City of Silvis Park, Building, and Grounds Committee met June 14.
Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:
Chairman Trulson called the meeting to order at 5:15pm and noted a quorum was present to consider three agenda items.
The first item was discussion on the designation of Gauley Field and an official City of Silvis Park. Alderwoman Hall asked if we met our park acreage needs of 1 acre per 1000 residents. Alderman Malmstrom suggested we get residents involved in naming the park. Some discussion about the history and where the name 'Gauley' came from was discussed. Jim explained that in December 2013 the school donated to the City of Silvis the Gauley Field, adjoining parking lot and the existing bus barn. Former Mayor Conrad formed a committee to provide a recommendation as to what to do with the property. A survey of residents was conducted and residents wished to keep the field. The city has since installed Genesis workout equipment, rebuilt the bus barn, installed water and sewer for the bus barn and constructed a 20x40 restroom and shelter on property that was donated by the Silvis Masons. The park department has been relocated to the former bus barn building. Committee was in agreement to recognize Gauley Field as a city park. Jim noted the Playground and Rec was considering installing a 12" hard surface track to fund 50% of the cost with the city. Committee was in agreement to move forward with the designation. It will be an agenda item for June 20" Council Meeting.
The next agenda item was discussion of the Moonlight Parade and the request to have the event on August 26, 2017. The special events request to shut down First Avenue, there will be craft vendors, a run in the morning and the parade that evening. This would be supported by a resolution. Chairman Trulson asked if there is any help needed of the Chief. The Chief noted the event runs well.he is stepping up police in the alleys. The City Hall will act as a meeting area for the police. Committee was in agreement to support the Moonlight parade and related activities and the item would be placed on the June 20" COW agenda.
The last agenda item was discussion on the request to allow three outdoor events at Chiefs; for the next three Saturdays; 6-17, 6-24, 7-1. Alderman York asked if we limited the events however it was noted that the ordinance was not actually approved. The first event will be a two man acoustical band.maybe 20-30 people expected. The events will end at 11pm. July 1st is a bigger event for the Suicide Prevention. This is a 7 hour event; band starts at 5pm and requesting to play to midnight. The Committee discussed how the band should be set up; direction it should face would be away from the residential. Clerk Nelson said the discussion on special events never got to an ordinance. Alderman York said he thought it was approved by ordinance he thought the committee was to follow a policy. Alderman York thinks we should be consistent and only allow the band to play to 11pm. Alderman Trulson suggested that Chiefs issue a notice to the neighbors or put out a sign to inform residents of the event. The events were approved as presented and the special events requests will be placed on the June 20" COW agenda.
There were no other agenda items and the meeting was adjourned at 5:52pm.