Park & Rec Committee
Thursday, September 23 2010
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
1) Discuss 2010 projects:
a) Budget review.
b) Hermanns Park maintenance and projects.
c) Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects.
d) Volunteer Workdays.
2) Discuss 2011 projects.
3) Public Comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
The Park & Rec. Advisory Council met on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Earl Jewett (tardy), Dave Sehloff, Jim Bertram, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig, Ed Braun, John Abler and Brenda Schneider. Absent were Mike Wirtz, Janet Velasco, Tom Letkewicz, Cindi Goebel, Ed Schneider, Jason Meyer, Dustin Nalley and Gary Morgen.
Member John Abler called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.
John Rickert moved to approve the minutes of the July 22nd, 2010, meeting, seconded by John Abler. Motion carried by voice vote.
1) Discuss 2010 projects
a) Budget review: The status of the Department within the 2010 budget was reviewed. The budget allocated $14,000 for the Parks Department; including pending land purchases. The expendable allotment for the parks is estimated to be $8,000.00. During the year, the second payment toward the Kiekhaefer Park parking lot lights was made, the Gator was purchased and the Silica Road parking lot was constructed. These projects/expenses, coupled with operational costs, have absorbed the year’s allotment. A 3-year report of revenue/expense report was received from the Town Treasurer.
b) Hermanns Park maintenance and projects:
(1) The Hermanns Park donations have been expended per the report from the Town Treasurer.
(2) The woodchips in the playground area need to be replenished.
(3) Strong winds damaged sign; which needs to be replaced.
(4) The Mullhulland family intends to donate four benches. This will be a 2011 project.
(5) The Chairman has been asked to develop a project “wish list” for possible contributions in memoriam.
c) Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects:
i) Disc Golf Course. Mike Matteson and Scott gave the following overview:
(1) It is a pay-to-play sport. They would provide an honor box, envelopes and pencils.
(2) They will raise the funds for the purchase and installation of holes. A sign giving naming rights to each hole would be erected at the holes. Tee signs will advertise the sponsorship of each hole.
(3) They will also provide ongoing maintenance.
(4) Courses in the State generate $15-60,000 per year.
(5) It takes about an acre of land per hole.
(6) They would be sensitive to not disrupting other existing uses in the Park when designing the course.
(7) The baskets are locked into place. They can be made moveable in order to add variety to the game. The baskets can be removed during the winter.
(8) They will cut/trim/remove trees for fairways, if needed, with as much limitation as possible.
(9) Disc golf is a year-round sport.
(10) Wisconsin is the 5th largest state in the sport.
(11) They run nine professional disc golf tournaments per year. They would consider conducting at least one tournament per year at this site.
(12) Forming league play at this site would be a potential.
(13) A bathroom is an amenity but not a necessity.
(14) Vandalism happens on occasion but pay-to-play participants are more respectful than free users.
(15) 95% of Wisconsin courses do not have grade elevation changes.
(16) They would spend the winter planning with construction to occur in spring/summer 2011.
(17) They would like to plan for a 27-hole course using the Park and the Scenic Overlook.
(18) Ideally, they use 30’ fairways; but it can be as small as 5’.
(19) It would take about two weeks to develop a course plan. They would make modifications as requested by the Committee or the Board. They were informed to avoid the former dump site, houses and the sledding hills.
(20) Fond du Lac and Appleton have disc golf clubs.
(21) The Committee requested they provide financial information and contact references for other courses.
(22) The Committee suggested they begin planning for a course design to the present to the Town Board.
September 23rd, 2010 Park & Rec. Advisory Council 2.
(23) The Committee may consider recommending the Board approve the use with a limitation to 9 holes in the Scenic Overlook on a trial basis.
ii) Trail Dedication.
(1) The ceremony was held on September 11th.
(2) It was a special event and the Kiekhaefer, Schmitz and Dobogai families were very honored.
iii) Sledding Hill Shelter.
(1) The graffiti has been removed and the structure has been re-painted.
iv) Right of Way Trail.
(1) Jim Bertram has access to a mini-backhoe for the installation of a drain tile.
(2) The Town has approximately 150’ of tile.
(1) Brenda Schneider recently spoke to Ed Schneider.
(2) He has purchased materials but has not made the project a priority.
(3) Brenda asked him to complete three canisters by fall for installation before the frost season.
(1) October 9th, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Passport to the Ledge.
(2) November 6th, 8:30-11:0 a.m., buckthorn removal will be a priority.
2) Discuss 2011 projects. The Committee supported requesting a $14,500 allocation in the 2011 Budget for the following projects:
a) General projects: donation canisters (3), dog waste supply centers (3).
b) Gladstone lot: signage, concrete pads (2) for future benches.
c) Scenic Overlook: concrete pads (2) for future small roofed shelters, re-locate the grills near the planned shelter sites, brush clearing, signage.
d) Deadwood lot: signage, concrete pad (1) for future bench.
e) Hermanns Park: woodchips, concrete pads (4) for benches, benches.
f) Kiekhaefer Park: land purchase, erosion correction, maps/signs, trail grooming equipment, signage.
g) Wellings Beach: land purchase.
3) Public Comment. None was presented.
Next meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, October 26th, at 6:00 p.m.
4) Adjournment. Chairman Jewett declared the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider
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