University students will help Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department come up with a strategic plan, said Mindi Schmitz, president of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission, at its meeting Monday.
Schmitz said after further discussion with the staff of the Master of Arts in Leadership program at the University of Jamestown, the students have decided again to pursue the organization as a project study. The UJ students had considered the project in November but had initially said no before approving the project at no cost to Parks and Recreation, she said.
In new business, the commission members approved by a vote of 2-1 requests for $237,900 in additional equipment and projects for 2019. Commission member Mike Landscoot voted no, and members Mark Ukestad and Mike Soulis were not present.
Approximately $145,220 of the $220,000 facility fund will go toward bleacher repairs and a press box rebuild at Jack Brown Stadium, said Doug Hogan, director of Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department. A grant application is being submitted to Jamestown Tourism to help pay for additional costs of the project that could exceed $200,000, he said.
Another $44,980 from the facility fund will go toward a forklift at Two Rivers Activity Center, and two triplex mowers at Hillcrest Golf Course, Hogan said. Approximately $47,700 from the $81,840 ice rinks and golf course bond will go toward utility carts at Hillcrest Golf Course, and several renovation and repair items at Eagles and Wilson arenas, he said.
There will be $34,140 in the bond after the work, Hogan said.
Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, on the topic of the Pingree-Buchanan School District busing issue.