PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  May 8, 2002


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


Excused:                       Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor, and Commissioner Theresa Bolwerk


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


                                    Jim Evans                     Bob Ross                      Clarence Peterson


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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 Holtz, seconded Commissioner Zaborsky to approve the minutes of April 10, 2002.   Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the expenditure list and made a motion to approve the bills list in the amount of $4, 925.32.  MOTION: Commissioner Horn, seconded Commissioner Kuehn to approve the bills as submitted.   Motion carried unanimously.



Jim Evans, President and Bob Ross, Vice President of Palisades Athletics came to this meeting to request a special exception to the park rules.  His request was to sell items in an organization wide rummage sale.  This rummage sale would be using the Palisades Park pavilion for one day, June 1.  The commissioners were in approval of this special exception due to the fact the funds raised are used for Palisades Athletics needs and park improvements.


MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to approve the request of Palisades Athletics to use the park pavilion for a rummage sale on June 1.  Motion carried unanimously.



Menasha Area Soccer

Kurt Schodorf, Menasha Area Soccer President, called during the week and explained that another soccer club used the Wittmann Park on April 28th.  Mr. Schodorf stated that after this game there was damage on the fields because of the wet conditions. 


Director Krueger tried to contact the soccer club from Appleton and the coach stated that they were scheduled to use a playing field in the City of Menasha, but were directed to move to Wittmann because of the conditions of the City’s field. Director Krueger contacted the Fox Valley Soccer President who is in Green Bay.  He stated that they would take responsibility for any field damage as a result of this game.  The President also commented that it would probably never happen again.  This special occasion was only because the of wet field conditions.


RON'S REPORT  - Director Krueger discussed the upcoming meeting he would be having with Randal Maurer from Native Solutions – Environmental Consulting.  Mr. Maurer stated that his agency would be a great help reviewing the needs of the nature park located on the corner of County CB and E. Shady Lane.


Director Krueger had met with Appleton Sign Company who is coordinating the installation of the sign in front of the Community Center at 1000 Valley Road.  Appleton Sign Company is doing the project.  The design of the sign was reviewed by the commission previously.


Director Krueger stated that at our April meeting a request from Finance Director Myra Piergrossi  to eliminate the park department checking account was reviewed by the Commission.

A motion and second keeping the park checking account was passed.  Keeping the park checking account would cause hardship to the Finance Department and the new software that will be installed in the near future.


Director Krueger stated that after discussion with the Finance Department he felt that we should attempt to work together with the needs of the Finance Department, and suggested our re-consideration of keeping the Park checking account.  The Commissioners review this request.    MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Zaborsky to rescind the previous motion from the April 10, 2002 meeting and DISSOLVE the park checking account and checks for processing.  Motion carried unanimously.


Director Krueger discussed that the Town Building Department had previously been responsible for the weed control ordinance and through previous discussion this responsibility has been shifted to the park department.


The park staff has been busy trying to mow the parks, but previous attempts have been sinking the lawnmowers into the grass.  Hopefully in the near future our attempts will be completed. 


At the April 22, 2002 meeting of the Town Board of Supervisors, a Weed Commissioner was appointed.  The Weed Commissioner is now the responsibility of the park department and the “weed commissioners” will be the park department staff.  Our department, on a continuing appointment basis, will handle any calls.


BECKY'S REPORT  -  Mary Heiting, Bookkeeper read the report that Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor had prepared for this meeting.  A summary of attendees registered for the spring class was compared between the last two seasons. 

A survey has been conducted from the attendees and comments were shared with the Park Commissioners.  The survey received many positive comments.  An improvement requested would be for a sign in the front of the building, which currently is in progress.  The sign was delayed due to the referendum question to rename the Town to Bridgeview.    Supervisor Thone also prepared and distributed the 1st quarter usage of the Community Center calendar. 






Commissioner Holtz inquired about gypsy moths and their affect on the Butte des Morts park area.  Commissioner Holtz shared comments about the stop sign issue at the intersection of Gordon Street and Lakeshore Drive.  The Town Board of Supervisors has previously reviewed this item.  She feels there is a real safety issue at this intersection.



Motion Commissioner Horn, seconded Commissioner Holtz to adjourn the May 8, 2002 meeting at 8:30 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.





John A. Zaborsky,

Secretary, Park Commission