Board changes mind on rate increase
Approve second reading of budget
The Grafton Park Board changed its mind on how much to charge seasonal campers in 2014 at last Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.
In August the board passed a motion to increase its rates between 10-25 percent across the board to bring their rates in line with what most state campgrounds charge.
The board raised its daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rate. In their motion last month, the board voted to raise their seasonal rate from $1,200 to $1,400 with the stipulation that if campers pre-pay before March 31, 2014, they would receive a $100 discount.
Following last month’s meeting, letters went out to this year’s seasonal campers apprising them of the rate change for next year.
Grafton Parks and Recreation (GPR) Director Bill Dahl said the initial response to the rate change wasn’t positive.
As of last Wednesday’s meeting five season campers from this summer said they won’t return if the rate hike goes into effect.
Dahl suggested to board members that the seasonal rate stay the same for the 2014 camping season, but keep the other rate hikes in place.
The board agreed to keep the rate increases for daily, weekly and monthly rates, but to keep the seasonal rate at $1,200.
The campground is one of the largest revenue sources for GPR and is expected to bring in $51,100 next year. Dahl said he’d hate to see that revenue jeopardized.
GPR is planning on expanding the campground by 10-15 sites next year.
The board also approved the second reading of the 2014 budget with a few minor changes. A total of $50 was added to the Athletic line item, softball rental for income, and $50 was added to the Athletic Field line item for capital outlay for expenses.
Brad Burianek made the motion to accept the budget and it was seconded by Scott Hills. All members present, including Hills, Burianek, Kerry DeMars and Cory Burns voted in favor with Todd Storey absent.
In other business the board:
• In the treasurer’s report, was informed by business manager Kristy Jelinek that reconciliation reports were nearly complete. She informed the board that the Small Business Health Care Credit is no longer being offered. She also said that FEMA and flood insurance reimbursement to date is currently at $42,699.95.
• Was informed by Dahl that FEMA repair at the Leistikow Park swimming pool will begin this month. The pool closed for the season on Aug. 21. Dahl said one chore at the pool will be to replace the epoxy flooring in the pool building. In other FEMA related news, the board was informed that a check to Elmwood in the amount of $535 was sent out for flood-damage repair. Dahl also told the board that work on the Eighth Street diamond dugouts was complete. Some of the funds for the work came from the North Dakota Community Endowment Grant. Dahl also said the overlay project for a portion of the road near the south entrance of Leistikow Park, including the swimming pool parking lot was completed recently. That project was paid in part with funds from a Special Road Funds grant it received from the state.