EAST LIVERPOOL - A gas well located on Thompson Park property has been sold after nearly 100 years of production, but nothing much will change in regard to its operation or income to the park.
Member Wink Smith produced a letter at Monday's park board meeting from Northside Wildcat Oil and Gas announcing it had sold all its interests in the well to Moore Resources LLC of Stow, Ohio as of Sept. 10.
Smith said the well is located on about 20 acres of park land and that Wildcat, and now Moore Resources, will own the mineral rights to that land as long as the well is producing.
"Sixty days after it stops producing, the mineral rights are ours," Smith said, adding that the well was dug in about 1917 and does not produce much, estimating the park board receives less than $50 per month from its 12 percent in royalties and saying it received just $8 last month.
Board member Samantha Kinemond reported she is preparing a grant application for acquisition of playground equipment that would be suitable for ages 2 to 12.
Currently, there is $10,000 in the playground equipment fund, and it was noted that could serve as the matching grant required for the grant, and Smith said some money could be transferred from ball field improvement funds if necessary.
Kinemond was to check on the deadline for the grant application, since she had just learned of the grant's availability from park Superintendent J.C. Blackhurst earlier in the day.
Blackhurst reported that Valley Roofing Company donated materials and labor to install a new roof on the playhouse at the playground and that local Girl Scouts did some maintenance on the interior of the structure.
He also told the board the lift station at the lower restroom is out of order and the board directed him to close the restroom until the lift station can be repaired.
Blackhurst said he has received no official results from the Coca-Cola corporation about a nationwide contest in which the park had been entered to win a $100,000 grant.
After having signs re-done due to a working error, board member Betsy Wells reported, she realized other wording on the signs was also incorrect and they had to be re-done again. She took responsibility for the mistakes both times.
The signs, declaring the opening and closing dates for the park, will be installed in the near future, along with new "no smoking" signs that have been made.
The ball field has been re-fertilized at a cost of $112.61 which was donated by Smith.
Board members approved the purchase of a drag for the ball field at a cost of $124.95, with Blackhurst saying he and co-worker Dave Quarterman can make a second type of drag that is needed, rather than purchase one.
The next meeting was set for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, during which plans and estimates will be presented for new dugouts at the ball field.