Weberding said after Batesville High School seniors had a pool party in May, three more schools used the pool for eight days in August. Batesville Intermediate School students had safety training, while Batesville Middle School and St. Louis School youths enjoyed free swims. She totalled lifeguards’ hours, but charged the trio $894, half of the guards’ typical pay, “just to give the schools a little discount.” Fitzpatrick asked the fees subcommittee also to examine pool rates for private parties and schools use.
A Facebook page Baumer started a year ago now has 285 followers. He posts news about the dog park, bee warnings and other topics. “It’s gaining in popularity.” Interested persons may find it at Batesville Liberty Park/Liberty Trail/Brum Woods.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
More topics • The commissioner has been focusing on Liberty Park. When a piece of playground equipment for handicapped kids was vandalized, Bob Maple of Red Forge, Morris, was able to repair it for $40, far less than the $754 replacement cost. A very large, dead, white oak in the middle of that all-accessible playground, "probably the biggest tree in Liberty Park," was removed Aug. 22. The stump will be ground out. He noted, "The lights in the pavilion are … real old." He will research energy-efficient lights and a large ceiling fan for that structure. • A woman wants to use the Liberty Park pavilion for a medical benefit, Fitzpatrick reported. Hunter recalled, "In the past … whenever we've waived fees, it's typically been for local nonprofit groups, not an individual." She will be questioned about type of activities and informed of open dates and must pay a fee, members decided.