Members of the Grafton City Council who are on the Joint Powers Ad
Hoc Committee met with members of the Grafton Park Board to discuss management
and ownership of buildings the city owns now.
Both bodies agreed to consider a proposal to solve a standoff. Grafton's
Ways and Means Committee recommended the city rescind the 35-thousand-dollars
the city provides Parks and Rec for general use. The Grafton Park Board responded
by terminating the Joint Powers Agreement, which essentially meant the City of Grafton
would have to hire someone to manage the Centennial Center, Winter Sports Arena, and
The proposal hashed out Thursday evening has five main points: 1) approve a
five-year Joint Powers Agreement, not an annual one. 2)the City of Grafton provides Grafton
Parks and Recreation 35-thousand-dollars each year of the five-year agreement. 3)the City
of Grafton offers 140-thousand-dollars towards a roofing project at the Centennial Center.
That project might total 250-thousand-dollars if total roof replacement's needed. The
difference would have to be paid by Parks and Rec and the Grafton Blue Line Club.
4)Grafton Parks and Recreation would assume ownership of the Centennial Center and
the Winter Sports Arena as soon as the agreement's approved. And 5) the electricity
the City of Grafton donates for operation of the Centennial Center would be capped at
the 2012 amount.
Grafton Park Board Chairman Kerry DeMars said a Park Board special meeting
could be held early next week to consider and possibly act on this. The members of the
Joint Powers Ad Hoc Committee will wait on the Park Board's decision and then bring
the proposal to the Grafton Ways and Means Committee for its review. Depending on
what happens, the Grafton City Council would have final approval.
As far as the Armory goes, DeMars said it's desireable that Parks and Rec continue
to manage that building, not own it.