PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  March 12,     2003


Members Present:         Commissioners: Richard Gawinski, Herb Horn, John Zaborsky, and Glen Allen  


Excused:                       Commissioner Clarence Peterson, Judy Holtz, Roy Kuehn, and 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


                                    Barb Hanson, Supervisor #1       Det. Lingnofski             Brian Epley, Pheifer Engineering

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The meeting was held at the Community Center and called to order by Richard Gawinski, President, at 7:05 p.m.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call taken.




Detective Lingnofski from the Town of Menasha Police Department addressed the commissioners about revising the park rules ordinance.  He explained situations that have been happening in area parks.  Detective Lingnofski reviewed the policies adopted by the City of Appleton which included specific exclusion or expulsions for a duration of 12 months when the offenses had occurred.


After much discussion, the Commission would like Detective Lingnofski to continue with this study and place this item on the April 9 agenda for review.


Brian Epley, Pheifer Engineering has been preparing ideas for the redesign and construction of the pavilion at Fritse Park.  Mr. Epley presented a rendition of a railroad terminal concept.  Discussion ensued about the property to the north of the railroad to see if the area could be included in the future planning of Fritse Park.


Approval of Minutes and Expenditures

MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Zaborsky to review the February 12, 2003 minutes and made a motion to approve.   Motion carried unanimously.


MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Zaborsky to review the Special Meeting held February 19, 2003 minutes and made a motion to approve.   Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the March 2003 bills list in the amount of $4,816.70.  MOTION: Commissioner Horn, seconded by Commissioner Allen to approve the March 2003 bills list as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously.





Director Krueger reviewed that the Park’s 5-Year Comprehensive Plan survey has been revised when reviewed by the Commissioners.  This survey should be completed with the help from Mary Heiting in the Park Department.


The grant application process has been reviewed with Director of Community Development George Dearborn and the Town should be able to proceed with the application submittal date of May 1, 2003.  The family representative Rollie Moseng has been contacted with a list of state approved appraisers to assist in this grant process step.


Director Krueger stated that a soda machine was suggested by Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor and the bottling companies will be contacted for this idea.


The bid results have been forwarded to the Park Commissioners for comparison and a motion was requested to award the bid.  MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Horn to approve the bid award to Riesterer & Schnell in the amount of $11,600.  Motion carried unanimously.


Director Krueger will be retiring from the Town of Menasha and President Richard Gawinski presented Ron with a gift of appreciation from the Commissioners.  Everyone expressed their best wishes toward Director Krueger for all the wonderful years as Director and the retirement years ahead. 


MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Allen to pass the authority of day-to-day items to Foreman Ronald Pavlak, and Recreation Supervisor Becky Thone.  Any final decisions will be aided by Administrator Jim Archambo and President Richard Gawinski.  Motion carried unanimously.


Foreman Pavlak continued with the landscaping plans for community center. VandeHey, Green Acres, and Lied’s Nursery has submitted plans and estimates for this project.  The Lied’s design was the suggested by Foreman Pavlak to be the most acceptable.  The estimate was approximately $3,000.


MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded Commissioner Horn to approve the Lied’s estimate but must comply with the $3,000 budget amount for acceptance.  Motion carried unanimously.


Foreman Pavlak said (5) out of the (6) 2002 summer park laborers are returning to work in the 2003 summer season.  Mr. Pavlak will be interviewing candidates for the remaining position this next month.


The Glenview Park sign has been received and pictures of the design were presented to the Commissioners.  Other projects on the list of duties will be to remove the tennis courts at Wittmann.


Foreman Pavlak has researched the option of purchasing a “gang mower” and compare the option of replacing a park laborer.  The estimates for this style mower were approximately $40,500 with trade in.






Motion Commissioner Allen, seconded Commissioner Zaborsky to adjourn the March 12, 2003 meeting at 8:25 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.



John A. Zaborsky,   Secretary Park Commission