By Robert Lucke
Hill County Park Board Chairman John Goebel took some time defining the role of the Hill County Park Board at the regular April meeting.
Goebel explained the composition of the board, and that the members were entitled to no expenses or salary and that they had the authority to hire a secretary and superintendent to operate Beaver Creek Park. Goebel went on to explain that the park board has the power to administer programs.
He defined the park grazing committee as having two park board members, one of which is a county commissioner, two ranchers and the park superintendent. Ranchers eligible to have cattle on the park should be Hill County taxpayers.
"The cattle in the park are there from the Tuesday after Labor Day until Dec. 31," said Goebel. "There is no conflict between recreation and cattle so far as I can see."
"We have had two meetings and heard two proposals and we have not committed ourselves to either recommendation," Goebel continued. "We should be able to come up with a proposal that has a little of each proposal in it."
"You did accept that first proposal," said Park Secretary Donna Golie.
"I don't know where the conflict comes between the ranchers and recreationists," added Goebel.
In other business at the recommendation of board member Kathy Eskestrand, the board adopted bright colored park stickers to hang on rear view mirrors in autos.
Park Superintendent Golie reported that the Dahlin family in memory of Jack Dahlin wants to build a boat dock at the lower lake. Permission was granted by the board.
The Park Board scheduled a cabin inspection for the latter part of April.
The next regular Park Board meeting will be on May 1, 7 p.m. in the courtroom at the Hill County Detention Center.