PARK COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES                                                  November 13,     2002


Members Present:         Commissioners: Richard Gawinski, Roy Kuehn, Herb Horn, Glen Allen and Commissioner Clarence Peterson


Excused:                       Becky Thone, Recreation Supervisor, Commissioners Judy Holtz and John Zaborsky


Also Present:                Ron Krueger Director of Parks & Rec., Ronald Pavlak Park Foreman, Mary Heiting Bookkeeper, George Dearborn Director of Community Development, and Jeff Smith Associate Planner, Jim Archambo, Administrator, Arden Tews, Town Chair and Supervisor Barb Hansen

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


MOTION: Commissioner Kuehn, seconded by Commissioner Peterson to approve the minutes of October  9, 2002.   Motion carried unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the expenditure list in the amount of $4,807.31.  MOTION: Commissioner Horn, seconded by Commissioner Allen to approve the bills as submitted.   Motion carried unanimously.




Director Krueger handed out Recreation Supervisor Thone’s report.  Fall program registrations, and community center rental experiences were compared to the previous year.  The Spring 2003 programs will be included in the January issue of “The Bridge”.  Supervisor Thone expressed her appreciation for attending the WPRA conference in Green Bay last week. 


The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has requested a frisbee golf fundraiser to be held at O’Hauser Park in December 14th 2002.  It will be called “Golf for a Cure”.  The park department and staff will prepare the parking lot and approaches in case of snow.  Picnic tables will be brought to the area for this activity.


Park Foreman Pavlak has been working with an Eagle Scout on a project at O’Hauser Park.  His project is near completion and congratulations will be awarded to Ben Richter. 


Director Krueger requested a sign be installed at Glenview Park.  The park currently has no markings that it belongs to the park system and is for public use.  The Commissioners approved the installation of this signage at Glenview Park.  Community Development Director Dearborn reminded Director Krueger that there are specification for installation and a permit will be needed.


Director Krueger has been working with WE Energies to update the lighting for the Community Center parking lot.   Lighting direction and capacity has been reviewed and the new lights have been installed on existing poles. 


The communications tower at the George Street location installed on Palisades Park property is addiing (1) more pod to the existing tower.  This will increase the monthly fees collected to be used at Palisades Park and the Community Center.


It was pointed out that the open space fees collected during 2002 should show a large increase because of the volume of building permits this year in the Town.


Brian Tungate from the City of Menasha has been coordinating a reciprocal agreement for park and recreation services.  We have supplied information showing how often other communities have been involved with park rentals, community center rentals and recreation programs. 


Foreman Pavlak has been coordinating park equipment for the physically challenged which is available from the Burke Company.  Examples were distributed to the Park Commissioners and ideas were shared.


Foreman Pavlak expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to join the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association convention in Green Bay.  It was a very useful and gave him experience how other communities handle business matters.


Director of Community Development, George Dearborn and Assistant Jeff Smith reviewed the scientific survey which should be done in the near future.  This survey will be needed for the proposed 5-year Park Comprehensive Plan.  Because of Commissioner Holtz and Zaborsky’s absence, a delay over the holidays was suggested and hopefully a January survey will entice more replies.


Fritse Park and the proposed changes to this park were discussed.  The budget calendar for 2003 will be approved at the budget hearing and the engineering fees should be approved.  Pheifer Brothers are anticipating coordinating this project with the Town of Menasha and Park Commission.



Commissioner Kuehn had a hand out about his years as Commissioner and how the Town had obtained park equipment and land from grant fund assistance.



A.     Revision of Parks 5-Year Comprehensive Plan

The scientific survey should be done to enhance the preparation of the Parks 5-Year Comprehensive Plan and as previously discussed; this survey is proposed for mailing in January 2003.


  1. Addition to O’Hauser Park Property

The acquisition of the property on the corner of Irish Road and O’Hauser Park has been previously discussed.  Director George Dearborn of Community Development confirmed that grant money should be available for this acquisition.  He stated that the DNR would need an accessed value placed on this property.  This accessed value would be completed by the DNR through hiring an agency to appraise the property.  After this appraisal, if the grant application is approved, the DNR would match ½ of the appraisal for land acquisition.  The Town would need to supply the other ½ for payment.  If we apply for this DNR grant condemnation would not be allowed.  Community Development will also proceed with mapping this for future park use.


Much discussion ensued about the past history of this area and what was needed for future park use.


A review of the appropriate steps to acquire this property was discussed.  MOTION: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Horn to coordinate a grant application with Community Development to acquire the Moseng property for O’Hauser park use.  Motion carried unanimously.





President Gawinski thanked Town Chairman Tews, and Administrator Archambo for attending the Park Commission meeting.



Motion: Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Peterson to enter into closed session at 8:40 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.


MOTION: Commissioner Horn, seconded by Commissioner Kuehn to adjourn from executive session at 9:13 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.



Motion Commissioner Peterson; seconded Commissioner Kuehn to adjourn the November 13, 2002 meeting at 9:15 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.





John A. Zaborsky, 

Secretary, Park Commission