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Special Olympics group to seek own non-profit status

Estherville Parks and Rec to continue fund flow-through duties in the meantime

August 16, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

A proposal to partner the Estherville Parks and Recreation Special Olympics with a Special Olympics group being formed by ECHO Plus met with a swift response by the coaches and parents of the Special Olympic athletes.

Paul Moffitt, president of the Special Olympics group, told the Parks and Recreation Board on Monday that the group didn't have the authority to make that decision.

Moffitt said the reason area Special Olympics partnered with the Parks and Recreation is they needed a tax-exempt entity for their organization.

Moffitt said the Special Olympics group has been self-sufficient since its beginning.

After hearing Moffitt's argument, Parks and Recreation board member Bob Jensen acknowledged the board didn't have the authority to make the decision and presented the idea that Estherville Special Olympics seek their own non-profit status.

The board approved maintaining their current relationship with Special Olympics group while they establish non-profit status by filing for a 501c3 designation.

In other business Monday, the Parks and Recreation Board approved annual agreements with the Estherville Lincoln Central School District for shared use of facilities. The agreement allowed the school district to use the parks, swimming pool and ball diamonds while Parks and Recreation can use the middle school gym, Roosevelt gym and auditorium and high school track and gym for some of its programs.

The board also approved a request from the Estherville Library to use Library Square for an afterschool program. The Energizers Plus program partners with both ELC schools and the Regional Wellness Center for a program held from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In another matter concerning library square, the board a plan for two new benches. They will be located along the walk halfway between North Seventh Street and the main entrance. Estherville Administrator said one bench is from the Class of 2003 in memory of Staff Sergeant Steve Blass. She said another family also wants to donate a bench.

The board reviewed a plan to update its swimming pool 'lost and found' policy. The previous policy was to throw away lost items at the end of the week. Clayton and the board came to a consensus that items will be kept until the end of the pool season. Remaining items then will be either sold or thrown away.

Clayton reported a plan to partner with the RWC for indoor soccer program next spring. The RWC held an indoor soccer program on Tuesdays this spring. A wet spring prevented Parks and Recreation from implementing its program. While all the details haven't been worked out, Clayton said she envisions the participants learning fundamentals indoors and then perhaps have a few weekend outdoor contests.

The board discussed the plan for the Trinity Park Playground.

Clayton reported she sent the budget and space limitations to two companies and requested they submit plans that are within the budget.

Meanwhile, there are still plans to sandblast and paint the swing set, monkey bars and merry-go-round.

Clayton said she has concerns about the stability of the slide. A decision on whether it remains will be made later.



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