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Minutes of Park and Recreation Commission, 01/11/2021

AGENDA: Park and Recreation Commission

RECEIVED 01/25/2021 1:37pm
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Park and Recreation Commission
January 11, 2021 via Zoom
Meeting Minutes

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

CALL TO ORDER
Mr. Jones called the meeting to order at 7:33 pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM December 7, 2020
Motion to approve the minutes: Graziano, O’Connor (second), unanimous.

REVIEW OF DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Mr. Blick reviewed his report:

The budget workshop took place last Friday.  Part-time salaries will increase 8.3% in a few areas (Camp, Extended Day and Topstone). Some fees will increase 5%.

The return to school, and eventual return to all in-person learning has created stome staffing challenges in Extended Day, but the department is making adjustments.  Many users are still using their credit issued last spring when students were sent home full-time.

We are planning on hosting a summer camp starting in July and some sports programming by March, or at least outdoor programs by April.  We are also hopeful my mid-July we will have an opportunity to gather for concerts, with 8 concerts this beginning July 11.

Plan is to open Topstone as we normally do – weekends only starting Memorial Day, opening 7 days a week in line with the close of school year.  Reservations or membership will be decided in the future.

Basketball can begin next week, currently the state guidelines require masks to be worn during competition.

There is one full-time position that has yet to be filled. The position encompasses two areas in Park and Recreation – camp director and extended day. The position was not filled last year due to uncertainty of summer programming as a result of Covid-19.

LETTERS OR CORRESPONDENCE
A letter was received requesting a subcommittee be formed to find money to create a new playground at RCC.  The Committee supports the idea of the playground and acknowledges the need.  They would like to commit to adding it to the capital improvement plan, but also acknowledged there are other items ahead of it on the plan.  Mr. Jones commented that, to his knowledge, there are no hidden funds available for the immediate construction of the playground.

PUBLIC COMMENT
A member of the public asked about the skating rink.  Mr. Blick explained that we did not set up the rink after Thanksgiving due to lack of staffing to care for the ice and the increasing positivity rate of Covid-19 heading into the holidays.  The money normally spent on setting up the rink and maintaining it had been returned to the town.  However, he would look into getting it setup if it was possible.

DISCUSSION OF PREVIOUS BUSINESS
None

ADDITIONAL NEW BUSINESS OR INITIATIVES
Mr. Jones proposed that the remaining full-time position have additional duties added to the description to include early childhood education credentials in an effort to increase the program offerings for that population.  Mr. Blick felt that current members of the staff could handle the responsibilities.  Member of the commission agreed it would be a good idea to attempt to expand the role of that position.

SUPPLEMENTAL PUBLIC COMMENT
None

ADJOURNMENT
Motion Jones, Carlson (second), unanimous. Adjourned at 8:28 pm

Submitted: Kevin Jones

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