EAST LIVERPOOL - Without a quorum present, the Thompson Park Board met informally Tuesday and discussed general park business in the absence of members Betsy Wells and Samantha Kinemond.
Bills for work on the baseball fields were discussed, including $16,000 for fencing that caused board member Wink Smith to raise an eyebrow. He pointed out the school district provided $20,000 and the park board $13,000 toward the field improvement project, saying the $16,000 invoice makes the money received from the district "way short."
Smith said, "We need to sort this out."
He said work on the field has gone well, and it is hoped the field will be ready for spring play, providing the grass comes in. It was planted two weeks late due to weather, according to Smith.
Other bills submitted for the church league ball field came to about $1,000, which were signed off on by Warrick and Smith. The bills were for 25 tons of top soil and six tons of mason sand.
Superintendent Robb Kenny reported on winter preparations being made, including shutting off water to all the pavilions, fountains and restrooms, as well as having the 1996 Dodge pickup truck repaired at a cost of $50, noting it is used as the plow truck.
Board President Burl Warrick reported Kenny has been directed to seek some estimates for plantings near the tennis courts, an area that currently requires hand mowing, which he said is time-consuming for employees.
He hopes to find plantings that will cover the sloped area to make mowing unnecessary.
The board's next meeting will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 in council chambers at City Hall.