Board approves contract for Marr Park residence
Washington County Park Ranger Mark Even is now the official law enforcement officer for Washington County parks. The Conservation Board approved a motion with a unanimous roll call vote making the designation during the monthly meeting Thursday in the Conservation Education Center.
Since conservation department director Steve Anderson will be moving out of the Marr Park residence, and Even will be moving in at an unspecified date, board members worked on a proposed residence contract for having the ranger live in the house in Marr Park. The contract states that the ranger assigned to housing will work on a 24-hour-a-day on-call basis.
The board discussed including an annual inspection in the contract, paying for the first year’s fill of liquid propane, supplying a 5-gallon bucket of off-white interior paint to be done before the ranger moves in, and buying a new dishwasher.
The contract was approved unanimously.
Board member Lyle Moen said that Sheriff Jerry Dunbar possibly holds a weekly staff meeting. If so, he suggested Even attend the meetings.
Board chair Craig Capps said it is important for Even to develop a good rapport with the county deputies.
Turning to a new project for Marr Park, the board agreed to hire Martin Gardner Architecture to do some preliminary planning for a new shower house and storm shelter. The board has worked with the company before, including the conservation education center.
Conservation Education Center coordinator Kathy Dolan gave her monthly report to the board. She has helped naturalist Pam Holz out by giving programs to day care children and first-grade students.
Anderson gave the highlights of his monthly report and the reports of Holz and staff member Fritz Engel.
Before adjourning, the board discussed participating in Washington’s 175th anniversary parade. Their entry may include the recent purchase of a gator utility vehicle.
The board holds monthly meetings on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Conservation Education Center.