The Grand Rapids City Council convened for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 13 at City Hall. The Council addressed several routine items starting with a department head report from Dale Anderson, Parks and Recreation Director.
Anderson said that a lull in activities at the Civic Center was being used to catch up on maintenance at the facility. Currently, Anderson said, worn out flooring is being replaced, and the bleachers on the east side of the west venue have been removed and shipped to Rajala Lumber for milling and planning. Once complete the bleachers will be shipped back to the Civic Center where they will be finished and reinstalled. The entire process is expected to take about three weeks to complete.
Two new playgrounds will be opening in the city, Anderson said. The first is Crystal Lake Park at the old middle school site, and the second will be in the Remer /DeSchepper area, at the intersection of Alice and Rogers Streets. “With these playgrounds, all but about three playgrounds out of 18 in our city will have been updated within the last ten years,” he told councilors.
Anderson also spoke briefly about the city’s summer sports camp. He said that the program started on June 6 and runs through August 19. The program runs from 7:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday, and is aimed at boys and girls aged 7 to 12. Anderson characterized the program as an active alternative to summer child care. The program has been averaging about 30 kids per day. He said the program utilizes park space when weather allows and the Civic Center on inclement days. Staff fluctuates according to the number of participants it attracts.
Lastly, Anderson talked about the two new Zambonis coming to the Civic Center in August. Previously, the council voted to purchase the Zambonis to improve indoor air quality. The new Zambonis will be powered by batteries, and the city will look to sell two of its propane-powered Zambonis under the terms of a consignment agreement with Arena Warehouse.
In other business, the council:
• Entered into a Public Finance Service agreement between the City and Ehlers, Incorporated for a period of five years.
• Voted to amend the city’s fee schedule to include fees when issuing alcohol licenses for taprooms and growlers.
• Appointed Janell Hecimovich to Administrative Assistant in the Police Department at an hourly rate of $18.34 contingent upon successful completion of a background check, psychological evaluation, and drug test.
• Approved the verified claims for the period of May 17 to June 6 in the amount of $468,469.95.