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Park district implements usage policies PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:45
Visitors to Wood County parks are now required to pick up after their pets and keep out heavy trucks that have damaged driveways.
The policy changes were approved during a Board of Park Commissioners meeting held at Bradner Preserve on Tuesday.
Park district Director Neil Munger said damage has been done by heavy trucks, particularly at William Henry Harrison Park in Pemberville. The new policy bars any vehicles weighing five tons or greater from entering park property without permission.
"We've been told by engineers we had look at it that that's basically what's causing the problem," Munger said.
Signs warning of the weight limit will be posted in the parks. Those found to violate either policy will likely be warned by rangers, but breaking park rules can be a minor misdemeanor, Munger said.
The group also began discussing the parks department's 2014 budget, which won't include capital improvement projects until a more detailed review next month.
"We're able to project out pretty well what we're looking at needing for next year," Munger said.
Separately the board approved a $8,795 contract with Rutter and Dudley Asphalt for repairs to the Slippery Elm Trail. Tree roots caused damage to some sections of the trail, and the repairs will be split into two projects, this being the first. Two other estimates came in at more than double the cost, but maintenance staff reviewed the low bid and had no concerns about the work being completed properly, Munger said.
After a roughly 30-minute executive session to discuss personnel and land acquisition, requested by an employee, the board voted to "grandfather" some benefits to the employee. Board members voted last month to make adjustments to several positions in the wake of changes to health insurance and other benefits.

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