“I think it was about $9,000 to $10,000 worth of advertisement we spent,” Northam said. “I think we could cut a lot of that out.”
It was also offered that the length of the season be cut from 21 weeks to 17 weeks, with the programs to end in mid-September.
The parks authority questioned what to pay the instructors that are teaching the classes, which are offered for free. Northam said the instructors received more than $100 per session last year and that fitness instructors, on average, will make closer to $30 to 50 per session.
The parks authority agreed with many of the proposed cost-cutting measures and also wanted Northam to look into the possibility of having the attendees pay a minimal fee to participate in the Anchors A-Weigh program.
No official action was taken at the Feb. 25 meeting and a refined plan is expected to be presented at the parks authority’s next meeting.
Bids were reviewed to install landscaping along the front of Nachand Fieldhouse on Court Ave.
Three bids were collected by Northam from Frank Otte Landscape and Design, Walnut Ridge Nursery and Garden Center and Clinton Korfhage Landscaping.
Despite not being the lowest bid, the parks authority — which is comprised of city council members — approved Walnut Ridge’s bid at $5,100.
“We have a relationship with Walnut Ridge, we use them quite often [and] they’re a local company,” Northam said.
The bid from Frank Otte totaled $7,340 and Clinton Korfhage’s bid totaled $4,694.
Before the work takes place, Parks Authority Board Member Mike Smith said he would like Northam to look into adding an irrigation system before the landscaping is planted.
Walnut Ridge’s bid was approved 5-0, with Board Members Bryan Glover, Matt Owen and Ed Zastawny absent from the meeting and Julius, who is an owner of Walnut Ridge, abstaining from the vote.