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Minutes of Park and Recreation Commission, 08/25/2014

AGENDA: Park and Recreation Commission

RECEIVED 08/27/2014 12:22pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Commission members: P Degener, Chair; M. McClung, S. Palmer, J. Dorenbosch, V. Alward,
P. Darlington (7:57 pm)
Staff: R. Blick

Mr. Degener called the regular meeting on August 25, 2014 to order at 7:45 pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion: move that the minutes of the July 28, 2014 meeting be accepted as submitted. Dorenbosch, McClung. Approved. 4-0-1. Mrs. Alward abstained.

Mrs. Darlington arrived during the discussion below.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Mr. Blick highlighted his written report for August.
Tennis courts: a new bench and windscreens have been installed. The surface was power washed.

Summer camp: the camps went very well, with attendance up from the previous summer.

Topstone: Special events were a big hit. Swim lessons were more popular in July than August. The lifeguards held a small ceremony to honor Alex Goldman with a wheel barrel chair.
There was discussion of keeping the beach open until Labor Day. Typically the beach coverage ends when school starts. Mr. Blick will check with staff next year to determine if there availability to keep the beach open until the end of the Labor Day weekend.

Field Maintenance Building: the building is finished and the equipment (tractor, seeder and spreader) will be ordered next week. A decision on the aerator is still pending.

Gym Storage Buildings: work is progressing and will be completed in early September.

Field Use: Youth football and Boys & Girls Club Field Hockey will be using the Barlow stadium turf field on weekends. The schedules are set for the fall.

Program Brochure: the brochure was completed and mailed out early, August 12. The winter brochure deadline is December 12. Credit cards are accepted with Amex and Discover being added for payments.

Topstone Survey: an update on the survey is scheduled for the September meeting; about 112 people have responded to the survey.

Motion: move that the Park & Recreation Commission accept the Director’s Report as submitted. Dorenbosch, McClung. Approved. Unanimous.

LETTERS/CORRESPONDENCE
Mr. Blick received one request to keep the beach open until 8 pm in the evening. He noted that this year, attendance in the late afternoon, early evening was up. This request will be reevaluated for next summer.

ATHLETIC FIELDS
Mr. Degener attended a meeting with Joe Dolan regarding the establishment of a new committee to push for a turf field at the Redding Community Center. Mr. Degener believes the project could move forward if the Town would fund 1/3 of the cost, with 1/3 coming from money being raised, and the final 1/3 from the STEAP Grant.

TOPSTONE PARK
1. Leash issue: no issues in the last month. Mr. Blick was asked to get a report from the Animal Control Officer regarding the time he has spent at the Park and any issues he found.
2. Trail Planning and Restoration: Mr. Blick is moving forward with the trail maintenance

GYM STORAGE: work will be completed in September.

FALL PROGRAMS: Most of the programs begin September 15. The Community Room is being painted following the Book Fair. Some new programs have been added. Heritage Center, the senior center, has several pages in the brochure.

The deadline for the winter brochure is December 12.

NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Degener reported that there is a building near the West Redding business district/train station that has become available and could be considered for a potential teen center. Mrs. Alward reported she is working with the Boys & Girls Club on programming for a teen center. She feels the Boys & Girls Club could be a better location for students for after school activities and events. Mrs. Alward noted that a member of the Redding Board of Education has come forward to work on the initiative.

Food Pantry: Mrs. McClung suggested asking for donations for the Redding Food Pantry for various events at the Community Center or at the Concert on the Green. She noted that contributions to the Food Panty tend to lessen during the summer months.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion: move to adjourn the meeting. Dorenbosch, Alward. Approved Unanimous.

The meeting adjourned at 8:47 pm

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary