Park District approves credit card plan, property easement
By Matt Echelberry
The Crawford Park District held its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 15, at the Lowe Volk Park Nature Center.
CPD Director Bill Fisher first gave a summary of monthly income and expenditures.
New business began with an update on parking lot lighting. Previously the CPD looked into installing lights for the parking lot at Lowe Volk Park but original estimates from local companies were high. Recently, Keiss Electric contacted CPD about the project and it continues talks with the company.
The CPD Commissioners approved Res. 22–2012 outlining the procedures of using a purchasing card. Fisher explained that during the fiscal year 2012 audit, the state auditor noted that the CPD did not have such a policy and gave a model for guidelines.
The resolution limited the users who would be able to use the card, as well as what type of purchases could be made. Purchases over $1,000 would need to be approved by the commissioners, and the state auditor recommended a maximum limit of $5,000.
CPD will shop offers from credit card agencies to find one that will work for the organization.
Res. 24–2012 was a pay raise for Naturalist Josh Dyer. The original resolution called for a $1.15 raise, but CPD Advisor Emerson Eckstein moved to change the amount to $1.50. The resolution passed as amended, effective Nov. 18.
Res. 25–2012 to transfer funds within the budget, to ensure end of the year expenses would be covered, also passed.
The City of Bucyrus gave approval of the proposed easement for the Lutz Drive property. The neighbor to the property wants to build a fence, which would go onto land owned by CPD. Commissioners passed Res. 23–2012 to approve the specific terms and conditions.
The Halloween Family Fun Night event on Oct. 20 was successful, with over 500 people in attendance at the Nature Center. The Nature Art Exhibit is on display at the Nature Center, which features the work of local artists, through Dec. 8.
Commissioner Richard Carpenter’s term of service expires at the end of the year. He agreed to another term, pending appointment by Probate Judge Steven Eckstein.
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Nature Center, there will be an anniversary celebration on Dec. 16, from 2–5 p.m. at Lowe Volk Park.
Friends of the Park held a meeting immediately following. A new bookcase was purchased for the director’s office using grant funds, built by Mike Honaker of Wood Plus. Fisher explained that the old bookshelf had noticeable sagging.
Also, the group discussed making alterations to the Ohio Minerals display case at the Nature Center. In particular, to replace the shelving with glass (to make the items more visible) and making a second window so the case is more visible when patrons enter the building.
Fisher said the $1700 estimate was too high, however. As of the meeting, no action was to be taken.
The next meeting for the Crawford Park District and Friends of the Park is Dec. 13, at 7:30 a.m. (inside the Nature Center).