Stokes Thomas City Park

The Watertown Park and Rec Board met Tuesday night in the Fieldhouse for their board meeting which lasted over two hours.  Most of the discussion at the meeting centered around Stokes Thomas City Park and new policy and procedures that were recently implemented by the board.   

Rich and Lori Koehn of Rural Watertown, who frequently camp at City Park, addressed the board with concerns they had regarding one of those new policies. It specifically concerned the newly enacted prohibition of UTV’s within the park..... 

Board President Pat Shriver responded to Koehn’s comments by saying that rule was one that had been changed earlier this year after the board had received complaints of ATV’s and Golf Carts Driving Carelessly through the park. Koehn assured the board that they were not driving carelessly and had brought the UTV to the park for the sole reason of hauling firewood to their campsite.  They were told to take it home by campground security, so that is what they did. After hearing the remarks, the Board agreed that the policy may need to be looked at a little closer. Park and Rec Director Terry Kelly told KXLG news that there is a middle ground that needs to be found..... 

The City’s Dump Station was also discussed at the meeting last night.  On KXLG’s “From the Desk of the Mayor Program” last week, a caller called in to the program and asked Mayor Sarah Caron about the accessibility of the Dump Station within city park..... 

The mayor responded that she was not aware of any changes to the policy, however she would look into the matter with the Park and Rec Department. That item appeared on the agenda this week and was addressed by the Park and Rec Board.  Terry Kelly explained...... 

Discussion was also held about possibly relocating the dump station to an off-site location outside of the park in the future..... 

In other action, the Park and Rec Board re-elected their leadership positions on the board with all the members retaining their seats.  Pat Schriver was re-elected as President, Justin Struckman will continue as Vice President, Scott Johnson is Secretary of the Board and Melissa Terronez will fill a newly created position as the Lake Area Zoological Society Liaison.  

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