New Playgrounds with Unique Designs Dan Rodgerson Cedar City, Utah

Complete with a 90-foot zip line, Cedar City finished two playground projects that families with children will enjoy for years to come.

Funded with $35,000 of RAP tax money, the playgrounds have given the two sites a new look.

“All of our parks in the city are very unique and all have unique designs. They’re just fun and inviting. They make you want to get outside, be active and play on them,” said Mayor Maile Wilson.

The playground at Canyon Ball Fields is tucked between a few ball fields to avoid children being hit by home run and foul balls.

The park has some unique features not seen in traditional playground settings, including two zip lines – one that runs 90 feet for the older children and a smaller version with a swing to sit in for the toddlers.

“There is nothing like the zip line in any parks in Southern Utah. The park is a new and innovative twist for the kids,” said Dan Rodgerson, Cedar City leisure services director.

The playground was a result of hundreds of requests to the city from parents looking for a place in that area, said Mayor Maile Wilson.

Residents voted on the best park designs; designs for the park were posted online.

More than 120 people weighed in on the decision.

At East Canyon Park, the old equipment, dating back 25 years, was removed and replaced with the new playground design.

Located at the mouth of Cedar Canyon, the park is visited by hundreds of people every week, and the picnic shelter area is rented out almost every weekend during the summer.

After the remodel, East Canyon Park was reopened last month by a community workgroup.

This group consisted of many of the citizens, including the mayor and Councilman Fred Rowley, who all helped in spreading the woodchips on the play area.

“So far the kids love it,” said Bruce Barclay, chairman for the Parks and Recreation Committee.

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Halloween event is a huge success Cedar City, Utah

Halloween came early at the Cedar City Aquatic Center.  Nearly 600 goblins flocked to the aquatic center for the third annual Spoortacular Celebration.  The center closed early on Saturday and the pool was transformed into a holiday festival complete with games, crafts and of course, a spook alley.  Event organizer Liz Okeson stated “the event has grown over the past few years.  We have a few staff that love this kind of thing.  Me included”  The event was sponsored by Cedar City with over 30 volunteers helping at craft and carnival booths.  “We wanted to move the event outside on the pool deck but the weather did not cooperate” said Okeson.  An addition to the event this year was BACA, Bikers against child abuse offered free train rides to bring awareness to their organization.  Other volunteers included the local ROTC, and SUU engagement center.  Another change this year was a craft room for the younger participants which provided an activity to those who opted out of the spook alley.

12 different booths were set up to distribute over 12,000 pieces of candy.

The purpose of the event was to offer a low cost holiday activity to the residents and showcase the Community Center.  It also gave the youth (and adults) another opportunity to wear their costumes.  Some changes for next year include pre-selling tickets to avoid the entrance line and to utilize more of the center to avoid congestion.  Leisure Services Director Dan Rodgerson stated he anticipates the event will grow each year and plans are already in the works for a more elaborate event next year.  Anyone interested in helping with the event next year is encouraged to contact the Aquatic Center.  spookpool

Youths Rock The Beach Dan Rodgerson Sun Sentinel June 08, 2001|By Jeremy Milarsky Staff Writer

DEERFIELD BEACH — The first bass riff explodes like a powder keg.

It blows up from the speakers, fills the room, rocks the eardrums. Nothing escapes it.

The militia is on stage, and everyone hears the call to arms.

Four teens make up Metal Militia, one of South Florida’s younger local hard rock bands. The youngest member, drummer Nick Augusto, is 14 years old. The band’s elder, lead guitarist Chris Reiser, just turned 18.

They’re not even the youngest band appearing at the Beach Bash in this city on Saturday evening. The event is geared toward teens, organized by teens and features teen bands. One of the bands, called Ten, is made up of 10-year-olds.

“We have a series of large special events on the beach every year for adults,” said Dan Rodgerson, the city’s assistant director of Community Services. “A couple years ago, we decided there was a large section of the community we were not providing for.”

The Beach Bash begins 5 p.m. Saturday at the city’s main beach parking lot near Hillsboro Boulevard and State Road A1A.

