TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

PARK & RECREATION BOARD

MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

 

 

The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on September 10, 2002.  Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Park & Recreation Board:        David Fritchey, Chairman

                                                Ron Smith, Vice Chairman

                                                Henry Carpenter, Member

                                                Andrew Newbon, Member

 

Others:                                     Donna Liney, Recreation Director

                                                Scott Fegley, Supervisor Liaison

 

Absent:                         John Kuebler, Park & Rec Board Secretary

                                                Angie Mancuso, Park & Rec Board Member

                                                Patricia Martin, Park & Rec Board Member

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Carpenter moved, Mr. Newbon seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of June, 2002 and July, 2002 as written.

 

 

STATUS REVIEW OF PARK & RECREATION PROJECTS

 

Roelofs Park Discussion - Ms. Liney stated that as a follow-up to the Park Board Road Tour held in July, Bob Williams has arranged for a telescoping lens to be used next week at the Roelofs fields to help determine the reason for poor drainage.  A report will be available by the October Park Board meeting.

 

Snipes Tract Discussion and Motion -  Ms. Liney stated the Township Engineer has provided a proposed layout for the placement of an 80’ by 50’ soccer practice field on the Snipes Tract as recommended by the Park Board.  This design is pending the relocation of the millings by the Public Works Department to the Elm Lowne facility.

 

Mr. Fegley noted the parking lot shown on the plan; and Ms. Liney stated this is an existing lot, and they will not be making any changes to it. 

 

Mr. Smith stated this field is very necessary because Heacock will be closed for this fall due to its poor condition from overuse.

 

Mr. Smith moved, Mr. Carpenter seconded and it was unanimously carried to recommend to the Board of Supervisors approving the placement of an 80’ by 50’ practice soccer field on the Snipes Tract.

 

Stoddart Discussion - Ms. Liney stated preparations are underway for the installation of the required ADA paved parking spot with access to the Stoddart concession stand.  The project should begin the week of September 23 with both the Park & Recreation and Public Works Departments performing the majority of the work.  The facility was slit seeded today.  Park & Recreation will be re-installing the swale outside the Field 3 backstop area which was removed during the building construction, and this should help with future drainage on Field 3.

 

9/11 Memorial Discussion - Ms. Liney reported that the groundbreaking for the 9/11 Memorial was well attended with over 200 people in attendance.  A fund-raiser was held the following evening.  The Township has committed funds for site preparations in 2003 at this facility.

 

Mr. Fritchey thanked Ms. Liney for the work she did with the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

 

Recreation Director’s Report - Ms. Liney stated field permits for the Fall have been issued.  They are requesting that the organizations adhere to their authorized fields and times in order to reduce confusion in the parks.  She noted some users continue to park on the grass areas surrounding Fields E and G despite the availability of parking spaces in the parking lots.  All organizations have been contacted reminding them of the importance of adhering to this park rule as a conditions of field usage.  League liaisons are asked to pass this requirement along to the user groups.  The Pop Warner Football Program will have an in-house representative present during football usage to help resolve this issue.

 

Skateboard Seminar - Ms. Liney stated she and the Lead Maintenance Technician attended a seminar and demonstration on skateparks in Philadelphia which discussed location, building materials, design elements, user input, and creating good flow for a basic skatepark of approximately 10,000 square feet.  They also visited the newly completed Middletown and Bensalem skateparks and picked up additional ideas if the Township decides to offer this recreation option in the future.

 

Budget Discussion - Ms. Liney reported that the Preliminary Budgets were submitted to the Finance Department in mid-August.  Fee-In-Lieu monies which have been an integral source of revenue for the Park & Recreation Operating Budget in the past are down significantly this year and a decline is also projected for 2003.  This will affect pending projects and hard decisions will have to be made.

 

The Pool Budget, which is a Proprietary Budget, was also submitted to the Finance Department for initial review.  This preliminary draft was put together based on input and recommendations from a number of sources, including a membership survey.  Preliminary plans are to include bathhouse renovations and replastering of the lap pool in 2003.  Projects budgeted and pending for this year are a zero depth entry ramp for the Olympic pool, replacement of the feature element in the baby pool and a new one meter diving board with standard.

