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Metropolitan District March 31 Board Meeting Summary

The Board held a first-ever web/phone based meeting. There were some minor glitches, so staff will work to iron those out for the next meeting.

Staff provided the Board with an update regarding the following COVID 19 response:

  • Closures to park facilities include playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the disc golf course. Staff provided an update on a resolution establishing electronic Board meeting policy, which was approved later in the meeting.
  • Staff and Attorney Powell provided an update on continuation and renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency that was originally declared by District Manager Wieland on March 24. The Board motioned to approve the continuation and renewal later in the meeting.
  • A majority of the District’s workforce is able to work from home remotely while Parks employees are completing essential duties only until the need for additional work to maintain the park system is critical. A segment of part-time employees are considered critical to operations once programming resumes so there was concern over retaining this highly trained workforce. The Board approved extension of pay for this group for another pay period.
  • Staff provided recommendations to the Board to delay most of the 2020 planned capital projects until the full financial impact of the pandemic can be seen. The Board also suggested waiting on the Community Park playground surfacing replacement project until summer and waiting as long as possible for the Ranch House Pool umbrellas.
  • Staff updated the Board on the status of the Ranch House Pool construction project. Due to COVID 19 and weather delays earlier in the year, the contractor is working with a much smaller workforce and with significant delays. The pool will likely not open until sometime later in June. Staff will develop a plan for the other two pools with hopeful openings around Memorial Day.

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