Parks and Recreation Commission on October 7, 2021


7 p.m., City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle, North Liberty, Iowa

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  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
    1. September 2, 2021
  3. Reports
    1. Parks Report
    2. Recreation/Pool Report
    3. Questions, Concerns, Updates
  4. New Business
  5. Old Business
    1. Board Vacancy – candidate to be approved at an October city council meeting
  6. Next Meeting
    1. Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:00pm.
  7. Adjourn


Board Meeting Minutes
Date: October 7, 2021
Present: Amy Chen, Kevin Stibal, Jeremy Parrish
Absent: Richard and Marcia
Others Present: Shelly Simpson, Brian Motley, Tim Hamer

1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes
a. September 2, 2021
b. Motion to approve minutes: Kevin Stibal
c. Second to approve minutes: Jeremy Parrish

3. Reports
a. Parks Report
1. Ranshaw House close to completion
1. Turf grass required supplemental watering
2. Picked up trash receptacles and pet stations weekly
3. Maintained equipment, starting on winter soon
4. Performed ground and landscape maintenance
5. Planted a bunch of new trees last week
1. Supported by a $5k derecho grant
6. Turf grass mowing minimal due to dry weather
7. Continued ballfield maintenance
8. Painted soccer lines and program about to conclude
9. Additional seeding in Forevergreen Rd
10. Centennial Park loop road
1. New road will blend in nicely post-grading
2. South side residents concerned about traffic and speed
3. Considered speed bumps but engineering said not advisable
4. Paving will start next week
5. Dormant seed (for extra spring boost) and grading later this fall
6. Loop road will be a two-way with roll-over curb for events
7. Sidewalks will be connected into the park
8. No lights on the loop road due to resident concerns
9. Future plans: performance hall, splash pad, 3 shelters (2 South/1 North), gazebo
near pod with a possible veteran’s memorial, ADA-style swing set
1. Timing depends on fundraising
2. Amphitheatre and splash pad will be going first together (one building;
provides restrooms)
3. Plan is not yet available to the public
11. New LED lights at tennis court
12. PrideFest support in Coralville
13. Tennis court project nearing completion
1. Surface done, lines next week, then will cure
2. West side is where the ice-skating rink will go
3. Relocate ice skating this year due to warranty
14. Iowa Fishery management: 100s of new catfish on September 22
1. Redone every two years
2. Catfish do not reproduce well in a pond
b. Recreation/Pool Report
1. September is busy for sports
2. Staffing is lower after summer staff to year-around staff + pandemic issues, still a little
3. Pools shut down for pool heater replacement project
1. Closed September 10 for pool heater replacement project
2. Will open first week in November or late October
4. Building maintenance issues
1. Approved gas line
1. Fix will hopefully will go forward soon
2. Snow rails
1. Due back on October 15, then award
2. Snow gems faulty
3. Library north gutter
1. Sent out 5 RFPs, only got one back
2. Need more than one bid for the price
3. Will ask the pool heater company to provide a quote
5. Rec desk database
1. +214 people
6. Aqua programs
1. Shut down since September 10
2. Registration for programs in November
3. Staff shortage with swim lessons
7. League sports
1. Three weeks of flag football and volleyball left
2. No COVID-19 issues
3. Youth competitive basketball starts next week
4. Co-ed volleyball and men’s basketball going forward
5. Official shortage
1. Some long-timers lowering commitment
2. Raised pay doesn’t work
3. Need certification
4. Three cities all pulling from the same pool of candidates
8. Before and after school program
1. Morning has low enrollment
2. Evening at regular level
9. Land fitness classes ongoing
1. Not as popular as aquatic exercise classes
2. Contract instructors use this as a part-time job
10. Peewee sports programs
1. Football past month, good turnout, had a waitlist
11. Senior Connections lunches every Friday
1. Rec and library staff assist
2. 3 dates in September, hit max of 24 participants once
3. Following social distancing guidelines
c. Questions, Concerns, Updates
1. No unexpected repairs with pool
2. Did not have to drain the entire pool
3. Excited to see disc golf program

4. New Business
a. No new business

5. Old Business
a. Board Vacancy
1. Appointment at October city council meeting
2. Application form submitted to mayor and then the mayor chooses

6. Next Meeting
a. Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM

7. Adjourn
a. Motion to Adjourn: Jeremy Parrish
b. Second: Amy Chen



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