EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Construction crews work to close up the last space in the walls of the new Community REC Center on Thursday in Marinette.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Construction crews work to close up the last space in the walls of the new Community REC Center on Thursday in Marinette.

MARINETTE — The Marinette Parks & Recreation Committee kept things short and sweet in its last regular meeting on Thursday before the holidays begin, with a focus on the city’s progress on the Community REC Center project and its staffing needs.

Alderperson-at-large and committee chairperson Dorothy Kowalski gave the committee a brief update on the progress of the new recreation center, which she said is close to complete enclosure from the outside elements.

“They have just the one corner of the turf (gym) side left,” she said. “The heat is ready to turn on when they get it fully enclosed.”

Kowalski added that the heat is already on in the hockey rink portion of the complex, and work continues inside to meet the deadline for completion, March 1.

“The mayor (Steve Genisot) has been there a lot, checking on it,” she said.

The committee also received an update on the search for an Executive Recreation & Events Director for the Community REC Center, a new position which the city’s Personnel & License Committee has been interviewing candidates for all week.

“The committee hasn’t made a decision yet, and we’re going to meet again tomorrow,” Kowalski said of the search. “There was lots of enthusiasm lots of interest, lots of wanting to be involved with the new facility, so we’re hoping to have the position filled by next week.”

She added that, while the decision of which candidate to hire may be made by next week, the new city employee would likely not be able to start with the City of Marinette for two weeks or more.

Ward 1 Alderman Ken Keller said the Personnel & License Committee’s decision was “a hard one,” due to the pool of excited and qualified candidates.

The committee also unanimously approved a five-year agreement with the Bay Area Regional Tennis Association (BARTA) in reference to a five-year programming and maintenance commitment to the tennis program and a 2017 facility grant application, which was initialized by BARTA. The tennis group sought the agreement from the city for the purposes of the grant application, with a stipulation that the City of Marinette commit to five years of supporting and hosting a tennis program within the Recreation Department.

The agreement will go on to the City Council for final approval.

In other business, Kowalski introduced the committee to the city’s new Superintendent of Public Works, Patrick Carlson, who previously worked for the City of Green Bay’s public works department. She also announced the retirement of Terri Florek from the position of Recreation Department Assistant, effective today.