Commission members: P Degener, Chair; J. Dorenbosch, J. Board, C. Hunter, L. Valenti,
P. Darlington (7:39 pm)
Staff: R. Blick
Mr. Degener called the regular meeting on June 23, 2014 to order at 7:32 pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion: move to approve the minutes of the April 28, 2014 meeting as submitted. Board, Dorenbosch. Approved. 4-0-1. Mrs. Valenti abstained.
Mr. Blick highlighted his written report for May & June:
Concert on the Green: donations have been slow to come in. Mr. Blick will have a report on expenses and revenue at the next meeting. Last year the program broke even because one concert was cancelled. The first concert was well attended. There was a discussion of the new plantings done for the Parade Path that are in the area when children play during the Concert on the Green. Mr. Degener will follow up on the issue with First Selectman Pemberton.
Topstone: Many residents have been coming in to the office for permits. Broken pipes at the park have been repaired, as had the dressing room doors.
The death of Alex Goldman was acknowledged. He was a lifeguard at Topstone for many years, and his mother Susan served on the Commission for many years. Commission members extended their sympathy to the family at this difficult time.
Athletic Fields are in good shape. Requests for use of the new Barlow turf field are being filtered to Mr. Blick and he is continuing to work with Mike Santangeli at the high school.
Extended Day: the demountable unit will be removed. All equipment and materials have been moved to the new room. A letter has been sent to the Redding Board of Education requesting that they document the arrangement for P&R Extended Day to use the RES classrooms.
Building Project: Work on the gym storage and the equipment building has begun.
Dog incident at Topstone: Mr. Blick reported that on one of the trail hikes an unleashed dog got away from its owner and jumped on a young girl. The dog was then leased. It was discovered that the child was actually bitten. It was verified that the dog had its rabies shots and the owner was put in contact with the child’s parents. The incident was reported to the Redding police. The incident occurred on a trail so the leash ordinance does not apply.
Two town meetings/referendum have forced the cancellation or rescheduling of two events. July 22, 2014 will be a referendum for the Barlow Roof Project and July 29, 2014 is a Hearing by the Siting Council for the Redding Ridge cellular tower.
(Mrs. Darlington arrived at 7:39 pm during the discussion above)
Motion: move that the Park & Recreation Commission accept the May & June Director’s Reports as submitted. Dorenbosch, Board. Approved. Unanimous.
Mr. Degener reported he had a meeting with Joe Dolan regarding the potential to turf a field at the Redding Community Center and the revitalization of the committee charged with that effort. The STEAP Grant is still available, but set to expire in one year.
Mr. Degener will have a discussion with First Selectman Pemberton and Police Chief Fuchs regarding planning & procedure should an incident such as the dog bit incident ever occur again.
Mr. Blick reported on another incident when a dog walker with an unleashed dog made disparaging remarks to the Topstone staff member and refused to leash her dog. A report was filed with the Police Department with the license number of the individual’s car. Mr. Blick is following up with the Police on the issue to be sure that an individual received a warning on the issue.
Mr. Blick reported that the Highway Department will be re-grading Topstone Road, and he will be alerted to the area of work so that patrons can be advised.
Topstone Survey: Mr. Blick has a new survey planned to go out this week. It will be available online. Mr. Degener provided a “survey card” for patrons to fill out at Topstone Park. These could also be distributed at Concerts on the Green.
Trail restoration: Mr. Blick is planning now for work needed on the Topstone trails for work in the fall. He will collect names of individuals who are interested in working on the trails. Mrs. Hunter indicated she would like to be part of the Topstone Trails group, and will add her name to the email list.
The brochures will be sent out about a month prior to the sign up of classes. The summer brochure went out earlier than usual. The fall brochure will be sent out mid-August, the winter brochure will go out mid-December. Commission members discussed the time-sensitivity of P&R Brochure program information and preferences not to combine with other Town departments due to potential delays, however P&R Brochures have and will continue to include Heritage Center seniors’ information.
Motion: move to adjourn the meeting. Dorenbosch, Board. Approved Unanimous.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm
Mary Maday, Recording Secretary