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SK Parks and Recreation Board grant-happy

The South Kitsap Parks Board of Commissioners met Thursday to discuss their preparation in applying for two grants to fund more summer activities.

According to Board Chair Larry Walker, the board will soon apply for a $2,000 grant for an outdoor education program.

“Part of it is going toward paying for South Kitsap School District bus transportation to bring students up to the park,” Walker said.

According to Walker, the rest of the money will go to “staff assistance” for park publicity and printing costs.

The second grant, for $1,000, will aid the board in hiring two part-time administrative staffers for the summer.

Walker said the staff members would assist the board with paperwork and reservations, as well as “fielding the routine, run-of-the-mill phone calls.”

Walker said the board is still in the application process. Next week, the agenda will focus on renewing the contract with Casey’s Batting Cage and discussing some maintenance clearing to be done on the land because of dangerous and unstable conditions.

“We had a timber management company approach us about the health of our forest,” Walker said. “They’re going to be giving us a better idea about what we’ve got and what they should do about it.”

Walker also reported there had been no formal action taken yet with regard to the water contract the board is currently negotiating with the Annapolis Water District.

“There’s been no formal offers on either side yet,” Walker said.

According to Jeannie Screws, a commissioner on the Annapolis Water District Board of Commissioners, offers have been exchanged, if not formally.

“We haven’t put anything in writing,” Screws confirmed.

But according to Screws, members of the Parks Board met with Annapolis representatives, including Screws, where the board extended offers that Screws described as “extremely high.”

“The last I knew,” Screws said, “we through out some numbers,” based on current contracts Annapolis has with other well providers.

Screws believes their last meeting was in December.

“We’re currently awaiting a response,” she said.

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