DATE: July 12, 2010
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Battell Community Center, Community Room
PRESENT: Reg Wagle, John Coppens, Carolyn Teeter, Bob Shriner, Mike Bergin, and Ellen West
ALSO PRESENT: Michael Faulkner, Carmen Maes, Joe VanNevel, Richard Frye, Michelle Werntz, and Robert C. Beutter

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Board President, Mr. Wagle, called the regularly scheduled meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by Mr. Wagle calling for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 14, and June 27, 2010, regularly scheduled Park Board meetings. Mrs. Teeter moved to approve the minutes as submitted and Mrs. West seconded it. The motion carried unanimously.

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None at this time.

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Mr. Faulkner presented the Board with an Elementary Athletics Proposal. The proposal indicated that Mishawaka Parks would be adopting the sports programs eliminated through School City of Mishawaka. Sports will include Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Boys and Girls Track. These sports are in addition to the already implement youth wrestling and football programs. Program details were discussed and a proposed registration fee structure presented for each sport.
The registration fee for each sport would be $20 for the initial athlete and $10 for each of the athlete’s siblings who also registered in that same sport. Mr. Faulkner requested acceptance of the new programs and fees. Mr. Bergin moved to accept the new programs and fees, stipulating that the fees should be approved for a one year time period and then be reevaluated based on the enrollment and success of each program. Mr. Coppens second Mr. Bergin’s motion. The motion with stipulation carried unanimously.

Ms. Maes presented the Board with a proposed fee reduction request for the Fall Softball Leagues. Her proposal would decrease the league fee/team by $100.00. Her request indicated a decline in team participation and teams leaving our league to play elsewhere. Mr. Coppens moved to approve lowering the fees by $100 and Mrs. Teeter seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Michelle Werntz, Office Manager for the Department requested payment approval of claims for the Parks & Recreation Department as listed below:

Docket Number Amount
1000269 $000,327.00
1000271 $000,391.00
1000273 $001,271.20
1000279 $000,438.50
1000286 $042,317.80
1000287 $000,545.00

Mrs. Teeter moved to approve the claims as presented on the above docket. Mr. Shriner seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Battell Center donations for the month of June totaled $1,220.77. Mrs. Teeter moved to approve the donations as presented and Mr. Shriner seconded it. The motion carried unanimously.

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Monthly Departmental Reports

Mr. Faulkner thanked everyone for their efforts and participation at Mishawaka Summerfest, including staff, Board Members and City electricians. He advised the Board that the Department had held a July 4th Celebration at Beutter park which ended with a free fireworks display courtesy of Mr. Dean McCool. The event was very successful with beverages and entertainment being the attraction prior to the fireworks. He also informed the Board it was time to begin making preparations for the upcoming 2011 budget.

Mr. Faulkner provided the monthly figures for Battell Center. Revenue was $9,759.56 and building attendance was 3,607. He also briefly discussed the performances in the auditorium and events held at Battell during the month of June.

Mrs. Maes spoke to the Board about the June recreational activities including purchasing new jerseys for football, planning an employee company picnic for August 22, and meeting with Shawn Hickey of Kona Ice who gave the Department $1,006.00 from vending at events (20% compared to 10% from normal concession vendors). She also advised that summer softball was going well, the fireworks on July 4th were great, and that Chick-fil-A jumped on board for some events and will be giving us 10%.

Mr. Frye discussed the revenue figures for the Golf Course in June as provided on his report to the Board. He indicated that revenue was up nearly 25% from last year. He talked about the successful outing for the Wrestling Club, the start of the Junior Tour and the upcoming Garbage Open scheduled for Wednesday, July 14th.

Mr. Fowler advised the Board of the maintenance division activities at the golf course. Aside from regular mowing of greens, tees, fairways and roughs, the division fertilized, treated for diseases, removed debris from storm damage, prepped tee signs for new advertising, cleared #17 hill and planted wildflowers. Flooding was an issue due to the heavy rains and affected holes 3-4, 12-14 and 16.

Mr. VanNevel discussed the monthly Pool Complex activities for June. Attendance was great with an average daily revenue of $1,000.00. Mr. VanNevel also advised the Board of the positive comments on the new location for the 5K Run at Summerfest.

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Mr. Wagle then called for additional questions and/or comments from any others present at the Board meeting. As there were no further questions or comments to be made, Mrs. Teeter moved to adjourn the meeting and Mr. Coppens seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

Submitted for Approval to the Board
Michelle L. Werntz,
Office Manager, Parks & Recreation

Carolyn Teeter, Board Secretary

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