City Council Joint Parks and Recreation on April 5, 2018


  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call (City Council)
  3. Approval of the Agenda (City Council)
  4. Introductions
  5. Public Comment
  6. Joint Review and Discussion
    1. Parks Plan
    2. Park Land Acquisition Process
    3. Aquatics Plan
    4. Capital Project Funding Options
    5. Recreation Center Fees
  7. Adjournment


Call to order
Mayor Terry Donahue called the Joint Session of the North Liberty City Council with the Parks and Recreation Commission to order at 6:30 p.m. Councilors present: Jennifer Goings, Sarah Madsen, Annie Pollock; absent: Chris Hoffman, Jim Sayre.

Parks and Recreation Commission members present: Troy Carter, Matt Eckhardt, Jeff Kellbach, Megan Lehman, Jami Maxson, Scott Stahmer; absent – RaQuishia Harrington.

Others present: Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Dean Wheatley, Shelly Simpson, Brian Motley, Evan Runkle and other interested parties.

Approval of the Agenda (City Council)
Goings moved, Pollock seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Council agenda approved.

The Council and Commission introduced themselves.

Public Comment
No public comment was offered.

Joint Review and Discussion
Parks Plan
Guy Goldsmith, Park Superintendent, presented information on the Parks Plan. Hoffman arrived at 6:35 p.m. Council and the Parks Commission discussed the priorities in the plan and how the priorities should be updated. Consensus was to require a plan/policy on parkland dedication. Discussion was held on the pace of achieving the park plan goals. The consensus was to create a new priority one list. The group had a discussion on signage. The consensus was to focus on functionality over aesthetic improvements.

Aquatics Plan
Shelly Simpson, Recreation Director, presented information from the Aquatics Plan. The Council and the Commission discussed the plan. Goings left the meeting at 7:20 p.m. The group discussed the overall demands for space including gym space, ballfields, and aquatics. The Commission would like to have a joint recreation, parks and aquatics plan completed.
Having a rec and aquatics joint plan completed.

Capital Project Funding Options
Ryan Heiar, City Administrator, opened the conversation on funding of capital projects. The Council and the Commission discussed the funding options for new projects. The Parks Commission was tasked with refining priority twos. Council will review the general fund balance in the next month. Additional projects may be undertaken.

Recreation Center Fees
Simpson presented the proposed fee changes. The Council and Commission had a discussion regarding the fees.

At 8:01 p.m., Mayor Donahue adjourned the meeting.


By: ____________________________________________
Terry L. Donahue, Mayor Attest:

Tracey Mulcahey, City Clerk



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