PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  May 22, 2002


Members Present:         Commissioners: Glen Allen, Richard Gawinski, Roy Kuehn, Herb Horn, Judy Holtz


Excused:                       Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor, and Commissioners John Zaborsky, and Theresa Bolwerk


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


                                    Clarence Peterson


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MOTION: Commissioner Holtz,  seconded  Commissioner Kuehn to approve the minutes of May 8,  2002.   Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the expenditure list.  Director Krueger stated that the expenditure was changed just recently to include a new stove and refrigerator at $230.00 for Palisades Park.  The new expenditures list was in the amount of $2,620.18.  MOTION: Commissioner Kuehn, seconded Commissioner Allen to approve the bills as submitted.   Motion carried unanimously.





A. Winnebago County – Emergency Government Siren

Donald W. Wilmot, Winnebago County Emergency Management had requested the placement of a emergency siren at the Wittman Park property.  This was an alternate proposal.  The first proposal was in the City of Menasha limits.  At the time of the Park Commission meeting.  Mr. Wilmot stated that the City of Menasha has accepted their location and would not need the Town’s site.



Director Krueger discussed the recent storm damage to the Community Center.  He estimates the hail damage to the air conditioner fins on the Community Center to be repaired for approximately $178.50.  Since the Town has a $500 deductible it would not pay to file an insurance claim. 


Native Solutions -Environmental Consulting – Randall Maurer had met with the Director and will research some options for the development of the proposed “nature park”.  There had been discussion whether the Town could lease out the cropland to a farmer to produce crops.  These monies will offset the Town’s levy. 


Director Krueger stated that Appleton Sign Company is installing the sign in front of the Community Center at 1000 Valley Road.  This installation should include an electric eye for energy saving results..


The park staff will assist Palisades Athletics with taking down the scoreboard.  There are individual sponsors who will assist with the expenses of the scoreboard.  We are also interested in removing the concrete from the old dugout which was damaged in the 2001 storm.  Hopefully, we will be able to get at it when the land dries up some to allow for heavy equipment to enter the park property. 


Discussion ensued about the size of Town parks and the development of future subdivision with remnant parcels.  The Park Commission would like to review each individual parcel which will be proposed for use as park land. 


Commissioner Horn inquired if the Parks Comprehensive 5-Year Plan would need to updated to show these subdivision submission requirements.  Director Krueger will inquire with Community Development Dearborn about this issue.  Director Kreuger said that the state statutes will protects the parks and suggest a review process for acceptance for park land.


BECKY'S REPORT  -  Mary Heiting, Bookkeeper read the report presented by Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor.  It was noted that Carrie Stroud the Recreation Assistant will be starting late May.  Carried is starting her 4th year with the Town in this position.  The orientation meeting for all park leaders is scheduled for June 12th,  and this year there will be a special presentation.  The presentations will be given by Mike Tedford, an EMT from the Fire Department and training from the child care Resource & Referral of Winnebago County.





Commissioner Bolwerk has given her resignation from the park commission.  Commissioner Bolwerk has served on the Park Commission from July 1, 1997 to the present.


The Park Commissioners extend best wishes to Commissioner Bolwerk in her new move to another municipality.



Motion Commissioner Kuehn, seconded Commissioner Horn to adjourn the May 22, 2002 meeting at 8:00 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.




John A. Zaborsky,  Secretary, Park Commission