PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING
February 7, 2019
Members present: Steve Bryer, Chairman
Jim Hembree, Secretary
Others present: Nancy Opalka, Director of Parks & Recreation
Dr. Kim Rose, Supervisor
Absent: Jim Donahue, Vice Chairman
Mr. Bryer called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.
A motion was made and seconded (Anderson/Wade) to approve the minutes from the January 3, 2019 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Mr. Bryer welcomed our new Supervisor Liaison, Dr. Kim Rose. Dr. Rose said she was pleased to be back.
Homeowners Softball League Presentation of AED
Ms. Lorraine Sikora, Co-Founder and President of the Louis T. Savino III Foundation announced that the Foundation has donated AED’s to many organizations and now is adding Northampton Township to the list. An AED was donated to the Township by the Foundation due to the efforts of the Township Homeowners Softball League. The AED will be placed at the Civic Center Shack. Ms. Sikora gave some background about the Foundation and its mission. Mr. Gerry Bram, Manager of the Homeowners Softball League stated that he was a person whose life was saved by having an AED present at a softball game where he was umpiring. He serves on the Foundation’s Board and worked with the League to raise funds The League held a Home Run Derby in July to purchase the unit and provide training. Ms. Sikora, Mr. Bram and Ms. Savino whose son Louis, at age 15 died of a sudden cardiac arrest, presented the AED to Ms. Nancy Opalka and Dr. Kim Rose. Mr. Bryer thanked the Savino Foundation and the Homeowners’ Softball League for the donation. He also mentioned that Northampton Baseball was the recipient of an AED from the Savino Foundation years ago. Mr. Bram gave some background about the league and thanked the Parks and Recreation Board for the fields which allow the league to continue.
Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad CPR/AED Training
Mr. Corey Matthews, of the Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad, spoke regarding the regional Bucks County CPR Program which is replacing the Bucks Kid Safe Program that has been discontinued. He advised that many AED’s have been given to youth sports organizations but more training is needed. Mr. Matthews would like to conduct coaches training clinics on the use of CPR and AED’s. The training would be free for adults and children at the community level. Mr. Matthews will be meeting with the Bucks County Recreation Council in hopes to get the Parks and Recreation Departments and Boards to require all coaches have some level of CPR training. The training he will provide will be basic knowledge but is not a certification program. The knowledge provided should be sufficient enough that a Good Samaritan could to help is necessary. The goal is to schedule a number of trainings throughout the County so there are plenty of options for the leagues. Dr. Rose mentioned that she took the class instructed by Mr. Matthews at the Senior Center and he and the other instructors did an excellent job. Mr. Bryer stated that there is a requirement of accredited groups to have a coach from each team certified but perhaps we should require more.
2019 Facility Use Allocations
Mr. Bryer reviewed the 2019 March-July Facility Use Allocations. Any conflicts have been identified and will be resolved amongst the user groups. Nancy will send the Allocations to the user groups. A motion was made and seconded (Hembree/Anderson) to approve the Spring 2019 Spring Facility Use Allocation as discussed. The motion passed unanimously.
Civic Center Improvement Project, Phase 2
Mr. Wade discussed the proposed plan presented by the Gilmore Associates, Township Engineer, and explained the details of the parking lot improvements and trails. The curved parking lot and traffic flow will remain the same at this point in time. The project will cause some disruption, however, the contractors will be made aware of the sports groups’ and township programs schedules.
A motion (Wade/Hembree) was made to approve the preliminary plan presented by Gilmore Associates, the Township Engineer. The curved parking lot and traffic flow will remain unchanged however, at this point in time. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Opalka reported that she expects the bid to be awarded in April and construction start shortly thereafter.
Report of Field Users
Council Rock Basketball – Mr. Teitelman said the season is well underway and should wrap up in early March. Registration for the indoor spring league has begun. They plan to use the Civic Center and Municipal Park courts this summer.
Council Rock Holland Little League – No representative present.
Council Rock Northampton Baseball – No representative present.
Council Rock United Soccer – Mr. Spiewak reported that they are in the middle of registration. Travel tryouts will be held in March. Mr. Spiewak also announced that the Ryan Lesher Day will be held on Sunday, February 10th. In addition, Mr. Spiewak reported that this year the Civic Center fields have been infested with geese and CRUSA is looking into a couple of possible solutions.
Northampton Girls Softball – Mr. Dustin Oaks represented NGSA and reported that their website is up and running. NGSA ran a clinic last weekend and had a good turnout. They are in the process of setting up more opportunity for inter league play.
Northampton Indians Football and Cheerleading – Mr. Steve Szydlick said registration for the flag football league began two weeks ago and the numbers are higher than last year
Report of Parks and Recreation Director
Ms. Opalka reported the following:
The 2019 spring brochure is being proofed at this time and is expected to be in the mail by the last week of February. There are over 26 pages of programs.
One new program is the PAL program for adults with special needs. Also, the Lions Club is conducting a preschool hearing and vision program.
Flower Show Tickets, in addition to ski lift and movie tickets are for sale.
Camp revenue at this time is up $35,000 over last year. The Summit Camp program numbers are still wavering despite the changes made in response to a survey that was sent out to past participants and possible future participants.
Ms. Opalka further reported that she questioned United States Tennis Association and the Bucks County Tennis Association if they would be interested in utilizing the har-tru (clay) tennis courts on the Country Club property. Neither were interested. Dr. Rose asked if the tennis courts at the Country Club could be repaired and used for pickleball courts. Repairs are needed if the courts are to be used for either tennis or pickleball. Dr. Rose also said maybe we could apply for a grant to fund this project.
Supervisor Liaison Report
There was no report this evening.
There were no Citizens Concerns.
Mr. Wade announced that Ms. Opalka was acknowledged at the Supervisor’s meeting in January for serving 30 years as Parks and Recreation Director.
The next meeting date of the Parks and Recreation Board has not been set. There will be no additional meeting in February or a meeting in March.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 pm.
Jim Hembree, Secretary