PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                      December  12,   2001


Members Present:         Commissioners: Richard Gawinski, Roy Kuehn, Herb Horn, Glen Allen, and Judy Holtz


Also Present:                Ron Krueger Director of Parks & Recreation, Ron Pavlak Park Foreman,  Becky Thone Recreation Supervisor and Mary Heiting Bookkeeper.

                                    Jason Pheifer,  and George Dearborn, Director of Community Development


Excused:                       Commissioners Theresa Bolwerk, and John Zaborsky



The meeting was called to order by Richard Gawinski, President, at 7:03 p.m. which was held at the Community Center, 1000 Valley Road and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll call was taken.



Motion Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to approve the November 14, 2001 Park Commission meeting minutes.  Motion carried unanimously.


Motion Commissioner Horn, seconded by Commissioner Holtz to approve the expenditures in the amount of $24,313.82.  Motion carried unanimously.



Items for discussion ensued about the design interests, ground work, and water front projects for Fritse Park, 899 N. Lake Street.  Jason Pheifer, stated that Pheifer Engineering would be contacted about this project and David Pheifer should be contacted in the future.


GEORGE DEARBORN – Community Development Director

Director Dearborn presented a handout to the Commissioners regarding a subdivision named 1st Addition to High Plain Meadows.  His request was for approval from the Park Commission for a designated outlot as part of this newly plotted subdivision.  Director Dearborn reviewed the 5-Year Park Comprehensive Plan stating the locations for various sizes of regional parks and the appropriateness of this outlot adjacent to a trail. 


Director Krueger, approves this dedicated parcel for park purposes, and suggests that the developer do plantings that produce grasses that will not need mowing.


MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to authorize Community Development Director to have this lot remain open space provided the developer plant wild grasses to preserve the natural area for future use by the Park Department.  Motion carried unanimously. 



The Park Commissioners reviewed the information in the packets regarding the Buettner Agency.  This agency would assist with the preparation of the Fritse Park grounds.  Examples of area projects were enclosed for all to review.  The correspondence from this agency reviewed the fees needed if this agency would be awarded this project.  The Commission reviewed this information.


Director Krueger stated that the truck and dump box bids have been prepared and published in The Post Crescent. The bid opening shall be January 4 at 2:00 in the afternoon.


Director Krueger discussed the lift station at Fritse Park with the Utility District Director, Steve Laabs.  Director Laabs stated that the lift station should be in good condition and last for a long time.


Because of the snow conditions so far in 2001, the park department staff has dispensed wood chips to the O’Hauser Park trail.  Because of the summer storm season there was an adequate amount to cover the entire trail.



Discussions ensued about the private property adjacent to O’Hauser Park. Community Development Director Dearborn stated that there is a formal process to officially map this parcel as park property if the Commission so directs.  A motion from the floor was entertained from the Commission to authorize Director Dearborn to proceed with this formal process.


MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to authorize Director Dearborn to proceed in the formal process of officially mapping the parcel adjacent to O’Hauser Park.


Discussion ensued regarding all the options for obtaining this property.


The motion, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn was withdrawn.   Motion by Commissioner Allen was withdrawn. 



There was no new business for December 2001.



MOTION:   Commissioner Allen, seconded Commissioner Kuehn to adjourn the December 12, 2001 meeting at 8:35 p.m.   Motion carried unanimously.





John A. Zaborsky,

Secretary, Park Commission