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Parks & Recreation
10/4/2018 7:00 PM


October 4, 2018


Members present:                   Steve Bryer, Chairman

                                                Jim Donahue, Secretary

                                                Mary Anderson

                                                Jim Hembree

                                                Marty Wade


Others present:                      Nancy Opalka, Director of Parks & Recreation


Absent:                                   Eileen Silver, Supervisor

                                               Bruce Stamm                                     


Mr. Bryer called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm.


A motion was made and seconded (Wade/Anderson) to approve the minutes from the September 20, 2018 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously.


Citizens Concerns


There were no Citizens Concerns.


 Unfinished Business


Civic Center Restroom Project – Work continues on the Civic Center Restroom Project.  The restrooms are scheduled to be finished no later than November 2, 2018.


Civic Center Improvement Project – The project has been discussed at great length in previous meetings and most recently during the review of the Capital Budget.  Work on the Civic Center rear fields has been added to the scope of work.  This renovation, construction of the interior park trails and work on the parking lots are priorities. Mr. Bryer is confident that the work will be completed in 2019 and 2020.  Mr. Wade is waiting to review the drawings of the basin and rear field areas.     


New Business


2019 Budget Proposal - It was reported that the 2019 Capital Budget Proposal was approved at the last meeting.  The Board reviewed the Operating Budget and Mr. Wade remarked that it was “spot on”.


Mr. Donahue questioned the amount of money in the budget for Contracted Services and Ms. Opalka said she would double check this figure as she felt it seemed high.


A motion (Donahue/Hembree) was made and seconded to approve the 2019 Operating Budget as submitted.  The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Bryer explained that Ms. Opalka creates a narrative for the Parks and Recreation Board budget presentation to the Board of Supervisors, for many years the Board of Supervisors accepted the Budget Narrative as the Annual Report.  Ms. Opalka now submits a separate Annual Report to the Board of Supervisors. The 2019 Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors by Mr. Wade at the meeting of October 10, 2018. 


Report of Field Users


Council Rock Basketball – Mr. Dave Teitelman reported that their registration numbers look good and are about the same as last year.  The 2nd and 3rd grade girls group is the largest ever for that age group. Mr. Teitelman advised that the Summer Program will be discussed in January/February.


Council Rock Holland Little League - Mr. Pete Spera reported that Travel Team tryouts will be held early November and is hoping to hold them outside on the fields.  CRHLL will once again offer Fall Clinics, FREE, to Holland players starting next weekend.  Last year, 60 kids attended.    Ms. Opalka reminded the groups that she is able to send e-mail blasts out to residents for youth sport registration dates.


Mr. Spera said he discussed the Banner Program with Betty Satterley and because of the change in volunteers there seems to be some confusion regarding following up with sponsors.  It was decided that Betty would follow-up.


Northampton Indians Football – Mr. Steve Szydlik reported that they are two-thirds through the season, which will wrap up the week before Halloween.  Playoffs will start in two weeks.  Participation in cheerleading is up; football is down. 


Report of Parks and Recreation Director


Ms. Opalka reported that she is still evaluating the summer camp programs to see what changes should be made for next season. For next year, we hope to use Richboro and Hillcrest Elementary Schools for the camp program. 


Pickelball is now being offered on Tuesday evenings at Holland Middle School.  This is a program being offered in cooperation with Newtown Parks and Recreation as gym time is sparse.  There is a waiting list for the clinic.

Two Automated External Defibrillators (AED) were donated to Parks and Recreation.  One will be placed at the Civic Center shack and the other at the Municipal Park Playground.   


Parks and Recreation now has an intern student, Seamus Ryan, who attends Bucks County Community College.  Seamus will be working both at the office and at the Recreation Center.


The Community Yard Sale is October 6th, with 75 households participating, another great turnout is expected.


The Annual Halloween Happening will be held on Saturday, October 27th.  Members are encouraged to attend.


Citizens Concerns


There were no Citizens Concerns.




Mr. Bryer announced that there will be a lot of political activity over the upcoming month and he reminded all that no political signs or handouts are permitted at any Township recreation facilities.


Mr. Donahue said he would like the Park and Rec Director to share her assessment of the Intern with the board.


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jim Donahue, Secretary


The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2019, Township Building, 7:00 p.m.




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