 

 

COMMUNITY POOL DISCUSSION

 

Ms. Beth Ann Menard stated she has been a Pool member from its inception.  She stated she feels the Pool Manager should be recognized for running the Pool so well and for having another safe summer.  She expressed concern with lack of sufficient lighting in the Pool parking lot.  Ms. Liney stated some of the lights were out and bulbs are being replaced.  Ms. Menard thanked the Township for supporting the lifeguard competition.

 

Ms. Menard stated there were problems with fecal accidents by toddlers in the baby Pool this year and they may have to include a requirement that rubber pants be worn over diapers.  Mr. Lee Eisner stated there were a number of incidents which required that the Pool be closed.  Ms. Liney stated she has had discussions about this problem with Mr. Sharp.  She stated this year these incidents had to be recorded according to the Board of Health.   Mr. Sharp joined the meeting at this time and stated they did have more accidents this year possibly because of the increase in membership and the large numbers of children.  He stated he does feel they need to amend the rules for next year.  He stated he feels children who are wearing diapers should be limited as to which Pools they can use as they had accidents in all of the Pools at some point during the season and then had to close those pools.  He stated he also feels that they were accidents by children who are older who no longer wear diapers.  He feels something needs to be written in the Newsletter about this problem.  He stated they must advised the members of the health-related issues involved with this problem.  Ms. Liney stated signs should also be posted and she is obtaining samples.

 

Ms. Nancy Style representing the Swim and Diving Teams was present.  She thanked for the Township for having such a wonderful facility and management that meets their needs.She stated a number of Swim Meets had to be rescheduled and the Pool management was able to accommodate them.  She stated they have over two hundred children on the Swimming and Diving Teams which is a very large number compared to other facilities.  She stated this is due to their ability to practice at such an excellent facility and have eight lanes available.  She encouraged the Park & Recreation Board members to come out to one of their Meets.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Seal were present.  Mr. Seal stated they live in the Leedom’s Field Development and are interested in the timeline for Memorial Park.  Mr. Fegley stated the

Park will not be built all at one time.  The 9/11 Memorial portion has been approved and there will be fundraising and then construction of the Memorial.  Mr. Fegley stated a Master Plan was approved for the entire Park but no other construction is proposed at this time due to the limited number of dollars available in the Township.  Mr. Seal asked if any studies were done on the impact on the property values of the adjacent properties.  Mr. Fegley stated typically property values in the Township continue to go up.  He stated developers also normally charge more for properties that back up to open space as opposed to another residential development.  He stated the Master Plan that was approved was the result of meetings between the Township Board of Supervisors, Park & Recreation Board, and representatives of the surrounding neighborhoods and was a compromise plan.  He stated he feels this will be one of the best parks on the East Coast with the addition of the 9/11 Memorial. 

 

Mr. Seal asked for an update on the Golf Course.  Mr. Fritchey stated this is the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors and the Golf Course Committee.  Mr. Fegley stated the Golf Course has received Township approval and they are now working on obtaining some environmental permits and hope to start construction shortly.

 

 

SUPERVISOR LIAISON REPORT

 

Mr. Fegley commented favorably on the 9/11 Groundbreaking Ceremony and thanked the Township staff.   He stated he feels the design is outstanding and it will become a National Memorial not only a Township/Bucks County Memorial.

 

 

LEAGUE LIAISON REPORT

 

Mr. Carpenter stated Pop Warner had their first games last weekend.  He stated the League is extremely well run especially for a start-up League.  He stated there were problems with people parking on the grass, and Ms. Liney  stated they are going to address this.

 

Mr. Smith stated YMS has worked out any problems they had with the help of Ms. Liney.  He stated they have very big enrollment numbers this year particularly in the Pee-Wees.  He stated they did have to turn people away this year since there were not enough time slots.  They appreciate the availability of the Snipes Tract and feel it will ease some pressure off Macclesfield Park.  Ms. Menard asked how many people are in YMS and Mr. Smith stated there are approximately 2,000 players.  Mr. Eisner asked about PAA, and Ms. Liney stated it is approximately half that amount.  Ms. Menard stated she feels the Township is very fortunate to have the ability to offer all these types of recreation to the residents and feels this is due to decisions made by the Supervisors and Township Boards.  Mr. Smith stated they should also recognize the number of volunteers involved in these activities.

 

 

DATE FOR NEXT MEETING

 

It was agreed that the next meeting of the Park & Recreation Board will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.

 

There being no further business, Mr. Newbon moved, Mr. Carpenter seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

David Fritchey, Chairman