PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  March 13, 2002


Members Present:         Commissioners: John Zaborsky, Glen Allen, Richard Gawinski, Roy Kuehn, Herb Horn and Theresa Bolwerk


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


Excused:                       Commissioner Judy Holtz, and Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor



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MOTION: Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded Commissioner Allen to amend the minutes of February 13, 2002, under “New Business” should show none.  Motion to amend the minutes was approved.  Motion by Commissioner Zaborsky, seconded Commissioner Allen to approve the minutes of February 13, 2002 as amended.   Motion carried unanimously.


The expenses were presented for February in the amount of $3,243.74.  MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded Commissioner Kuehn to approve the bills as submitted.   Motion carried unanimously.





Palisades Athletics

Jim Evans and Bob Rossi of Palisades Athletics requested to replace the grassed infield of one of the Palisades diamonds to create a sand / stone surface.  They have received numerous requests for the replacement of this infield. 


Director Krueger stated that to accomplish this by spring 2002 would be very difficult.  Possibly by fall there may be enough staff and dump trucks to assist in this construction request.


Commissioner Horn had some reservation about loosing the “instructional field” which is now grass and sand.  He felt there is still a necessity for this learning area.


Commissioner Zaborsky asked if a report be created this summer indicating how much this infield would be used or missed and forward this information back to the Commissioners this fall.


Palisades Athletics also requested permission to install an outdoor soda machine.  Their request is for a plastic soda bottle dispenser.  Palisades Athletics also discussed arrangements for more storage space in the garage area.  There is a large board over the windows that could use something to assist the ladies in raising this cover. Ronald Pavlak, Foreman suggested some kind of pulley system would alleviate this problem. 


Palisades Athletics would like to continue with the installation of a hot water heater.  This request was discussed last year at the commission meetings. 


The Association is anticipating a tournament with a woman’s league possibly in August.  They requested permission to sell alcoholic beverages at this individual tournament.  They also requested to place a sign on the concession stand indicating where refreshments will be served.


MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Zaborsky to approve the request for Palisades Athletics to apply for a Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License for the adult tournament scheduled for summer 2002.  Motion carried unanimously.


Director Krueger stated that the storage space needed to be discussed with the Recreation Supervisor Becky Thone and he will contact Palisades Athletics back.  Director Krueger also suggested that the water heater be purchased by the Town as a “supply on demand” water heater.  This would be a smaller size that would heat very quickly with the flip of a switch.  Therefore, the water heater would not remain on constantly.  Palisades Athletics found this acceptable and would reimburse the Town through a Friends of the Parks donation.


George Dearborn, Community Development Director expressed his opinion about the proposed re-construction of Fritse Park.  He stated that in his opinion the Dept. of Natural Resources would prevent the closure of the boat ramp.  Director Dearborn stated DNR grants are usually guaranteed to obtain funds if the park retained it’s access to the waterfront.  He further stated that suitable grant funds could be requested for further land acquisitions around this area. 


The Park Commissioners and Director Dearborn studied several topographical maps presented to the Commission.  These maps were of Fritse Park and he presented numerous alternatives and design ideas. 


RON'S REPORT  - Director Krueger submitted a design for the proposed Community Center sign for the front yard.  The Commission approved the design suggested by Director Krueger.  After the April election the sign may be completed waiting for the vote determining the outcome of the name change. 


Director Krueger reviewed the Friends of the Park account which has approximately $1,077.  Discussion to use this balance for the proposed signs at each frisbee golf course hole.  There has been several donations sponsoring holes at O’Hauser and a request for signage was reviewed.


BECKY'S REPORT  -  Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor submitted a report to Mary Heiting to be reviewed at the meeting.  The spring 2002 recreation programs have started and compared to the 2001 programs there are 65 more participants.


A copy of the Community Center service survey has been handed out to participants in the recreational programs.  This survey has been helpful in developing new programs.  They included many positive comments except for the visibility of the sign. 


The Community Center usage is increasing.  There are 25 more events this year compared to 2001.  The Community Center is being used by non-profit organizations, private, recreational and interdepartmental events.  A new brochure including pictures has been prepared and will be ready for the business show March 22-24 at the ice arena.


Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor wanted to thank the Park Department staff for cutting costs by building the equipment needed for the park shelter and community center needs.  They constructed storage units, paper racks, folding chair carts, and other items.


Richard Gawinski, President then addressed the commissioners about the approaching dates for the spring tour of the parks.  It was determined that the date for the west side tour would start April 24.  An agenda would be presented and posted for notification. 



Motion Commissioner Horn, seconded Commissioner Kuehn to adjourn the March 13, 2002 meeting at 8:35 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.





John A. Zaborsky,

Secretary, Park Commission