June Monthly Board Member Update

By Jordan Hirman

With the winter finally behind us and the weather warming up, it is time to start implementing your maintenance plan. After a long cold winter, I hope you are taking some time not only for yourself but also for your facility. Remember, your facility no doubt took some beatings on the inside as well as the outside from Mother Nature. Below are a few items that are on my maintenance list.

Some items I took away from the Operations and Risk Management class from STAR was to start outside looking at your facility. Take a close look at your lights. Are they all operational? Are the cracks or heaving payment caused by this past brutal winter, a hazard to your customers? Take a good look at your roof. If you have a metal roof like I do, check and make sure all screws are tightened down and all the caulking is in place. This will save you a lot of headache when winter comes back around.

Once you have established what needs to be complete outside, it is time to move inside. Start in your entry way. If you have handicap accessible doors, make sure they are functioning properly. Check all surfaces for cracks and repair as necessary. Are your walls clean and puck mark free? One way I like to keep up during the season is to take a magic erase pad and remove marks on walls throughout the season. Help get staff engaged and your facility will continue to shine throughout the year. Some other items to check are the dasher boards and glass. Make sure all the screws are tightened around the boards as well as the glass. These can be overlooked during the busy season. Tighten up all handles on doors especially the locker rooms. Now is a great time to give your locker rooms a new coat of paint to help keep your facility fresh for your users.

Remember to talk to your full and part time staff. They are a good resource to brainstorm ideas with and ask them what they have seen over the past season that they feel should be added to your maintenance plan. Including them will help get them invested in your plan to keep your facility in great shape. These are just a few ideas that I hope will help you continue to provide a great facility to your user groups. I hope everybody has a great summer and and get energized for next season!

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