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Minutes of Park and Recreation Commission, 09/14/2020

AGENDA: Park and Recreation Commission

RECEIVED 10/28/2020 11:27am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Park and Recreation Commission
September 14, 2020 via Zoom
Meeting Minutes

Present: Kevin Jones (Chair), Scott Palmer, Pete Graziano, MaryLou Carlson, Lorcan O’Connor (7:46)

CALL TO ORDER
Mr. Jones called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm.

REVIEW OF DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Mr. Blick reviewed his report:
– Topstone Park is now closed for the season for swimming. The park was open until Labor Day. Docks have been pulled to shore and placed in their winter positions.
– Extended day was started Tuesday, we are hoping for about half the normal participants this year, while we navigate the pandemic and hybrid school model.
– The fields are ready for fall treatment. The school has asked to use RCC Field 3, and we are trying to figure out a schedule to cut the grass around the school’s needs.
– The Hurricane forced us to use an outside company to help clear damage on some of the trails.
– Sports groups have been reminded about the different Covid protocols which must be met before they are issued approval to use the fields.
– There are a handful of in-person classes starting soon. We will have youth and adult tennis, Pilates and a Multi-Sports Class.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM August 3, 2020
Motion to approve the minutes: Graziano, Palmer (second), unanimous, 1 abstain.

LETTERS OR CORRESPONDENCE
None

PUBLIC COMMENT
None

DISCUSSION OF PREVIOUS BUSINESS
The commission discussed the Pavilion and its inclusion in the five-year plan, and any grants that might be available. A discussion with the First Selectman will follow. In addition, Mr. Palmer commented that we should get a final word on the old STEEP grant that was not used for field drainage.

ADDITIONAL NEW BUSINESS OR INITIATIVES
The Commission discussed the possible use of the Community Center for internet access and online learning if the schools go to an online-only model later in the year. Mr. Jones questioned if this is even a possibility and expressed concern that if an online-only model was adopted it would mean the virus had gotten worse, and the RCC may not be an option if town buildings are closed.

SUPPLEMENTAL PUBLIC COMMENT
None

ADJOURNMENT
Motion: Jones, Palmer (second), unanimous. Adjourned at 8:02 pm

Submitted: Kevin Jones

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