TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD
PARK & RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES - JANUARY 8, 2002
The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on January 8, 2002. Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
Park & Recreation Board:
David Fritchey, Chairman
Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
Henry Carpenter, Park & Rec Member
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Smith moved, Ms. Martin seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of December 11, 2001 as written.
REORGANIZATION OF PARK & RECREATION BOARD FOR 2002
Ms. Martin moved, Mr. Newbon seconded and it was unanimously carried to re-appoint Mr. Fritchey as Chairman, Mr. Smith as Vice Chairman, and Mr. Kuebler as Secretary for 2002.
UPDATE ON PLANNED TOWNSHIP MEMORIAL
Mr. Fritchey stated the Committee comprised of Mr. Carpenter, Ms. Mancuso, Mr. Fedorchak, and himself visited the Hamilton Sculpture Gardens which is potentially something that could be done in Lower Makefield Township. He stated this consists of a number of outdoor, modern sculptures in a landscaped setting. He stated they hope to have a list of several architectural firms, all of which are familiar with that particular Garden. He noted one of them was actually involved in the design of the Gardens at Hamilton.
Mr. Fedorchak stated he has been in contact with the firms listed by Ms. Liney which were included in the informational packet, and he has discussed the project at length with all of them. He expects to receive fee proposals from all five by next Monday. He will distribute those proposals to the Sub-Committee, and they can begin discussions next week or the week after.
Mr. Fegley was asked if the Board decided on an area for the Memorial to be located, and he stated a decision has not been made but he would still like to be able to dedicate the Memorial on September 11, 2002 and he plans to push the project forward. He stated he would prefer that it be at North Park, but a majority of the Board of Supervisors must agree on this location. He stated he would prefer not to wait until the next Park & Recreation Board meeting to make a decision and would like the Board of Supervisors to pick one of the architects and then they can make a presentation to the Park & Recreation Board. He feels the Sub-Committee could be provided with the fee proposals prior to the next Board of Supervisors meeting. He stated he feels they can vote on the architect based on the fee proposals without reaching a final decision on the location.
Mr. Smith asked if in order to put the Memorial at North Park, would they have to begin development of that property. Mr. Fegley stated he does not feel they need to develop the Park, although they would have to make some improvements to the entranceway and whatever improvements are needed for the Memorial. He stated he does not feel they need to construct any walkways or bikepaths.
Ms. Mancuso stated the Sub-Committee felt it may be important to allow additional time to pass in case other incidents occur. Mr. Fegley stated one of his ideas was that they would allow for future expansion of the Memorial not only for possible future disasters but also as a way to memorialize people who have served the Township in some way. Mr. Newbon stated in the past they discussed a Memorial Walk leading up to the water which he feels should be available for memorials not only for those who served the Community but also others as well. He stated he would prefer that they not rush into something simply to meet a deadline, but that the project be done right. Ms. Martin suggested that they could break ground on September 11, 2002.
Ms. Mancuso asked if the Board considered the Park & Recreation Boardís recommendation to change the name from North Park to Memorial Park, and Mr. Fegley stated there was not much Board discussion on this.
Mr. Fedorchak stated all the firms asked the Township if they had decided on a location since this does create problems designing the scope of work if the location is not known.
He advised them that they have the location narrowed down to two sites, and he suggested that they look at both sites and come up with at least two alternatives for each site. He asked that they commit to four meetings at the Sub-Committee level and two public meetings.
Mr. Smith asked the estimated cost, and Mr. Fedorchak stated they will find this out when the proposals are submitted. He stated they are only getting a cost at this point for design costs.
Mr. Fritchey asked if the architects were advised of the Concept Plan for North Park, and Ms. Liney stated they were provided this as well as maps for North Park and the site across Edgewood Road.
SUPERVISOR LIAISON REPORT
Mr. Fegley stated he hopes that they move forward on some new projects this year and acquire some additional open space. Mr. Smith complimented the Township on the sign at the Patterson Farm.
TOWNSHIP MANAGERíS REPORT
Mr. Fedorchak stated there was a meeting with PAA and DeLuca on the concession stand/restroom facility. He stated it is 80% complete but they still need to do the plumbing. The cost to the Township will be approximately $163,000. The project is coming in close to Budget. Most of the difference PAA will pick up and some of the difference DeLuca will pick up. He stated approximately $5,000 to $6,000 is a result of moving the structure back somewhat which required additional site clearance which they did not anticipate. He will recommend that the Township pick up this additional cost. Mr. Smith stated the building seems to be ideally located.
RECREATION DIRECTORíS REPORT
Ms. Liney stated they are getting ready for the year 2002. They are in the process of issuing paperwork for approved projects. All seven of the Summer programs have indicated they will return in 2002, and she is working with PAA to add a softball camp.
Ms. Liney stated she will enroll all Park & Recreation members in the Pennsylvania Park & Recreation Society for 2002.
Mr. Kuebler stated PAA is conducting registrations.
Mr. Smith stated YMS has sent in the check to the Township for the lights.
There being no further business, Mr. Kuebler moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.