The first phase of the project would be an indoor practice facility at an approximate cost of $300,000 and Kolb said the group would like to start construction on this fall if they received the $200,000 commitment from the school. He said the city owns the property and is considering a long-term lease to the school district if the school board would agree to it. Kolb said they were looking for the school to partner with the board in this facility, which would be for community use as well, including youth programs – not just school baseball and softball teams. The $200,000 would be seed money for Phase I of the three-phase overall project – which is estimated at $1.5 to $1.8 million.
School Board hears more about Championship Sports Complex | Northeast Kansas Kolb said by the school district partnering with the board – which also included other board members Ryan Meininger, Curt Weldon, Luke Moore, Ryan Van Peursem and Kelly Johansen – this would open up possibilities to obtain grant funding. He also mentioned they had partnered with the Hiawatha Community Foundation to be a fund where residents can donate to.
School board member Ian Schuetz said he would like to see “pen to paper” so-to-speak on a potential lease agreement with the city to determine maintenance and other specifics on ownership of the property. He said it sounded like a good idea, but also expressed concern about the use of turf – which is considerably more expensive – along with the ultimate initial price tag of $200,000 for the school board to commit. School board members asked other questions concerning similar fields in other communities and fund raisers that were conducted in order to bring those projects to fruition. Schuetz also questioned whether money from the city’s quarter-cent sales tax could be used to help fund the project and Kolb replied that he met with city officials who said the money has already been earmarked for other city recreation projects.
Kolb said the turf would last 10 years minimum and at maximum 15-20 years – depending on usage. However, he said it would make the fields more usable during inclement weather and is safer for athletes. He also mentioned that maintenance costs for things such as marking and dragging the field wouldn’t be needed. Board member Amy Kopp asked whether the board had any money currently invested in the project and Kolb said not yet, that the group’s board members had pledged money.
The school board did not commit any funds to the project but approved to sign a letter of support so Kolb could take that to the city in order to proceed with potential leasing of the property. * Sarah Kleopfer, administrator of the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau, presented an award for Organization of the Year to the board. She said the district was nominated and voted on by the public and Chamber members for this annual honor – obviously grateful for all the school district has done for the students and staff this past year, especially in wake of the pandemic.
He also discussed driveway maintenance at the schools, along with security improvements that concerned board members following their annual facility tour in late March. There are facilities – including the wood shop and ag building, along with the bus barn that do not currently have security cameras. In other business:
Other items of concern included concrete repair in various areas of the district. In other business:
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