Marshall Park Board receives applications for director post

Thursday, November 8, 2001

The second phase of the effort to find a new Marshall director of parks and recreation began Wednesday at the regular meeting of the Marshall Park Board.

The board set a deadline of Oct. 31 for the receipt of resumés for the position and at the meeting Wednesday had a total of 13. Board Vice President Leo Grothaus commented that from his initial review of the resumés it appeared to be a good group of candidates.

Board President Dave Nelson agreed, saying he was appreciative of the number of people who expressed an interest in the position.

For the second phase of the search, the board will meet in executive session on Nov. 13 to begin the process of elimination. It is the board's plan to leave the meeting next Tuesday with a short list of five or six candidates.

Once this short list is completed, the board will begin scheduling interviews. These interviews will take place during the week of Dec. 3 to allow the person hired an opportunity to give notice to their current employer. The board would like to have the new director in place by the start of 2002.

In other business, the board discussed changes in the Department of Natural Resources' regulations concerning the use of effluent water in irrigation and what to do with the old Seminole Court restroom.

The Department of Natural Resources recently handed down an amendment to the regulations governing the Indian Foothills Golf Course irrigation which uses effluent or "gray" water.

The course and Marshall Municipal Utilities, which designed and constructed the line, already meet several of the new requirements such as regular testing of the water for microorganisms. The sticking point is a new prohibition of using the water during times of public access.

Jack Harvey, former director of parks and recreation, said what is frustrating about the restriction is that the board got DNR approval prior to building the system.

Nelson echoed this sentiment, saying that the system was designed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement, saving the course money in the long run while essentially recycling water. He said the concept is not new and asked rhetorically what the new restrictions for Marshall would mean to other golf courses in the state that use similar systems.

Harvey showed the board a draft letter to be sent to the department protesting the new restrictions and asking that they be lifted. In it, Harvey noted that because of the ultraviolet lights used for disinfection, the water in the system actually exceeds the purification standards required for use in public pools.

The board approved sending the letter by unanimous vote.

With the new restroom facility at Seminole Court in Indian Foothills Park nearly complete, the board was faced with what to do with the restroom building already there. Harvey said the building no longer serves any useful purpose and has become an eyesore. He recommended removing it.

It was the consensus of the board to follow that recommendation, but doing so could be a bit troublesome. The restrooms, now about 35 years old, were built with precast, prestressed concrete pieces donated by CSR Quinn.

"It's tough stuff," said board member Jess Young. "It's built to stay."

Young, who is employed by CSR Quinn, said the there were several ways to remove the building. He said the first step would be to remove the roof and separate the wall connections located near the floor. The wall pieces could then be loaded onto a truck with a crane or felled and lifted onto the truck with a fork lift.

Young pointed out that a potential problem could lie in wait if the floor was poured after the walls were set in place. If this was the case, the wall connections would be buried, making it much more difficult to separate the wall pieces.

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