Park board OKs budget

March 8, 2013

The Sedalia Park Board approved its 2013-14 budget during its regular meeting Thursday night.

The $2.3 million spending plan, which includes $566,000 in capital improvements, is down $80,000 from the 2012-13 budget, reflecting lower sales tax revenues when compared to last year.

Parks Director Mark Hewett said the plan meets the needs of the city’s parks system while still taking “a conservative approach to revenues.”

“I think we have a good budget,” Hewett told reporters. “Revenues are a little below figures for last year, but if they pick up we will look even better for next year.”

The special projects budget includes $100,000 for a three-year, three-phase facelift for Vermont Park including improved drainage, the addition of a walking trail, improved parking and the addition of two shelter houses.

Board member Dan VanDyne said Vermont Park is “next on the list for some attention” and believes the improvements will “help encourage more people to use the park.”

Hewett added that the project, when completed, will “change the look of the park quite a bit.”

The budget also includes $20,000 for a feasibility study for a potential community center, which board members said remains a popular request among residents.

Additional projects for the coming year include repair caulking at both pools; filter repair at Liberty Park; renovation of the women’s restroom at Convention Hall; new concrete and shade areas at Liberty Park Pool; and a new shelter and parking area at Centennial Park.

The board also agreed to replace the Liberty Park fence along East Third Street, noting that some residents had contacted the parks department and asked that the fence be returned to its original location after ongoing repairs and re-painting are completed.

The board also approved equipment and material bids, including:

• $22,565 for the purchase of a F250 3/4 ton truck from Rick Ball Ford;

• A pair of lease agreements for $450 a month and $490 a month for commercial mowers from Otten’s Small Engine;

• The purchase of two scoreboards for Centennial Park for $8,179 from Athco;

• And the purchase of four bleachers for Katy Park for $4,971.84.