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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Parks and Recreation Board
Regular Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2010

The meeting began at 7:10 p.m. at Borough Hall. Present were Sherry Spinnraker, Mike Mills, Dawn Haussler, Bob Bartmann, Khalil Shearlds, and Jack Kelly. Also present: Jeri Staiber, Recreation Director.

1. Opening

  • 1.1 Jack Kelly has been re-appointed to the Board.
  • 1.2 Bob Bartmann announced that he had been asked by the Mayor Jane Young to provide services in a different capacity to the Borough, so he will no longer be on the Board.

2. Minutes from December were accepted.

3. Task List
Review at next meeting.

4. Borough Council Report
New Council liaison should be present at February Board meeting.

5. Recreation and Park Budget Review
2010 Budget – Budget of $43,000 approved by Council. Sherry distributed a preliminary budget for use of the funds.
Basket ball court and tennis court resurfacing – Board agreed that the resurfacing of the courts should be top priority and should be completed in early spring. Estimated costs are $17,000.

Correspondence / Community Concerns
Boys & Girls’ Club shed request – Club would like to add a second shed to store tools, tractor on site at Hoffman.
Action item: Jeri and Sheri to contact Fred for dimensions and pictures of requested shed. Once details are known, Sheri to e-mail Barb Silzle as request will need to be approved by Council.
Boys & Girls’ Club Board representative – It was noted that the Board has lost its contact with the Lansdowne Boys & Girl’s Club as Fred Mirarchi is no longer on the Board.
Action item: Jeri to contact Fred to request recommendation for Board.

7. Special Project Reports 2009 – One-time or Reoccurring

  • 7.1 Parks permit policy – Tabled until next meeting.

8. Recreation Department Park Management
Goals / Mission –
ADA compliance for parks – discussion tabled.
Event assessments: paper and electronic – discussion tabled
Document retention – all Board-related documents need to be forwarded to Borough Manager for retention on Borough’s server.
Action item: Dawn to contact Craig about best method of transmitting documents.
Interboro Park sketch plan – Bob Bartmann presented sketch plans he had drawn up in 2004, and gave brief history/background of park.
History: Park was originally a private park that was organized by the three neighborhood churches (Fern, Zion, Bethel ME) that got together and purchased lots in the middle of the depression. They filled the land as they could and held an annual festival. They ice skated when the shallow ponds froze in the winter and there was a clubhouse. It stayed a private park until WWII. Manpower and funds dried up and the park was neglected for some time until the Borough took it over in the 1980’s.
Survey was completed in 2005.
Park is 3.32 acres (2.9 plus paper streets equaling .42)
There are several encroachments onto park land, largest being the church parking lot.
Hydrology – there are drainage issues: ½ water runoff runs towards street, ½ flows into the park. Park only had 1% grade, so water collects and affects the viability of the lawn. It takes 2 weeks after a major storm before water dissipates. There are also seasonal ponds in the park. If water issues were resolved, a junior league soccer field could be installed, which would be good enough for practice (take some traffic from Hoffman). A softball field could also be installed (160’) for junior pickup games or as practice field. To reduce cost, Borough could conceivably perform the basic trenching for drainage, with final grading to be done by others.
Existing tree-lined walkway (4 ft.) could be widened into ‘promenade’ as it is widely used for foot traffic as pass-through for neighborhood.
In 2005, the Borough put in the nature trail with the bridge over the vernal pond.
Interboro is one of the Borough’s few parks with parking.
Shrubs and trees have been added gradually in the last few years.
A Borough-generated neighborhood plan would be useful to determine direction and to approach neighbors regarding encroachment issues.
Belmont and Interboro planning – Action item: Board to review both plans presented by B. Bartmann and decide whether to adopt them.

Calendar of Events
Egg Hunt – March 28 at 1 pm
Chair of event – Action item: Mike to make/oversee task list for Egg Hunt.
Advertising – will use updated 2009 poster. Action item: Jeri to forward poster.
Bunny suit – Action item: Jeri to ask Fred Mirarchi.
Games – after egg hunt we will hold sack race/bunny hop race. Action item: Khalil to bring supplies / oversee race.
Park cleanup – Action item: Jeri to schedule Friday before event.
Pre-filled eggs – Action item: Jeri to order.
Prizes for race – Action item: Sheri to buy.
Movie Night – May 22
Movie choice – ‘Up’ is chosen movie. (sunset: 8:14pm, twilight: 8:46pm)
Snack stand – Action item: Jeri to ask Fred whether the Boys & Girls’ club would mind overseeing snack stand for movie.
Advertising – Council announcement at televised meeting, posting on website, fliers to schools, borough newsletter
Banner – Action item: Dawn to work with Hoff Communications

Recreation and Parks Board Budget Report, Jeri Staiber
Jeri distributed General Fund spreadsheet.

Park Usage Request
11.1 Jennifer Hoff requested Hoffman Park field permit for Boys & Girls’ Club for M-F 6-11pm.
Action item: Jeri to contact the Delco Men’s League to see if they would like specific dates, then work with B&G Club on Friday availability.

Next Board Meeting – Monday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. at Borough Hall.

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