MINUTES – MAY 10, 2005



The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held at the Lower Makefield Township Pool complex.  Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m.  Prior to the start of the meeting the official ribbon cutting for the new Pool slides took place at 7:00 p.m.


Those present:


Park & Recreation Board:        David Fritchey, Chairman

                                                Ron Smith, Vice Chairman

                                                Henry Carpenter, Member

Richard Jutkiewicz, Member


Others:                                     Donna Liney, Recreation Director

                                                Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor Liaison


Absent:                         John Kuebler, Park & Recreation Secretary

                                                Patricia Bunn, Park & Recreation Member

                                                Andrew Newbon, Park & Recreation Member





Mr. Carpenter moved, Mr. Jutkiewicz seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of April 12, 2005 as written.





Mr. Brad Sharp, Pool Manager, was present and introduced members of his staff. 

He stated they are ahead of schedule on getting the Pool ready for the start of the season

because of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this evening.  He stated it appears that

membership is much higher than it has been in the past.  He stated the slide will be a

great addition for the membership.  He stated the Pool staff wants to make sure that they

run the slide safely and efficiently.  He stated they are still considering how it will be run. 


Their primary concern is safety.  He stated they anticipate it will take three guards to man

the slides.  Mr. Smith noted his son has experience with the slides at Sesame Place and

may have some input on this.  Mr. Sharp stated he will take input from the guards. 

Mr. Sharp stated he is concerned with the amount of water space they are taking with the

slides.  He stated they will have to rope off a certain area of the pool so no one can swim

in front of the slides.  They are looking at weighted buoys.    Mr. Sharp stated he feels the

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Township has made a wise decision with the purchase of the slide.  He stated he also has

ideas on improvements for the future as well and will pass these along.


Mr. Fritchey asked for his top three items.  Mr. Sharp stated he would like to do the baby

pool next and include some water features.  He stated he also feels they need to address

the concerns of the basic pools.  He stated the pool is twenty-five years old.  He stated the

water loss does not seem as bad as it was in the past since the pool servicing company

addressed some prior concerns. They are still losing a little water. He stated he feels the

pools are in great shape considering they are twenty-five years old.  He stated

Mr. Wallover gave a positive assessment and feels the pools have been well maintained. 

Mr. Sharp stated he still feels they need to budget for future maintenance.  He stated they

also need to install an in-ground sprinkler system so that the grass does not turn brown

and end up in the pool.    Mr. Sharp stated the Lower Makefield Township Pool Complex

is an outstanding facility.  He stated he feels it is the best facility in the area and may be

one of the best on the East Coast.  He stated he has been at the pool for nineteen years

and feels they have made tremendous strides over the years.  He stated Ms. Liney has

worked relentlessly on pool projects, and Mr. Copson has also done a great deal of work

at the Pool


Mr. Smith stated he feels a number of the items Mr. Sharp has discussed have been

considered.  Ms. Liney stated the Wallover report and survey results from the membership have been considered and are being addressed.  She stated the members have indicated that furniture and shade were desired. 


Mr. Stainthorpe asked the status of the handicap ramp.   Mr. Sharp stated he does not feel

that there is a big need for this at this point in time.  Ms. Liney stated the architect felt

they would get more competitive bids if they combined this with the gutter work. 

Mr. Sharp stated this would also be an issue for the Swim Team if they started taking

away lanes. 


Mr. Fritchey stated there seems to be a fair amount of interest on the part of some people

on having a bubble over the Pool.  Mr. Sharp stated they would need a full-time Manager

who could be available in the winter.  He stated they would also have to winterize the

building so it would not just involve a bubble.  He stated they would also have to

consider how they could take the bubble off in the summer as well as create an entrance

which could be used.  They also need to consider liability issues.  He stated he feels they

would need a new entrance at the lower gate and they would have to consider parking in

that area as well which could impact the softball fields.  Mr. Fritchey stated it appears

that there are a huge number of hidden costs.   He stated they have also considered that

the Pool should be self-sustaining, and he is not sure that it would be able to have all of

these costs and still be self-sustaining.  Mr. Sharp stated he has heard that the Swim Team

people are interesting in fundraising to help get this project going.  He stated he agrees

that it would be great for the Township if they had a year-round facility, but they must

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consider all the issues.  Mr. Fritchey asked Mr. Sharp if he would consider this item

ahead of the other items he mentioned, and Mr. Sharp stated he feels they need to

consider the needs of the broad-based membership.  He suggested that if they are

seriously interested in pursuing this, they look at  the West Windsor facility which does

have a bubble over their pool.  He noted in that case it is attached to the High School. 


Mr. Sharp noted that Chuck Diemer, a long time gate guard, passed away recently. 

He noted that he worked at the Pool for seventeen years and had done a great job.





Mr. Stainthorpe stated the residents from the Rivergate Development came before the Board of Supervisors again.  The Board agreed to install additional trees for buffering and they are going to look into adjusting the existing lights and installing shields.  He noted that the Board made it clear that no lights would be coming down and that they are planning to go forward with the new lights.   Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Board also approved going out to bid for the 9-11 Memorial.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated there is a home on Big Oak Road located on the land recently purchased by the Township to be added to the Five Mile Woods.  He stated the Historic Commission has indicated they feel the house should be saved.  He stated Mr. Marshall from the Heritage Conservancy did go through it and felt that there was little of real historic significance.  The Historic Commission indicated that someone may be interested in moving the house and it was also noted there may be materials in the home that may be of value.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated they did give them sixty days to find someone to move it and told them that they could take out any of the items of value inside the house.





Ms. Liney stated May is traditionally one of the busiest months in Park & Recreation. 

She stated everything appears to be running smoothly.  They have a few cleanup items on

the Pool slide to complete but are confident everything will be 100% by Opening Day. 

She stated a training session on the operation of the slides was given to Pool staff on

May 7.  The Pool Manager, three Assistant Managers, and a dozen staff members were

present as well as Park maintenance staff.  The lifeguards were also able to ride the

slides.  A second training session will be held Saturday, May 28 before the Pool opens. 

Smithworks, Inc. the slide installer, will be on site at the Pool Memorial Day weekend to

answer any questions.


Ms. Liney stated another successful YMS Epic Soccer Tournament was held this past

weekend as well as the Pennsbury Pony Softball Tournament.  She stated these

Tournaments involved 2500 children participating plus an additional 2,000 friends and

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families resulting in approximately 5,000 people enjoying the use of Township facilities. 

She stated this would not have been possible without the coordination of YMS and PAA.

She stated they received a number of positive comments and feel the Tournaments

reflected well on the Township.


Mr. Smith thanked Mr. Copson for his work this weekend at Macclesfield Park.  He also

noted Ms. Liney was present on Saturday making sure that everything was running






Lower Bucks Lacrosse - Mr. Jutkiewicz stated there was an article in last month’s Sports

Illustrated that stated Lacrosse is the fastest growing organized sport in the 10 to 15 age

group.  He stated the National Collegiate Championships will be held at Lincoln

Financial field over Memorial Day Weekend.  He stated they are still getting inquiries

about Lacrosse for the fall program.  They have an event in early June and are interested

in getting some Waste Management disposable cans.  Ms. Liney agreed to work with

them on this.


Yardley-Makefield Soccer Club – Mr. Smith stated they had a very successful






Ms. Liney stated she feels they will establish the date of the Road Tour at the June




There being no further business, Mr. Smith moved, Mr. Jutkiewicz seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m.


                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,





                                                                        David Fritchey, Chairman