Rec board names new officers

By Sheryl Roadcap -

SIDNEY —The Sidney Recreation Board elected Tim Bickel as the new chair and Mary Jannides as the new secretary at the May meeting.

Bickel will replace Todd Ratermann as the current chair and Jannides will replace Bickel as secretary.

Sidney Recreation Specialist Jennie Rogers passed out 2017 summer recreation clinic and municipal pool brochures. They are available on the Parks and Recreation Board’s web page. All summer programs are all free and run from June 5 to Aug. 11 at various times and days. Registration is required; see the brochure for various preregistration deadlines.

The summer lunch program is offered between 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at eight locations Monday through Friday.

Every Friday, children will also be provided with weekend meals through the Backpack program. The typical “backpack” usually will contain a variety of protein, cereal, granola bars, pudding cups and fruit juices. This program is 100 percent funded by Sidney Body Carstar and Buckeye Ford. Children can be enrolled by calling 937-498-8155.

Rogers said this year, due to grant funds, the summer lunch program will be extended to the Salvation Army throughout the school year to feed children an after school snack.

In other business, Sidney Parks and Recreation Director Duane Gaier gave the board information about the following topics:

• Working to still replace Sidney Waterpark’s manager and assistant manager, who are leaving after this season;

• What to expect at the cycling summit recently at held at Wright State University;

• The park shelter reservations’ contact information are now available on the their web page;

• Recent work of Honda employees at Custenborder Park and Cargill employees at Roadside Park. He said 30 volunteer Honda associates painted four shelter buildings and all of the picnic tables within four hours on a recent Saturday. He said Cargill associates worked to clear honeysuckle brush out of Roadside Park, as it was taking over the area;

• Fairlawn National Honor Society was expected to come last Monday to help clear out more honeysuckle;

• A recent 1.1 million dollar revenue cut for the city will cause several recreation department projects to be put on hold or abandoned;

• The recreation board’s web page is up to date.

A brief discussion ensued about the how Sidney can connect to Piqua’s bikepath. Gaier said Choice One Engineering is working on a cost for the two miles south of Kuther Road that would connect to the Lockington’s path.

Ed Hamaker, City Council representative to the board, asked if there were any questions he could answer about the state Route 47 improvement project. He was asked if they were going forward with the roundabout. At the board meeting that was held prior to Monday’s Sidney City Council meeting, Hamaker said they were not sure, were still reviewing the comment cards received and will be discussing it at the upcoming council meeting.

By Sheryl Roadcap

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.