Trenton Park Board approves amended agreement for use of Burleigh Grimes field

Trenton Park Board

The Trenton Park Board has approved an amended agreement for the Trenton R-9 School District to use Burleigh Grimes baseball field.

Among the provisions, Trenton R-9 is to pay $200 per day, on game days only, to the Trenton Park Department which includes a one-time field preparation and rental. Trenton R-9 also is to provide insurance for its programming, some of the maintenanceĀ for the infield and bullpens, clean-up and upkeep of the dugouts after usage, and operating and cleaning the concession stand during the school district’s ball season.

The school district also is responsible for trash pickup and disposal when it uses the Burleigh Grimes facilities, although the park department is to empty and dispose of trash in cans.

A previous proposal for the school district to pay one-third of the watering costs has been removed from the usage agreement, which now goes to the Trenton R-9 Board of Education for its consideration.

The agreement through May 15th of 2018, automatically renews and can be revised or updated at the renewal time.

The agreement also outlines the park department’s responsibilities for insurance, utilities, and facilities upkeep and maintenance.

North Central Missouri College also has shared duties and financial responsibilities regarding Burleigh Grimes field which is used by the college baseball program.

In other action, the board authorized Park Superintendent Jason Shuler to spend up to $5,000 for water absorbent infield material for Johnson and Mark Griffin memorial ballfields with bids now being sought.

One quote received was for slightly over $4,900 delivered. Shuler wants to get the material before cold weather. The existing infield material has broken down.

The board agreed to allow the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce to use the rock barn October 23rd and 24th at no charge for the Chamber Ambassadors’ trick or treat activity the night of October 24th from 6 until 7:30.

Trenton Family Aquatics Center Manager Alexis Whitney gave a report on this past swimming season.

Among the statistics, attendance topped 13, 200 which was estimated to be up more than 700 compared to last year. Admission revenue was around $50,500 with concession revenue topping $11,000.

Ms. Whitney said there were comments that the charges for pool parties and family passes were cheap, then suggested the park board might want to look at those prices as all of the pool party slots were booked this past Summer.

The sound system at the aquatic center had been experiencing problems failing completely the second to last day of the season. Work also is needed on the low diving board as Whitney said a couple of people slipped on that board.

Park Superintendent Shuler said pool manager did a really good job this past season as Whitney is expected to return to the pool manager position next year.

Shuler thanked the Trenton Municipal Utilities electric department for installing conduit and an electric line, and helping to set a flagpole in the area of the rock barn and discussed tree trimming and clean-up in the northern part of Moberly Park where a portion of the disc golf course is located.

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Assistant Park Superintendent as Don Kennedy is leaving that position after October 14th for a career advancement with better pay. Applications forms for the job are available at Trenton City Hall. Applications are to be accepted until the position is filled.

Board member Gary Schuett noted a Missouri Department of Conservation representative is to look at Moberly and Eastside parks in connection with a tree plan.