TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Present: Steve Root, Robert Johnson, Al Miller, Jeff Nelson and Linda Jackson
The minutes from the previous meeting were approved as written.
The ice rink at Hillcrest Park was successful. The neighbors would like to do again next year and possibly make larger.
The pruning of trees at the town parks was also successful.
Kristin Mani, 787 Truman Street, requested a paved path be installed in Kennedy Park to make the park more accessible to the neighborhood. Jess Odell, 4698 Carter St., was also in attendance to support the proposal. They contacted several neighbors that support the path. They would like some type of paved surface to push a stroller or ride a bike. The path would be between Eisenhower St. and Hoover St. The park committee discussed creating an 8-foot wide base. No one has talked with the neighbors to the sides of the proposed path. The park committee members supported the idea. Steve will obtain bids to present at the June meeting. The path would not be cleared of snow by the town. Steve asked for Kristin and Jess to attend the June meeting and bring along additional neighbors that support the project.
Steve distributed an internal agenda. The park committee will consider replacing the benches in the Town Park and Bi-centennial Park at a later meeting. Steve created a list of service projects that high school students can complete for service hours. The projects include maintenance to the Eagle Scout sign in front of the town hall, staining the shelter at the Bi-centennial Park and staining the Town Park sign and benches. Steve will work with a crew to complete these projects.
The park funds are limited due to loans to the town. The town pays interest on these loans to the park. The loans will be repaid in November 2018.
Steve discussed increasing the impact fee to $2,000. The fee was raised two years ago from $600 to $1,000. The fees are used to fund projects that are of a general interest to town residents and must be used within a certain timeframe. The money is kept in a separate Impact Fee bank account. The impact fees were used to support the Rotary bike trail. The town board also puts $4,000 a year into the Recreation/Transportation budget line item. The park committee could request to use the recreation/transport funds for the path in Kennedy Park. Miller moved, seconded by Johnson to recommend to the town board increasing the impact fee to $2,000 per new building site. Motion carried 5-0.
Roe Parker from Friends of Anderson Park has asked if the town park committee would work jointly on grant applications. The park committee members agreed that this would be worth pursuing with the Friends of Anderson Park.
Dane County has offered to work with the town on removing trees in the road right-of-way along Union Road. The town would provide traffic control and clean-up. The county will remove a few trees each year. The county would like the proposed bike path to extend down to the county dog park. The dog park will be opening next year.
The town hired Jordan Helmkamp to mow the parks this summer. The town will again contract with Dane County to mow Anderson Park.
Linda shared pictures of the plants being grown at the Oregon Middle School for the butterfly garden at the Town Park. Linda will create a planting plan once she knows what plants survived the winter. Linda has recently sold her home in the town, but has agreed to complete the butterfly garden. She will add a foot to the existing garden. The park committee will find volunteers to plant the garden and mulch.
Jeff moved, seconded by Johnson to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 5-0.