TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD
PARK & RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES - MAY 13, 2003
The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on May 13, 2003. Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
Park & Recreation Board: David Fritchey, Chairman
Ron Smith, Vice Chairman (joined meeting in progress)
John Kuebler, Secretary
Henry Carpenter, Member
Patricia Martin, Member
Andrew Newbon, Member
Others: Donna Liney, Recreation Director
Wes Hackman, Supervisor Liaison
Absent: Richard Jutkiewicz, Park & Rec Board Member
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Kuebler moved, Mr. Carpenter seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of April 8, 2003 as written.
SUPERVISOR LIAISON REPORT
Mr. Hackman stated when Mr. Buckley first came to the Board of Supervisors, the Board
agreed that if Yardley Baseball met the sanctioning requirements, they should be
sanctioned. At the last meeting of the Board of Supervisors when this matter came up
again, the Board was advised that they had submitted all the paperwork required for
sanctioning. Mr. Hackman stated he had argued that regardless of whether they had
submitted all the required paperwork, he did not feel a group having only seventeen players
should be considered a League.
Mr. Smith joined the meeting at this time.
Mr. Hackman stated while he voted against sanctioning, all other Board members were in
favor. They indicated they wanted everyone to have an opportunity to use the fields if
possible. They also felt that if people wanted to start new Leagues they should be able to
do so; and due to the fact that the sanctioning rules indicated they had two years to have
intramural play, etc., Yardley Baseball should be sanctioned.
Mr. Smith stated he had previously presented recommendations for revisions to the rules
for sanctioning. He stated he feels a lot of the problems could have been avoided if they
would require that an organization must be sanctioned six months ahead of the season for
which they are requesting field use or at least some period of time longer than the time in
which Mr. Buckley presented his paperwork. He stated this would take the pressure off
of Ms. Liney. Mr. Carpenter stated he feels everyone agrees that this is a good starting
point for revisions to the rules.
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Mr. Hackman was provided this evening a copy of the Policy Statement on this mater
which includes Ordinance #135. Mr. Hackman stated no one ever mentioned Ordinance
#135 previously. Mr. Kuebler stated he did bring this up as it is the over-riding document.
Mr. Hackman stated this document indicates that reservations are required for groups over
twenty-five, and Yardley Baseball does not have this number of players.
Ms. Liney stated she also feels they need to address the fact that intramural program must be separate from travel team program.
Mr. Smith stated he hopes that what the Park & Recreation Board does as a Board is given
some weight by the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Hackman stated he does feel the Park &
Recreation Board’s recommendations are given weight. He noted the same situation has
occurred with other recommending bodies in the Township and they should recognize that
the Board of Supervisors does have the final authority.
Mr. Hackman stated he also feels they need to revise the Policy such that if you are a
recognized League, you will also have to share in the maintenance of the fields. He stated
there must also be consideration given to how many players constitute a League.
Mr. Kuebler stated he feels this number is four teams.
Mr. Hackman stated the Golf Course architect was in the Township last Thursday and they
are making good headway on the Golf Course construction. Bids for the pump house,
maintenance building, and club house came back but did not include a plumbing bid so all
were rejected. They are going to rebid this again since they felt that the project was too
small for the larger contractors and too big for the smaller contractors. The bid will be put
out in a different fashion. They are still working on the contract with Kemper, and he feels
within the next week weeks, this will be completed. The contract call for them to start
July 1. The grass is scheduled to go in the middle of August. Mr. Newbon asked about
plans for the Manor House. Mr. Hackman stated currently there are no plans. He stated
once Kemper gets on board, they will take them through it and consider its use further.
Mr. Hackman stated he would like to have a pavilion away from the clubhouse for outings,
etc. and perhaps this could be set up near the Manor House and possibly they could open
the house up as well. It is currently being rented to an individual.
RECREATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Ms. Liney stated the Community Pool bathhouse renovation is 95% completed subject to
punch list items. It will be completed in time for the Memorial Day opening. The Pool
Concession Stand climate control project will also be completed prior to the Pool opening.
Pool memberships are equal to the number they had at this time last year.
Ms. Liney asked for confirmation on the date the Road Tour should be conducted, and it
was agreed that the Road Tour will take place on July 15.
Ms. Liney stated all organizations have met their obligations for spring user fees, and she
thanked the organizations for their timely submissions. She commented on two recent
Tournaments held in the Township which were very successful.
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Mr. Smith noted the recent Soccer Tournament was very successful, and they received
many compliments on the fields and the Township. He thanked Ms. Liney and her staff
for their help. He stated YMS also cooperated with baseball to allow them to use some
of the fields even though YMS had exclusive use of them during the Tournament.
Mr. Kuebler stated Football registration is 20% ahead of this time last year with no
advertisement other than on the Township cable channel. Once they get to twelve teams,
registration is closed.
There being no further business, Mr. Smith moved, Ms. Martin seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meting at 8:30 p.m.
John Kuebler, Secretary