Funding for the war memorial in Trenton Park is rejected, the board is looking for alternatives

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The Trenton Park Board discussed repairs to the Moberly Park War Memorial on May 1. Board Chairman Curtis Crawford reported that the Park Board's requested grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution was not approved.

Last year, the park service provided a sum of up to $7,500 to fund the grant and planned to seek additional funding sources for the repairs. Crawford mentioned that Greg Sharp submitted a repair proposal with an estimated cost of $13,145.

Crawford emphasized the DAR grant's potential to cover remaining costs through donations. He suggested that the board explore other funding opportunities and welcomed donations to the project. Board member John Hamilton emphasized the need to inform the public that donations are being accepted for the repair work.

Shockley, whom Crawford was supposed to contact for fundraising information, reported that a plaque commemorating former park superintendent Philip Daniels would arrive next week. It will be placed at the concession stand at the Upper Moberly Park baseball field. Hamilton planned to organize a ceremony with Daniels' family to honor his contributions.

Regarding wage rates, Crawford reported ongoing discussions within the city of Trenton, although the city council has not yet approved them. Assistant Park Superintendent Shaun McCullough attended an April 29 Finance Committee meeting where there was support for sending the pay scale back to the City Council.

Crawford said he hoped the final pay scale would be approved and suggested the Parks Department could adjust the salaries of Parks Department employees retroactively to May 1, the start of the fiscal year, depending on the results.

As for staffing, Shockley reported that he has received applications for about 10 lifeguards, a few concession stand employees and two assistant pool managers, and that new positions are still being sought. He also noted the completion of the first phase of the pool renovation, which included concrete and main drain repairs. The pool is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.

When Crawford's term ended, Andy Cox was elected as the Park Board's new president. Other newly elected officials include Vice President John Hamilton and Secretary Chris Mengel.

Other updates included the installation of a water meter at Sesquicentennial Park and discussions about restricting public access to a water spigot at Eastside Park, with suggestions for using a padlock to restrict use.

The park board concluded with a closed meeting to discuss personnel.

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