Rec board will study policy for naming facilities

STEUBENVILLE — The city’s Parks and Recreation board will review a proposed policy for naming city parks, ballfields and recreation facilities and plans to make a recommendation at the board’s Nov. 8 meeting.

Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf has proposed several ideas she found in other communities that include the proposed names, the reasons why the name is being proposed, community support, justification for the proposed name change and specifies the person the facility will be named for must be dead.

“The recreation board would make recommendations to the City Council in the form of an ordinance. If the policy is approved by the City Council, a name change will be considered and approved by the recreation board,” explained Fetherolf.

“If we require the person to be deceased before a field or facility can be named after them, it is a great way to honor that person,” added Fetherolf.

Board member Vicki Nurczyk agreed and said she supports the idea of not naming a facility after someone still living.

“The City Council Tuesday night approved a change to the table or organization that will move two maintenance employees from the Maintenance and Repair Department to the Recreation Department.

“I am asking in my 2018 budget request to add a third maintenance person to our staff,” she said.

In other business during the Wednesday night meeting, Fetherolf said new doors have been installed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

“The new heating system installation will be completed this week. The center has been painted and I have ordered new floormats for the Wellness Center. I will also be ordering new equipment for the wellness center. And, I am now seeking bids for new LED lights in the building in order to obtain a rebate from American Electric Power,” said Fetherolf.

She also said she plans to hold a community open house in the next several weeks to show off the improvements at the MLK Center.

“The two baseball fields we scheduled for major work have been completed at a cost of $43,000. The company that installed the new material on the North End ballfield and Murphy Field will return in the spring to train anyone and everyone who will be doing any maintenance on the fields next year. That will include our staff and coaches who will use the fields,” continued Fetherolf.

Fetherolf said a stakeholders meeting focused on improvements for all of the parks.

“We don’t want to spend all of the recreation funds just on the marina. Mayor Domenick Mucci said how to spend the recreation money will be up to the recreation board,” said Fetherolf.

“I am working on a ‘Friends of the Parks’ volunteer organization and will also be putting together a plan to partner with the Jefferson Community Foundation to accept donations for the recreation facilities through a 501(c) 3 non-profit status that will allow the donors to receive a tax break for their donations,” she said.

Fetherolf said the city’s Halloween Party is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the MLK Center.

“Anyone who would like to donate candy can drop it off at the MLK Center or at the City Hall building,” Fetherolf noted.