TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
Monday June 3, 2013 @6:30pm
Present: Janine Jensen, Allen Miller, Steve Root, Bob Johnson
Also present: Jeremy Bonno, Eagle Scout candidate, Mr. & Mrs. Bonno and Zach, and the following folks from Della Street Park area: Katie Kasubaski, Patricia Wooldridge, Cassie Nordstrom, Josh Nordstrom, Lora, Mark and Tallyn Werner, Christy Schilling, and Carolyn Templeton.
The meeting was called to order.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read and were approved as read.
The planned walk through all of the parks was cancelled due to the requested appearance by the Della Street neighborhood.
Jeremy Bonno from Troop 50 presented his Eagle Scout project proposal. Jeremy’s project would be the construction of a 10 ft X 10ft gazebo in the Bicentennial Park. He has drawn some preliminary plans and researched various materials and associated costs. If treated lumber is selected, then the cost with metal roof would be about $500. If cedar is selected the cost would be about double. The proposed metal roof would be emerald green, to match the existing kiosk. It was agreed upon that cedar would be used. Flooring for the gazebo was the next item of discussion. It was decided that gravel might work the best, using cloth matting and 5 inches of gravel. Jeremy is planning on 6 working days this summer for the completion of the project. There was some discussion about adding a picnic table to the project. Bob recommended that Jeremy check into picnic tables similar to those in the town park, with metal base and a wooden top and seats. Allen moved to support this project up to $1500 with the stipulation that Jeremy return with more exact costs. Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The Della Street neighbors made their request for park improvement. The existing equipment needs to be updated, and in some cases, removed. The neighbors found on Craigs List used playground equipment for $5000 from a day care going out of business in Waterloo. An additional $1000 would be needed for assistance to tear down the equipment. A space measuring 49 ft. 6 inches by 38 ft. 8 inches would be needed. The neighbors would like to see a gazebo added to the park where families could spend time together, along with possible grills and benches. The neighbors also proposed a ½ court for basketball. In addition to the jungle gym, there would need to be matting under it, plus under the swing set, which the neighbors proposed retaining with some much needed maintenance and upgrading. Several other pieces of existing equipment could be removed because they are not being used by the children. The committee was presented photos of the replacement equipment and a drawing of proposed placement of the equipment. The equipment is from Playland. Steve requested that the neighbors check into the availability of replacement parts if needed and also to see if a Playland representative would be available during the re-construction. The neighbors reported that the neighborhood has a wide range of children’s ages that would be using this equipment. Someone suggested that the matting that is needed could come from re-cycled tires. The committee was informed that the day care was looking for an answer by June 4th. Steve requested that the neighbors find out from the daycare the possible timeline to get the equipment. The neighbors offered to place a down payment and then attend the Town Board meeting on June 4th when Steve makes this presentation to the board. The requested gazebo will be presented to the Scout troops as a possible Eagle Scout project. The neighbors suggested that they were considering a possible fundraiser that would include selling named bricks to form a border around the equipment. The neighbors have volunteers and bobcats lined up to assist with the excavation and moving of the system. The neighbors were told to bring a more detailed drawing of the location of the basketball court, with the understanding that this would only be ½ court, so that there would not be organized basketball. The request for charcoal grills and containers for the coals will also be presented to the Town Board. Allen moved to proceed with the initial project up to $8000. Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried. Steve will present it to the Town Board and the neighbors agreed to attend to show their strong support.
The bike path is on indefinite hold. The landowner involved is still not interested in selling land for this project.
The creamery project is also on indefinite hold.
The proposed planting of the donated maple trees by Mr. Nathan Hegg will take place at the Town Park on Thursday, June 6th. Andy Blomstrom has offered to lend his 30 foot auger to drill holes. Water will be carried into the park to be used on the new trees.
At the urging of Mr. Jeff Nelson from Sheil Road, the utility company has repaired the walk in entrance to the Town Park with new boulders and grass seed.
The next meeting will be Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:30pm.
Bob moved to adjourn and Allen seconded the motion. Motion carried.