WEST YORK -- Spring fever got the West York Council talking about parks -- taking down damaged equipment, putting up basketball hoops, investing in the parks and increasing rental fees.

Councilman Brian Wilson said he did a safety inspection of the borough's four parks: Slagle Park on Poplar Street, Shelly Park on Highland Avenue, Jonnie Spahr Park on Sumner Street and Eberts Park on West Poplar Terrace.

On the bright side, Wilson said he checked the playground equipment and did not find any lead in the paint.

However, he saw safety problems with the playground equipment at Jonnie Spahr Park and Shelly Park.

The wood is splintered on the merry-go-round. A tire is used as the frame of a sandbox, but sandboxes are no longer thought to be a good idea for playgrounds for sanitary reasons, he said. The base of the swing set is starting to crack and it should be removed, and the swing set at Shelly Park should be removed, too, he said.

Wilson said he was checking into possible grants and/or donations to replace equipment.

The council agreed to take down any playground equipment that is unsafe.

The council agreed to put another basketball hoop up at Shelly Park. Now, there is one half-court available for basketball. In the spring, another hoop will be added to create a second half court.

Wilson suggested when an anticipated donation is received from the fairgrounds, $5,000 should be used to upgrade one of the borough parks. He said with gas prices getting higher, families may not be able to travel this summer and an attractive recreational area would be heavily used and appreciated. One suggestion would be to provide chess in the park as is done in New York, he said.

Wilson also recommended increasing the cost to rent a park. Now, the cost is $25 for rental and there is a $10 returnable clean-up deposit. Wilson said that often the borough highway department ends up cleaning the parks because the renters do not mind losing the deposit.

West York Borough Council Vice President Shane Louthian said he planned to meet with York Fair representatives to discuss an about $14,000 donation that was promised but has not yet been received. The York Fair did not pay the other half of a municipal fee from 2008, which was promised to be issued after the 2008 fair. The amount owed then was $5,440.

For the past three years, only one-half of a year's fee has been paid, Manager Kathy Altland said. The borough ends up spending far more than the donation from the York Fair to provide additional police service, Mayor Sam Firestone said in August 2009. At that time, Firestone said there is nothing the borough can do if the York Fair does not pay.