Park Board Minutes



September 18, 2019


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Wahpeton Park Board was held on Wednesday,  September 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm at the Community Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota.


Commissioners present: Wayne Gripentrog, Art Grochow, Deb Tobias.


Staff present: Wayne Beyer, Director of Park and Recreation, Brad Edwardson, Park Superintendent, Kathy Diekman, Zoo Director, Laree Bumgarner, Recreation Supervisor, Connie Metcalf, Park Board Clerk.


Meeting was called to order by President Wayne Gripentrog.


Motion by Deb Tobias to approve minutes of August 21, 2019 meeting, seconded by Art Grochow.  Motion Carried. 3-0.


Citizen’s Request: No public showed up for 2020 Budget meeting.


Reports from Officers


 Park Superintendent:   Built up walk path at dog park.

Began filling in low spots south of dog park.

Sprayed and burned weeds around ball field fences.


EUMC volunteers painted bench, picnic table, play equipment, and spread 3 yds of

pea rock on playground.

Ordered and received 160’ of curbing for Evergreen Park.

Cleared silt from concrete fishing pier and walk path.

Trimmed trees that were overhanging the roadway.

Identified 5 locations for tent camping spots.

Straightened bent Private Gardens signs that was ran into.


Football lights on theSW corner of the field were repaired.

New board for electrical panels and meter was installed behind John Randall field


JRF renovations projects have been delayed due to weather.

Optimist Shelter exterior painting is about 50% complete.

Ponds have all been treated for algae.

Swimming pools are emptied and all lines are drained except building water supply.

Repairs were made to pool seals and painting is nearly complete. Black lines need

to be painted.

Solenoid was relaces on diamond 4 irrigation. Diamond 2 line break still needs repair.

Horseshoe lights need to replaced.




Recreation Supervisor:  Women’s and Coed Volleyball started up.

Tackle Football and Flag Football started.

Youth Fall Soccer started.

Girls Youth Basketball goes from Sept 23 – Nov. 1st grades 1-6.

Kiwanis Little Miss Tournament is Nov. 2nd.

Open gym starts Sunday, October 6th– A couple work study students will cover this.

Middle School Dance Friday, September 20th.


Zoo Director:                   Kathy & Tom attended the AZA National Conference in New Orleans September 7-11.

Registration and fees and travel was paid for by  an anonymous sponsor and staff

sponsored their own lodging minus daily resort fees and parking.

Both Kathy & Tom attended many sessions.


Kathy discussed the Moose at UND to the Board.

Zoo attendance was down this year and that means gift and food also down.

Zoo has some new events happening in October.

Duane Finnie is a part-time worker at Zoo.



Director:                         Bat Removal Service is guaranteed for three years – 2019

Discussed with the Board that the City owns the levee.

Requesting $ 3500-$ 5000 from the City for funding of Sculpture Park to buy

a few new sculptures.

The Court hearing for juveniles is coming up soon. For the vandalism at park.

Discussed what to do with vandals at park September 14-16.

Vandals spray painted graffiti on Multi-purpose court, Kidder restrooms & Marquee.

Airport had the large poles moved around.

The Golf Course had extensive damages also.

Workers found some evidence and gave to WPD.


Deb Tobias motioned to approve Kidder Rec Area easement, seconded by Art Grochow.

Motion Carried. 3-0.


Art Grochow motioned to approve the request for $5,000 from the City of Wahpeton for

Sculpture Park. Motion Carried. 3-0.


Reports from Commissioners and Committees:


Recreation Committee:   

Head of the Red Youth:           Discussed the Stern Arena. May have to meet with Simone Sanberg on this matter.

Maintenance Committee:         Brad discussed earlier in meeting. Will ask Brian Rugland to attend October meeting.

Personnel/Finance/Planning: October 1 deadline for Budget to Richland County.

Discussed swim pool covers.

Art Grochow made a motion to approve 2020 budge, seconded by Deb Tobias.

Motion Carried. 3-0

Swim Pool Committee:   no meeting


Approve committee reports – Deb Tobias made a motion to approve reports, seconded by  Art Grochow.

Motion carried 3-0.


Scheduled Committee meetings:


  1. Recreation Committee – Thursday, October 10th at WCC – noon.
  2. Maintenance Committee – Tuesday, October 8th at Chalet – noon.
  3. Personnel/Finance/Planning Committee – Thursday, September 26th at WCC – 8:30 am
  4. Pool Committee Meeting –


Commissioner’s requests:  none


Financial Reports:

  1. Park Board Clerk’s report.
  2. Parks & Recreation Department.
  3. Fund Balances (as of 8-30-19).
  4. Arts Council: $10,202.95/ Bremer Bank Checking
  5. Healthy Communities, $31,248.11 Bremer Bank Checking.
  6. ND Babe Ruth Baseball: $7360.34/ Wells Fargo Checking.
  7. Parks & Recreation: $298,104.49/ Bank of the West Checking.
  8. Red River Area Sportsman’s Club: $27,619.11/ Bank of the West Checking.
  9. Special Olympics: $2323.27/ Bank of the West Checking
  10. Tri-State Safety Association: $5121.19/ Bremer Bank Checking.


Approve financial reports and payment of Park Board Bills.


Deb Tobias motioned to approve financial reports, seconded by Art Grochow. Motion Carried. 3-0.


Art Grochow motioned to approve payment of Park Board bills, seconded by Deb Tobias.   Motion Carried 3-0.


Unfinished/New Business:  none.


Date of next meeting: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 5:15 Wahpeton Community Center.