Granger Parks and Recreation Board Meeting Minutes
Call to order: 7:04pm
Also present were Jennifer Harned and Brad Feick
Board Discussion Items:
~Budget: Updated 2018-2019 Budget
Most everything got approved for the coming budget year. Items of note are:
-Approved Bathroom & Storage locks
-Approved desktop for Brad Feick
-Floor and Acoustics were approved
Items not approved are as follows:
-Stove and gas removal
Gas will be turned off until it is needed. Rental application of community center will now include the choice of stove or no stove. Fire department will come light the stove if needed
-No raise for Jennifer Harned for certification
-No removal of wall in conferences, no accordion wall
-No carpet cleaning in building repair/maintenance
~Survey: Updated some corrections and approved to be sent out via letter and email.
~New program guide/summer planning
Summer camp planning is underway; Sharon who ran the K-5th grade camp last summer will be heading up both preschool and K-5th grade this summer. She has begun planning activities. Jennifer is also meeting with the new aquatics director in Perry to discuss our partnership with swim lessons again. Goal is to have guide sent to printers by March 14th and registration for spring/summer/early fall open April 1st. Discussion items are movie choices, Easter Egg Hunt Opportunity, Beggers Night, Mother/Daughter Tea party and Soccer dates.
~Partnership with Woodward Granger Schools
Jennifer Harned met with Shannon Ashman to discuss collaboration to provide physical activity for the preschool age group in the future. This program would be similar to the library program and offer a free service once a month. Jennifer has met with Rebecca Maas to discuss partnering with the school on their upcoming inclusive playground at Grandwood. Active play is just as important (perhaps more) for children with disabilities. The hope is that the inclusive playground will allow for children both with and without disabilities to be able to play together without significant changes to the play environment.
~Trails Committee Update: Dates changed, uncertain as to when
Community Center budget is 39% spent with a revenue of $3,000 since Dec 19th
Parks and Recreation budget is 66% spent with a revenue of $4,124.24 since December 19th
~2018 Dallas County Grant:
Jennifer has submitted a grant application for the Dallas County Foundation Grant to help provide additional programming equipment to have on hand for youth and adult programming. Grant will notify winners in March/April
~2018 Paint Iowa Grant:
Jennifer went ahead and submitted for the Paint Iowa Grant through Keep Iowa Beautiful. This grant is a collaboration with Diamond Vogel Paint of Orange City Iowa to provide groups paint for community enhancement projects. If selected, the project will include the entryway, event room and dining room at the Community Center. They will notify grant winners in March/April.
~Delta Dental of Iowa Grant:
Jennifer went ahead and submitted a grant application to Delta Dental of Iowa Grant for replacing the water fountain at the Community Center. This update would include a new water fountain system that would include a bottle filling spot. Using a bottler filling station would reduce plastic bottle waste and provide filtered water through the water fountain. Grant Winner notification date is unknown.
~2018 Bock Family Foundation Grant:
Jennifer went ahead and submitted a grant application to the Bock Family Foundation Grant for removing the wall between the two small meeting rooms at the Community Center. This update would open the space better and accommodate for programming. Grant winner notifications will be in April/May
~2018 Build with Bags Grant:
Jennifer will be submitting for the Build with Bags Grant again this year. This grant will include 8 new trash receptacles surrounding Centennial Park. They will announce the grant winners on Earth Day, April 22nd.
~Spring Conference and Trainings:
Jennifer will be attending the Spring IAPRA Conference in Iowa City March 26-28th. Jennifer will also be attending the Playground Safety Inspector Course April 9-11th in Ashland, Nebraska
Hy-Vee Freezer Meal hosted another very successful class. We will begin to offer this every other month due to the popularity.
Adult Volleyball ended with their final playoff game on Sunday February 18th. Great feedback and many are wanting to add a second season. Yoga and Axis continue to be successful evening fitness programs
~Youth Recreation Programs:
Lil Hawk Hoopsters ended February 24th
Youth Dance ended their last performance on Thursday February 8th.
Bricks 4 Kidz after school program began Tuesday February 27th.
TOT Basketball and Creative Genius Art Classes are in session and continue to grow.
~Movies in the Park will continue once more but will only have three movies, with the final movie being shown at the end of the Granger Days event on August 25th. There were several choices with the first movie showing on June 30th and will be Star Wars. Last two movies will be finalized over the coming month.
~The Easter Egg Hunt that is usually done by the Granger Nursing Center will no longer be hosted by them. They have decided to step aside on the annual hunt. This year’s hunt will be sponsored by the Parks and Recreation and the Stonebridge Church. Date and time has since been decided as March 31st at 10:30am at the Community Center with 6,000+ eggs and open to ages 0-11.
Next Parks and Recreation Board Meeting will be Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Granger Community Center.