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Dan Moran was voted in as the new chairman of the Fremont Parks and Recreation Board this week.

Dian Christensen Hillis also was voted in as vice chairman when the group met at Fremont City Auditorium.

Board members chose Moran to lead the group. Bob Brown, the former chairman, retired from the advisory board in 2018.

During the meeting, Nate Schwanke, recreation superintendent, reported that the brochure of summer activities for youth was being finalized. The brochure is inserted into the Fremont Tribune, the Fremont Area Shopper and also sent to schools.

Moran asked if a one-page summary could be translated into Spanish for schoolchildren and if a copy of the brochure could be sent to him. Moran teaches a dual-language kindergarten class at Washington Elementary School in Fremont and would look at translating it into Spanish.

Schwanke said he believes the information could be put on the front and back of a page and said he’d send Moran the Word document of the brochure.

The recreation superintendent also said he’s getting ready for summer activities. This summer, the focus is to make everything the best it can be, improving numbers and getting more people involved.

“Next summer, we’ll look at maybe adding some more programs and events,” he said.

“Good plan,” Christensen Hillis said.

In her report, Fremont Parks and Recreation Director Kim Koski said city crew members tore down an old garage at Hormel Park. The garage, which had been vandalized and had become an eyesore, was taken down in January.

Bids were awarded to Gifford Realty, a general contractor, to remodel restrooms at the Fremont Friendship Center and make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

City documents show that the bid is for $44,750, which includes removing and disposing of current lavatories, toilets, dispensers and other unusable bathroom items from the men’s and women’s restrooms.

That sum also includes installing new partitions, lavatories, toilets, automatic faucets, paper towel and soap dispensers and other items in the restrooms and urinals in the men’s restrooms.

In the past, Koski has told the Tribune that the automatic devices are for patrons who might have issues such as arthritis in their hands that prevent them from turning on a traditional faucet or soap dispenser.

Gifford also was awarded an alternate bid of $800 to replace approximately 12 feet of cast iron piping in the ceiling in each of the men’s and women’s restrooms. The current piping is rusted out and needs to be replaced.

She said Paul Gifford is a leader in ADA compliance.

“I look forward to working with him on this project,” Koski added.

The city has been upgrading the friendship center, where senior citizens go for lunch and activities.

In other business, the board approved requests by:

  • Nebraska Traditional Archers to use Hormel Park for archery tournaments scheduled from April 26-28 and Aug. 23-25. Koski said the group, which has done this for years, does a great job of closing entrances to the park — so no one has access to the trails at those times. The group also does a great job of cleaning before and after events, she said.
  • Keep Fremont Beautiful to use local parks to host Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup Events from 8-10 a.m. April 22. The parks include: Barnard, Clemmons, John C. Fremont, Johnson and Miller parks. The event will involve local volunteer groups and businesses picking up litter and yard debris throughout the parks.
  • Dodge County Humane Society to use the Johnson Lake trail and shelter from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18 to host a 5k run fundraiser. The local humane society is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and fundraising. It will team up with RTG Medical for the event.

The board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in a meeting room at Fremont City Auditorium, 925 N. Broad St.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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