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Parks board anticipates budget cuts in 2010

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON - The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department faces some budget cuts for 2010.

The county council appropriated $91,495 for the parks board's 2009 budget and the board had sought $89,225 for its 2010 budget, but the council approved $86,725 for it.

That is a 5.7-percent decrease from last year's budget.

One change is in eliminating the full-time second deputy position, for which $23,926 was appropriated in 2009, and replacing it with a part-time assistant, for which $11,492 has been budgeted for 2010.

Small cuts were made in most other areas but the budget for utilities was increased.

A total of $2,000 was budgeted for utilities in 2009 but that figure was later amended, as $3,441.38 has been spent on them in the year to date. So the parks board requested $6,600 for utilities for 2010 and the council approved that amount.

The budget must still be approved by the state.

The parks board is getting closer to hiring a county recreation director to replace Dan Adams, who resigned in July to devote more time to his family's winery.

The board has received more than a dozen applications for the position, including several well qualified people, board president Edd Ransom said.

He added at Wednesday's meeting that the board plans to interview "three or four" applicants and "we want the person on the job by Dec. 7," when the 2010 fiscal year starts.

In other business Ransom said:

• A broken window in the restroom building at Eagles Bluff Park has been fixed by the contractor.

• Rick Simpson has begun repair work on Eagles Bluff Park's old restroom building, which will be used for storage.

• He is putting a 3-foot wide door on one side and a 4-foot wide door on the other side so the department's lawn mower can be stored there.

• Riprap work on the bank at the Magnet boat ramp has been completed "and it looks exactly like I hoped it would."

• A young man who drove his four-wheeler into the sewage treatment area at Eagles Bluff Park, damaging the plants there, has received a court order to reimburse the parks department $1,450.