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Parks and Recreation Board 
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2010

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. at Borough Hall.  Present were Sherry Spinnraker, Mike Mills, Dawn Haussler, Khalil Shearlds, and Jeannette Reinhart, Jim Simmons, and Eugene Dixon.  Also present:  Barb Silzle, Lansdowne Borough Council Environmental Committee, Bob Bartmann, and Marco Moralles.

1. Opening

2. Minutes from May

  • 2.1 May 2010 Meeting Minutes approved.
  • 2.2 June 2010 Meeting Minutes approved pending revision to 7.6.

3. Borough Council Business

  • 3.1 Welcome to new Board member – Ms. Silzle welcomed Eugene Dixon to the Board. 
  • 3.2 Jeri Staiber’s replacement –  Job description is posted on borough website and approximately 70 people have applied.  The Borough will be interviewing in August.
  • 3.3 Park patrol response –  Ms. Silzle reported that the on-duty officers patrol parks once a shift and shifts are 12 hours.
  • 3.4 Gladstone Island Long Range Sketch Plan – The Gladstone Manor Civic Association was asked by the Environmental Committee to redraw their plan to scale, so that it indicates the width of the path, the size of the proposed plaza, specifies the materials to be used, and reflects the curb cut recommended by the Borough.  The Civic Association will take care of the bench plaques.  

4. Recreation and Park Budget Review

  • 4.1 Court resurfacing – In process of obtaining/reviewing bids.  
  • 4.2 Sycamore Park sitting wall repair – Sycamore park’s sitting wall has been repaired and the capstones reset. 

5. Recreation and Parks Director Business

  • 5.1 Belmont Park issues – Marco Moralles, a resident near Belmont Park reported that he and other neighbors with small children (1-7 years of age) had been discussing solutions to the older kids’ foul language and general lack of consideration around younger children at the playground equipment.  He relayed that the parents preferred to try and handle the issues themselves rather than involve the police, but they are requesting our assistance in determining how to work with the older kids to curb the undesired behavior.  Ms. Reinhart took Mr. Moralles’ contact information so that she could follow up with him directly as a neighborhood point of contact.  Solutions that were discussed:
    • 5.1.1 Relocation of basket ball court or creating a buffer between the younger children’s play equipment and the court.
    • 5.1.2 Mr. Dixon said that he knew some of the older kids and their parents and he offered to visit Belmont and try and talk with them
    • 5.1.3 Take pictures of the problem kids at the park so that they can be identified to those who can assist or to the police.
    • 5.1.4 If other measures fail to curtail the poor behavior, advise parents and concerned parties to call the police.
  • 5.2 Park assessments –  Ms. Spinnraker urged Board members to bring to her attention any issues reported in park assessments as she is forwarding those issues to the Borough Manager for resolution. 
  • 5.3 Permit for group at Interboro –  Board discussed the permit for the informal organization that plays basketball at Interboro on Saturdays.  It was agreed that if the group was over 20 people, they need to apply for a permit, but at the Board’s discretion, the fee may be waived.
    • Action item:  Mr. Mills to forward the permit policy to the group leader to help them determine whether a permit is necessary.

6. Special Project Reports 2010 – One-Time or Reoccurring

  • 6.1 Park usage – policy revision – tabled
  • 6.2 Park permit policy – tabled
  • 6.3 Consequences for littering in parks – tabled 
  • 6.4 Signage at parks – Mr. Mills requested another sign for the other side of Interboro Park.
    • Action item:  Ms. Spinnraker to forward info to Mr. Totaro
  • 6.5 Survey results – tabled
  • 6.6 Marlyn Park Master Site Plan review –  please see 7.4, below.
  • 6.7 Hoffman Park pavilion – tabled
  • 6.8 Test meadow sites update – Mr. Bartmann provided a thorough update on what has been growing in the three test meadow sites at Interboro, Hoffman, and Belmont Parks.  Ms. Reinhart asked what the next step of the process was.  Mr. Bartman noted that the experiment was pointing towards whether it would be acceptable to the public to leave certain areas of certain parks more meadow-like, which could be a cost savings to the Borough.  Mr. Bartmann also noted that it would take 2-3 years for the native plants to fully re-occur in the areas that they would naturalize.  Mr. Bartmann indicated that a next step wouold be to consult a local university for their expertise on these specific test meadow sites.
  • 6.9 Work completed with intern – Mr. Bartmann reported on the work that was completed with the intern this summer.  The intern spent 170 hours on assorted projects in Belmont, Hoffman, Interboro, Sycamore, the 20th Century Club, the library, the Island Ave. parking lot, and the Lansdowne Ave./Owen Ave. parking lot.  Mr. Bartman spent 150 hours alongside the intern.
    • Action item:  Mr. Bartmann to provide list of remaining work or reoccurring work so that Ms. Spinnraker may provide backup to Borough Manger regarding the outstanding needs of the parks and Borough-owned land.
    • Action item:  Mr. Simmons to speak with Mr. Bartmann about his offer to assist with some remaining tasks.

7. Recreation Department Park Management

  • 7.1 Goals/Priorities for next 3-5 years –  tabled 
  • 7.2 ADA compliance – tabled
  • 7.3 Event assessments – tabled
  • 7.4 Interboro, Marlyn, Belmont site plans – 
    •  7.4.1 Marlyn Park Master Site Plan – the Board discussed the Marlyn Park Master Site Plan and approved the plan as presented.
    • Action item:  Ms. Spinnraker to contact Ms. Silzle about Council’s position on the funding to resolve boundary issues.

8. Task List – no updates at this time

9. Calendar of Events

  • 9.1 Park Day – September 25, 1-4pm.  Park Day task list distributed via e-mail for updates.

10. Next Board Meeting – Monday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. at Borough Hall.

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