County parks board hopes to hire new director by October

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON—The Perry County Parks & Recreation Board of Directors hopes to hire a county recreation director by October.

The new employee would replace Dan Adams, who resigned from the position in July to devote more time to his winery business.

Parks board president Edd Ransom told the board at Wednesday’s meeting that the job description board members agreed to at their previous meeting had been submitted to county auditor Connie Berger and had been approved with no major changes.

Said Ransom, “We want someone energetic, full of ideas, and not afraid to work.”

Board member Pat Clark added that he would “feel uncomfortable” hiring someone who didn’t have a college degree in parks and recreation.

The position is being advertised at Indiana universities that offer a parks and recreation major, including Indiana State, Purdue and Ball State.

Ransom said it will also be advertised in area newspapers and posted in the county courthouse and courthouse annex.

Finalists for the position will be interviewed by the five-member parks board.

By law, whoever is hired can receive only 90 percent of Adams’ salary for the first six months, 95 percent for the next six months, and then 100 percent after that, said Ransom.

Since Adams left, his deputy and parks board members have assumed more responsibility for running the parks department.

Greg Shelton has been hired on a contract basis to mow and weed eat the board’s five main parks. That arrangement will continue even when a new director is hired if the county approves the 2010 budget submitted by the parks board.

And Ransom said Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves has agreed to have his police department open and close Eagles Bluff Park on Saturdays. Adams or his deputy formerly did that.

In other business Wednesday:

• The board decided to apply for a $5,000 Round-up Grant from Southern Indiana Power to finance some landscaping at Eagles Bluff Park.

Last year the electric company awarded more than $50,000 in such grants, with the maximum for each grant set at $5,000.

• Ransom said some window seals in the new building at Eagles Bluff are leaking and one window is broken, but Craftsman Construction, the contractor that erected the building, has agreed to replace the broken window and repair the leaky seals.