Park needs work before renaming ceremony
BUCKEYE LAKE - There's much to be done at Ryan-Braden Park as Buckeye Lake Village prepares to dedicate it as "Ryan- Braden Park" during a ceremony tentatively scheduled for Satruday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. Formerly known as just Ryan Park, Village Council members decided to rename it Ryan-Braden Park in honor George Braden' service to the community.
Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Marianne Perine presented council Monday night with a list of items and maintenance the park desperately needs to prepare it for autumn sports, particularly softball.
"Ryan-Braden Park needs to be in the best shape it can be," said Perine. According to her list, the following items need maintenance or replacement:
• Weed control around the play area;
• Paint shelter house tables; Tables painted in the shelter house
• Replace "totally unusable" barbeque grill. "It's nothing but holes," said Perine, who estimated its replacement to cost $279.
• Patch basketball court;
• Replace two basketball nets at roughly $35 each
• Replace up to two swings, total cost is roughly $116.
She estimated the total cost at less than $500.
Perine said the skate park ramps had more than 100 screws rusted out. She said former council member Peggy Wells - who secured financing for the skate park - and her son, Drew, replaced the screws and requested she handle the skate park's maintenance since the ramps require specialized parts.
Council member Drew Bourne said he couldn't guarantee the village could cover all the necessary supplies, but "we'll work on it," he said. Bourne wondered if the village could recruit some volunteers to help with the labor.
In other council news: • Council member Hilde Hildebrandt said she doesn't think residents know about all the hard work members of the village's various committees do behind the scenes and wondered if committee members would agree to write up reports to be published in local media.
"I won't write anything to be published," replied Bourne. He said he's happy to explain to anyone what the committees do in person. Bourne added he hasn't seen any newsletter updates from ME Companies-the engineering firm designed the village's public water distribution system.
• The village submitted its third payment toward building the water project. It was $641,058.46.
• Council member Donna Thompson said there's a spot on Mill Dam Road that sinks. It's a section of dirt road following the installation of water lines.
• Council member Jeryne Peterson was unhappy with the Licking County Sheriff's Department after she said the department only gave her two days notice of a public meeting to discuss creating neighborhood crime watches, and then cancelled that meeting. She may reschedule a meeting for September and hoped the sheriff's department would give her two weeks notice, not two days. "Our hands are tied," she said. "I think it's ridiculous how they put us off. The people of the community are interested (in creating crime watches)."
• Director of Development Valerie Hans said C-TEC is experiencing funding cuts and its GED program will be completely online; the village will no longer sponsor any tests or classes. People may use the computers at the Buckeye Lake Library if necessary, she said.
• Council President Charlene Hayden said the Rick Brunetto Big Band Buckeye Lake Picnic held Sunday at Buckeye Lake State Park was a huge success. Roughly 350 tickets were sold and many community members volunteered to help. "People really had a good time," she said.
• Hayden said the Cranberry Bay Homeowners Association wrote a letter of commendation to Stillion Brothers - the contractor installing the public water distribution system - for excellent work. She added that people associated with the water system rented the Queen of the Lake II and provided tours of the lake to employees.
• Resident Charlotte Basnett said council needs to finish written updated job descriptions and evaluations for village employees because the village is receiving bad publicity. "You're opening yourselves up to criticism, criticism, criticism," she said.
Thompson said job descriptions are being completed.