EAST LIVERPOOL - Those who use Thompson Park facilities will now be assessed a $35 per day cleaning deposit after action Tuesday by the park board.
President Burl Warrick had suggested the idea of a cleaning fee at the last meeting, and again broached the subject Tuesday, saying those who rent park pavilions already pay the $35 fee in addition to the rental fee.
The two fees are asked to be paid in separate checks, with the cleaning fee check returned if the pavilion is found to be satisfactorily cleaned after usage.
Board members debated whether to charge $35 per day or per event in the case of activities that occur over more than one day, and it was decided that the daily fee will be charged, again to be returned if the facilities are cleaned afterward.
This deposit will be required for all facilities, including ball fields, tennis courts and the amphitheater.
Warrick's suggestion that a specific opening and closing time be set for park gates was tabled until the next meeting, to give members a chance to check a sunrise and sunset chart.
Bill Crawford, representing the Mojo Foundation, asked for permission to use the amphitheater on July 20 for a an event featuring The Vespers, a band from Nashville that plays Americana and folk music.
The free event would be held in conjunction with the foundation's program that offers free music lessons to young people, some of whom would also perform that day.
Particulars about the event are not yet set, but Crawford asked that any fee be waived since it would be a fund-raiser for the foundation, with donations to be accepted.
The board agreed to let the event take place.
Board members also read a letter from Tom Keller of the Tri-State Tennis Association who is organizing the summer league and hopes to use the park tennis courts in the coming year, also saying Jerry Cannon has been approved by the USTA to schedule a tennis tournament, The East Liverpool Open in September.
The board approved of a suggestion by Warrick that $3,400 still remaining in a capital improvement levy fund that has now expired be combined with a $3,000 donation from the Patrick Family Trust for a piece of playground equipment, to be determined by member Samantha Kinemond.
Warrick reported he has registered to attend a Sunshine Law course in April, also inviting other board members to participate.
The board discussed briefly the upcoming superintendent test, agreeing that all those who pass will be interviewed, even though Civil Service regulations require only the top 10 who have a passing grade must be interviewed.
Currently, 12 people have applied to take the test next Wednesday.
The board's next meeting will be at 4 p.m. March 5 in council chambers.