PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  January 8,     2003


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


Excused:                       Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor


Also Present:                Ron Krueger Director of Parks & Rec., Ronald Pavlak Park Foreman, Mary Heiting Bookkeeper, George Dearborn Director of Community Development, and Jim Archambo, Town Administrator.  Jim Wittmann and Ted Harris for public forum.

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The meeting was held at the Community Center and  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 by Commissioner Peterson to review the December 11, 2002 minutes and make a motion to approve.   Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the expenditure list in the amount of $7,300.88 for the end of 2002.    MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to approve the 2002 bills list as submitted.   Motion carried unanimously. 


The Commissioners reviewed the new 2003 bills list in the amount of $389.70.  MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Zaborsky to approve the 2003 bills list as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously.



Jim Wittmann along with his friend Ted Harris presented the Park Commissioners with a spring project.  This project would include a band contest of individual bands playing on a Saturday afternoon.  Their application was looking for an appropriate park to hold this function and permission to have amplified music.  Their intentions were to have a free admission band concert.  They have ideas and contacts for advertising and public notification.  Jim and Ted would like to have the event in late May between the hours of 12:30 - 6:00 p.m.  O’Hauser Park was suggested because of adequate parking and location away from residential neighbors.    MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to allow Jim and Ted to organize this function.  The Park Commission will waive the fee and allow amplified music.   Motion carried unanimously.  The title Youth Rock was suggested and notification should be included in “The Bridge”.



Director Krueger of Park & Recreation verified that the City of Menasha has jointly been working to approve a Reciprocity Agreement with the Town of Menasha.  The City has approved the agreement by the council and will now be put before the Town Board for approval.  This agreement will save Town residents money when applying for City of Menasha recreational activities. 


Community Development Director George Dearborn had met with Park Commissioners Glen Allen, Herb Horn and John Zaborsky after the holidays.  Together they reviewed the survey that was to be mailed to a random sampling of Town residents.  The survey has been updated and reviewed at tonight’s meeting.


MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Horn to authorize Director Dearborn to proceed with the updated survey.  Motion carried unanimously.


Ron Krueger then requested the Commission to approve the request to bid out the new lawn mower which was approved to purchase in 2003.  MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Holtz to approve the bidding process for the new lawnmower. 


The Glenview Park sign has been completed and will be installed shortly.  Foreman Pavlak explained that the surface has a special texture that will not “mar” and is “vandal proof”. 


Park Foreman Ron Pavlak presented the Commission with examples of material and a price guide to study the approach for physically challenged users of playground equipment.  The “transfer pad” is made out of a rubberized material and will allow access to the play sets. In rough estimates for the number of pads we need to update each park for this access would be approximately $2,100.  After review a motion was voiced for this purchase.  MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to proceed with ordering the transfer pads for all the parks as needed.  Motion carried unanimously.



Commissioner Allen has been trying to contact the relatives of Roland Moseng.  At this time no response has been returned.  Director of Community Development George Dearborn will prepare a letter explaining the current zoning and future land use plans for this property.








Motion Commissioner Horn, seconded Commissioner Holtz to adjourn the January 8, 2003 meeting at 8:30 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.






John A. Zaborsky,

Secretary Park Commission