TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

PARK & RECREATION BOARD

MINUTES – FEBRUARY 10, 2004

 

The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on February 10, 2004.  Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Park & Recreation Board:        David Fritchey, Chairman

                                                John Kuebler, Secretary

                                                Patricia Bunn, Member

                                                Richard Jutkiewicz, Member

 

Others:                                     Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager

                                                Donna Liney, Recreation Director

                                                Frank Fazzalore, Supervisor Liaison

 

Absent:                         Ron Smith, Park & Recreation Board Vice Chairman

                                                Henry Carpenter, Park & Recreation Board Member

                                                Andrew Newbon, Park & Recreation Board Member

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Ms. Bunn moved, Mr. Kuebler, seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of January 13, 2004 as written.

 

 

FIVE MILE WOODS PRESERVE ANNUAL REPORT DISCUSSION

 

Ms. Liney noted that Mr. Heilferty was unable to attend this evening and will present the

Five Mile Woods Preserve Annual Report in March.

 

 

REVIEW OF PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

Mr. Fritchey stated per the Park Board’s request, Ms. Liney and Chief Coluzzi have reviewed the current Park Rules and Regulations. Mr. Fritchey wanted to shorten the Park Rules where possible.

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the lights in the Township Parks should be required to be

turned out at 10:00 p.m.  Ms. Liney stated  the lights are controlled by mechanical timers.  She stated if they get a report that the lights were on late, they do follow up on it.

 

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Mr. Fritchey proceeded to review the posted Park Rules.  Item #1 of the Park Rules was noted and it was recommended that it remain the same.

 

Item #2 was noted, and Chief Coluzzi advised that this may be removed if the Park Board wishes, as it is covered in other Ordinances.

 

Item #3 will remain the same.

 

Item #4 will be change to add “rockets and projectiles” as prohibited activities.

 

Item #5 was noted. Mr. Fazzalore asked if the wooded areas are posted “No Smoking”

and it was noted that while they are not, the Rules are posted in the Parks.  Ms. Bunn

suggested that no fire rings be permitted, and it was agreed to include this. 

 

Item #6 was noted and this will remain the same.

 

Items #7, #8, and #9 will be eliminated as there are State Laws which cover these items.

 

Item #10 will be modified to include “Littering is Prohibited.” 

 

With regard to Item #11, the word “reservations” will be changed to “permits” and “as

outlined in the Policy Statement” will be added.  The sentence stating “This is for Lower

Makefield Township residents only”, will be removed as Ms. Liney only issues permits

to Lower Makefield Township residents.

 

Mr. Fedorchak asked the purpose of the Park Rules and Regulations, and Mr. Fritchey

stated this is a Township Ordinance – Ordinance #135.  Mr. Fedorchak reviewed the Book of Township Ordinances and stated he feels the Code Book of Lower Makefield Township which has come after this would be overriding.  Mr. Fazzalore stated if someone wants a permit they are provided this information so they are aware of the rules.  Ms. Liney stated when someone comes into the Office for a permit she does give them a copy of these rules with the permit.  Mr. Fedorchak stated he feels while this is a good idea, he feels they need to table it at this time and consider it in the future once some items have been clarified.

 

No action was taken this evening.

 

APPOINTMENT OF MEMBER OF PARK BOARD TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR 2004

 

Ms. Liney stated Ms. Bunn has served on this Council for the past several years and has agreed to serve again.   The Board of Supervisors requests a recommendation for the Park & Recreation Board for this position yearly. 

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Mr. Kuebler moved, Mr. Jutkiewicz seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint

Patricia Bunn to the Environmental Advisory Council for the year 2004. 

 

 

SUPERVISOR LIAISON REPORT

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated the Bridge Commission came to the last Board of Supervisors

meeting to discuss plans for I/95 and Scudders Falls Bridge.  He stated they are

considering a second span but it will probably be 2008 before construction.

Mr. Fazzalore reported that Shady Brook Farm was given Conditional Use to build an

addition to their market.    He also noted that Preliminary Plan was given to Liberty

Properties for the property on Township Line Road where they will construct an office

building. There are some outstanding road concerns which need to be addressed.  The

Memorial Park revisions were approved.  Mr. Fazzalore noted that two of the Supervisors

continue to work with RAM and Matrix trying to resolve issues relating to the Matrix

property.

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated in the past he has been opposed to corporations installing signs, etc.

at Township facilities; however, he is reconsidering this and would be in favor of

corporate donations provided it was something substantial and not something the

Township could do on its own.

 

 

RECREATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

Ms. Liney stated the organizations are in the process of submitting their field usage

requests for spring, 2004.  The Township has asked that the requests be submitted by

2/13/04.  Registrations are up for most organizations and this does result in increased

demand for field times.  The Township will continue to do its best in equitably allocating

fields and meeting requests.  Ms. Liney stated this was a difficult winter in terms of

weather making it a difficult challenge for Park & Recreation to do preliminary field

preparations for program start-up and some maintenance tasks.   Township

Administration is beginning to process membership renewals for the Community Pool. 

2004 will require there to be new picture IDs for all members.  Ms. Liney reported that

the Township received an offer from Giant Supermarket for a donation of a bench made

of the recyclable material – TREX.  Giant would have a plaque identifying their donation

to the Park. 

 

Ms. Liney reported that The Snipes Sub-Committee met this morning with Jim Majewski,

PCS, Patricia Bunn, Mike DiMaio, YMS Facilities Director, and Ms. Liney in attendance. 

The Sub-Committee reviewed the topography map of the Snipes tract as well as the

breakdown of the land area identified by the Township engineer in his 1/04/04 memo

 

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showing the areas of the Fire Sub-Station, the realignment of Dolington Road, and the

ultimate right-of-way of Quarry Road. The Township engineer will sketch some

preliminary lay-outs and alternatives for submission to the Sub-Committee next month. 

 

 

REPORT FROM THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated the Golf Course is on track and they are still looking at a 7/1/04

opening.  Mr. Fedorchak stated tomorrow evening the Golf Course Committee will be meeting to consider the fee structure and a marketing plan.

 

 

LEAGUE REPORTS

 

Mr. Jutkiewicz reported that registration for Lacrosse is up 20% from their initial

estimates.  They have decided to scale down their June Tournament and will only use five

to six fields.

 

Mr. Kuebler stated registrations will start soon for the fall Pop Warner Program.

 

Mr. Kuebler reported on behalf of PAA expressing his concern with the number of

Tournaments scheduled for Macclesfield Park in the spring which makes it difficult for

the baseball program to take place with the restricted parking.  Ms. Liney stated the EPIC

Tournament is in May, a three-on-three Soccer Tournament is in June, and the Lacrosse

Tournament is in June.  Mr. Kuebler stated he feels the people who are involved in the

Tournaments should be required to park at the Park & Ride.  He noted that Mr. Tragone

did handle the three-on-three last year; and while he did an excellent job, he is concerned

that someone else may be in charge this year who will not handle it as well.  Mr. Kuebler

stated he is not against Tournaments, but he is concerned about the size, the scope and the

length of the Tournaments.

 

There being no further business, Mr. Kuebler moved, Ms. Bunn seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            John Kuebler, Secretary