Simpsonville adds 2 to parks board

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By Steve Doyle

The Simpsonville City Commission voted Wednesday to add two new members to the city’s parks board.

The commission had passed an ordinance earlier this spring to expand the board to seven and to allow for non-city residents to be part of that group.

Commissioner Cary Vowels, who is oversees the parks, recommended the additions of Melvin Kendall and Brian Goodwin, who were approved unanimously.

Goodwin will be the board’s first member who does not live in the city.

“Kendall has been active in the softball and baseball leagues, coaching,” Mayor Steve Eden said. “And he’s a Jeffersontown police officer.

“Goodwin has put in lots of work as a volunteer. He has worked for the parks board.

“They’ve both been attending meetings but not voting. Now they can vote.”

The parks board, which is chaired by Ann Ernst, oversees baseball, softball, tee-ball, basketball and soccer leagues and coordinates the annual fall festival and other events. It has had a $35,000 budget for fiscal 2009-2010.


Renewed deal with school

The commission authorized Eden to sign a new contract with the Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy, which rents space in the old school building that is now part of the city’s community center.

“The commission agreed earlier to lower the school’s payments because of declining enrollment,” City Administrator David Eaton said. “This is the same deal at the same amended rate.”

The school would pay the city $2,145 per month for a 9-month year (August-May) for a total of $193,000. The first payment would be due in September.

“I’ve talked with Mrs. [Phyllis] Sower, and she’s appreciative of the commission’s willingness to work with her,” Eaton said.


§       Also at the meeting, commissioners:

§       Reviewed a financial report for 11 months of the fiscal year that showed the city’s revenue is about 9 percent over plan and expenses were 8 percent over, rendering a $9,000 surplus.

§       Approved adding six pieces of office equipment to the city’s surplus property that will be auctioned. There is a truck from the public works department currently being auctioned. All property is sold as is.

§       Discussed with Public Works Commissioner Brian Romine his search for a new truck to replace the one being sold at surplus.