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Basketball court jurisdiction still up in air at Thompson Park

Staff reports

EAST LIVERPOOL — Members of the Thompson Park board of commissioners recently received very little clarity regarding a territorial issue.

While Thompson Park operates the actual park, a separate entity oversees the J. Burchfield Cartwright swimming pool, which created a bit of a confusion in regards to who has oversight of a basketball court across the road from the pool.

During Wednesday’s meeting, board President Tamar Cooper explained to commissioners, who were all in attendance except Mark Hissom, that Safety-Service Director David Dawson did confirm July 14 that jurisdiction does fall with the park rather than the pool. Park Superintendent Shawn Rybaczenko is authorized to oversee the court, which had been the site of recent vandalism, and permitted to eject individuals from the area and set fines when necessary.

Last summer, the court been redone but had been vandalized prior to a recent charity basketball tournament, so locals once again came forward to purchase a camera system to monitor activity there and prevent future incidents. However, a question had came up regarding the court and whether it was on pool property or park property.

The electricity and the feed were installed at the pool house, so Rybaczenko will be given a key by pool officials so he has access to the cameras in the meantime.

City officials will look over the property map to check the boundary lines, so they clear up the issue.

Lisa Chronister from the East Liverpool/Calcutta Garden Club also made a presentation about a proposed project that the club wants to do this year. Every year, the club raises money to help beautify the community. They would like to earmark their efforts this year to building steps of natural stone from Pavilion 1 to the road. They hope to have project, which is in honor of a longtime member, completed by Oktoberfest this year. Commissioners approved the project.

In other action, Rybaczenko said that tree removal will begin in late fall or early winter. There is one tree that fell during the last storm onto property located in Liverpool Township. He is going to look into where the boundary lines are and whether or not the tree is located on park property.

Rybaczenko also suggested utilizing the Ohio Valley Business College’s community services for its nursing program as well as delaying mulching the playground until next year.

During board member reports, the commissioners also learned that their request for the donation from the Chester Veterans of Foreign Wars was instead granted to another agency, and possible refacing of the tennis courts would be addressed with officials at East Liverpool schools.

The next meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 in Thompson Park Pavilion 1.

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