Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Board Members thought they had built a new cabin after viewing photos at their regular board meeting earlier this week of the remodeled Nye Youth Cabin.
Larry Plummer, superintendent, shared photographs of the remodeling. Plummer noted the interior floor cracks have been repaired, all electrical work completed, the furnace encased, the windows have been replaced as have the window treatment blinds and the floor repainted. The staining of the exterior and installation of a metal roof will take place in the spring.
“We have received real positive comments from the rentals,” said Plummer, noting one complaint was received regarding no stove in the kitchen area. Plummer stated with new standards a commercial stove with hood would have to be installed, which was cost prohibitive. There is a microwave available in its place. He also stated rental cost has remained the same, $75.
During other brief business matters:
- Catalogs of playground equipment have been given to the Kiwanis Club of Warsaw, to pursue a grant and secure funding to place play equipment at Kiwanis Park. The plan is to have the equipment installed in the spring if a grant is received.
- Signed a year’s contract with the Kosciusko County Council on Aging and Aged for its use of the Pete Thorn Center at $12,636 a year. An additional $26,000 of the $70,000 received from Wayne Township is earmarked towards the KCCCA’s rental fees. The park department is currently operating $2,258.49 in the red on expenses.
- It was announced during 2015, the board will hold its meetings at the Firemen’s Building at Pike Lake.
- Shaun Gardner, maintenance director, noted there was a huge turnout for the Light The Nite, with new LED icles and two figurines added to the display. “There’s still plenty of room,” he stated.
- Liz McKinley, recreation director, reported 400 glow necklaces were handed out at Light The Nite and the Christmas Countdown event was a huge success.
- A contract was entered into with Pepsi Company for beverage vending machines at the parks. The department will receive 25 percent of proceeds collected. Initial product supply will be based on 2010 figures provided by Dr. Pepper, former vendor.
- A donation received from the Biblical Gardens was used for an employees Christmas lunch.
- A donation from the Breakfast Optimist Club of $1,000 will be used for a kids triathlon training clinic for those between the ages of 5-10.