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Man proposes recreation dept.

Andy Ouriel • Nov 8, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Perkins trustees haven’t balked at the idea, but they still want more information from Todd Kreimes before pursuing his plan.

Kreimes, deeply involved in supervising and organizing area youth sports, proposed creating and heading up a township-based recreation department.

In the plan, Kreimes would schedule games and tournaments along with overseeing children playing in various tournaments — baseball, lacrosse or soccer, for instance — across Perkins Schools and other community grounds.

The tournaments could entice young athletes from across Erie County, Ohio and even the U.S. Other benefits: n Creating additional funds for Perkins. Each player or team participating in games would pay to play, with a portion of the fundsfunneling back into Perkins’ budget. The township’s annual budget is about $9.5 million a year.

• Generating funds for private businesses and other taxes.

“As we bring people in, they are staying in hotels and eating and spending money here,” Kreimes said.

• Fostering goodwill in the entire Perkins community and surrounding area.

“There are a lot of negative things going on,” Kreimes said. “We can use this as a centerpiece to reach out to the community.”

• Applying for grants to enhance venues and bolster recreational department offerings.

Kreimes recently relayed his points to township trustees.

He presented them with information, including how well other communities similar to Perkins have benefited financially from a recreational department.

At least one official seems enthusiastic about a new department.

“Perkins Township should look into having a recreation director,” trustee Jeff Ferrell said.

It’s not known when, or if, township trustees will accept this plan.

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