Rec commission looking for new members

The Grand Forks Recreation Commission is looking for a few good people.

The Grand Forks Recreation Commission is looking for a few good people.

With a few recent resignations, the commission currently has five members: Gene Robert, city representative and chairperson; Julia Butler, council/appointed by city; Dean Engen, representing the library and arts societies (culture); Cindy Strukoff, representing School District 51; and Ken Johnston, rural Grand Forks representative.

The board meets once a month on the second Thursday of each month starting at 9:45 a.m. at the David Borchelt meeting room at Jack Goddard Memorial Arena.

“We had a resignation,” said Tom Sprado, GFREC manager of facilities and recreation. “We’re allowed to have up to 11. I’m hoping to have seven.”

Sprado said that he is allowed to appoint four members himself, two from the city and two from the rural area. Other members are appointed through the arts, school board, RDKB Area D and the City of Grand Forks.

Sprado said the rec committee is mainly concerned with operating decisions regarding the arena and the pool.

GFREC is a shared service between Grand Forks and RDKB Area D/Rural Grand Forks.

“We have three budgets that the commission looks at,” said Sprado. “We have an operating budget for the pool, an operating budget for the arena, and I have to program those two facilities. So I have a programming budget.”

Anyone interested in joining the commission can contact Tom at GFREC at 250-442-2202 or email tsprado@rdkb.com.