Archbold, OH

Park Board 2018 Budget Up .6%

The Archbold Park Board budget for 2018 is up $7,000 from 2017, said Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation.

Based on an annual budget of more than $1 million, the increase works out to sixtenths (.6) of one percent.

The budget for Parks & Recreation for 2018 is $1,092,540. Kidder said the figure includes all aspects of park operations, from soccer balls to payroll and capital improvements.

The Archbold Park Board discussed the budget during its Wednesday, Dec. 13 meeting.

The budget was approved by Archbold Village Council at its Monday, Dec. 18 meeting as part of appropriations for 2018.

During the Park Board meeting, Kidder said the board discussed the new system for online payments of fees for parks and recreation programs. The new system went into effect Friday, Dec. 15.

“We’ve received payments. It’s working,” she said.

Under the old system, those paying through the Internet were charged a $4.95 “convenience fee.”

The new system, provided by Farmers & Merchants Bank, is less expensive. For now, Park Board will absorb the fees. Online payments will not be charged the convenience fee.

The Fulton County Senior Center contacted Kidder about the use of the Archbold Scout Cabin in Ruihley Park.

Kidder said senior center representatives told her that because of expanded interest in the new Fayette Senior Center satellite site, the use of the Archbold site may be cut from three days per week to two.

She said a final decision has not been made.

RTEC Communications, a local cable TV and Internet provider, informed Park Board that it will place a junction box for its wiring in the South Street Park.

It will be similar to a junction box at the entrance to Woodland Park.

Kidder said the board discussed different fee structures for village residents and those outside the village. There was no final decision.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018, 7 pm, in council chambers.

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