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TRAC moving forward with equipment bid proposal

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission approved Two Rivers Activity Center moving forward with a bid proposal for fitness equipment from 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment on Monday. TRAC received three bids for the equipment, and one was sent th...

  

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission approved Two Rivers Activity Center moving forward with a bid proposal for fitness equipment from 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment on Monday.

TRAC received three bids for the equipment, and one was sent through email and deemed non-compliant, said Amy Walters, TRAC facility manager. The evaluation team reviewed the two remaining equipment bids from 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment and Life Fitness and decided to recommend 2nd Wind to the board, she said. Both bids came in under the equipment budget of $375,000, Walters said.

Walters said 2nd Wind sells various brands of equipment, has done a lot of work with other parks and recreation departments and offered training and repair options in its bid. TRAC would most likely lease cardio equipment and buy strength equipment from the company, Walters said. The proposal has not been finalized and the contract will still be negotiated, she said.

The board also approved the job descriptions for TRAC supervisory positions presented by Walters last month. It approved hiring the TRAC aquatics supervisor to begin in May and act as the pool manager this summer. The alternative would have been hiring a pool manager for the summer and hiring the aquatics supervisor in July, Walters said.

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The jobs have similar responsibilities and allowing the aquatics supervisor to start early and make connections with staff will be helpful, Walters said. Hiring only one person should also save money, although the numbers aren’t set in stone, she said.

Walters also updated the board on TRAC’s construction, which is still on schedule and on its $28 million budget. The concrete for the gym floor was poured, and only the floor in one hallway is still dirt, she said. Water slides have been installed in the pool area, and the area is being painted. TRAC is scheduled to open in September.

In other business, the board approved a design for a hockey puck shooting area presented by Matt Stockert, Jamestown High School boys hockey coach. Constructing the space in the northeast corner of the Eagles Arena would allow people to practice shooting pucks in an enclosed area and won’t cost the department anything, Stockert said.

Hogan updated the commission on the Jack Brown Stadium dugouts, which are about 67 percent completed. Hogan said he hopes to get everything done before the first games in the stadium in April, but there is still a lot of work to complete. The cost of the dugouts is about $288,000 and fundraising is ongoing, he said.

Approving changes to the Parks and Recreation Department’s employee handbook was tabled until next month after Commissioner Mike Landscoot requested additional changes. Landscoot asked that requirements for vacation hours and raises be clarified.

John Miller, golf course superintendent at Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course, presented a prioritized equipment request list, including a golf lift and fertilizer spreader. Miller said the lift would allow more efficient checking and maintenance of mowers, and the spreader gives a more consistent outcome.

kfairbanks@jamestownsun.com

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