Town hall meetings to guide park district PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:50
File photo. A couple takes a winter walk at the W.W. Knight Preserve in Perrysburg. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Wood County Park Board of Commissioners were busy last Tuesday with new lands, new trails, new construction - and even new directions - on their agenda.
Board members first heard from Dr. Brian Cavens, who is working with the Park District to craft a new strategic plan. The district last underwent strategic planning in 2007.
"The idea would be to work with the board, work with the staff and generate key things for what we want to see in the park district," Cavens said.
Five topics - natural/cultural resources, education, human resources, passive recreation, and facilities - have been identified as areas of focus, some of which came from the previous plan.
"Once we have a good vision, we ask folks their thoughts and begin to collect the data" to help the district move forward with their plan, he said.
It is expected that town hall meetings will take place in April, May and June at sites throughout the county. The final report is expected by August.
The park district may also soon be the stewards of additional land at the 42-acre Cedar Creeks Preserve, located on Walbridge Road in Northwood.
Director Neil Munger told the board that they received an offer from Adkins Development, which owns 1.7 acres of undeveloped property adjacent to the northern edge of the park, to donate that land.
"There's a lot of people that like to access it," he said.
"With this we could get utility vehicles and things back in there if we have to." Currently, the park district does not have a convenient access to the northern areas of Cedar Creeks.
Munger noted that much of the property is wetlands, and that the area will "be a nice addition" to the park. The district is still in initial discussion with Adkins, and the board approved a resolution permitting the district to enter into talks on the subject.
Additionally, the board approved a $23,000 agreement with Bowers Asphalt and Paving, Walbridge, to excavate and then lay stone upon existing trails in the northern portion of Cedar Creeks. Munger said the trails will be similar to the stone trails currently at the W. W. Knight Preserve in Perrysburg.
The board further approved a gift from the Friends of the Parks, which will pay to build a $9,549 greenhouse at the Reuthinger Preserve in Northwood.
The greenhouse, measuring 20 feet by 48 feet, will be used to expand the park's woodland plant species cultivation project.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the purchase, not to exceed $45,490, of two pick-up trucks from Baumann Auto Group in Genoa. One truck, a half-ton Ford F-150, is to be used as a mow truck. The other, a three-quarter-ton Ford F-250, will be used for construction projects.
• Approved a $4,160 agreement with Eric Palmer Trucking and Excavating for the creation of a stone access trail at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum. The trail will lead to a log cabin on the eastern portion of the property, which was moved to the grounds some years ago from the site of the current Penta Career Center.
"Right now it's just grass going back there, very muddy grass, I can tell you that for sure," Munger said. The district had committed to putting in the stone path when the cabin was moved.
• Approved a further $8,350 agreement with Palmer Trucking and Excavating for the removal of concrete at the Carter Historic Farm, just outside of Bowling Green. The concrete to be removed includes the crumbling foundation and footers for the former corn barn on the property, and other concrete that is not true to the Depression-era period the farm will depict. A new corn barn is slated to be built.
• Approved the construction of a new canoe dock at Otsego Park by S & B Manufacturing for $10,500. The new dock will replace a dock originally made by park staff.
• Approved a new ranger policy for the use of portable defibrillators in the ranger vehicles. The district had previously received two grants, one from the Bowling Green Community Foundation, and another from the Wood County Hospital Foundation, to put the devices in the vehicles.
Members Joe Long and Frank McLaughlin were absent from the meeting.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:09

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