Fayette park board meeting 6.4

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Park Board discussed two fund-raising ideas at meetings last month.

Police chief Jason Simon suggested scheduling a blues festival. In discussing the proposal, committee members considered having the event on the track next to the ball fields. Three bands and a DJ would be hired for a four-hour festival. Aug. 16 was suggested as a possible date.

A permit to serve alcohol could be obtained through the state.

Costs would include $2,000 for bands, $40 for a liquor license and $490 for insurance. Bracelets used with serving and portable lights would also be needed, along with the availability of a tent in case of rain.

Additional details will be collected before presenting a proposal to the village council.

A proposal was also discussed for a 10-week drawing with the weekly winner receiving $50. Tickets would sell for $25 each.

Bob Ford spoke to the board at its May 14 meeting about renting the ball fields for three days this summer. The board suggested a fee of $100 a diamond for each day, plus lights and concessions. Ford countered with an offer of $500 for three days total, plus lights and concessions. The board will discuss the issue further.

PEPSI—Scott Wagner asked about buying out the contract with Pepsi so the board could save money by buying its own soft drinks. The contract doesn’t expire until 2011.

PHOTOS—The board accepted a contract with Dale and Jenny Bates to take photographs of ball teams.

CONCESSIONS—Council member Paul Shaffer asked about allowing the Fire Belles group to operate the concession stand and give a percentage to the park board.

Shaffer was told that someone is being paid $2,000 to operate concessions and the board would rather not give up the profits to another group.

FENCE—Wagner will obtain a quote for break-away fencing.

POOL—Wagner obtained a quote from Hawaiian Pool Builders for repair work on the community pool.

The proposal would convert the north portion of the pool into a three-foot section at a cost of $34,000. The east/west section of the pool would be rebuilt to vary in depth from three feet to 10 or 11 feet near the diving boards, at a cost of $85,000. This includes new filters, but does not address the problems with the deck.

Other price quotes are pending.

SKATE PARK—Board member Chris Lantz said Tony Hawk Inc. has a layout and costs for a skate park. Village administrator Amy Metz will call the organization for additional details.

PIZZA—Pizza order forms must be turned in by June 13.

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