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Alva Recreation Complex approves budget for FY19


Members of the Alva Recreation Authority held a special meeting on May 21 to review and approve the budget for next year. The authority ended up May with a cash bank account balance of $127,498.95, and a certificate of deposit balance of $413,079.71.

The annual budget for this year predicted revenue of $748,396. A balance left to be spent in June is $82,311.78. The expenditure budget through May totaled $952,101, which means the expenditures would exceed the budget by $203,705. The actual deficit is coming in at $62,853.15 because the whole projected budget was not encumbered. The board had been told at the beginning of the year that they would have to dip into their savings to make budget.

Monthly sales tax is coming in at about $37,000 a month, a slight increase. Each month there is debt service on the building of $14,931.

Manager Courtney Nesseralla said they had four excellent softball and baseball tournaments that brought excellent concession stand revenue.

She mentioned that Kelly Schlarb, welder, had worked at repairing some damage to dugouts at a cost of $1,800.

The board spent quite a bit of time discussing a telephone call that Nesseralla had received from an Alva High School (AHS) basketball coach wondering if they could use the rec park gym for a basketball tournament in late July. They needed that gym because the AHS gym was not air conditioned. The basketball coach wanted to make the tournament a fundraiser for the team, and asked for the right to do their own concession sales and perhaps pay the rent by splitting the gate. The board could not act on the idea, but Joe Don Dunham said it would take a special meeting in order to make an exception to the rec park's rental schedule.

Also, they discussed the need to complete a new contract with Northwestern Oklahoma State University to use the rec park for soccer and softball. No one had any changes in mind, but the contract was not listed on the agenda.

Finally, a farmer had inquired of Nesseralla about a price for cutting the taller grass around the ball park to bale as hay. The board talked at length, worrying the grass might grow too high and be unsightly before swathing. They left it to Nesseralla saying they didn't think the small amount of revenue would be worth going through a bid process, and instead they might consider their “take” as not having to use their equipment and manpower to cut that area of grass (about 10-12 acres).


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