Granger Parks and Rec Board Meeting, September 10, 2019
General Agenda Items:
- Call to order: Jeri Wendzel called to order at 6:05 p.m.
- Roll Call: Present – Jeri Wendzel, Ryan Castor, Erik Smith
Absent – Jennifer Kopp, Carla Drennen
Members of the Public – Jennifer Harned (Parks and Rec Director) and Brad Feick
- Approval of the Agenda: Erik motions, Ryan seconds (all ayes)
- Approval of the August 7, 2019 minutes: Erik motions, Ryan seconds (all ayes)
- Public Forum – None
Board Discussion Items
- Director’s Report
- Safety Town – We had 12 enrolled. Class went well and had good feedback on the class. Jennifer would like to look at how we can get more kids from daycare/Hawks Nest involved next year; possibly changing the time.
- Youth Flag Football – We had great enrollment for Flag Football this year. Will send a survey out at the end of the season about adding 3rd grade flag football next year. Currently, the teams are 4 yo/K and 1st/2nd grades. Looking at shifting the teams to 4 yo, K/1st, 2nd/3rd.
iii. Youth Volleyball – this began this past weekend and the numbers are similar to last year.
- Park Board Meeting – Park Board meetings to continue on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Jeri motioned to move the meetings to 7:30 pm and Erik seconds. All ayes. Motion carried.
- Program guide – review program guide for printing. Board members have taken home a copy and well alert Jennifer of any necessary changes by Thursday morning.
- Land development – Currently a developer is talking with the city about building over 100 houses on the land north of the community center. Jennifer is looking into having the developer donate or allocate land from that area for a park. This is a requirement in a lot of towns and she would like to have that in writing for this development.
vii. School gym rental – In the past for activities such as kids volleyball and basketball we were able to rent the school gym free of charge since we are considered a public entity and categorized as a Class 1 or 2 under the school districts definitions for those people renting the gym. The new superintendent, Dr. Adams, and the activities director, Mr. Eikhorn, have contacted Jennifer about looking closer at the definitions of the “Classes”, they believe Parks & Rec should be categorized as a Class 3 or 4 and that would mean renting the school gym would cost $20-80 + $30 custodian fee. They need to go over the agreement document and reevaluate to try to keep the activities we offer affordable for everyone.
- CCRA & Parks Report
- The Parks budget sits at 10.91% spent (4.74% less than last year at this time) and the Community Center budget sits at 9.15% spent (3.24% more than last year at this time).
- Grants Update
- No grants
- City Council Update Subjects:
- Request developer allocate land for a park in the area north of the community center
Board Action: Review program guide and get back to Jennifer by Thursday AM.
Old Business: none
- Next meeting will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Adjournment: Ryan motions to adjourn, Erik seconds, all ayes, meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m.
Submitted by Jeri Wendzel, Chair