Parks and Streets Committee discusses ways to improve

By Chelsea Chafin Inquirer Correspondent

August 12, 2014

There was a lot to discuss at the Parks and Streets Committee meeting Thursday, Aug. 7. Committee Chair Shirley Clark started the meeting off discussing a petition to close half of the alley on South Boston Street between 618 and 620. The committee pointed out that there is no reason to prevent it, but they contemplated how to go about it. After a few minutes, it was decided that everything needs to start at zoning and making sure that all other adjacent buildings comply with the change.

Next on the agenda was a discussion about Heise Park’s pesky groundhogs. Clark pointed out that last year the problem was solved by concrete slabs and wires inserted around the grounds to protect the trees and the cabin (which the groundhogs are destroying). Before that action can be taken, though, there is a need for a trapper as the committee in no way wants to kill the groundhogs. The city plans to contact Ohio Wildlife in the near future.

The committee then brought up a new motion for the Galion family pool pass. Planning on delivering it to the council next week, it was decided that the new language for the pass shall be thus: a Household pass will include two adults and up to four children under the age of 18 of the same residence with a charge of $5 per additional child per season.

Sarah Capretta, member of the committee, pointed out: “It needs to be simple and up to [the pool’s] discretion.”

Terry Gribble, executive director of the Galion YMCA, pointed out that out of the 169 passes sold this past year, 117 were family. At the same time, Gribble also pointed out a decline in profit, but that could possibly be from the weather. It was then decided that this is the best way to go about the situation and was voted to go before the council.

Opening up to the floor, an idea for mud volleyball was presented by Gina Powell, along with Kelsey Eaton and Jeremy Makeever. They came fully prepared with documentations on rules, dimensions, prices and liability wavers.

The plan would be for it to involve only those 18 and up, and the costs being $10 a player. There would be three courts (preferably, with the new location behind the Galion YMCA they are looking at, Gribble suggested that there may only be room for two) and six players on each side with the option of a roster up to ten.

Eaton pointed out that mud volleyball is very profitable and well-managed in Tiro and Plymouth and thought that it might even bring more revenue to local businesses. The first location suggested seemed to have quite a bit of problems hard for the committee to overlook, but when the placement behind the YMCA was brought up, more seemed to be onboard with there being bathrooms and electricity access. The main issue then turned to how the courts would be drained, which while still unresolved, will probably be more easily focused on once the committee presents the idea to the council within the next month.