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Board of Supervisors
5/2/2019 7:00 PM

PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING

May 2, 2019

 

Members present:             Steve Bryer, Chairman

                                              Mary Anderson

                                              Jim Hembree, Secretary

                                              Marty Wade

 

Others present:                      Nancy Opalka, Director of Parks & Recreation

Dr. Kim Rose, Supervisor

 

                                                                       

Mr. Bryer called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.

 

Mr. Bryer announced that Parks and Recreation Board Member, Jim Donahue, passed away suddenly. Jim was appointed to the PR Board in 2014 but his affiliation began more than 35 years ago with the community youth basketball program.  Jim’s commitment to community was immeasurable.  He will be greatly missed.

 

A motion was made and seconded (Wade/Bryer) to approve the minutes from the February 7, 2019 meeting.  The minutes were approved by a vote of 3 – 0.    Ms. Anderson abstained. 

 

Citizens Concerns

 

There were no Citizens Concerns.

 

Unfinished Business

 

Civic Center Improvement Project Phase 2  -  The Board of Supervisors will be awarding the bid for improvement to the parking lots, trails, lighting in the basin and other items at their meeting of May 22, 2019.    Mr. Wade stated that if the bid comes back within reason the project will proceed.  The front parking will not be addressed at this time, but the rear parking lot will.  Mr. Wade remarked that Public Works is working on the golf course pond which is closest to the parking lot.  Once the pond is repaired and its usefulness confirmed there may be opportunity to use the pond for irrigation on the park.  Another project is to redo the timers at the Civic Center Shack.  What projects get done depend on how the bids come in.

 

Report of Field Users

 

Council Rock Basketball – Mr. Teitelman had nothing to report

 

Council Rock Holland Little League – Mr. Spera Sr., representing CRHLL, had nothing to report. 

 

Council Rock Northampton Baseball – Mr. Jim Gallagher reported that the new temporary fence was delivered and was being installed

 

Council Rock United Soccer – There was no representative present.

 

Northampton Girls Softball – Ms. Jennifer Villetard questioned if the pathway lights were on a timer as the paths have been dark the last few nights.  She also requested copies of the key for the Wetzel Pavilion concession.

 

Northampton Indians Football and Cheerleading – Mr. Steve Szydlik said they are half way through the season and all is going well.  Fall registration is now open. 

 

Mr. Bryer mentioned that at the latest Council Rock School District Meeting it was announced that Richboro and Hillcrest Elementary are being considered for additions in the next few years in addition to a 25,000 sq. ft. new building adjacent to Richboro Middle School.  These renovations could impact the sports fields

 

Ms. Opalka stated that she is waiting for rosters for the spring sports and wants to be sure the sports groups are following up with all background checks.  In addition the sports groups were reminded that all cars illegally parked can be ticketed.  Discussion ensued regarding the parking situation at the Civic Center 2 particularly the rear parking lot.

 

Report of Parks and Recreation Director

 

Ms. Opalka reported the following:

 

Camp - registration continues. Camp Adventure is closed with 184 campers and 33 on the waiting list.  Camp Expedition is also closed. This year Quest will once again be held at both Welch Elementary and Holland Middle Schools as the renovations are complete.  The numbers at both sites are good.  Registration is low for the Summit Program, also held at Holland Middle School, which is comparable to the past few years.  Although the numbers are low it is a worthwhile program especially for that age group. Overall Ms. Opalka is pleased with the camp numbers.

 

Swim Club - renovations are being completed by Public Works staff and some contractors. A leak was found in the grass area, which make it easier to repair.  Swim Team registration is slow, but we expect at least 100 participants by the start of the season.  Membership is at 72 individuals.  Of the 72 only 27 are children.  If membership numbers do not improve we may consider reducing hours next year.

 

Events - due to low registration the long running 5K Run had to be cancelled.  Apparently there are now many conflicting events on that weekend.  The Fishing Derby is scheduled for June 1st.  Summer Concerts begin on June 6th.  The series continues through August 1st, ending with the Fabulous Grease Band. 

 

Administration - the Township has undergone some restructuring.  Parks and Recreation, Library and Senior Center now are part of the Assistant Township Manager’s responsibilities.   Also, the Park and Rec Maintenance Crew is now part of Public Works.

 

Supervisor Liaison Report

 

Dr. Rose remarked that it was a wise decision made by Mr. Bryer to cancel Northampton Day due to the weather forecast.    Dr. Rose attended the Bunny Hunt and said, “As always it was a wonderful event.”

 

Dr. Rose announced that Ms. Opalka was the recipient of the 2019 Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society Distinguished Member Award in honor of Robert D. Griffith.  It was stated that Ms. Opalka’s dedication and continual professional commitment to the advancement of parks and recreation services to the public exemplifies the characteristics befitting the Distinguished Member Award.  All congratulated Nancy.

 

Citizens Concerns

 

There were no Citizens Concerns.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:46 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Hembree, Secretary

 

Next Meeting – To Be Announced

 

 

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