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Community center to purchase new fitness equipment

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The city council decided Wednesday, May 29, to approve the purchase of new cardio fitness equipment for the community center.

Crosslake Parks, Recreation and Library director Jon Henke said that some inventory at the fitness room dated back to 1997. He said expenses to maintain the equipment have doubled in the last year, and the room has seen a sharp increase in use since the community center started the Silver Sneakers program.

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The city will sell its surplus equipment, with revenue from those sales expected to be between $2,000 and $4,000.

Henke said the purchase will include new elliptical machines, five new treadmills, a new rower, a stepper, a recumbent bike and an indoor cycling bike. Henke has received one bid for the equipment and plans to receive another.

To purchase the equipment, the city will use $14,000 from the fitness room equipment reserve account, $5,000 that was budgeted for equipment in 2013, money from the sale of surplus equipment and for the remaining balance the city will earmark revenue generated by the fitness room.

The council also agreed to set aside $13,000 of fitness room fees each year from 2014-2017 to ensure funding for future replacements. The fitness room averages around $31,000 a year in revenue.

In other business May 29, the council:

• Accepted the yearly audit from Clifton Larson Allen. Representatives from the audit firm reported three material weaknesses: limited segregation of duties, material audit adjustments and oversight of the financial reporting process. The firm also reported no disagreements with management and no significant difficulties within the audit process.

• Accepted a proposal from Krause Lock and Key to change the locks on city hall at a cost of $448.

• Approved a new plan for the community center parking lot. The plan will make the parking lot one-way and use angled parking to improve the safety of the lot. The work will be part of the city’s 2013 road projects.

• On a four-to-one vote, determined a point value, as required by law, for the new finance director/treasurer position.

• Approved updating the civil defense sirens at a cost of $1,650 each.

• Heard that a non-conforming sign was once again being displayed at Parts City. The sign has been an ongoing issue in the council. The council decided to table the issue until its July meeting, at which point Parts City will have moved to its new location outside city limits.

• Tabled until the June 10 council meeting a request from Riverwood Townhomes Association for the city to finance roof repair. The repairs are estimated at $100,000 and the association has already met its maximum allotted amount for improvement assessments. The city could finance the improvement for the association and then assess the costs back over time.

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