TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
Monday October 6, 2014 @ 6:30pm
Present: Steve Root, Bob Johnson, Allen Miller, Josh Nordstrum & Jeff Nelson
The meeting was called to order.
The park minutes from August 18, 2014 were approved as written.
Steve received a complaint about the backyard of a residence on the north side of Kennedy Park that has brush growing onto the park property. Steve viewed the location and suggests hiring a surveyor to reestablish the property line across that area. The town road crew would remove the brush that has overgrown onto the park and mow up to the property line. Al moved to approve up to $1,000 to hire a surveyor to reestablish the property line at Kennedy Park and Josh seconded. Motion carried.
Jeremy Bono is working on his Eagle Scout project at Bicentennial Park. He has held a couple work days. The gravel pad and footings are in place. There has been some landscaping done around the pad. The gazebo is being constructed in pieces in Tim LeBrun’s barn. The gazebo will be brought to the park and built in sections. Jeremy received a donation of $300 from Oregon Brooklyn VFW memorial toward the picnic table. The project is expected to be completed this fall.
Steve reported receiving DNR grant funding for Phase 2 at the Town Park. There has been positive comments received on the trail improvements at the Town Park.
Steve asked the park committee to consider loaning money from the park fund to the town for purchasing equipment. This has been done in the past and the payback would be over three years in three equal payments. The interest rate on the loan would be 1.5% to 2.0% APY. Currently the highest interest rate received on park funds is .85% APY. The town would prefer to not take out a loan from the bank and this also allows the park funds to earn a higher interest rate. Steve said the town is looking at replacing the current pickup truck with an F550 pickup truck. The town has purchased a new dump truck this year. Steve estimates a loan of $50,000 - $60,000. The park committee would still be able to continue funding projects. The park committee spends $10,000 to $15,000 per year. Action will be pending a town board request for funds.
The Friends of Anderson Park group created a one-mile walking trail at the park. Bob reported that he attended the last meeting and shared that Dane County has a project underway for developing organic farming plots. The next Friends of Anderson Park meeting will be held on October 15, 2014. The meeting will include membership renewal and election of officers. Information is available on the website.
There are no new Eagle Scout projects, but possible in spring.
The next park committee meeting with be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Al moved to adjourn and Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried.