PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  April 10, 2002


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


Also Present:                Ron Krueger Director of Parks & Recreation and Ronald Pavlak, Assistant Park Foreman, and Mary Heiting Bookkeeper


Excused:                       Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor



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The meeting was held at the Community Center and was called to order by Richard Gawinski, President, at 7:00 p.m.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call taken.


MOTION: Commissioner Kuehn, seconded Commissioner Allen to approve the minutes of March 13, 2002.   Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners received an updated expenditure list that was reviewed.  The expenses were presented in the amount of $15,999.09.  MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded Commissioner Kuehn to approve the bills as submitted.   Motion carried unanimously.





Suburban  Athletics

Roy Buchholtz, Vice President Suburban Athletics approached the Commission and discussed the projects Suburban Athletics would like to complete at O’Hauser Park.  Suburban Athletics requested permission to install an outdoor soda machine.  The machine would face the road and  dispense plastic soda bottles.  He felt this would be a good source of income for the frisbee golf enthusiasts and park users.  The Commissioners were in approval of this project.


Ronald Pavlak, Foreman stated there are a number of projects in the area, and can include a concrete slab for placement of the soda machines. 


RON'S REPORT  - Director Krueger stated that the custodian, Rick Coenen is working part time for the Community Center starting April 1.   There have been staff meetings and all employees are aware of the upcoming events and exchanging emails about what is needed for these rentals.


Director Krueger had discussions with Mark Meyer with the City of Menasha school district.  Mr. Meyer reviewed what the needs are for the baseball and soccer field in both areas.  Director Krueger suggested Commissioner Horn help with the needs of this committee.


Mary Heiting, Bookkeeper received a request to have a 4 piece band named the “Country Gentlemen” play at a 50th wedding anniversary on July 27th at O’Hauser South.  MOTION: Commissioner Horn, seconded by Commissioner Holtz to approve the request for this band at O’Hauser Park.


Director Krueger had a meeting with Finance Director Myra Piergrossi.  The Finance Director would like to eliminate the Park Department checking account to save money on check ordering and maintenance of the checking account.


MOTION: Commissioner Kuehn, seconded by Commissioner Allen to retain the process of paying invoices from the park checking account with the preprinted park checks.  Motion carried unanimously.


The park staff has been busy with the repairs to the Hwy. CB trail.  They have temporarily repaired the settling with cold mix but will need something more permanent in the future.


Foreman, Ron Pavlak has been busy with ordering trees and shrubs to replace some of the damage of the June 11, 2001 storm.  The expenses for the trees are approximately $500.00.  An article in the latest “Bridge issue” has not encouraged donations toward this expense.


Meetings have been conducted jointly with the City in an effort to create a reciprocal agreement.  Director Krueger felt progress has been made,  but currently there is no reciprocal agreement with the City of Menasha.


BECKY'S REPORT  -  Mary Heiting, Bookkeeper reported that the spring programs are underway.  The Bridge issue of March 25, 2002 included the summer programs and there has been registrations coming in daily.    The Community Center also has several reservations for weddings, bridal showers and graduation parties.


Richard Gawinski, President then addressed the Commissioners about the dates for the spring tour of the parks.  It was determined that the date for the west side tour would start April 24.  An agenda will be presented and posted for notification.



Further discussion ensued about the nature park.  There have been meetings to prepare a plan to include what was needed.  The presentation would include a break down of material and labor.  It was then discussed how to seek sponsorship for each individual necessity. 



Motion Commissioner Kuehn, seconded Commissioner Bolwerk to adjourn the April 10, 2002 meeting at 8:25 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.





John A. Zaborsky,

Secretary, Park Commission