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Independence Recreation Commission Board Minutes



Monthly Meeting September 20, 2017

Ash Youth Center

1501 N. 10th

Independence, KS  67301


MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                             OTHERS PRESENT:

        Ron Goins                                                                                                               Brent Julian

        Tony Turner                                                                                                           Lori Bromley

        Danny Johnston                                                                                                   Nick McBride

                                                                                                                                            Jim Butts

                                                                                                                                            Galen Palmer


Ron Goins opened the commission meeting at 11:31 a.m.



Danny Johnston moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Tony Turner seconded.    Motion carried


Tony Turner moved to approve the board minutes from the August 16, 2017 board meeting.   Danny Johnston seconded.  Motion carried 3-0. 


Danny Johnston moved to approve the September 2017 bills and checks for payment as presented.  Tony Turner seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

Treasurer’s Report

Galen Palmer reported the following bank balances as of August 31, 2017:  First Oak Bank – Checking:  $31,443.37; First Oak Bank – Petty Cash:  $500.00; and Equity Bank – Savings:  $221,687.17.  Danny Johnston moved to approve the treasurer’s report as presented.  Tony Turner seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


Maintenance Report

Jim Butts answered any questions the board had on the maintenance report.  Jim informed the board members that he has begun the process of winterizing Riverside Beach Aquatic Center.  Brent stated they will go over a maintenance list needed for next year in the near future to have ready to present to the city.


Programs Report

Nick McBride answered any questions the board had on the programs report.  A discussion was held on the fall sport participant numbers and the fact they are down just a little in some divisions.  Nick stated that the volleyball numbers are actually up quite a bit.  The commission asked how the Montgomery Co football league is going and Nick stated so far that it is all going well.  Danny Johnston asked if the opening of the dog park affected the ball fields this summer and Nick stated there were no big issues to his knowledge, and Brent stated that he had one episode with a dog while down there one evening but they got it under control quickly.


Director’s Report

IRC Director, Brent Julian, answered any questions the board had on the director/aquatics report.  Brent informed the commission that he should have the profit and loss statement ready for Riverside Beach in October and will do a punch list for the items necessary for next season and will then schedule a meeting with the city to discuss further.



Ash Center Maintenance Update

Brent updated the board members on maintenance projects currently going on at the Ash Center.  Brent stated that there is a possibility of using a new vending company for candy and pop machines due to the current vendor refusing to cooperate with the school district but as of now things are staying the same.  Brent stated that things are at a halt with the video game company the rec center is using out of Oklahoma, and that most of the games are not working and they refuse to contact the Ash Center or to come work on the machines.  Brent has contacted another gaming company out of Kansas City, but they do not usually travel more than 100 miles and they charge a monthly rental fee.  Brent stated it will just come down to whether or not they will come this far and what the rental fees will be.  Brent informed the board that the rec center purchased a 65” flat screen TV for the game room and are waiting for Schabel’s to install it, but so far they have not had time to do so.  Brent stated that he has contacted Countryside Glass out of Caney to come work on the women’s shower room door as well as the back door, however the owner is now semi-retired so was not sure when he would make it in.  The commission agreed that a new commercial door repair company needs to be found in this area.  Brent also informed the board that the rec purchased two commercial grade hotdog rollers one for the Ash Center and the other most likely will go to the pool, total cost was approximately $1,200.00.

Executive Session

 There was no executive session


Items from the Commission

There were no items from the commission.


Agreement for Action on Items from the Commission

No Agreement for action on Items.



Tony Turner moved to adjourn the meeting.  Danny Johnston seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.  Ron Goins adjourned the meeting at 12:20 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted,


Tony Turner





Ash Center Hours of Operation

  M-F Sat Sun
Summer (Memorial Day- Labor Day) 6am-5pm Closed Closed
Winter (Labor Day- Memorial Day) 6am-9pm 1pm-9pm 1pm-6pm

Professional Staff

Brent Julian Director of Recreation / Aquatics
Lori Bromley Office
Nick McBride Director of Sports
Simon Heckman Program
Jim Butts Maintenance Supervisor
Paula Ballew Maintenance

IRC Board Members

Christy Mavers Chairperson
Ron Goins Vice-Chairperson
Tony Turner Secretary
Tony Holmes Member
Danny Johnston Member

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