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Minutes of Park and Recreation Commission, 06/06/2016

AGENDA: Park and Recreation Commission

RECEIVED 06/08/2016 8:53am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

June 6, 2016
Meeting Minutes

Present:  K. Jones, J. Board, S. Palmer, C. Hunter
Also present:  Rob Blick

Mr. Jones called the meeting to order at 7:41 pm.

Motion: move that the minutes of the May 2, 2016, meeting be accepted as presented.  Palmer, Board.  Approved.  3-0-1. Mrs. Hunter abstained.

Mr. Blick reviewed his report.

  • Staff orientation for Topstone Beach is under way.
  • Registrations have been slow in coming in, but usually pick up considerably as soon as school is ended.
  • Topstone Beach pass sale has increased, with many purchasing them online.
  • Topstone Beach bathrooms: the installation has begun, all the fixtures are on site, waterless urinals will be used and they will be handicap accessible. Mr. Blick anticipates completion by the end of the week.
  • New boats/kayaks will be ordered after July 1.
  • Field wells: both wells have stopped working; they are about 12 years old. Repairs will be made next week.
  • Mrs. A is retiring after many, many years of working with the afterschool program and camp program.
  • Mr. Blick reported that due to the Affordable Health Care Act program, he has been asked to reduce employees currently working 35-40 hours a week with no benefits, to be reduced to 29 ½ hours/week.  This has impacted several people, including the maintenance person.



DISCUSSION OF RCC2 Drainage Project:  Mr. Kevin reported a walk through was done with a representative of Milone & McBroom. Mrs. Pemberton is waiting for a proposal from the firm for the work that is needed to correct the drainage issues.

DISCUSSION OF SKATE PARK INITIATIVE:  No new information was available.

DISCUSSION OF CONCERT FUNDRAISING IDEAS: Mr. Jones suggested that fundraising ideas should be discussed in detail during the winter months, well in advance of the summer concert season. The idea of a “neighborhood” sponsorship was suggested.

No information is available on this or the objectives of the change.

COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP: membership per charter is 9, current membership is 7. The Commission previously discussed requesting a change in the commission charge to reduce the membership to 7, but no action on this was taken. A change in the membership would require Town Meeting approval.

Mrs. Hunter reported on the RES PTA STEAM program event that was held recently at the school. This included various stations with hands on opportunities to learn about STEAM activities. She suggested bring the program to the Heritage Center.

Motion: move to adjourn the meeting.  Board, Palmer. Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 pm

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary




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