Andrea Thiel, president of the Archbold Park Board, called for the addition of a second full-time administrator to assist Jennfier Kidder, Archbold Parks & Recreation director.
Her request came during the Wednesday, Sept. 20 board meeting.
“I’ve kind of been thinking about it for a while,” Thiel said. “We offer a ton of opportunities for kids.
“We offer a lot of programs, and we’re always trying to find new ways for kids to get involved in something.
“I asked her (Kidder) the question, ‘Do you need help?’
“I feel like she is extremely stretched so thin, and knowing Jen… just working with Jen on committees, she doesn’t do things part way.
“When she does something, she’s not satisfied until she does it to her fullest ability.
“She even said, ‘I don’t think I can give 100% to every single thing I’m involved in.’
“I think it’s time we look at getting her some additional full-time help.”
Kidder said she has people come in and conduct programs “here and there.”
“But there’s never any time to plan anything extra or new, and I don’t want to be at a standstill.”
Kidder has been working on an ordinance to ban smoking in Archbold parks, but she hasn’t had time to finish it and have it ready for Archbold Village Council.
“I want to do it right,” she said.
She told park board she has worked at night to avoid distractions.
“I was up here until 1:30 in the morning one night last week,” she said.
Jennifer Hurst, a Park Board member, added Kidder is often in charge of things that pop up, like the Austin- To-Archbold concert series.
Kidder said Parks & Recreation doesn’t do much for Archbold adults.
“We don’t hardly do anything for the older population,” she said.
“It’s not all about kids.”
Kevin Morton, a Park Board and council member, asked about comparing parks & recreation budget numbers from the early 1990s and today.
He also asked about what programs are offered today that weren’t offered in the past.
Kidder told the Park Board she is working on the budget for next year.
“I would appreciate a fulltime person,” she said.
“We are very fortunate to have you,” Thiel said.
Park Board next meets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh