TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

PARK & RECREATION BOARD

MINUTES – JUNE 14, 2005

 

 

The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on June 14, 2005.  Chairman Fritchey called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Park & Recreation Board:        David Fritchey, Chairman

                                                Ron Smith, Vice Chairman

                                                John Kuebler, Secretary

                                                Patricia Bunn, Member (joined meeting in progress)

 

Others:                                     Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager

                                                Donna Liney, Recreation Director

                                                James Majewski, Township Engineer

 

Absent:                         Henry Carpenter, Member

                                                Richard Jutkiewicz, Member

                                                Andrew Newbon, Member

                                                Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor Liaison

 

 

UPDATE ON COMMUNITY POOL

 

Mr. Brad Sharp, Pool Manager, was present and stated membership is up this year.  He

reported on the success of the new slides.  They have had some saves which is to be expected since it is common for children to overestimate their abilities at the start of

the Pool season.  He stated the water is only four feet deep in the slide area and many of the children do not realize that they are able to stand.  Mr. Sharp stated they have received a great deal of positive feedback on the slides.  Mr. Smith asked if there are children trying to get on the slides who do not meet the height requirement, and

Mr. Sharp stated this has not been a problem.   Mr. Fritchey asked if there are problems with people coming down the slides and getting in the way of the swimmers, and Mr. Sharp stated this is not a problem since they have a roped-off area.  He has three guards running the slides and all guards have been trained on how to run the slides.

 

Ms. Bunn joined the meeting at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Kuebler moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the

May 10, 2005 Minutes as written.

 

 

REVIEW OF SNIPES TRACT

 

Mr. Fritchey stated they will visit the tract next month on the Road Tour.  Ms. Liney

stated Mr. Majewski is present this evening and did revise the Plans to reflect input from the Park & Recreation Board and the public when this was discussed previously. 

Mr. Majewski stated they have modified the lay out slightly by relocating the skate park back next to I-95 and making the entrance from Dolington Road right turn in and right tour out only.  They have also shown the bikepath all along the perimeter of the site. 

This will connect a good portion of the bikepath.  They have also shown the trees to be saved.  He stated when they go out on the Road Tour, they will see there is a significant amount of vegetation that will remain.  They have also supplemented this vegetation with additional plantings to cut down on the noise and the view.  From the houses on the other side of Quarry Road, the Park will almost not be visible.

 

Mr. Fritchey asked the status of the Fire Station.  Mr. Fedorchak stated the North Fire

Station is not a dead issue, but there have not been any active discussions between the

Board of Supervisors and the Fire Department for the last nine months.  The last

communication they received from the volunteers was that they were going to table it at

this time.  They had put it out to bid a second time and were disturbed with the bids they

received.  Although they were somewhat lower than the first but, they had removed a

number of items from the original bid.  They have decided to step back and wait. 

Mr. Fedorchak stated he has not had discussions recently with the Fire Department

members, but feels they will discuss this again at Budget time.   He would like to see the

Station remain on the Plan at this time.  Ms. Bunn stated the Fire Company does not want

to build a $5 million Fire Station.  She stated they were surprised at how expensive

everything was given the need to pay prevailing wage.  She feels they want to hold off at

this time to see if prices will come down.  She feels they will eventually have to build the

Fire Station.

 

Mr. Kuebler stated he is in favor of the proposed lay out for the tract.  While he

recognizes Chief Coluzzi’s concern with making left turns on Dolington Road, he feels

people will make them anyway rather than go all the way around.  Mr. Majewski stated

Chief Coluzzi was concerned with the speed limit in this area which is 45 miles per hour. 

Mr. Fedorchak stated while this is Chief Coluzzi’s expertise, possibly they could lower

the speed limit.  Mr. Fritchey stated going north on Dolington Road you are going up an

incline and one of the concerns was people would come over the bridge at a high rate of

speed and hit a car trying to come out.  Mr. Fedorchak suggested they move the

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entranceway down toward the first entrance into Elm Lowne which would provide a

driver extra time.  Mr. Majewski stated he also feels a reduction in the speed limit would

help and that moving the entrance to the south would provide more time to react. 

 

Mr. Majewski was asked for an estimate of the cost to construct the Park as shown, and

Mr. Majewski estimated it to be $2.5 million.  This includes one restroom although two

are shown on the Plan.  It was agreed that only one restroom would be necessary for a

tract of this size.  Mr. Majewski stated two restrooms were shown as an either/or situation

with two possible locations shown.   Mr. Majewski stated there has been some discussion

about phasing the project.  Mr. Majewski showed on the plan where the current sewer

and water lines are located at the intersection of Quarry Road and Dolington Road.  He

stated they could also tap in from the School, but either way it is a long run of sewer and

water and this is a large cost item. 