Although the event includes an “extreme” car and truck show and a skate show, the evening is all about local music. Mars Music, a Fort Lauderdale-based music chain, has sponsored the event’s 10 bands.

The guys in Metal Militia, who won a battle of the bands contest last April at the Chili Pepper in Fort Lauderdale, were booked for the coveted headline spot at the end of this year’s show.

The four teens — Augusto, Reiser, rhythm guitarist Mike Alber, and singer and bass player Paolo Gregoletto — were brought together by the Mars Music Learning Center, although Augusto and Gregoletto grew up together in Pompano Beach. Alber is from Fort Lauderdale and Reiser lives in Delray Beach. The teens have ambitions for the future, but enjoy the present.

“I just want to keep it fun,” said Gregoletto, 15. “If something comes out of this, that’s fine.”

Gregoletto’s mother, Gina Gregoletto, goes to every one of her son’s shows. The band plays clubs and parties, and has been asked to play with some adult rock bands.

Gina Gregoletto, a self-described former “disco queen,” had never listened to metal bands like Metallica before the band formed two years ago. Nor was she a fan of the bands that the guys in Metal Militia consider influences, such as Megadeath, Slayer and Overkill (the boys especially like Overkill).

Now she wears earplugs with the other band parents and watches her son play hard rock.

“We have a blast with this,” she said. “At this age, they don’t like you to hang around too much. But we can hang around in the background.”

The band sometimes uses the Internet as a tool to make rock fantasies happen. One of the young rockers will come up with a guitar or bass riff, then record it into a computer sound file. That file is e-mailed to the other band members, who contribute their own parts of the song.

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Have often faced the challenging question during my career in regards to utilizing public funds to construct and subsidize facilities that compete with the private sector. There has also been proposed legislation in the state of Utah which would prohibit this. Looking for research, articles, comments, thoughts.

John-  This proliferation of anti-government, “down with the public sector” rhetoric, is truly dismantling what our predecessors bestowed to us. No one truly cares anymore about the wonders of the public enterprise, only it’s “waste.” Yes, directors, supervisors, and administrators must be diligent and dutiful with their resources, yet without the funding from local governments and large state bodies, the recreation and parks community would be devastated. In that reality, recreation will once again be a leisure activity for the upper middle class and high income earners, as it was in the Roaring Twenties. If anything, public departments and agencies should find creative methods to implore the citizenry the exclusive opportunities afforded them by their programming and park ventures. Let’s get Parks + Recreation off of the chopping block!

Carrie- To be good stewards of the public funds, govenment funded facilities should exist to serve an unmet need in a community. A community with a variety of private or quasi-public fitness centers, reaching all income levels, probably does not perceive a need for the park department to open a fitness center. However, a community with limited or no private fitness centers may perceive a strong need for a park funded fitness center. In many cases, privately owned facilites tend to arise where public facilities succeed. If enough private fitness centers come into the community to serve the majority of the need, the community may shift its perception and the park should shift its operation to fit the new level of perceived need – or lack thereof. PROS Consulting did a terrific job of walking our department through a process to determine which services that we offered were Essential (fully subsidized) Important (partially subsidized) and Discretionary (fully self-sustaining).

Nancy-  It’s important to differentiate between a “Fitness Center” designed for fitness only purposes for teens and adults and a “Community Center” which has elements of community programming for the citizens and families. Overtime we have seen community centers offer fitness components to meet the needs of the families which they serve and some private centers begin to offer some family elements. I believe that both can coexist and meet the needs of different clientele. Typically, the public community centers also house recreation and program needs that require subsidies for low income citizens and families which I have not seen offered in the private sector. These include everything from wellness programs to financial assistance programs to after school programs, swim team, etc. etc.

