Once upon a time, Redwood Falls had separate departments for city recreation and for parks maintenance.

We phrase it that way because, in recent years most people didn’t realize they were separate departments.

 

Once upon a time, Redwood Falls had separate departments for city recreation and for parks maintenance. We phrase it that way because, in recent years most people didn’t realize they were separate departments. The two have gotten closer and overlapped more and more since the creation of the Redwood Area Community Center.  Today, the parks department headquarters is literally right across a hall from the city rec department’s, and both use the same RACC website for informing the public of information and taking reservations. In the last few years, for all practical purposes two departments have merged in terms of management and budgeting, but not in terms of operations and staffing.  There were still situations where the two department’s day-to-day responsibilities overlapped, or left gaps, leaving it unclear who was supposed to do what. Last October, the city council ordered the parks and recreation departments to look into seeing if it would be practical to just merge the departments and be done with it. At Tuesday’s Redwood Falls City Council meeting, the council heard the final proposal. Some details: • All parks and RACC maintenance workers will work together under the direction of the parks superintendent. • Instead of three separate department managers (parks, city rec, and RACC?manager) reporting to the city administrator, there will only be one — the new position of Parks and Recreation Director. • All park, city rec., and RACC employees will work under the supervision of a Parks and Recreation Director. In other news, the council: • Approved a new cell phone policy for the Redwood Falls Public Library.  To prevent disruptions for the patrons, cell phone users will be requested to turn off or reduce their ringtones, take short calls in the library’s lobby, and longer calls outdoors. • Approved reclassifying Patrick Rohland as the Redwood Falls City Attorney. Rohland has been acting on an interim basis for the past year, and was formally granted the new classification based on city satisfaction with the performance of his duties.  • Approved an Airport Commission recommendation to add a two cent fuel commission increase in the airport manager’s contract.  Currently, the city receives 10 cents for every gallon of airplane fuel sold at the Redwood Falls airport; the amount will be increased to 12 cents. • Approved a waiver of plat to subdivide a parcel of undeveloped property located between a vacant lot on S. Halvorson St., and 1108 S. Halvorson St., to allow Scott Hammerschmidt to purchase the property from Al Curry for possible development of a home and a shop.