Park superintendent position generates interest

EAST LIVERPOOL – Newspaper advertisements for a new Thompson Park superintendent have generated some interest, park board members learned Wednesday.

With ads appearing Monday in The Review, the Morning Journal and Youngstown Vindicator, board President Burl Warrick said one completed application has already been submitted, and another has been picked up, with several phone calls also received.

Those applying will have to take a Civil Service Commission test in order to be eligible for the position, and that test has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in room 208 at Kent State University.

Those wishing to take the test can pick up applications in the mayor’s office in City Hall during regular business hours.

The position became vacant with the recent resignation of Superintendent Robb Kenny, who held the post for seven years before taking another job in Florida.

Councilman Sherrie Curtis, who serves as council’s finance chairman, addressed the board to ask that it consider spending about $400 that has been languishing in its capital improvement fund for many years.

She said the amount is the last bit of a capital improvements levy that expired some time ago, and the auditors would like for it to be moved from the books, if possible.

The board also discussed recent improvements to the superintendent’s house at the park, with Warrick reporting all painting has been completed, and Elio Lerussi was finishing replacement of the wood-burning fireplace with gas logs to make it safer to use.

Warrick said with increased usage of athletic fields at the park, it might be a good time to begin assessing a clean-up fee to those using them. He said a $35 cleaning fee is currently charged for pavilions.

No action was taken on the matter or on Warrick’s suggestion that a definitive time should be set for closing park gates during the seven months of the year they are opened and closed.

He said that, traditionally, they are closed at dusk but that “dusk” is open to interpretation.

It was reported a $5,000 donation had been made to the park by Homer Laughlin China Company, and member Betsy Wells said she will write a thank-you letter to the company.

Also reported was the annual Ice Bowl disc golf tournament set for 10 a.m. Feb. 9, which is held to collect donations for local food banks. More information will be forthcoming on the event.

The board will meet in regular session next at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 in council chambers at City Hall.