The Madison County Board of Supervisors Planning Committee met yesterday July 28 at the Nichols Pond County Park in the town of Fenner to discuss the unemployment measures the county was taking and park improvements made in area.
Madison County Board of Supervisors Planning Committee Associate Planner Jim Petreszyn, who is charge of county parks, said that the parks crew has helped create a new energy source after installing some new solar panels to the Nichols Pond County Park Pavilion. The solar panels currently generate 40 volts into the generator that regulates the voltage and controls the rate of kicking back energy, according to Petreszyn.
Because of the new generator, located in the utility shed near the pavilion, Petreszyn said the parks crew has also helped along the water pressure for the park's well pump. As of now, Petreszyn said that the well is capable of pumping two gallons of water per minute. He also said that the well water has been tested and it passed water regulations "with flying colors."
The new water pressure is helping the well to work better than it has ever performed as a hand-pump, said Petreszyn.
"The parks have been booked almost every week," Petreszyn said. "That's what we want to see."
Planning board committee supervisor Russell Cary said "the more the parks are used, the less vandalism we see."
Petreszyn agreed that there has been less and less vandalism issues, but that there are still some times when the parks endure more littering than usual. Petreszyn said that a few more trash bins could be helpful and a more organized trash pick-up system for park refuge. Currently, a parks crew member spends about six to eight hours picking up trash from the parks and turning it into a garbage site. Petresyzn said that he and the crew would like to make a better trash system for the parks in general.