Park Board, November 7, 2013

PARKSIn a total of 16 minutes tonight the park board concluded its business and adjourned until a Nov. 14 work session to write updated policies and procedures for the new rec center.  Earlier committee  sessions have been devoted to setting rates, which haven’t yet been disclosed. Although brief, tonight’s meeting was better attended than any in the last 12 months, with only two absences and an appearance by council liaison Richard Laws.

Members present:  Chris Meeks, vice chairman, Tom Walker, Becky Morton, Don Little, Paula Smalley, Keith Stansell and Tim Baggett. Also, councilman Richard Laws.

Members absent:  Tom Blake and Chris Mason, park board chairman.

Staff present:  Dianne Rice, board secretary, Rusty Holley, park and recreation superintendent, and Berkley Squires, director of public services.

Audience attendance:  2

Approved minutes: Minutes of the Oct. 3, 2013, meeting were approved.

Director’s report:  Mr. Squires announced the city’s Christmas parade would be Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tree lighting at City Hall.  Mr. Holley said there were 28 places left to fill out of 50 total. Registration is being taken online.

Annual reports from city athletic clubs will be delivered to the board beginning with soccer in December, football and cheerleading clubs in January, baseball in February, and lacrosse in March.

Programs report: Ms. Smalley, the new committee chair set the next meeting — a full board work session– for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the home of Becky Morton, 108 Hanover Road. The meeting is open to the public.

Approved an event: Dr. Stansell, new facilities committee chair, recommended approval of a fun run and 5K race benefitting Impact Family Counseling at Central Park on Aug. 23, 2104, from 6 a.m.-noon.

Approved holiday facilities hours: Thanksgiving–Close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27; closed Thanksgiving Day; Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Christmas –Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Dec. 26.

New Year’s –Close at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Closed New Year’s Day.

Rec Center status: Mr. Squires said the rec center construction is 40% complete, on time and within budget.

Approved vehicle purchases:  The board voted to approve purchasing two 2014 Dodge Ram trucks for $47,948 to replace a 1998 Ford F-150 with 139,375 miles and a 2001 Chevrolet truck with a broken transmission. The trucks are being bought from the state bid list (a list of products that have already been acquired through the state-approved bid process).

Set committee meetings: The Facilities Committee will meet Dec. 3, 6 p.m., at the Senior Center. The Programs Committee will meet Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., also at the senior center.

There being no further business, the board adjourned at 5:48 p.m.


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