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PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                         JULY  28, 2004

Park Commissioners Present:  Richard Gawinski, Roy Kuehn, Herb Horn, Michael Lynch, Glen Allen, and Judy Holtz.


Excused: Commissioner John Zaborsky,


Also Present:

Director Michael T. Kading                                          Recreation Supervisor Becky Thone

Bookkeeper Mary Heiting                                            Recreation Supervisor Assistant Emily Hess

Park Foreman Ron Pavlak


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The Commission meeting was held at the Community Center and was called to order by President Richard Gawinski at 6:30 p.m.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call taken.



MOTION: Commissioner Glen Allen, seconded by Commissioner Mike Lynch to approve the minutes of July 14, 2004.  Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the expenditure list in the amount of $9,779.61.  MOTION: Commissioner Mike Lynch, seconded by Commissioner Herb Horn to approve the expenditures as listed.  Motion carried unanimously.



No  issues at this time.



Emily Hess, Recreation Supervisor Assistant was introduced by Becky Thone.  Emily explained her many requirements and daily tasks to complete the summer recreation programs throughout the park system.  In addition, Emily taught the “Playschool” for 2 year olds, and “Hola Amigos” the Spanish language class for 3-1/2 to 5 years of age.  She said her visits throughout the park system have children using their Spanish experiences daily.


The Commissioners expressed their gratitude toward Emily Hess for her years of service to the Town and stepping up her responsibilities during Becky’s maternity leave.  As a special note, Emily’s ball juggling was an additional treat, thanks Emily.



A.     Progress of the Fritse Park Master Conceptual Plan

The Blue Ribbon Committee has been meeting at the proposed site of the Rydell Environmental Center.  The July 22 meeting had presented a plan and discussion ensued.  Commissioner Horn explained ideas of the plan and connection with the Trestle Trail.  The balance of the Park Commission will see the conceptual master plan at the August 11 meeting.


B.     Park Conditions

The Butte des Morts Park and Utility lift station project was discussed.  The proposed landscaping has been started and the small parking area will be completed in the near future.


C.     Mission / Vision Statement

The mission vision statement is being prepared by staff.  After all business is conducted a study hour will be conducted to review ideas and concepts.


D.  Athletic Association Agreement

A request to have Palisades Athletics document how many games or events were held in 2004 and estimate the number of 2005 games has not been received.  A draft document is being reviewed at the Attorney’s office.



  1.  Fritse Park Pavilion Discussion

The park pavilion is in disrepair and alternate plans for this area were discussed.  If plans are to remove the pavilion, a solution will be needed to provide some temporary bathroom facilities.    


B.     Fritse Park Kiosk

The ‘Friends of the Fox” as well as the PCB engineering firm will need to post signs near the boat launch locations at Fritse and Butte des Morts Parks.  Discussion ensued about the sign sizes from these agencies and other affiliations including announcements about the Trestle Trail.  MOTION: Commissioner Glen Allen, seconded by Commissioner Herb Horn to research estimates about placing a Kiosk at these two park locations to comply with County zoning codes. 


C.     Committee Make Up

The park assignment sheet was reviewed by all.  MOTION: Commissioner Herb Horn, seconded by Commissioner Glen Allen to supersede Commissioner Mike Lynchs’ name in the places that Commissioner Peterson represented.  It was noted that the “Building Ad-Hoc Committee” should be eliminated.  Motion carried unanimously.  


D.    2005 Budget Process

A draft work sheet was reviewed to schedule meetings for budget revenue and needs assessments.  If possible, the last week of August would be very busy for the Budget Committee, and an alternate date should be researched.


Music / Tent Requests:

A.     Camden Tomomatsu – did not confirm his request for O’Hauser Park

B.     Suburban Athletics – The Winter DJ’s

C.     O’Hauser Park DJ request.


MOTION: Commissioner Glen Allen, seconded by Commissioner Roy Kuehn to approve the music requests as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously.






The staff is preparing a mission / vision statement and the employees and Commissioners submitted ideas for further discussion. 



MOTION: Commissioner Judy Holtz, seconded by Commissioner Mike Lynch to adjourn the Park Commission meeting of July 28, 2004 at 8:45 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.





Judy R. Holtz

Secretary Park Commission