Park Board Minutes

January 20, 2021


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Wahpeton Park Board was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021  at 5:15 pm at the Community Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota.


Commissioners present: Joe Schreiner, Tyler Gripentrog and Roger Jensen.


Staff present: Wayne Beyer, Director of Parks and Recreation; Brad Edwardson Park Superintendent; Keith Blattenbauer, Recreation Director and Connie Metcalf, Park Board Clerk.


Meeting was called to order by Park Board President Joe Schreiner.


Motion by Roger Jenson, seconded by Tyler Gripentrog to approve regular meeting minutes of December 16, 2020. Motion carried 3-0.


Park Superintendent (oral and written report)

  • Brad is getting new lights for the Dog Park poles due to the other ones did not work for cold weather.
  • Central Specialties will be removing trees at Kidder due to in the way of the wires. OTP will sponsor fruit trees.
  • Employees have been keeping up with snow removal. The pond was first cleared on 12/28 for skating. The cross

country ski trails were groomed.

  • Staff have been working on the walls, insulation and sheetrock in the softball concession stand.


Recreation Supervisor (oral and written report)   

  • Keith reported parks & recreation basketball is wrapping up. Travel ball will be starting.
  • Women’s and coed volleyball are starting the winter session.
  • Men’s amateur basketball started on Sunday nights at the Community Center.
  • Chalet is open for sledding and skating.
  • Open gym switched from Sundays to Saturdays.
  • The scheduling at the Community Center is very full and we are trying to accommodate everyone with only one open gym.


Zoo Director (written report)      

  • Hop In To Spring event is scheduled on March 20th from 10am – 4pm. Memberships will be available.
  • Zoo opens for the season on April 24th.
  • CZA approved the 2021 budget.
  • CZA appoved the 2021 admissions and memberships to remain the same as 2020. An increase in both are

probable in 2022.

  • Blue Goose Day will be June 5, 2021.
  • Buffalo Club meeting is scheduled at Hughes Shelter on January 31st at 2 pm.


Director of Parks & Recreation (oral and written report)

  • Lucy / Vartan Malkasian donated $250 to Special Olympics and $1,000 to Parks-Recreation.
  • $5400 ND Game & Fish grant was received for fishing pier shoreline work at the Kidder Rec Area.
  • $3668 ND Game & Fish grant was received for fish cleaning station maintenance.
  • $2500 ND Game & Fish grant was received for youth hunts.
  • $4490 Humanities ND grant was received for Todd Green concerts.
  • $1185 Arts Midwest grant was received for Todd Green concerts.
  • $1225 ND Wildlife Federation grant was requested for youth hunts.
  • Econofoods donated $100 to Special Olympics.
  • USA Softball North Dakota Winter Meeting was held on January 16. Wahpeton was awarded the Men’s

Rec 2 State Softball Tournament on August 7-8.

  • Optimist Club will sponsor free indoor swimming on on Friday, February 12th and Chalet events on

Sunday, February 14th.

  • Julson’s Accounting is working on the 2018 audit.
  • Some account transfers are needed for accurate balances.


Recreation Committee

  • Commissioner Gripentrog will represent the Park Board on the Wahpeton Recreation Center Committee. Sales tax may be

considered. CDC may donate land south of Wal-Mart. There is interest in having the Park Board manage the facilities. Investors are being sought out.


Maintenance / Planning Committee

  • Roger reported park staff are busy trying to finish up the softball concessions and baseball / softball / football storage



Personnel / Finance Committee

  • City payroll was reviewed. City is spending a considerable amount of time on park-rec-zoo payroll.
  • Committee needs another member. Park Board President will set up a special meeting and let Commissioners know the

date and time.

  • Ownership or a Joint Power Agreement needs to be considered for the Airport Park in order to be eligible for federal

funding from Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.

  • Urban deer hunt was reviewed. Sportsmen’s Club rep suggested five licenses. ND Game-Fish said 35 is the current smallest

quota and questioned worthwhile effort if minimal licenses are made available.

  • The John Randall Field project balance is presently at $447,000. City approved a $400,000 grant. The Baseball Committee

has spent money, too.  Park Board funding may have to be considered. The press box needs to be built yet. The $66,000

light proposal by Dean Kipp seems to be a reasonable way to improve lighting with safe candlepower.

  • Joe was not aware of any baseball related bills owed by Parks-Rec to the Baseball Committee.
  • Art Grochow was asked about returning as a Park Board Commissioner but is not interested.


Motion by Tyler Gripentrog, seconded by Roger Jensen to accept committee reports. Motion carried 3-0.


Committee Meeting Schedule

  • Recreation Committee – Thursday, February 11th at WCC – noon.
  • Maintenance / Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 9th at Park shop – noon.
  • Personnel / Finance Committee – Friday, January 29th at WCC – 12:15.


Fund Balances (as of 12-31-2020)

  • Arts Council: $7345.13 Bremer Bank Checking.
  • Parks & Recreation: $343,984.68 / Bank of the West Checking.
  • Parks & Rec Foundation: $5373.81 / Edward Jones Investment.
  • Red River Area Sportsman’s Club: $38,989.11 / Bank of the West Checking.
  • Special Olympics: $6268.14 / Bank of the West Checking.


Motion by Roger Jenson, seconded by Tyler Gripentrog to approve financial reports and payment of Park Board bills. Motion carried 3-0.


The next regular meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:15 PM in the Community Center.


Motion by Tyler Gripentrog, seconded by Roger Jensen  to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 3-0.