TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD
PARK & RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES - DECEMBER 11, 2001

The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on December 11, 2001. Vice Chairman Smith called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m.

Those present:

Park & Recreation Board:

David Fritchey, Chairman (joined meeting in progress)
Ron Smith, Vice Chairman
Henry Carpenter, Member
Angie Mancuso, Member
Patricia Martin, Member

Others:

Donna Liney, Recreation Director
Scott Fegley, Supervisor Liaison

Absent:

John Kuebler, Park & Rec Member
Andrew Newbon, Park & Rec Member

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Ms. Mancuso moved and Ms. Martin seconded to approve the Minutes of November 13, 2001 as written. Motion carried with Mr. Carpenter abstained.

SUPERVISOR LIAISON REPORT

Mr. Smith asked if the Board of Supervisors agreed to their suggestion for Memorial Park.

Mr. Fegley stated he does not feel this will be considered at the Supervisors meeting on Monday night but he will make sure it is put on a future Agenda. He stated the Board of Supervisors did discuss this matter, and there is still no decision as to the site for the Memorial. They have decided to let the architect recommend which would be the best site. A decision has not yet been made on whether to proceed with any development at North Park at this time. He stated Mrs. Godshalk did not feel the Memorial should be at Oxford Valley/Roelofs Park or Macclesfield since she felt there should be a quiet setting for the Memorial. Mr. Fegley still feels they want something dedicated by September 11, 2002.

There was discussion on the Golf Course, and Mr. Fegley stated they are moving ahead.

He stated he is staying removed from any decisions on this. There was a consensus on a particular design but certain parts of the design could still be moved slightly, particularly the driving range. Mr. Smith asked the estimated date of completion, and Mr. Fegley stated optimistically they hope to open July, 2003; but the Golf Course Committee feels Spring, 2004 is more realistic.

DISCUSSION OF PLANNED MEMORIAL AND APPOINTMENT OF SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Ms. Liney stated she feels Mr. Fritchey was going to try to establish a Sub-Committee this evening, and Mr. Fedorchak would like to be part of this. Mr. Fegley suggested that the Park & Recreation Board select two Park & Recreation Board Members to serve on the Sub-Committee. Ms. Mancuso and Mr. Carpenter agreed to serve on the Sub-Committee.

RECREATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Ms. Liney noted that the work is continuing at the concession/restroom facility at Stoddart.

She noted the Board of Supervisors tabled a decision as to the dug-out improvements, and PAA will be providing pictures and a sketch plan at the Board’s December 17 meeting.

Ms. Liney stated the Seniors group had their year end social and approximately one hundred fifty members were present. She stated the Township presented thank-you gifts to the Seniors for their volunteer efforts. Ms. Liney thanked the organizations for their continued involvement in the Earth Day Event, particularly PAA and YMS. She stated this should encourage involvement of their members during the Event. Ms. Liney stated she was in contact with DGW Electric and advised them of the target date for upgrading electrical facilities to accommodate planned events at Macclesfield.

LEAGUE REPORTS

Mr. Smith stated YMS had a great season. He stated they did receive the light bill and they will be taking care of this. Registrations are taking place in December and January.

OTHER BUSINESS

Ms. Martin noted the letter received regarding a skateboard park. Ms. Liney stated she was not able to contact this individual without his phone number or address. Ms. Liney noted that although Park & Rec discussed this, there are no funds allocated for this in the 2002 Budget. Mr. Smith stated if there is a tennis facility that is not being utilized, he feels they could convert it to a skateboard area. Ms. Liney stated she feels they would like to have the potential user group come forward to coordinate and possibly fund raise for this park.

She feels at the current time the priority is for a Senior Center or developing North Park.

Ms. Liney stated the estimated cost to put in the pieces for a skateboard park would be $150,000. Ms. Martin asked about liability, and Ms. Liney stated some existing parks surveyed are skate at your own risk and it would be treated just like any other park.

Mr. Carpenter stated he feels they should put out a notice on the Cable TV channel, etc. that if there is any interest in this, they should contact the Park & Recreation Board.

Mr. Smith moved and Mr. Carpenter seconded to have Ms. Liney put consideration of a skateboard park on the Agenda for March or April and consider funds to be budgeted in 2003. Motion carried with Ms. Martin opposed.

Mr. Fritchey joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Fritchey thanked everyone for their work on the Board this year.

There being no further business, Mr. Smith moved, Mr. Martin seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.