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Park board approves change of ice rink rental rates

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation District Board of Park Commissioners approved a change of rental rates for John L. Wilson Arena Monday. Junior Kautz, arena manager, said the rates now are split into a $55 prime and $50 non-prime hourly fees fo...

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation District Board of Park Commissioners approved a change of rental rates for John L. Wilson Arena Monday.

Junior Kautz, arena manager, said the rates now are split into a $55 prime and $50 non-prime hourly fees for renting the arena. Kautz proposed dropping those rates and adopting a $55 per-hour rate for November through February and a $70 per-hour rate for September, October, March and April. He said the costs of operating the arena are higher when the weather is nicer, so it makes sense for the rate to match that.

Kautz said the rate change shouldn't impact the organizations that rent the arena too much because outside of the winter months, the ones who are renting the ice are those who really want to.

Nancy Neary, director of tobacco prevention for Central Valley Health District, requested that the board consider adopting a tobacco free policy for all department grounds and facilities. If the policy is put in place before June 30, the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control would pay for the signage, Neary said.

Doug Hogan, Jamestown Parks and Recreation director, said the policy would be considered an ordinance and would require it to be read twice, reviewed and approved by the board.

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Commissioner Richard Ryan said he would like to do some more research and talk to people in the community before moving forward with the policy. The topic was tabled until the next meeting.

Amy Walters, Two Rivers Activity Center facility manager, said the interview process for the five supervisor positions are underway. Walters said she is pleased with the quantity and quality of applicants, and will bring names of position applicants to the board next month for approval.

Walters said she is working with the city to get a permit so the child care center in TRAC can open at the same time as school starts.

Membership sales for TRAC are open, and people can purchase them in person at the Jamestown Parks and Recreation office or online, Walters said. A task force has been created from the TRAC Advisory Board to create a scholarship process for people who cannot afford a membership, Walters said.

TRAC has received two grants, one to coordinate a walk/run during the White Cloud Festival in July to establish a fund for scholarships and one to plant a community orchard on TRAC grounds, Walters said.

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