Indian Foothills Park's Sister of Liberty Statue has been missing for more than a month, but park officials hope to replace her soon.
During a Marshall Parks and Recreation Board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 5, director Jeff Stubblefield said tips have been coming in regarding Lady Liberty, but she hasn't been found.
"We will put another statue up there," he said.
Park officials hope to replace Lady Liberty with something similar, and Stubblefield noted that Coreslab, which created and donated the statue's pedestal, could contribute to the process. According to Stubblefield, the partnership may allow them to create a 3-D mold of another Sister of Liberty statue.
"We're in the process of trying to figure out how we're going to (replace her)," he said. "We do have insurance on her, and we should be able to cover what we need to do to replace her."
Insurance coverage was reassuring as board members approved a 2013 budget that didn't provide much breathing room.
The park is looking at breaking even. Revenues are anticipated to reach $1,410,200 and expenditures are estimated to reach $1,407,610.
Board members reviewed the department's recent numbers with park director Jeff Stubblefield. This past August, the department expended more than $205,000, which was primarily attributed to having three pay periods that month as well as an $84,000 payment for the back nine holes of the golf course.
In other news, the park is preparing for this weekend's Santa Fe Trail Days as well as Day in the Park, which will be held at Indian Foothills Park on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will include roughly 16 kid's activities such as Parents as Teachers' "Wheels, Wheels, Wheels" and Bizy Beavers 4-H Club's petting zoo.
"Windjammer (Cable) has played a very big role this year," said Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey. "They have given us a wonderful donation, plus they'll be out here and also have a booth."
Craft booths, food and a pie-eating contest will be setup throughout the park, and bands will begin performing at the skate park at 3 p.m.
The administration office began its winter hours and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The board went into closed session to discuss personnel matters and litigation. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, when they'll hear more about Marshall Cultural Council's plans for a Battle of Marshall re-enactment.
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