MINUTES - MAY 9, 2000

The regular meting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on May 9, 2000. Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

Those present:

Park & Recreation Board:

David Fritchey, Chairman
Ron Smith, Vice Chairman
John Kuebler, Secretary
Henry Carpenter, Member
Patricia Martin, Member
Andrew Newbon, Member


Donna Liney, Recreation Coordinator
Grace Godshalk, Supervisor Liaison


Larry Szarko, Park & Recreation Board Member


Mr. Kuebler moved, Mr. Newbon seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of March 7, 2000 as written.


Mr. Fritchey noted there was a letter sent to the Park & Recreation Board from residents concerned with bikepaths in the area of Big Oak and Stony Hill Roads. Ms. Liney stated the residents are attempting to get the bikepath finished in this area. She is not sure if Mr. Fedorchak is working on this, and she will check this with him. She added this bikepath shows on the Master Bike Plan but it does appear to involve a condemnation of property. Mr. Fritchey stated it appears this has to do with the Rolling Greene development. A copy of the Master Bike Plan was reviewed. Ms. Liney stated she feels this is more of an administrative item since the Park & Recreation Board has already included this particular bikepath on the plan. Ms. Liney stated she will look into this matter further.

Mr. Smith noted the memo from Ms. Liney to Mr. Fedorchak about the need for additional fields. Mr. Smith stated he does not want his comments made at the Board of Supervisors meeting interpreted to mean that there is not a need for additional fields in the Township. He stated he felt what was planned for North Park was adequate for that facility but still feels there is a need for additional fields in the Township.

Ms. Liney stated Mr. Fedorchak asked that she update the Park & Recreation Board on a land purchase that is imminent which is the Snipes tract. They are looking to put two full size and one mid-size field on that property immediately. They feel there are eight to ten acres available for soccer. Mr. Smith asked if they are waiting for the Park & Recreation Board Road Tour in July to see this site. Mrs. Godshalk stated the Park & Recreation Board members are welcome to attend the Board of Supervisors Road Tour. Ms. Liney stated Mr. Fedorchak was having Mr. Gouza look at the property today. Mr. Smith asked if he could report to YMS that they can anticipate use of these fields in the fall, and Mrs. Godshalk stated she did not know if anything was final yet and they should check with Mr. Fedorchak on this first. Mr. Smith stated he could advise the Executive Board only of the potential purchase.

Ms. Liney stated the dedication for Roelofs Park is scheduled for Monday evening at 5:45 p.m.

Ms. Liney stated the Board of Supervisors did approve Concept Plan D for North Park. She thanked the Park & Recreation Board for their d year round. He stated if they used H for soccer, they could get two fields. Mr. Fritchey stated he would like to install ten to twelve tennis courts at Samost and change the existing tennis courts at Community Park to additional basketball courts. Mr. Fritchey stated the tennis courts could be put in along the road frontage. They would have to provide parking. Mrs. Godshalk stated she would like the tennis courts to be visible from the road since there are a number of women who use them.

Ms. Liney stated she has been told the Water Company may be willing to work with the Township on either a reconfiguration of the land or a sale of land to the Township. The water tank site was visited and Ms. Martin stated she did not feel the Water Company would need more than fifty feet around the tank.

Some members of the Park & Recreation Board drove to the Snipes Tract following the Tour of the Samost Tract.