BURLEY • The Oregon Trail Recreation District approved a $160,452 budget for the 2012 fiscal year Monday.
The budget included expenses of $3,000 in professional and legal fees — the remaining $157,452 will be used for recreational purposes in the district. Each home in the district is charged a fee of $36 per year.
Residents questioned whether the district had followed proper procedures by notifying the county of its budget.
Oregon Trail Recreation District President Scott Horsley said copies of the budget were available, but it may have been an oversight that they were not available at the city office.
Horsley said if the recreation district’s attorney determines the procedures were incorrect, the meeting will be reposted and held again.
The district’s expenses are designated in a lump sum because of the nature of the recreation district, Horsley said. Many of the projects depend on permits and grants and if they do not come through that particular year, the money is reallocated.
“It’s been pretty much lumped into recreational improvements because we don’t know what requests will come in. Each one of those is reviewed in our public meetings,” Horsley said.
In other business
Eagle Scout project • Boy Scout Christian Mitton completed an Eagle Scout project to install three benches and two garbage cans on the greenbelt walking path between Scholer Park and the Burley Golf Course Marina.
Greenbelt permits • Zeke Zimmerman said the recreation district has received one permit it needs to extend the greenbelt east along Bedke Boulevard toward the Overland Bridge, but they are still waiting for one other permit. If the permit comes through in a timely manner they will be able to start construction in early November when the river’s water level is decreased.
The city plans to develop a walking path stretching from the golf course marina to the city’s new park on Bedke Boulevard. It completed the first phase from the marina to Scholer Park last year. The district expects that $100,000 will be spent on riprap to shore up the banks of the river in the next two years.
Flag football • Tim Lynch, who implemented the youth flag football program, said 75 children participated this year and he expects twice that amount next year. The recreation district provided seed money for the program.