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Study Session

Minutes
Monday, April 18, 2005

City of Ashland

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

 

STUDY SESSION
MINUTES

 

ATTENDANCE

Present:    Commissioners Amarotico, Eggers, Gardiner, Lewis, Rosenthal; Director Robertson; Superintendent Gies; Superintendent Teige; City Council Liaison Amarotico

Absent:     None

CALL TO ORDER

Gardiner called the study session to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1699 Homes Avenue, and welcomed the guests, inviting them to speak to the commission.

OPEN FORUM

Greg Weston, 620 Sherwood Avenue, speaking on behalf of the baseball community in Ashland, requested the installation of lights at the baseball field at North Mountain Park.

NEW BUSINESS

SENIOR CENTER OPERATIONS

Robertson introduced Sharon Laws, Senior Center Director, and invited her to speak to the commission.

Laws expressed appreciation for the use of the building and spoke of the programs and services offered to the senior citizens of Ashland. She provided a brief history of the center, explaining how it came to be owned and operated by the city

Discussion Among Commissioners

Commissioners asked some clarifying questions about the center and thanked Laws for her work with the seniors of Ashland on behalf of the city.

OLD BUSINESS

PROPOSED CAPITAL EXPENDITURE PLAN

Robertson presented proposed capital expenditures for the 2005-2006 fiscal year, including: Hunter Park building upgrades; playground upgrades; tennis light upgrades; baseball light installation; equipment replacements; and other specific and general park improvements. The proposed capital expenditure plan included estimated costs for each item, with a total estimated capital outlay of $647,100.

5-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Robertson presented a 5-year capital improvement plan, which was based on feedback he received from commissioners throughout the 2005-2006 budget planning process and on an existing 5-year plan found in departmental archives. He asked for feedback from the commission on both of the proposed plans.

Discussion Among Commissioners

The commission discussed listed projects and debated whether to include all of them or to eliminate some in favor of open space and land acquisition funding.

The commission directed staff to assess the potential cost savings of new tennis lighting (to replace existing lighting) and to present the information at the regular meeting on Monday, April 25, 2005.

ADJOURNMENT With no further business, Gardiner adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Susan Dyssegard, Ashland Parks and Recreation

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