John-  I believe that public parks and recreation should steward public funds by maintaining, improving, and increasing parks and recreation infrastructure. Parks, trails, open space, and recreation facilities are the infrastructure that the private sector is not willing to provide. Government should do this to create access to recreation for all. Programming these facilities is where the private sector can excel; especially the private non-profit sector. In my ideal world, parks departments provide the infrastructure, the private sector brings the people. It seems like parks and recreation departments put a heavy burden on themselves and their local government entities by creating and administering so many programs requiring many employees, many small expenses, and management of inventories, advertising, registrations, and fees. Stop acting like you are a business that can make a profit and serve the entire community; and start focusing on maintaining the recreational skeleton of our communities. Relieve yourself of the heavy burden you carry and place it on the private sector. If you build it, they will come.

Dan Rodgerson • Thanks for all of the comments! Jonathan, we are on the same side and I agree with your thoughts. Recreation needs to get off the chopping block. But how? In municipal organizations, many time parks and recreation need to compete for limited municipal dollars with departments like Police, Fire and roads. It is often a losing battle. Who has not heard those phrases “do more with less” or Look for “alternative funding sources”

In some cases expectations of public centers seem contradictory. “Be good stewards over public funds but not too good that you actually make money” The enterprise funds and Revenue bonds have burst on the scene and has been used to create several private sector like complexes and amenities. Is this a good thing for municipalities struggling with funding issues?

I have the unique opportunity to work on both sides. 14 years in the municipal recreation sector but the past 2 years for a private club. Yes Nancy they can and do co-exist. The question is how. I have taken the position that two hotels across the street from each other do not necessarily compete with each other.

I am still a bit unsettled about private sectors paying governments taxes and the utilization of those funds to at times directly or indirectly competing with that group. Are there other government situations where that occurs?

My love and passion has been in the public sector. I am just trying to find that that line or rather the roles of each sector.

Carrie, are you saying the public sector simply needs to be flexile to meet the un-met ever changing community needs?

John are you suggesting that municipal organizations act less business like? Focus on the infrastructure and no the programs?

Love the comments and the passion!

Linda- John, Are you saying that private sector should be able to use public facilities for profit. If so, who would decide which private entities have priority for use and how would we be able to ensure that the low income as well as the high income families would have equal advantage to the programs operated in a public facility (maintained by public funds).

I also believe it is not wrong in some cases that programs operated by the public sector make a profit. For instance, if adult sports leagues operate with a 150% cost recovery after direct costs, those additional funds can be used to support much needed senior programs which in many cases operate below 10%. The adult sports leagues in essence provide additional much needed funding for senior programs.

What is important is to ensure that the public entity communicates and understands its citizens needs and that the citizens understand why some programs operate in a higher deficit than others. Using private business tactics is not a bad thing especially as public funds become more scarce. In any case, it would be very wrong to leave public facilities unused and sitting empty because we are afraid of what we will look like if we make a money on a program.

Carrie- Dan – P&R does need to be flexible and willing to let go when the private sector comes in and fills the needs of the community. Personally, I have run programs years past their natural death because of emotional attachments. Live and learn. The cue for me is when we start talking about the fact that our program participation is losing market share to other groups or businesses and we are struggling to make ends meet with the low participation. That’s when its time to evaluate what – if any – needs are not being met by the other groups or businesses – and then work towards filling those needs. For example, when youth sports groups start popping up and the park leagues are dwindling, maybe a partnership is in order and the parks can fill the needs of the entry level program and the club sports program and let someone else run the competitive leagues.

Linda – As for how to decide who gets to use the space, this seems like a strategic decision. If I had a community center, I would schedule the needs of the park department first, and then assess what service gaps exist and set a criteria to fill the spaces with programs that meet the needs in the gaps. When creating a contract for those programs, it seems logical to contract for a certain number of low cost or free classes as part of the deal – introductory level classes. Then – its a feeder program for the for-profit classes, and the parks are serving the community need for affordable opportunities. Win-win.

Finally – for being on the chopping block. Two dynamics played a role in the current situation of not having enough resources to maintain our programs and facilities. First, we spent much of the 70s and 80s and even the 90s acquiring as much land and facility as possible with the intention of getting it while we could and worrying about how to maintain it later. “Later” – is now. We knew this day would come. And secondly, there are diminishing tax revenues across the board. We are called to make tough decisions, cutting programs and facilities that are close to our hearts, but are marginal or discretionary. It is tough to accept that some of what we do IS marginal or discretionary. When we let go, others will pick up the pieces – not all of them, but some, if we provide the space. Adults will organize their own softball leagues. Hobbyists will provide classes to teach others their craft. And groups will form to provide youth sports leages as well. Maybe John has a point – and our greatest responsibility is to provide the spaces.

