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UW-Extension Education, Agriculture and Recreation Committee



Sarah A. Everson:  5:30-7:04 p.m.                                  
Robert J. Giese:  5:30-7:04 p.m.

Sam Kaufman:  5:30-7:04 p.m.                                       
John J. Rickert:  5:30-7:04 p.m.       

Michael J. Will:  5:30-7:04 p.m.     


Also present were Allen Buechel, Craig Walters, Ryan Waldschmidt, Sam Tobias, Cindy Sarkady, Shelley Tidemann, Tracy Keifenheim, Mary Hayes, Mike Arrowood, Jim Kramer, Tim Rohrer, Tom Thompson and Lisa Freiberg.


1. Call meeting to order.

Chair Will called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


2. Approve minutes of the May 2, 2019, meeting.

Motion (Rickert/Kaufman) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.


Motion (Kaufman/Giese) to amend the agenda to move Item 7 after Item 4. Motion carried.


3. Members of the public who wish to address the committee on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the committee chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

There was no public comment.


4. Department report from the Fairgrounds.

Fairgrounds Manager Craig Walters gave the April-May monthly report. He provided photos of the parking lot construction. The parking lot is being rebuilt with curb and gutter. The project is almost completed; line striping just needs to be done. A portion of the Recreation Center roof will be replaced. A bid has been accepted and the project will start soon. Mr. Walters noted that he is attending the Fair meeting tonight, that April was a very busy month and that revenue is ahead from last year at this time. His goals are to catch up on the little things that need to be done and to continue marketing the Fairgrounds. Mr. Walters received a request from Mark Ryan to place a plaque honoring Pat O’Brien in the Cow Palace. The committee supported the request.


7. Discussion with the Sheriff’s Office regarding parking enforcement near Hobbs Woods and enforcement of the

rules associated with Fond du Lac County parks.        

Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt provided a bar graph depicting Hobbs Woods Sheriff’s Office activity. Discussion was held on parking enforcement and enforcement of park rules in general.


5. UW-Extension.

a. Cindy Sarkady introduced Tracy Keifenheim, the newly hired 4-H program coordinator. Ms. Sarkady provided the Programming Highlights, noting staff member activity, and gave a staff status report.


b. Ms. Sarkady provided the annual report.


c. Shelley Tidemann, human development and relationships coordinator, provided the educator report. Ms. Tidemann's title has changed with the restructuring. She reminded the committee to take advantage of the free credit report and explained the Money $mart in Head Start project.


6. Discussion and possible approval of a proposal to dissolve the Wisconsin Associated County Extension

Committees (WACEC) and create the Wisconsin Extension Association (WEXA) that will be administered by the

Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA).      

County Executive Allen Buechel explained the dissolution of WACEC, the creation of WEXA and the administration of WEXA by the WCA. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the proposal. Motion carried.

8. Written department report from the Golf Course.    

David Brandenburg, golf course manager, provided a written department report.


9. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on July 10. Future agenda items include the Hobbs Woods parking lot and ATV usage on trails.


10. Adjournment.                           

Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to adjourn the meeting at 7:04 p.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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