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Feb 21, 2017

Town of Wheaton Parks Commission Meeting

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wheaton Fire Station at 7:00 pm

3900 38th Street

Elk Mound, WI  54739


1.  The February 21st, 2017 was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Ken Books.

2.  Commission members Chad Kragness, Stephanie Hay, Jenny Schutte, Brian Gerrits, Dora Wood, and Ken Books were in attendance. Dave Kornesczuk of the Wheaton Knight Riders also attended.

3.  Jenny motioned to approve the Feb. 21st meeting agenda.  Dora seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

4.  The January Meeting Minutes were presented.  A motion to approve the minutes was made by Jenny and seconded by Chad.  Motion approved.

5.  Public Comments - None

6.  Old Business

  1. Boat Landing Dock System - Dora still getting information.
  2. Upper Pavilion/Concession Building Updates – Ken Books

After discussion, all commission members agreed something needs to be done.   

Brian moved to recommend to the Wheaton Town Board that we move forward with the design and engineer process from CBS Squared.  Dora seconded the motion. Motion carried.

  1.  Updated DNR Grant Application for the Park Expansion/Boat Landing Improvements -

We reviewed the application suggesting additions and corrections.  Jenny will work on the Environmental Form.  Letters of support were requested: Chad will talk with the Wheaton Knight Riders, Ken will contact the Ball League and Stephanie/Lynn will contact 4-H.  Brian will work on GPS coordinates and Dora will compile the dock option information.


7.  New Business

  1. Snowmobile Trail Extension/Trailer Parking in Wheaton Park – Wheaton Knight Riders Representative Dave Kornesczuk was present to offer his perspective.  He thinks incorporating snowmobile trailer parking in the upper park area is a good idea.  He suggested we designate parking as close to the trail, as possible, with some direction signage.  The Wheaton Knight Riders will help us with whatever we need (ex: grooming and signage). There will be approximately ¼ mile of park trail to connect with the existing snowmobile trail.  The plan is to use the south trail from the parking lot off 40th street to the existing snowmobile trail.

Ken will speak with the town board about the parking area.

  1. Sledding Hill Promotion Activities for 2017/2018 – Gary De Moe from the Planning Commission asked Jenny if there were plans for a Grand Opening or other event when the upper park/sledding hill is ready for public use. The commission discussed ideas such as: including area businesses to donate sleds, having hot cocoa, a warming tent, dog sled rides, and a bonfire.  We discussed including the snowmobile club, ball league, and 4-H with the event.


  1. Developing Wheaton Park Facebook Page to Promote Park Activities – Jenny drafted a “mock” Facebook page as a way to promote and share information.   Brian recommended it be more encompassing, such as a Town of Wheaton Page. 

Jenny moved that “We would like to strongly recommend, that the Wheaton Town Board create a Town of Wheaton Facebook page to build a greater sense of community among our residents including the Fire Department, Parks Commission, and other town entities.  The Parks Commission is willing to spearhead this endeavor.” The motion was seconded by Brian.

Motion carried.


8.  Next Meeting Date – March 21, 2017

9.  Chad moved to adjourn the meeting with a second by Stephanie.  The meeting was adjourned!

Respectfully submitted,

Dora Wood


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