 

Mr. Smith stated there has been discussion within YMS about the use of artificial turf at

this location.   Mr. Smith stated this would enable them to extend play during all types of

weather.  He stated there are Grants available for this.  There was also discussion about

the use of artificial turf on the fields at Macclesfield Park.  Ms. Bunn stated the up-front

costs are high, but in the long run it would offset costs in terms of maintenance, etc. 

 

Mr. Fritchey stated they will look at the Snipes Tract on the Road Tour and discuss it

again in the fall.

 

 

RECREATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

Ms. Liney reported that Memorial Park is starting to take shape with the two basketball

courts and sand volleyball courts now in place.  The entry road and parking area have

been stoned, and the area planned for soccer fields has been graded and seeded.  There

was a pre-bid meeting today for the Garden of Reflection construction with a planned bid

opening scheduled for July 12, 2005.

 

Ms. Liney stated the bikepath resurfacing of the Yardley Hunt loop is essentially

complete.  The Township engineer is continuing to work with the contractor on finishing

the housekeeping items of backfilling and leveling along with bike paths which should be

addressed in the next few weeks.

 

Ms. Liney stated there are a couple of large-scale tournaments on Township property

scheduled this weekend. The annual Art Coleman Memorial Softball Tournament will

begin Thursday morning with a college showcase event and the feature game will take

place Friday at 8:00 p.m. at the Pool field between the Pennsbury Gems and the New

Jersey Inferno.  Tournament officials have extended an invitation to the Park Board to see

first-class softball.  This weekend is also the annual area 3 v 3 qualifying round soccer

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tournament at Macclesfield Park.  The Tournaments ultimate championship is held at

Disney World, and they have had YMS teams in the past that have advanced to Orlando,

Florida.

 

Ms. Liney stated the pool function continues in high gear.  The new slides appear to be a

tremendous success with a lot of favorable comments and people enjoying them. The

fencing for the slide area queuing is scheduled for installation this week.

 

Ms. Liney stated she will be planning the Agenda for the annual July Road Tour which

will be held July 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. from the Township Building.  She asked that

she be advised of any particular sites Board members would like to see.

 

There was further discussion on the basketball courts at Memorial Park and if they were

ready for use.  Mr. Majewski stated they still have to install the surface.  Mr. Fritchey

asked if they will have a ribbon-cutting for this facility.  Mr. Fedorchak stated he would

prefer to wait until the Garden of Reflection gets further along.  The facility is not yet

open for public use.  Mr. Smith asked about the use of the soccer fields, and

Mr. Majewski stated they could be used in the spring depending on growth.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL REPORT

 

Ms. Bunn stated she does not have information on the success of the Hazardous Waste

Collection.  Mr. Majewski stated he did go and there was a long line in the afternoon. 

Ms. Bunn stated Canal Days has been cancelled because of the destruction of the Canal

from the flood.  Ms. Bunn stated the Stormwater Management Seminar was held and

three to four other Townships had representatives in attendance.  The EAC is looking to

expand these programs.

 

 

LEAGUE LIAISON REPORTS

 

Lower Makefield Pop Warner – Mr. Kuebler stated there is a lot of interest in the

program.  Ms. Liney stated they are getting a lot of calls about the final registration which

is tomorrow night.  She stated Pop Warner is asking for a third field because of the

increase in numbers.  Traditionally they have permitted them for two fields.  Mr. Kuebler

stated the Middle Schools will be making cuts this year for the first time which they feel

will result in higher numbers for Pop Warner.  Mr. Kuebler stated he feels they can

squeeze in more games if they are only able to use two fields.

 

Pennsbury Athletic Association – Mr. Kuebler stated he has heard only positive

comments.

 

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Yardley Makefield Soccer Club – Mr. Smith stated their numbers are up.  They have

gone to on-line registration which has been well received.  The 3 v 3 Tournament will be

held this weekend and most of these will be local teams.  Mr. Smith stated the YMS

Explosion Travel Team has won the State cup and are going forward.

 

Mr. Kuebler stated he feels they should look into the artificial turf to see to what extent it

can be incorporated into the Parks.  Mr. Smith stated he feels they should have someone

come in and make a presentation.  He stated at the appropriate time, he does know who to

contact.

 

 

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

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                        John Kuebler, Secretary