State Will Review Parks Master Plan; Public Hearing Set for DNR Trust Fund Grant

The city’s new 5-year master plan for Parks and Recreation is on its way to the state now that the council has signed off on it.

The new plan will help guide the city’s oversight and maintenance of its park lands through 2021. The council approved it being sent to the state by March 1 at its Feb. 22 meeting.

The plan is the result of compiling demographics from the area and the comments from around 700 residents and the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, Justin Breyer, assistant to the city manager, said.

The 72-page document is filled with lists, maps, charts and descriptions of the area’s people, land, soils and economy that will help the city support its park system. To view the report online, see

In other news:
The council set March 28 for public hearing on its application for a Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to help pay for Mill Creek Park Trail Phase 2.

Breyer has been working with Paul Evanoff on completing the grant application by the March 15 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting so that the Commission has a chance to vet the document before it is presented to City Council March 28.

Additionally, in order to qualify for the grant, the City must host a public hearing for the grant application before its submittal.

Council re-approved the zoning change for First Street Park after a staff oversight caused the city to miss its publication deadline in a local newspaper.

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  • The DNR grant program is nothing more than a welfare program for one part of our government to pay for stuff on a wish list for a local community that they won’t fund for themselves. I get it for public safety and other life essentials, but grants of money to governments from the government where the only thing that is needed is to meet a checklist of items and hold a public meeting…corporate welfare move over, there is a new playa in town.

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