Barnes County Parks, primarily Clausen Springs Recreation Area and Little Yellowstone Park made more than $26,000 in revenue in 2012 making it a record year.
The Barnes County Park Board and the Barnes County Commission approved accepting a gift of volleyball equipment at Clausen Springs Park to be used in a sanded area of the park and also to restore the archery range near the dump station per a request by the Litchville Wildlife Club during a regular meeting on Tuesday. According to park board Chairman Bobby Koepplin, the concern is that the archery range at the Valley City Auditorium will be closed, which will leave residents without an archery range. Maintenance would be minimal as the area is already mowed, he said.
The archery range will ultimately need to be approved by Barnes County Fish and Wildlife.
Koepplin also said Fish and Wildlife has requested an extension of the fishing dock at Clausen Springs to get it out into deeper water.
Other changes at Clausen Springs includes the spring planting of 57 trees. Unlike most years, Koepplin would like for trees to be placed in areas that would benefit, for instance sunny campsites, instead of massing them in an empty area. In addition, he would like for a civic group such as Boy Scouts to help with planting.
The park board will begin accepting bids for garbage pick-up at Clausen Springs as the current provider has unpredictable billing with late fees frequently posted erroneously.
The board approved completing paving work on the north end of Clausen Springs Park. The cost of the work should be about $11,000 to be funded by North Dakota Game and Fish.
The board also approved applying for grants from Valley Development Roundtable, Dickey Rural Telephone and the Valley City/Barnes County Development Corp. to go along with a Garrison Grant to fund a $28,000 electrical and water upgrade at Clausen Springs.
The board approved owning and insuring Fox Lake and Island Lake and providing insurance for both lakes. Koepplin explained that Fish and Game could not own property, so they were requesting that Barnes County own the property and maintain and insure docks on each lake.
The county commission was reluctant to take over maintenance of the docks, but did agree to the purchase and insurance request.
Koepplin asked the county commission to consider changing the pay and benefits package for park manager Bev Anderson.
According to Koepplin, Anderson is a full-time seasonal employee and was not granted the same wage increase and benefits as other full-time employees, yet was not a part-time employee.
In addition, when Anderson was hired, she was given vacation and sick time, which is no longer applicable.
The county commission agreed to review Anderson’s employment package.