With our diminishing tax base, many of us are looking towards revenue producing ventures to help fill the gap, but we are not in service to make money, so it ruffles feathers. My litmus test for justifying a revenue producing venture is 1) does the facility serve an unmet community need AND 2) does it have a pricing structure to accommodate low income residents as well? That is our charge as a public service.

I worked for an agency that built a waterpark and it makes plenty of revenue that is dispersed throught the park system to support many programs and facilities that cannot create their own revenue. 1) There was an unmet need – In the service area, there were very few community pools and no other waterparks for almost 100 miles. One private venture jumped on board after the fact, but they were not in existance when the park venture began building. 2) They priced the facility to reach as many people as possible.- The waterpark has many discount days and times, coupons, and specials. It serves school groups and it allows guests to bring their own food if kept in a restricted area.

We need to be creative in our funding and intentional in our resource allocation. We need to think like a sustainable business and act like a community service. A shift in our thought process is imminent.

Treadwell-  I have to say I love the thoughtfulness of this discussion. I am an advocate for public private partnerships. I have some insight on working with public / private recreation facilities in Germany. They were aquatics facilities which operated at loss for the cities and were turned over to a design build management team. The results varied but it did lead to the trend of the surrounding communities becoming more inclined to provide facilities that did help out the bottom line by building better facilities that bring in money to meet operations cost and reduce subsidies. here is an example of one

Scott-  There is no doubt that recreation and leisure services have undergone a dramatic evolution, especially in the last 50 years or so as those services have increasingly matriculated from public sector to private sector, expanded and segmented the market to create a new a stratified delivery system comprised of individuals, loosely formed groups and public, non-profit and private organizations. In my opinion of these five types of providers individuals and loosely formed groups now seem to be responsible for the largest growth in the spectrum of activities as the internet and social networking provide the mechanism for individuals to connect with others of similar interests in assemblies of activity, alliances of exercise, and confederations for leisure.

Individuals and self managed groups are organizing and growing at an astounding rate as the barriers to participation are removed and the tools for self organization become more readily available. Through apps like Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Meetup and Sportaneous individuals with niche interests, select geography and precise time availability find one another to share information, resources and personal experiences. More and more again, as it was decades ago the participant is the provider and the provider is the participant. The primary difference being the plethora of pastimes and participants as age range elasticity and gender equity have lead to increased interest and involvement.

In five decades public park and recreation has evolved management has evolved from being the singular provider, to joint provider, to shared provider, to provider in a mixed environment, to a provider in an integrated environment of individuals, groups, public, non-profit and private providers. Government is not agile enough, smart enough or resourced enough to keep pace with the notion of recreation; anything, anytime, anywhere of today’s constituent.

It seems to me that the future for public recreation is increasingly to become frameworks for fun, infrastructure for innovation and involvement and platforms for play. Government needs to stop trying to be everything for everybody in a world of declining fiscal resources, increasing legislative regulation and legal timidity and a political and social environment currently favoring smaller government and private sector solutions.

Crowdsourcing recreation and culture is our future I believe. What do you think?

Dan Rodgerson • I think there is a fundamental problem if a private sector- for profit group or business is making money from a highly subsidized municipal organization. I do think that this can be counter-balanced by a differential pricing structure for each group. An example is a local Boy Scout group would pay a different rate than the for profit karate company who rents space in a community center.

Maybe a discussion for another forum but I have always had challenges with citizens differentiating between which programs are offered by the municipal organization and which are contracted out. How can you control content and quality? Liability?

Carrie- I love the refreshing honesty. “I have run programs years past their natural death because of emotional attachments.” I wrote an article for a state publication one year titled “Know when to say when” in regards to programs. We need to get out of the rut and be willing to change. There are always so many new ideas and trends out there.

