Parks committee looks at fundraising options

EAST LIVERPOOL — Members of the Thompson Park Committee continued discussions of a proposed fundraiser for the parks during Wednesday’s meeting.

President Betsy Wells brought up the discussion, noting the park needs to be able to find ways to make more money and would consider a fundraising event. Wells said she had spoken with committee member Art Doak, and noted that one issue the committee may have problems with would be creating a patron list.

She turned to one representative of the Wildlife Center in attendance, who also wasn’t sure how to start a donor list as well.

She mentioned about considering a possible event, whether it was a dinner or an hors d’oeurves-type dinner, but felt it may be too sensitive to raise money and recommended accepting donations through possibly a GoFundMe account.

“If we would have a function, whether it was an actual dinner or just cocktails and hors d’oeurves where people would pay to come, that to me would be a different group than what we’re trying to solicit, like with a GoFundMe account,” Wells said.

Wells also recommended getting the word out on social media like Facebook, but noted that it would be better to learn to set up a patron list. The committee will continue to speak on the matter.

Meanwhile, Wells turned to city auditor Marilyn Bosco over how the park would be able to receive levy money following the passage of their recent levy. Bosco told the committee that the bulk of the money would be received to them by the first half of the year, and may expect the money as early as February or March, but no later than October.

Wells also reported that the baseball field at the park is now not playable due to a lip turf being removed. Wells said she spoke with East Liverpool school’s athletic director Josh Ludwig about the field, to which Wells said Ludwig would have the matter handled.

“He said that there’s stuff down there that they could mix, and he didn’t think it would be a big deal,” Wells said. “He said ‘Don’t worry about it. We’ll take care of it’. He seems very positive that the high school can manage it and it can be playable.”

In addition, Wells also reported that they still have not heard back from city law director Charles Payne regarding a $14,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and expressed concern that the committee would miss out on this opportunity. The deadline to turn in any grant application is believed by the committee to be Dec. 17.

In other matters, superintendent Shawn Rybaczenko reported the park’s old truck is gone, and a dump truck has experienced problems with brakes but will not needed until January.  In addition, the committee accepted a $150 donation from Marion Perkins, who was in attendance to present the check, which will go towards needy families this Thanksgiving.

The next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at East Liverpool City Hall inside council chambers.