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PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                             NOVEMBER 10, 2004

Park Commissioners Present:  Richard Gawinski, Michael Lynch, Herb Horn, John Zaborsky and Glen Allen.


Excused: Commissioners Roy Kuehn, Judy Holtz,


Also Present:

Director Michael T. Kading                                          Bookkeeper Mary Heiting                               

Clarence Peterson

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



MOTION: Commissioner John Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Mike Lynch to approve the minutes of October 13 2004 meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the expenditure list from November 10, 2004 in the amount of $2,956.97.    MOTION: Commissioner John Zaborsky, seconded by Commissioner Herb Horn to approve the expenditures as listed.  Motion carried unanimously.



  1. Valley Sealcoat – requested that the Palisades Park tennis court re-paving be extended into 2005 because of weather constraints
  2. Frisbee Golf – the neighborhood watch around O’Hauser Park had requested that Frisbee golf patrons use the other parking lot for the colder months and that a temporary restrictive parking barrier be placed until April 1.



A.     Commissioners – Issues can only be presented, no action may be taken.

B.     Park Foreman Pavlak

C.     Recreation Supervisor Thone

D.    Director Kading

Commissioners reviewed the reports which had no questions.  The Commissioners were given reports from the Park Foreman, Recreation Supervisor and the Director about the recent WPRA Seminar they attended.  There were no questions.



A.                  Park Conditions – J.F. Brennan Company of La Crosse has been removing the PCB’s from Little Lake Butte des Morts and has approached the Town of Menasha reporting damage to the ramp access at Fritse Park.  Barges are being used for the removal of PCB’s and the equipment left indentations in the asphalt.  J.F. Brennan has requested suggestions for the damage / repair or replacement.  Director Kading presented options to the park commission and made a suggestion to postpone the repair / replacement.  The Fritse Park Master Plan may include several alternate suggestions for this area before the installation of something more permanent.


The Park Commissioners suggested that the area be roped for safety concerns, and recommended a steel plate be placed at this location to minimize damage to this area. 


B.                 Suburban Athletics – Athletic Agreement

Director Kading prepared a draft agreement with Suburban Athletics.  The draft was then presented to the Suburban Athletics executive board.  The proposal was submitted and discussed. MOTION: by Commissioner Herb Horn, seconded by Commissioner Glen Allen, to approve the agreement with Suburban Athletics as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.



A.     Park Rental Report

A park rental report was prepared by Bookkeeper, Mary Heiting.  An overview comparing different parks and fees of $12,888 collected in 2004.  Discussion on the ratio of rented weekends vs. available weekends and which parks did the best.    


B.     Westshore Preserves

Director Kading discussed a request from Mr. Gant to be made whole for the Dube property.  Mr. Gant coordinated a grant application to the NRDA to purchase various properties along Little Lake Butte des Morts.  It was never Mr. Gant’s intentions to hold the properties, however, concerns over the conservation easement language held up the transfer process.  One (1) year later, Mr. Gant is still holding the property and is financially responsible.


Discussion ensued.  Questions regarding property tax estimates, and how the City of Neenah accomplished this task.  This issue will be postponed until the December 2004 meeting. 



MOTION: Commissioner Herb Horn, seconded by Commissioner John Zaborsky to adjourn the Park Commission meeting of November 10, 2004 at 8:30 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.






Judy R. Holtz

Secretary Park Commission