Independence Recreation Commission Board Minutes
Monthly Meeting February 21, 2018
1501 N. 10th
MEMBERS PRESENT: OTHERS PRESENT:
Christy Mavers Brent Julian
Ron Goins Lori Bromley
Tony Turner Nick McBride
Christy Mavers opened the commission meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Ron Goins moved to approve the agenda as printed. Tony Turner seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
Ron Goins moved to approve the board minutes from the January 17, 2018 board meeting. Tony Turner seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
Ron Goins moved to approve the February 2018 bills and checks for payment as written and presented. Tony Turner seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
Board Chair, Christy Mavers reported the following bank balances as of January 31, 2018 in Galen Palmers absence: First Oak Bank – Checking: $19,516.17; First Oak Bank – Petty Cash: $426.49; and Equity Bank – Savings: $24,890.15. Ron Goins moved to approve the treasurer’s report as presented. Tony Turner seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
Jim Butts answered any questions the board had on the maintenance report. Jim discussed the repair issues he’s had lately, such as indoor pool lighting and fixing the shower in the women’s locker room. Tony Turner asked how the new roof was holding up and Brent stated that there are still a few sporadic leaks, however Sean Clapp, with Heckman & Associates, came out to look for the leaks and feels that it is still the concrete blocks from the walls that the water is seeping through, and not the roof. Brent stated that Jim is going to do some more cleaning out and removal of the bushes and shrubs in front of the building that sit close to the wall in hopes of creating better drainage. Sean Clapp is to send someone out to look at it again for further evaluation.
Nick McBride answered any questions the board had on the programs report. Tony Turner asked why the non-competitive leagues that have to forfeit games due to lack of players, only are allowed to play one half of a scrimmage game, he feels they should have a whole game with a running clock if possible. Nick stated that use to be in the rules and he was not sure why it was ever changed and stated he would look into it, and that teams that forfeit can also pick-up players from the other team so they can compete. Christy Mavers stated that she has heard some complaints from parents that the IRC drafts are not always fair and sometimes very lopsided. Nick stated this is something that IRC has dealt with time and again, and he recently attended a meeting in Chanute with other recreation officials that have the exact same issues. Nick stated that there is no easy answer and a lot of different drafting techniques have been tried in the past, all resulting with someone not being happy. Nick stated that a lot of times it comes down to coaching, and those coaches that try to get to know the kids in their age bracket, gets to know their talent levels, and also takes time to practice several times per week, however, IRC has a very hard time finding the volunteer coaches that are willing to do this. Brent stated that IRC has also tried skills clinics in the past, where coaches can come and view the kids before a draft; however, it is difficult to make this mandatory since it is recreational, so most of time there’s a big lack of participation from the kids as well as the coaches. Tony Turner suggested holding a skills clinic for just the participants and IRC rating them a number from 1-5 and forming the teams from those numbers. Brent stated that trying the skills clinic again could probably be done for most sports. Nick discussed the meeting he attended in Chanute for the SEK All-Stars tournaments involving soccer, baseball/softball, volleyball and basketball.
IRC Director, Brent
Julian, answered any questions the board had on the
director/aquatics report. Ron Goins asked about Shawn O’Kane
returning as pool manager this year at
Brent stated that he has not received the audit reports yet from Yerkes & Michels CPA, as they have had a few audits take priority, but hopes to have IRC’s completed soon and will come in to review if desired. Ron stated that if everything goes well then that shouldn’t be necessary.
Brent spoke to the
City’s Building Inspector, Don Cushing, regarding the remodel of the
Bidding out Mower
Brent presented a statement he prepared to post in the newspaper on the sealed bids for IRC’s Hustler mower. Brent asked the board to review the statement and give their input. Brent stated that IRC was offered a trade-in of $1,500, so he would like to get more than that amount and asked the board their thoughts on a reserve price. The board agreed to set a reserve and go ahead and post in the local newspaper. Ron Goins moved to proceed with the sealed bids for the Hustler mower. Tony Turner seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
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.
The meeting adjourned at 12:34 p.m.