Archbold, OH

Park Board Hears Report

“We are fortune to have the funds to keep the swimming pool open,” was how Kevin Morton, Archbold Park Board member, summed up the thoughts of board members during their Tuesday, Oct. 7 meeting.

Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director, said the cost of a new filter system and its installation for the pool was between $35,000 and $40,000.

She said, “The new filters did a very good job this summer.”

Painting the pool cost $15,000, and $4,000 was the cost to paint the large water slide.

She reported the pool season is about 90 to 95 days, and that the increasing number of private swimming pools in the community has reduced annual attendance.

The director also reported that RTEC Communications now serves all phones in the park. She also said Chris Schroeder will return as the pool manager next summer.

Kidder said, “We’ve been lucky to have Erin Buehrer as a life guard. She is a certified instructor and can train other life guards.”

Ash Borer

Kidder said the estimated cost of replacing ash trees destroyed by ash borers is $4,000.

Members of the village tree committee have recommended replacing the ash trees with hackberry trees. They grow fast. The director suggested replacing 20 trees.

Scout Cabin

Estimated costs to repair the Ruihley Park scout cabin were briefly discussed. Included were new windows, replacing kitchen ceiling and cabinets, siding and insulation. The building is dropping on one corner.

Kidder said no decision on repairs were necessary that evening. She asked the board to think about the project.

She estimated the cost of the project to be at least $8,000.

According to the director, on Oct. 6 Archbold Village Council approved a scholarship program for children to participate in park programs. Information about the scholarship appeared in the Oct. 8 edition of this newspaper.

Kidder said the annual Pumpkin Path children’s event in Ruihley Park is Saturday, Oct. 25.

The board also learned the parking lot at North Pointe Park is about finished. Kidder said set-up for the annual Ruihley Park Festival of Lights is Nov. 15.

All board members were present. Next board meeting is Monday evening, Nov. 17, in the council room at the municipal building.- Sharon Taylor

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