Parks and Recreation Commission minutes for January 4, 2018

North Liberty Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Board Members Present:   Matthew Eckhardt, Jami Maxson, Scott Stahmer,  Raquishia Harrington, Jeff Kellbach, Troy Carter

Others Present: Shelly Simpson, Guy Goldsmith, Brian Motley, Tim Hamer

Meeting called to order: 7:00 pm


  1. Approve minutes: Minutes from December 7 meeting approved.
  2. Fees/Membership discussion:Updated propsals reviewed.    Options of daily fees of $4/$3 for   children and ages 60+ (options of $5/4 for non-residents).  Other package proposals unchanged,        except    facility track memberships of $5 resident /$6 non resident.  Input from board liking ID cards        for tracking, still some concern re track fees as obstacle to draw people to the Rec Center.  Could              recoup some cost for cleaning and resurfacing of track.  Problems recognized re enforcing facility               pass users with others utilizing community center, possibility of hand stamps to ID those already   checked in with pass.  Consideration of numbers of pass holders for different packages, fairly large          percentage of non-residents purchasing and those package prices greatly decreased.
  3. Aquatics Plan update: Shelly and Dean Wheatly have been directed to review and recommend   final draft, will utilize Dean’s input from working on parks plan with Guy.  Prioritizing boards A through E recommendations, hoping to do outdoor pool changes FY 2019, but parking changes at     a dead end, need to find other options to address parking issue.  Staff is continuing to gather     surveys re community recreation needs.
  4. Ice Skating update:  Dec 27 started rentals, even with cold weather 21 families have rented          skates.  Able to readily repair damage after vandalism.  Consideration of security camera, could   also monitor usage and need for lights.
  5. Winter Trail Maintenance: Clear trails anytime there is considerable snow.  Troy expressed            gratitude that this is done.  Guy often sees bikers or runners even quite early when he is clearing         trails, there is considerabel community use.
  6.   Building and Grounds Report: Busy with building maintenance, snow removal, working on equipment maintenance, working on ice rink.  Sent in Tree City USA application.  Playground for Centennial Park ordered.
  7. Winter/Spring Facility Usage: Demand high with New Year’s resolutions, freezing temps, new programs.
  8. Upcoming events:    Beat the Bitter                                                         February 2&3


  1. Recreation Monthly Report: Some breaks in programming with the holidays. Thanks to North   Liberty Lions and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for efforts at Santa Breakfast.


  1. Next Meeting Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Location: City Council Chambers at 1 Quail Creek Circle
  2. Adjourned at 8:22 pm