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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wheaton Fire Station at 7:00 pm

1.  The meeting was called to order by Ken Books at 7:00 p.m.

2. Commission members present: Chad Kragness, Stephanie Hay, Jenny Schutte, Dora Wood, & Ken Books

Public Present: Mark Blaskowski

3.  Approval of Agenda - Dora motioned to approve the agenda as presented.  The motion was seconded by Jenny.  Motion carried.

4.  Secretary’s Report/November Meeting Minutes - Jenny moved to approve the November meeting minutes.  Motion was seconded by Chad.  Motion carried.

5.  Public Comments – No public comment. 

6.  Old Business

  1. Boat Landing Dock System – Dora is waiting on drawing/bids from Skip and also contacting an additional contractor.
  2. Upper Pavilion/Concession Building Updates – Ken presented the CBS Squared bid at the last Wheaton Town Board meeting.  The Town Board asked Ken to get another bid for the work.  He is contacting SEH – Rebecca.  We are asking for a bid for the complete project cost and a bid specifying a lump sum cost for just the design work.  Ken will also have CBS Squared detail their bid for comparison purposes. 
  3. Park Expansion Progress & Grant Applications –

* Rent a stump grinder and have the town guys grind the stumps – per Wheaton Town Board recommendation.

*Grant application – We were not awarded a grant for the landscaping from ATC.  They encouraged us to apply again. We will take up that action in January or February.

*Ken spoke with a representative for the Otto Bremer Trust which does grants.  They prefer community or municipal type projects in their final phase. This grant will be kept in mind as we move forward. 

  1. Researching Licensed/Insured Firewood Cutting Companies for Handling Park Expansion Maintenance of Dead/Down Trees –

*Ken spoke to Marvin Larrabee who was not interested in the project, but recommended having a small contractor.  The Town Board suggested we could use town employees for 2017.

*We will utilize town staff to final grade and seed the trails.  Mike Dalby recommended a seed mix to use on the trails.

            e. The benches have been put together for the dugouts.

7.  New Business

  1. DNR Grant Application for the Park Expansion/Boat Landing Improvements – We would use this grant for signage, trail pavilion, and possibly for boat landing improvements.  Time was spent on completing the application. Ken has some clarification questions to ask of our contact at the DNR.

8.  Potential Agenda Items for Next Meeting (Commission Discussion) - Bike Trail/Trail Parking Lot

9.  Next Meeting Date – January 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wheaton Fire Station

10.  Adjournment – Chad motioned to adjourn.  Jenny seconded the motion.  Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 9:28 pm.


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