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‘Hat,’ ‘Gate’ to exit Berne park

October 23, 2012

    Acting on recommendations contained in a recent Indiana Municipal Insurance Program report, Berne City Council on Monday voted to remove two pieces of playground equipment that have been staples at the city's Lehman Park for decades.
    According to city councilman and park board president Ron Dull, the liability assessment report recommended the removal, for safety reasons, of the "swinging gate" and "witch's hat" structures at the park. Following the receipt of the insurance carrier's report, Dull said the park board recommended "that we act on the removal of those two pieces of equipment as soon as possible."
    The "swinging gate" is located on the east side of Lehman Park, while the "witch's hat" is situated near the concession stand. Both have been in place for several decades.
    Dull said the liability report contained "a laundry list of things we need to work on down at the park," including the eventual removal of outdated slides and other safety upgrades.
    Mayor Bill McKean said many of the recommendations contained in the report "are things our city workforce can work on" to improve.
    Council members discussed the possible sale of the two pieces of playground equipment that will be removed immediately. No final decision was reached on how to sell those items.

    In limited other business during Monday's brief meeting, the council gave final approval to the city's 2013 operating budget, approved the annual contract for refuse disposal with the Adams County Solid Waste Management District, and issued a reminder about tonight's Halloween parade, which begins at 7 p.m.

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