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Park Board talks park care, improvements

FAIRMONT–The Fairmont Park Board met Tuesday night to discuss updates from Parks and Streets Department Supervisor Nick Lardy and Community Education and Recreation director Roni Dauer.

Lardy stated that the irrigation systems are up and running at the Fairmont Soccer Complex and the Winnebago Avenue baseball diamonds. He also said that parks as well as the shelters have recently been busy with graduation parties. Lardy went on to say that has slowed down and there will be more time to get painting and maintenance done at the shelters.

Dauer then gave an update on different activities going on at CER. Dauer said there were twice as many people involved in programs this summer than usual. The gymnastics sessions are full, there are 19 people signed up for dog obedience classes, and there are over 80 kids in T-ball. Dauer also introduced Stephanie Busiahn as the new director of CER.

Director of Public Works and City Engineer Troy Nemmers then gave an update on Veteran’s Park and the 2021 Capital Improvement Plan.

Nemmers submitted five requests for proposals and received zero by the due date, but received two phone calls saying there could be two possible proposals, but they were too busy to get it in by the due date. The project would be a resurfacing project that would redo fencing and possibly put in a tennis and pickleball court. There is no word on lighting as of now.

The 2021 Capital Improvement Plan was handed out and showed the current projects as well as what will come in the future years. This year there were projects done with the Kids Just Want To Have Fun second nine-hole mini-golf and the Sylvania Park BandShell Trail that totaled up to $40,000.

There will also be facility assessments done on the Sylvania Bandshell, City Hall, Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, Lincoln park shelter, and the incubator building in the near future.

The next Park Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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