Maybe a topic for another forum as well but my personal belief is that municipal organizations simply need to determine their mission and vision. Why are we here? What are we trying to accomplish? Many times we try to be everything to everyone and that is nearly impossible. I believe that mission and vision needs to be followed up by a fees and charges policy which determines a rationale behind what you charge for each program and why. Can a revenue producing golf course or waterpark help fund other youth programs? Sure!

My belief which I understand is not shared by all, is that municipal organizations should focus on the masses or rather the wide end of the funnel. The instructional and introductional side. (Is introductional a word?) This has also helped my private/ public argument at times. Many people become interested in fitness, exercise and as they become more specialized move into private programs or facilities.

Carrie- The chopping block. I agree with you and wanted to add one more thought. The cost to build and develop a facility opposed to the cost of maintaining it. (Another forum) Many times we are excited about the funds we have received to develop and forget the on-going maintenance costs. The “cost” of running and maintaining a community center to a municipality can be three times the construction cost over time. Often time’s officials and politicians push to have these built for their own political agendas and forget the long term financial costs. My dad always had a saying. “There is a right way to do something- a wrong way and the political way”

I would simply like to see a bit of a change in how municipal funds are allocated. I remember being a young programmer and encouraged to spend all of the money in my budget because it I didn’t they would not give me the same amount next year. I remember creating a program that generated nearly $100,000 in revenue which disappeared into the general fund. There was almost an anti-incentive to control costs or try and produce revenue. I also presented at a state convention a session called “A private sector state of mind” The idea of introducing private sector ideas, incentives and accountability into government. It was not well received.

Treadwell, thanks for the input. I am quite familiar with public- non-profit partnerships but not public/ for profit. (YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kroc centers) Intrigued.

Steadman- As has been mentioned previously, I also believe that public park and recreation departments need to be more flexible and more creative. I will not address the ‘unmet needs’ that public providers must address (and it is very important that they do so).

If your department needs to subsidize the cost of a facility or program to compete with the private sector in all things, then it is doing something wrong. How can a private facility offer a program at a profit (cost plus margin), when the public agency must subsidize a program or be revenue neutral? Higher scales for fixed cost for government services and (presumably) lower wages for government salaries/contractors should drive the price down below what the private sector can offer. The question is, why is this not happening?

Why are public parks and recreation departments scared to make a revenue or be revenue neutral for all offerings?

Scott- Interesting comment Steadman. Here in California we actually have State legislation and local policy that mandates that fees cannot exceed the actual direct/indirect costs of providing services and there have been individual challenges to specific fees on that basis.

In San Diego we are required to be able to justify each fee based upon the cost of delivering that service and our fees cannot exceed the cost of delivering the service. This is our City Attorney and City Council interpretation of the law. Recently we had a signficant challenge to the cost of a $25 resident golf ID card that went on several months before City Council which required us to calculate all costs associated with the production and management of the resident ID program. Ultimately we were able to show that the ID Card program was part of a larger program and the costs for that program package were inclusive of the ID component, but this exhibits the level of sophisticaton and interest the public is taking on the fee issue in the public sector.

This is one of the reasons more and more we are moving to the use of Recreation Council’s at our recreation centers as a means to contract with instructors and services to run programs. The Recreation Council’s are community based non-profit entities operating within the centers under three year special use permits and they have the ability to offer a wider range of programming content and a broader range of fees than we could. In addition we do a significant amount of facility rentals to recreation service providers and community sports organizations.

The public really doesn’t see the difference. They register at the community center, and soon online, through a City portal and the Recreation Council fees are directed to the Council and the City fees are directed to the City account. The City receives a portion of the Recreation Council revenues for facility use and non-resident participation.

There are many benefits from this type of fusion organization which I believe is the future in our business. An integrated service delivery strategy involving self organized, group sourced, providers and consumers delivered from government owned physical resources.

