The chain link backstop at the Memorial Park baseball diamond is down, but work has not started on changes to the facility.
Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks & Recreation Department director, told Park Board at its Wednesday, Nov. 28 meeting, that work has not started on the brick wall and netting for a redesigned backstop.
A group of private individuals is raising the $8,000 needed to replace the chain link backstop with a low brick wall from dugout to dugout, then add smaller poles with netting on top of the wall.
The goal is to improve the view of the field from the bleachers.
Kidder said the contractor has not started building the wall, but is confident the work can be done this winter.
The poles have been delivered to a local welding shop, she said.
Kidder told board members she wants to get the netting ordered by the end of January; after that, the manufacturer gets busy with incoming orders.
Kidder told board members the village council fi- nance committee had given approval to release the pay freeze that has been in effect for seasonal employees.
At the Wednesday, Sept. 19 board meeting, Kidder said the Parks & Recreation Department was in danger of losing good employees because of the pay freeze.
Kidder said she will tackle the job of determining pay rates in January.
With the Ohio minimum wage going up to $7.85 per hour on Jan. 1, 2013, and the release of the wage freeze, Kidder said some employees will be in for “some pretty decent raises.”
The board also learned Kayla (Martinez) Wyse will work with the department next summer as an intern.
In response to a question from Andrea Thiel, a board member, Kidder said the internship fulfills a college class requirement for Wyse.
She will complete a degree in recreation, tourism, and event planning in May.
Kidder said Wyse will not be paid for her work, “but I would like to give her something– a stipend.”
No formal decision was made on a stipend for Wyse.
Moses Rodriguez, a board member, said he was approached about adding a concession stand to the baseball diamond in Ruihley Park.
Thiel said Archbold High School industrial arts students were looking for a project, like a small shed that could be used as a concession stand.
Such a stand “could get quite a bit of business,” she said.
No decision was made on the project. Kevin Morton, board member, was absent.
The next board meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 9, 8 pm.