri fair board obtains a usage agreement, from the park board, for the fair board to have control of the fairgrounds the week of the fair, and the week before and after the fair.

Since the fairgrounds remain under control of the fair board this week, a request by a youth pastor to use the fairgrounds area this Saturday was referred to fair board president Rick Hull.

Tenth Street Baptist Church youth pastor Garet Halbert attended yesterday's park board meeting. The event is proposed this Saturday from 4 o'clock until about 9 o'clock, featuring music, food, and biblical related competition which includes heavy lifting. The event is for area seventh through 12th graders.

Park board president Don Altes was to contact fair board president Rick Hull regarding the request from youth pastor Garet Halbert. Halbert also will be asked to fill out a park department usage contract.

The infield at Mark Griffin Memorial Field still has a couple of hours worth of laser grading to do. That's according to park superintendent Shuler A contractor for the Griffin field project is doing a job in another community. Shuler said it may be a week or two before the work on the infield resumes. That much delay is not a concern since grass seed in the outfield is just starting to come up. The field is not to be used until next year.

That means Trenton High School, Trenton Middle School, and North Central Missouri College teams all will be using nearby Johnson field. Park board member Gary Berry mentioned some games have been moved to other communities.

Work continues on the dugouts at Griffin field. It's expected to be three or four weeks before blocks are made for the Griffin field area. They're to be used on the dugouts and scorekeeper stand.

The park board, last month, approved a bid from Stonework Incorporated at Liberty for the block work at Griffin field.

The park board, yesterday, approved a bid from that same company to put up a block sign for the Ebee Sports Complex. The bid for the labor was nearly 14-hundred dollars. The park department is expected to have enough block without ordering more.

The sign project also is to have additional costs to install a flagpole behind the sign. Concrete costs for that project are estimated at 500 dollars to 600 dollars.

The Ebbe Sports Complex sign is to replace an existing one. It's to be located in that same general area. The Park department's grounds committee is to determine where.

Park superintendent Shuler said the Trenton Family Aquatic Center is running well. However, overall attendance and revenues are down compared to last year. Part of that is attributed to the cooler weather. The last day the pool is to be open this season is August 18th.

On another topic, Shuler said the park department's tree plan needs to be updated.

Five of the nine park board members attended yesterday's meeting, Don Altes, Gary Berry, Robert Shields, Gary Schuett, and Sara Allen. Those absent were Duane Helmandollar, Kari Whitaker, John Dolan, and Mike Burchett.

After the park board session, there was a meeting of the committee to raise money for the proposed Moberly Park tennis court project . Members of that group are Chairman Sara Allen, plus Gary Schuett, and Robert Shields.

Park board president Don Altes also has made other committee assignments. Duane Helmandollar is to chair the aquatic center committee. Other members are Robert Shields and Sarah Allen.

The finance committee is comprised of chairman Kari Whitaker, Don Altes, and John Dolan. The grounds committee is to be chairman Gary Berry, plus Robert Shields and Mike Burchett.

Park board members also were given assignments to oversee specific parks.

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