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Parks & Recreation
1/16/2020 7:00 PM


January 16, 2020


Members present           Steve Bryer, Chairman

                                      Jim Hembree, Vice Chairman

                                      Mary Anderson, Secretary

                                     John Bishop

                                      Marty Wade


Others present:                Nancy Opalka, Director of Parks & Recreation

                                         Dr. Kim Rose, Supervisor Liaison


Mr. Bryer called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.


Mr. Bryer welcomed new Board Member John Bishop.


A motion was made to approve the minutes from the November 7, 2019 meeting.  The minutes were approved (4 Yes).    Mr. Bishop abstained.


Reorganization of Board


A motion (Wade/Anderson) was made to nominate Steve Bryer for Chairman.  The motion passed unanimously. 


A motion (Wade/Bryer) was made to nominate Jim Hembree for Vice-Chairman.  The motion passed unanimously. 


A motion (Hembree/Bryer) was made to nominate Mary Anderson for Secretary.  The motion passed unanimously.


Citizen’s Concerns


There were no Citizen’s Concerns.


Unfinished Business


 Approval of 2020 Fee Schedule - The 2020 Fee Schedule for Use of Facilities, with revisions to the 2019 fee schedule, was presented to the Board. Fee changes include an increase for the daily use fee and interval use fee from $50 to $60. Additional changes include a food truck/caterer fee, increase in staff hours and review by other Township staff for special events. A motion (Wade/Hembree) was made to approve the 2020 Fee Schedule for Use of Facilities as presented. The motion passed unanimously.


Civic Center Improvement Project Phase II -Mr. Wade reported that he had a difficult time with design and function issues, but commented that Gilmore did a good job responding to certain issues. There are presently nineteen (19) items on a checklist. Gilmore is withholding money until all of the issues are corrected. Mr. Wade stated that it is the goal to have lighting installed on the fields and the basin finished sometime in April. Lights from Spring Mill will be used.  MUSCO will be used under the COSTARS, PA Cooperative Purchasing Program, so the Township will not have to go out to bid. It is anticipated that MUSCO will be submitting drawings and pricing by next week for the 290’ field and Multi-purpose field.

Mr. Bryer also requested that signs be placed in the park especially at the back parking lot to read “Not a Driving Range”. 

New Business

2020 User Group Requirements - Mr. Bryer went over the list of requirements. Most of the required documents have been handed in by the User Groups. However, a few outstanding items remain. Groups need to have all documents submitted prior to use or the allocation will be withdrawn.


Field Allocations - Discussion took place regarding the field requests and the field allocations. There are some exceptions of use due to special events, township use and authorized tournaments. The dates will be noted on the Field Allocation documents which will be distributed.


Discussion regarding the Homeowner’s League and field preparation was discussed. Ms. Opalka was instructed to speak with the League Coordinator regarding this issue.


A motion (Wade/Bishop) was made to approve the 2020 Spring/Summer Field Allocations March-July 2020.  The motion passed unanimously.


Report of Field Users


Council Rock Basketball – There was no representative present.


Council Rock Holland Baseball – Tom Clay represented Holland Baseball. Tom reported that registration is now open and travel teams are set.


Council Rock Northampton Baseball – Jim Gallagher said they are still deciding when their opening day will be as Spring Break is the week of April 6.


Council Rock United Soccer – Lou Spiewak reported that Intermural registration is now open.  Travel tryouts will begin in April. Mr. Spiewak also asked if the infield mix could be removed from the Big Meadow parking lot and placed elsewhere else as the pile takes up valuable parking spaces. Also, additional lights are needed there. Mr. Spiewak also reported that CRUSA will hold a Golf Outing September 21, 2020 at the Northampton Valley Country Club.


Northampton Girls Softball –Heidi Van Steemburgh reported that their registration is now open.


Northampton Indians Football – Steve Szydlik reported that Flag Football registration is now open. Cheerleading which typically ends with the football season is still taking place as a group continues to compete.


Mr. Bryer reported that the Board is going to start working on a “wish list” for the 39 acres and asked that User Groups submit any ideas to the Board. Mr. Bryer also wanted to propose holding a Beer Garden fund-raiser by Parks and Recreation and the User Groups in June and asked if the User Groups would be interested. A meeting will be scheduled.


Report of Parks and Recreation Director


Mrs. Opalka reported the following.


Aside from the construction projects, year end and new year tasks, PR has been very busy.

Betty has been very busy coordinating the Banner Program, Bus Trips, Summer Concerts Series and Special Events. The Sports Groups all should have received an email from Betty outlining the upcoming season’s Banner Program. Banners will be put up by April 1st.


Flower Show tickets are being sold at $33, considerably lower than online or at the door.


Special Events planned are as follows:

  • Wednesday April 1  - Hearing and Vision Screening for preschool age children
  • Saturday April 4  - Annual Bunny Hunt
  • Monday April 20- Trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse.

Additional monthly bus trips are in the works.

  • Saturday April 25 - Earth Day event which is held at Core Creek Park in conjunction with other local PR departments.
  • Saturday May 2 or 9 - A Bike Safety program at the Municipal Park possibly with the Police.
  • Saturday May 30 – Community Yard Sale.  An Antiques Road Show  event is being discussed to hold prior to the yard sale.
  • Sunday May 31 – Health and Wellness Day in conjunction with the Library and Senior Center
  • Thursday June 4 – First concert of the Sights and Sounds of Summer concerts which will be held every Thursday evenings at the Municipal Park thru August 6. (except for July 2nd) and are free to the public.
  • Saturday June 6 - Kids Fishing Derby at Tyler State Park
  • Saturday June 13- Kids Yoga Fest at the Municipal Park.


Jen has been working on the summer camps. A record was set this year. Camp Adventure was sold out by December 31st with 40 children on the wait list. Plans to expand Camp Expedition with before and after care are being investigated.


Parks and Recreation, the Senior Center and the Library will be working on a Health and Wellness Initiative leading up to the Health and Wellness Day. 


Miracle League continues to fundraise for the All-Inclusive Playground Project. There will be a Golf Outing on April 17th at Northampton Country Club and Designer Bag Bingo at St. Cyril’s Church on May 8th.


Report of Supervisor Liaison


Dr. Rose congratulated Marty Wade for being reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Board.  Dr. Rose also welcomed Mr. Bishop.


Dr. Rose reported that at the January 22nD Board of Supervisors meeting they will discuss the Comprehensive Trail Plan which was prepared by the Bucks County Planning Commission. Possible trails, including the Rails to Trails proposal, were identified throughout the Township. The plan would be voted on at the February meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Bryer wanted to point that the Trails project is not being handled by Parks and Recreation. Dr. Rose also reported that once the trails are finished, maintenance will be the responsibility of the Township. Mr. Wade asked that Parks and Recreation be included in discussions where Park and Rec funds are used and that capital funds should not be used for trails.


Citizens’ Concerns


There were no Citizens Concerns.


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:07 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Mary Anderson


Parks and Recreation Board        


Next meeting:   To be announced.



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