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'Shrinking' New York Mills park board needs reorganization

New York Mills' "shrinking" park board has been under review by the city council.

With members resigning and difficulty filling the positions, some members are suggesting that the park board be disbanded.

City Clerk Darla Berry has researched state statute and League of Minnesota Cities materials with regard to the park board ordinance. She said that the city may need to draft a new ordinance to clarify the city's park board, and reorganize the existing board.

Mayor Larry Hodgson expressed his view that the city "does need a park board," and said that there needs to be an effort to recruit members and refine the role of the park board within city government.

Slow season discounts for city ballroom?

"Off-season discounts" on renting the New York Mills city ballroom have been proposed, in order to generate additional revenue during the slower winter months.

Discounts of 10 to 20 percent for January to March were suggested by City Clerk Darla Berry. At a 10 percent discount, for example, rent would be $480 as opposed to $525 at the year-round rate. At 20 percent off, the discount would be as low as $435 for use of the facility.

Under Berry's proposal, there would be no discount available for other uses that do not include a meal, such as meetings and small events. The rental fee for a meeting is $65. The party room with no meal is $30. Non-profits are charged $150 for ballroom rental, when a meal is included.

The rental discount proposal was discussed at the July 15 city council meeting, but it was a general concensus that the discount may not generate additional revenue.

"I just don't feel it is necessary to adjust the price," said Mayor Hodgson, adding that he doubted a couple would set their wedding date based on a discount.

Several council members stated that the rental rates are already reasonable, and that discounts would not likely motivate people to book the facility more.

Cool June meant fewer swimmers at pool

A mostly cool June, temperature-wise, affected use of the Legrid Community Swimming Pool. Over a 16-day period, there were 616 day uses--for an average of about 38 a day. Night traffic was 122 over those 16 days--for an average of about seven per night.

Air conditioner replaced at library

The New York Mills Public Library had an unexpected expense of about $2,000, to replace one of the air conditioner units, the city council learned.