Park & Rec. Committee
Thursday, April 24 2008
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
1) Tour Kiekhaefer Park to select a location for the observation platform.
2) Discuss 2008 projects:
a) St. Peter park development,
b) Park maintenance and projects.
3) Public Comment.
Brenda A. Schneider
The Park & Rec. Advisory Council met on Thursday, April 24th, 2008, at 5:30 p.m., at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Earl Jewett, John Abler, Lyle Nett, John Rickert and Secretary Brenda Schneider. Absent were Gary Morgen, John Morris (excused), Bob Roehrig, Linda Calvey, Bill Holzbach, Kim Bertram, and Ed Schneider (excused). Also present were Town Supervisor Clarence Kraus and 12 residents.
Chairperson Jewett called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m...
1) Tour Kiekhaefer Park to select a location for the observation platform. The Committee members in attendance toured the Park.
2) Discuss 2008 projects:
a) St. Peter park donation. Notification letters were sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the new park. The letter included an invitation to attend the meeting and provide input as to the development of the park. Chairman Jewett gave a brief background regarding the donation. A public dedication will occur on Monday, May 26th, at 6 pm.
Suggestions made by attendees were as follows:
• Install playground equipment for a range of ages, such as 60% for under 8 years of age and 40% for 8-12 years of age.
• Install a fence along Cty. QQ. Split rail fencing with cables for added security was discussed.
• Preferred activities/components mentioned:
(1) Half-court basketball court with a standard and a shorter hoop.
(2) Swings and tire swing.
(3) Sand box with excavator.
(4) Balance beam.
(5) Climbing apparatus.
• Install benches/picnic tables. An offer of a picnic table has been received from the Pierret and Thielman families.
• Conduct community fund-raising drives. Chairman Jewett would like to establish a fund-raising committee. No volunteers yet.
• The St. Peter Lion’s Club expects to contribute in some form.
• The St. Peter 4H also intends to help with landscaping, etc.
• Mark Schumacher, Ledgeland Landscaping, offered to donate time and material for any lawn repair needed.
• Fall zone/safety material
(1) Rubberized solid surface—very expensive to purchase and repair.
(2) Pea gravel—inexpensive material. However, the paint on the playground equipment will chip if users throw the gravel at it.
(3) Engineered wood chips—inexpensive material. However, will need to be replaced periodically.
(4) Rubberized chips—more expensive. Small pieces tend to stick to clothing.
(5) Sand—inexpensive material.
• Bathroom facilities with an attached shelter—possibly a Lions Club project or seek grant funding. Sanitary sewer assessments are paid in full. Water could be extended from a neighboring property. Electricity would need to be extended to the site. A Porta-potty could be used the first few years..
• Lighting—the neighbors prefer not to light the park at this time.
• Aesthetics—bathroom could be barn-like in appearance, split rail fencing, green and brown playground equipment, possibly more shade trees.
• Install a bubbler near or in the bathroom.
• Contribution policy—no objections to donor recognition by plaques or bricks.
• Pedestrian/bicycle safety—install a bike rack, develop the right-of-way between Evergreen Court and Sunset Drive. Contact the County regarding a possible reduction of the speed limit, park signage and warning lights.
April 24h, 2008 Park & Rec. Advisory Council 2.
• The Town will save approximately $4,000 if we install the equipment. The warranty will cover the equipment regardless of who installs it.
b) Park maintenance and projects. A work day will be held on Saturday, April 26th. Depending upon the number of volunteers, the following projects are planned:
o Erect the observation platform. The consensus of the Committee was to erect the platform at the top of the former tube-run area; just west of the Kiekhaefer Parkway parking lot.
o Install a split rail fence along the Hagedorn property.
o Seed the bare areas on the sledding bowl.
o Continue removing old fencing.
o Litter removal.
Chairman Jewett is interested in establishing a prairie maintenance group for the removal of woody plants, etc. The prairie was burned April 8th.
The snowmobile club may purchase a larger groomer. In the event they do, some trees may need to be removed at the Lakeview Road access to the Park prior to next winter.
Leadership Fond du Lac is in the process of compiling and documenting the history of the Park. They are constructed an information sign and may purchase a viewing scope for the observation platform.
3) Public Comment. None given.
4) Adjournment. John Rickert moved to adjourn at 7:42 p.m., seconded by Lyle Nett. Motion carried.
Brenda A. Schneider
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