Archbold, OH

Backyard Bash Conflicts with New Wauseon Homecoming Dates

The Archbold Parks & Recreation Department Backyard Bash, set for June 21-22, does not conflict with events in Defiance and Napoleon.

But Jennifer Kidder, Parks & Recreation director, said the event will conflict with the new rescheduled date of the Wauseon Homecoming.

Park Board learned at its Wednesday, Jan. 23 meeting, the Wauseon Homecoming Committee had to reschedule the annual event, after the company that provided amusement rides cancelled.

There will be baseball tournaments for ages 10, 12, 14, and Junior Acme that weekend in Archbold.

No admission was charged for the Bash last year, but Kidder said it’s likely there will be an admission charge for 2019.

Like for Acme baseball games, ropes will be set up to control the crowd.

She said the charge for the Archbold event won’t “go to the extreme that others do.”

Actual admission prices have not been established.

One aspect of the Bash will be a downtown concert on Friday night, June 21, where beer will be sold by the can.

Kidder said she discussed the issue at the Monday, Jan. 21, council meeting, and received council support.

Fund Report

Board members discussed the 2018 year-end Park Fund report, with comparison with the 2017 year-end report.

Total receipts for 2018 were $1,166,765.32, which included donations of more than $205,000.

Total receipts for 2017 were $947,269.43.

Total expenses for 2018 were $1,123,790.11, up from $882,102.84 for 2017.

Park Department operations for 2018 were $675,025.18, up from $606,226.41 in 2017.

After debt service payments of close to $135,000 in 2018, the current balance on notes used to finance the construction of Woodland Park stands at $1.29 million.

In other financial news, Kidder said a used dump truck was purchased through Car 1, a local used-car dealership.

She described the vehicle as a 2008 Ford F550 with a diesel engine and about 73,000 miles on the odometer. The cost was $26,000.

Kidder said if the truck dump bed does not fit department needs, it will be changed.

The truck is located in North Carolina, and despite employees volunteering to travel to pick up the vehicle and drive it back, it will be delivered. The exact delivery date is not known.

30 Years

Troy Double, parks superintendent, will complete 30 years of service to the village at the end of 2019, Kidder said.

Double does not have an exact retirement date set. She anticipated it would be at the end of 2020 or 2021.

“That is going to mean an extra budget expense for us next year, because we will need to bring somebody in to get trained,” she said.

“We sat down and began to work on some things we need to do. The pool is the big issue, so we will do some things this year to make it easier next year.”

Members voted to return Andrea Thiel to the presidency of the board for 2019.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 pm, in council chambers.

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