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August Administrative Report

  • Finalized matrix for 5 year capital improvement at Golf Course
  • Worked on analysis for Golf Pro replacement
  • Awarded design service for new concession stand
  •  Met with Naples community group
  • Attended Golf Course committee meeting
  • Met with engineer regarding Golf Improvements
  • Met with engineer and architect on-site regarding City/ County
  • Contracted for revisions on Community Center operating costs
  • Met with insurance adjuster on-site
  • Worked on Major revisions for the Landscape plan
  • Contacted and attempted to purchase additional water shares
  • Met with Attorney regarding staffing/ recruitment issues
  • Attended 2 staff meetings- Dan &Robin
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  • Daily contact with Architect and Builder on Rec center-  Dan
  • Attended two Kay Park committee meetings-  Dan &Robin

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September-October Administrative Report Recreation District

  • Met with Vernal City planning and Zoning for approval of Kay site.
  • Finalized agreements for Municipal building authority.
  • Interviewed and hired an office manager (Start Oct 16th)
  • Hired a maintenance/ construction foreman.
  • Worked with Bond Attorney to secure Fidelity Bond and Builders Risk Insurance.
  • Publicly advertised for grazing on Kay property
  • Executed contract for grazingPresented Draft MOU’s to Naples City,Vernal City, Ballard City and Uintah County
  • Negotiated contracts with Okland and Layton Construction
  • Created/ held “special” meeting to re-consider Layton Construction
  • Worked to “Value Engineer” building to reduce overall costs
  • Re-wrote and presented section 100-300 of personnel manual for approval
  • Negotiated contract with Layton Construction
  • Met with District’s Attorney to review procurement methods
  • Met with Naples park committee
  • Met with EDA, Layton and Okland in Salt Lake
  • Worked with Del Brady to finalize the subdivision of Kay property
  • Created master-planning workshop with City of Ballard.
  • Advertised for new Golf Course Superintendent.
  • Created contract, secured housing for interim Golf Superintendent.
  • Held two staff meetings
  • Attended one Parks committee meetings
  • Worked on Master Plan for KOA, Naples and Lapoint
  • Gained final approval for Tridell Master plan
  • Attended four Kay Park committee meetings
  • Sent and advertised RFP for website design
  • Coordinated ground breaking ceremony
  • Designed and installed Kay sign
  • Contracted for third party material testing for Kay
  • Ordered CXT Restroom for Ballard City

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May-June Administrative Report  Recreation District

  • Several meeting with Testing agencies regarding concrete concerns- Dan
  • Met with Personnel Director from County regarding personnel issues- Dan & Robin
  • Attended many meetings regarding potential operation of Buckskin Hills- Dan
  • Attended 2 Economic Development Special Service District meetings- Dan
  • Continued work on MOU’s- Dan
  • Contacted and begun working on Casselle software package- Robin
  • Worked with IT for hardware requirements- Robin
  • Met with Barry Colovich for contract work at Remember the Maine- Dan
  • Attended Cobra insurance meeting- Robin
  • Met with Lions Club regarding Remember the Maine- Dan
  • Met with District Attorney twice regarding legal issues- Dan
  • Recruited for additional staff- Robin
  • Created and sent RFP regarding district health insurance- Dan
  • Met with Utah Local Governments trust Property insurance needs- Dan & Robin
  • Participated in the health fair- Robin
  • Attended Pool Committee meeting- Robin
  • Hosted a CURPA meeting- Robin
  • Worked on final master plans for Avalon, Remember theMaineand Ballard- Dan
  • Researched info on Pool Scoreboard- Dan
  • Worked with Auditors for district audit report- Robin
  • Reviewed bids for Athletic Equipment  created comparison sheet- Robin
  • Research and recommended Ozone for new center- Dan
  • Worked on change orders for the Community Center– Dan
  • Attended two admin meetings- Dan
  • Attended 4 staff meetings- Dan & Robin
  • Attended 3 Owners Rep meetings- Dan & Robin
  • Worked with Attorney on recommendation for Landscaping- Dan
  • Worked with Peak Software for Community Center needs- Robin
  • Revised Golf Maintenance building and re-bid- Dan
  • Met with Story Telling festival for coordination- Robin
  • Worked with Lions Club for service project- Dan
  • Daily contact with Architect and Builder on Rec center-  Dan
  • Revised FF&E list-Robin
  • Attended three Kay Park committee meetings-  Dan &Robin
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  • Finalized all sections of the employee manual
  • Bid and awarded maintenance truck
  • Transferred emergency funds into Wells account
  • Presented at chamber of commerce
  • Proposed and received approval on performance review criteria
  • Received approval on Lapoint Master Plan
  • Met with USOMATA on funding request
  • Created bid specs on installation of fire line at golf course
  • Bid and awarded tree removal at golf course
  • Presented Schematic design for Master Plans for KOA and Remember the Maine
  • Attended Golf committee meeting
  • Sent surplus equipment to auction
  • Presented at Lions Club
  • Met with City of Ballard on MOU and master plans
  • Met with director of Kamas Facility for tour and information
  • Created booklet and ordered staff logo attire
  • Revised MOU’s with County,Naples and Vernal City
  • Executed MOU with connections program
  • Drafted memo regarding recommendation for youth fees
  • Gained approval for KOA soccer complex
  • Created matrix to track Recreation Center Funding
  • Ordered Plaque for Rick May
  • Worked with Architect on Sign design, prices for Rec center
  • Created expectations for new staff, (Chad, Mike and Becky)
  • Coordinated seasonal booklet
  • Re-designed web-site and it is currently live
  • Created bid specifications for fitness equipment
  • Worked to re-design staff offices layout in new center
  • Advertised and set up interviews for two key staff
  • Daily contact with Architect and Builder on Rec center
  • Worked with QC testing to resolve construction related issues on site
  • Held four staff meetings
  • Met with Vernal City regarding storm water on Kay site
  • Attended URPA conference in St. George
  • Worked on Facility FF&E list and assigned estimated numbers
  • Attended two owners rep meetings

