Kingsford to look at policy for reserving parks, pavilions

KINGSFORD — Kingsford City Council will have the citizen’s advisory committee for parks and recreation examine the policy for reserving parks and pavilions.

The city now does not charge for using the facilities. City Manager Michael Stelmaszek has suggested a policy to allow residents to reserve facilities in January, then after January open them to anyone but have a small fee for non-residents.

It doesn’t mean the facilities won’t still be available at later times, but it does give residents the first shot at dates throughout the year, he said.

Other area communities have similar policies.

In other business, the council —

— Approved a request to seek bids for exterior cleaning on both water tanks. Money for the project is in the budget, but bids may come in higher than expected, Stelmaszek said.

— Approved the fireworks request for Flivverfest, which is planned for July 30-31 at Lodal Park. The organizers must provide proof of insurance.

— Introduced an amendment to Ordinance 291 for shipping containers in a B-2 district to say not more than 50% of the container may be visible.

— Approved training for public safety officers. Several of the training sessions were canceled last year. The council approved sending one officer to basic SWAT school training in Green Bay on Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. Cost of the training is $495. One public safety officer will be sent to training offered through the Michigan Association of Negotiators in Mount Pleasant on Oct. 13-14. The cost for the class if $150. Room and meals will also be paid for both classes.

— Requested that council members who wish at attend the Michigan Municipal League annual meeting Sept. 22-24 in Grand Rapids let Stelmaszek know.


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