It was a three-hour session full of discussion at the monthly meeting of the Minot Park Board Tuesday night with bids and proposals to accept and topics to discuss at length.
On the agenda from the golf committee was a discussion of the proposal from Minot Junior Golf Association that would put the north side of Souris Valley Golf Course back together and seeded by next year, with a cost of approximately $500,000. The park board voted to accept the bid and agreed to spend the money to hire the golf course developer that golf pro Steve Kottsick met with at the previous golf committee meeting.
The zoo committee made a recommendation to declare three buildings, two ticket booths and the old office building, as alternate projects to the Federal Emergency Management Association.Ron Merritt, director of parks, said he'd be willing to declare them as such and take what FEMA is offering, even though it would be "quite a process."
Also recommended from the zoo committee was to accept the bid from Corman and Associates, Kentucky, for the gift shop furnishings in the amount of $29,893 and approve the expenditure of the funds.
There was some discussion of the current policy for unattended youth at Maysa Arena brought up by the parks committee. Chuck Emery, Maysa Arena manager, had drafted a policy that said a parent or guardian or adult coach will be present prior to any youth user age 14 and younger going on the ice surface, but the arena staff does not fulfill that requirement during private ice rental times. He said the staff is not always in a position to be aware of who may have let someone into the facility or who has left. In order to provide an environment that is as free from concerns of predators or other individuals who do not have the best interest of the youth as a priority, there will be a policy going into effect that a parent or guardian or adult coach will be present when the first youth user age 14 and younger is dropped off and until the last youth user age 14 and younger leaves the facility. Parents will also ensure there is a responsible person in Maysa Arena prior to leaving their children, the policy also states, and the responsible adult will also personally monitor the locker room at all times while participants are present and the monitors must be screened and meet all USA Hockey screening policies. The park board approved the policy, but made some minor changes in the wording.
The parks committee also accepted bid results for the children's zoo at Roosevelt Park Zoo and will get started on it soon.
The administration committee discussed the loan from the Bank of North Dakota concerning the financing of flood projects. Merritt said in a previous meeting the park district could bond up to one percent of the City of Minot value since the flood was a declared federal disaster. He also said the park district could levy the payment for the loan.
The discussion of the proposal for ice use at the All Seasons Arena also passed. Commissioner Connie Feist said at the previous administration committee that she wanted to get a better handle on the need for a third sheet of ice. By budgeting approximately $60,000 to help the North Dakota State Fair Association with the initial cost of putting ice in, Feist proposed the ice could be offered to the user groups at the same rate they pay at Maysa Arena.
The park board also rejected the proposal on the property on Cortland Drive. Minot resident Brad Caldwell offered to buy the residence, but the City of Minot and the park board want the house removed to allow better access to Riverside Park. The park board will stand by their original decision to let the city demolish the house.
The administration committee had previously received a request for a gathering to be held at Oak Park on July 12, 2012, and the park board agreed to allow it. The gathering is a political rally, but Merritt stated they could not be denied on that fact alone. The park board can set restrictions, but cannot disallow the rally.