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  • Researched and recommended Caselle software-Robin
  • Attended web-site training for simple site revisions-Robin
  • Visited and toured the new Rec center inSouth Summit-Dan & Robin
  • Met with office furniture supplier inSaltLake-Robin
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  • Researched and recommended employee discounts- Dan
  • Memo regarding staffing needs for new center- Dan
  • Research and recommended Ozone for new center- Dan
  • Sent bid specifications for fitness equipment-  Robin
  • Presented MP for Remember the Maine-  Dan
  • Presented MP for Avalon- Dan
  • Attended GASB training at county building-Robin
  • Ordered netting for City/ County park. Posted signs- Dan
  • Presented at the Home and Garden Show-  Dan &Robin
  • Advertised for two full-time positions-Robin
  • Advertised seasonal jobs at parks, VTV and movie theater-Robin
  • Gained final approval for Naples MP- Dan
  • Daily contact with Architect and Builder on Rec center-  Dan
  • Worked with QC testing to resolve construction related issues on site-  Dan
  • Held two staff meetings-  Dan &Robin
  • Researched Rec center fees- Dan &Robin
  • Met with Vendor regarding security systems at rec center-Robin& Dan
  • Met with county Clerk to finalize 2006 account balances-Robin
  • Worked on facility FF&E list and assigned estimated numbers-  Dan &Robin
  • Attended two owners rep meetings-  Dan &Robin
  • Attended two Kay Park committee meetings-  Dan &Robin
  • Attended Naples Park Committee meeting-  Dan

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Recreation District Report January 2006 Dan Rodgerson

January 06 Administrative Report

  • Review architect proposals with sub-committee and set interviews for architect firms.
  • Begin preliminary work on pay and classification Study
  • Worked on policy for staff discounts
  • Developed rating sheets for architect
  • Worked with designer for variation of departmental logos.
  • Developed part-time pay grades
  • Write job announcement for open positions
  • Meet with several staff individually regarding personnel issues
  • Attended meetings with County, Chamber, Avalon citizens committee, School District, Vernal city council and economic development.
  • Held two staff meetings and assisted at the high school.
  • Visited and scheduled retreat locations.
  • Interviewed Architects for Kay property
  • Worked to set golf course fees
  • Finalize Kay master plan
  • Contacts with Utah Money management council and various lending institutions to determine long-term funding options.

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