AFAP/ Installation Action Council Results- March 2010
Story by: Customer Service Officer Kelly Kreis
Customer Management Services
On Feb 11, organizations across Ft Riley gathered for the quarterly Installation Action Council to review and discuss issues that have been extracted from the community through Customer Management Services (CMS) and the AFAP Program. The Installation Action Council meeting coincides with the AFAP Steering Committee meeting, bringing together community constituent groups and installation organizations to vet issues. Issues that were closed are printed here. Issues that remain open can be found on the CMS link on the Ft Riley homepage. Col. Kevin Brown, garrison commander, serves as the Installation Action Council chairperson.
Town Hall Issues
Pool Pass fees:
Beginning May 2010, all MWR pools will no longer charge a daily entry fee and season passes will go away. All 90 day passes sold between now and May 2010 will be prorated for the remaining time.
Pick-up/ Drop off Procedures at Ft Riley schools:
Procedures are provided to parents at the beginning of the school year and are addressed with new parents as they arrive throughout the year. Procedures are also available online and in student handbooks.
Recycle Containers being dumped into garbage trucks:
Picerne conducted spot checks and verified that the recycling contractor is properly picking up "specified recyclables", independent of trash pickup. Recyclables are only dumped into the trash if they are contaminated (to avoid rejection at the recycling center on post).
Lawn Mowing Contractor mowing too close to sidewalks:
Spot checks were conducted by Picerne and the Garrison Safety Office, which focused on pedestrian safety. This issue was also addressed at the contractor weekly safety meetings with Picerne.
Lawn Mowing Contractor leaving piles of mulch:
The cost to include bagging of grass clippings was researched and was found to be prohibitively expensive to add to the current contract. However, Picerne will re-examine this as a potential addition to the scope when the contract expires in 2011.
Covered Bus Stops:
Picerne reviewed bus stops in all neighborhoods. 12 were renovated. The Forsythe neighborhood offers covered pavilions, covered porches, and a neighborhood center that can be utilized by students waiting for the school bus.
Parking in Residential Areas:
Picerne has reviewed and updated parking signs in neighborhoods. The Ft Riley Police Dept. tickets illegally parked vehicles in neighborhoods in which the respective neighborhood office has requested.
Child care in fitness centers:
A modular Child Development Center will open this August at Long Gym. A plan to build a Child Developmental Center at King Field House is awaiting funding.
Parking for Expectant Moms at the Main PX:
There are now reserved parking spots at the Main PX to accommodate expecting mothers.
Pharmacy waiting time:
A satellite pharmacy was built in the Main PX. The wait time for filling prescriptions averages less than 15 minutes now (it used to take 45 minutes). An automated refill line has also helped alleviate the problem. Furthermore, the CTMC pharmacy will refill prescriptions for dependents and military who are patients of Caldwell Clinic and CTMC.
Urgent Care Facility:
Ft Riley has partnered with K-Stat urgent care in Manhattan & there is an urgent care clinic scheduled to open in Junction City in May 2010. Dependents will be referred out to those clinics via central appointments. Fast track is also available for urgent care needs.
You find out Grant Gate is closed after the last chance to turn around:
New signs have been placed with the Grant Gate hours-of-operation BEFORE the turn around point. Barriers will be placed on Grant Ave when the gate is closed to ensure drivers do not have to make an illegal turn.
Teen AFAP Conference
Basketball Tournament for teenagers:
The Middle School Teen Center hosts a Late-Night Basketball Tournament on a monthly basis. The next one is scheduled for March 13.
Teen Involvement in Room changes at the Teen Center:
The Middle School Teen Center Youth Advisory Council was created, which meets monthly to discuss concerns and facility changes and includes youth. There is also a suggestion box.
Business Managed and Operated by Teens:
In addition to the HIRED! Program, which connects youth with practical, real life job experience and training, the Middle School Teen Center has the Millionaire Club. The Millionaire Club offers practical exercises and training on various topics, to include entrepreneurship. Those that complete the Millionaire Club program will have the opportunity of running a kiosk in the PX. For more information, call 239-2999.
Teen Movie Night:
The Middle School Teen Center hosts two movie nights every month. Attendance is free. New Releases are viewed and popcorn and drinks are provided. Advertising for Teen Center movie nights will include the name of the movie to avoid conflicts with Riley Conference Center's Dinner & a Movie Night.
Communication to Teens off-post:
The Middle School Teen Center maintains a facebook page, twitter account, and an email distribution list. If you are interested in being included on Teen Center emailings, call 239-2999. All Ft Riley activities that include youth are also shared with schools off-post through the School Liaison Office.
CMS/ AFAP Resolution Forms
CDC Waitlists do not consider placement of multiple children:
Child Youth and School Services (CYSS) maintains three separate waiting lists:
1) Excess Demand (Child cannot be placed in any type CYSS Program)
2) Preference for Care (child has care, but parent prefers a different location or type of care)
3) Projected Demand List (unborn children and children PCS-ing to Ft Riley)
Currently Fort Riley does not have an Excess Demand for Care waiting list.
Preference for care has less than 30 children.