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Brookfield plans pocket park for Masury area neighborhood

BROOKFIELD — A small park with exercise equipment, benches and a book box will be constructed early next year in the Lower Masury area, where storm drainage work and road paving also are planned.

Township trustees met Thursday via Zoom with representatives of the Trumbull County Planning Commission to discuss the project set to be completed in early spring.

Trustee Chairman Dan Suttles said pocket parks are small parks located in residential neighborhoods. Suttles said property donated by a resident at the corner of Mulberry Lane and First Street is where the pocket park will be and is part of the revitalization grant for the Masury neighborhood, which is referred to as Lower Masury and includes First, Second, Third, Elm, Chestnut and Locust streets.

Trustee Gary Lees said Tim Taylor, Brookfield schools athletic director, donated the land in honor of his grandparents with the park to be known as the “Sam and Gladys Jennings Memorial Park.”

Julie Green, director of the planning commission, said the $750,000 neighborhood revitalization grant will cover the pocket park and other aspects of the project, including sidewalks, storm drainage and road paving.

The planning commission handled placing the project out for bid. Green said the revitalization grant was obtained last year for various upgrades and improvements in the Masury neighborhood that has been plagued by flooding and drainage problems following heavy rains.

The pocket park would include several exercise stations, park benches and a Little Library book box for people to borrow or exchange books.

In other business, trustees this week discussed how to spend allocations of CARES Act funding for coronavirus-related expenses in the township. Suttles said the township received $125,000 in the first allocation and $62,000 in the second.

He said discussion has included using the funds for upgrading telecommunication systems such as laptops in the event employees are forced to have to work from home. Also discussed was having a kiosk inside the administration building, where the public can come in and pick up forms without being in contact with employees.

Trustees tabled using the CARES Act money for cameras for the parks because of the $62,000 cost, which would require going out for bid and taking longer to use the money.

Lees suggested the cameras could be use to monitor people at the park to ensure they are following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks, as well watch for criminal behavior.

“The money can only be used for coronavirus-related expenses,” he said.

Also this week, trustees:

• Were informed the annual Summerfest on the Green hosted by Brookfield Methodist Church was canceled this summer and will be held next August;

• Will wait to hear from Gov. Mike DeWine and local health department officials on guidelines for trick or treat, which will be Oct. 31. Suttles said it likely a uniform time will be set to prevent children from going to several communities and keep everyone safe;

• Reported lettering has been placed on the new senior citizen van that arrived in April but has not been able to be used due to the pandemic.

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