Public Facilities Task Force
June 14, 2012
Mayor Laurie Gill called the meeting of the Public Facilities Task Force to order at 5:05 p.m. in the community room of the Chamber of Commerce building. Guests were welcomed and asked to sign in. Task Force members present were:
Mayor Laurie Gill, representing the City of Pierre
Carrie Gonsor, representing young professionals
Norm Weaver, representing Hughes County
Bob Sutton, representing the South Dakota Community Foundation
Dennis Eisnach, representing senior citizens
Paul Lepisto, representing sportsmen and sportswomen
Jeff Filipek, representing the YMCA
Task Force members absent were Laura Schoen Carbonneau, representing the Chamber of Commerce Ellen Lee, representing St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Tom Rounds, representing the Park and Recreation Advisory Board, Dr. Dan Rasmussen, representing young professionals and Dr. Kelly Glodt, representing the Pierre School District. Staff attending was Tom Farnsworth, Director of Parks and Recreation and Kevin Hipple, Hughes County Manager.
One guest and one member of the media were in attendance.
A motion was made by Sutton to approve the agenda as presented. Weaver second the motion. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Eisnach to approve the minutes of the May 24, 2012 meeting. Filipek second the motion. Motion carried.
Mayor Gill said the purpose of the meeting today was to hear progress reports from the two sub-committees created May 24, the administrative office space sub-committee and the sports facility sub-committee. Mayor Gill called on Bob Sutton for his update.
Bob Sutton, chair of the administrative office space sub-committee stated the group had met on two occasions. Sutton said the group is recommending the City consider being a part of the needs and space study that Hughes County is conducting on the courthouse building. A City/County partnership is one option the group would like to explore. Sutton felt it may be feasible, if the City becomes a part of the needs/space study that results could be available in a few months. This would be valuable information to the sub-committee. Sutton also said the sub-committee is asking for an inventory of properties available from both City and County governments that might be explored for joint use. Sutton said a meeting will be held with the United Judicial System to discuss needs/wants/security as the court system is part of the county courthouse. Sutton said that the City/County governments in Brookings are now moving into a joint building that they partnered on and he is arranging for his sub-committee to travel to Brookings to see the facility and learn about the efficiencies gained. Staff is arranging the date to travel but it has not been finalized. Other members of the administrative office space sub-committee present concurred with Sutton’s report.
Mayor Gill thanked Sutton and called for a report of the sports facility sub-committee. Filipek gave the update saying the sub-committee has met twice and are preparing to survey organizations and groups regarding needs/wants for their activities. Floor space seems to be the main concern or need. The survey is planned to go out June 15 to over 40 some groups. Filipek highlighted some of the questions being asked of the organizations. The sub-committee will meet again June 26 to look at results of the survey. Information gained will help the sub-committee in its decision making process.
Mayor Gill thanked Filipek for his report. The next meeting date of the Task Force will be arranged when the sub-committee’s have more information to report.
Being no further business to come before the Task Force Mayor Gill adjourned the meeting at 5:30 pm.
For the Task Force,
Tom Farnsworth, Director
Parks and Recreation