PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING
August 15, 2019
Members present: Steve Bryer, Chairman
Jim Hembree, Secretary
Others present: Nancy Opalka, Director of Parks & Recreation
Dr. Kim Rose, Supervisor
Mr. Bryer called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.
A motion was made to approve the minutes from the June 20, 2019 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously.
There were no Citizens Concerns.
Civic Center Improvement Project - Ms. Opalka and board members attended a meeting with the Bucks County Conservation District. The project is ready to go and should begin the week of August 19th. All permits have been issued and the job will begin with work to the basin, the large parking lot #3 and regrading of the back field. This portion will probably take about three weeks. After this, the trails and the parking lot in the rear will be done. Watering the fields is a concern. If possible water may be able to be pumped from the Country Club pond. If able, the Fire Department may also be able to help.
Future Field Use - Meetings were held with the soccer, football and baseball organizations. It has been determined that the CC2 front lit soccer field will be able to be used by football, giving football a permanent football field.
The plan is to identify the area from the 290 field to Newtown-Richboro Road (cc360) for football practice and open area for many other activities. This will affect CRNorthampton Baseball’s use of the field. The hope is that eventually all the fields at the Civic Center will be lighted fields. Mr. Wade congratulated the sports groups for working together on this project. Mr. Bryer said that plans to light the basin are underway but for this fall season CRUSA will need to maintain portable lights. After some discussion, a motion (Wade/Hembree) was made to proceed with the lighting of the basin for an amount not to exceed $100,000. The motion passed unanimous.
2019 Budget Update - Ms. Opalka reviewed the 2018 Budget. Overall revenue was higher than projected and expenses were slightly over budget by less than $3,500.00.
The 2019 Budget looks to be on target. However, revenue for the pool and facility rental is coming in under budget.
A reminder that Maintenance now falls under Public Works so some projections won’t be as accurate as they have been in the past.
Report of Committees- There were no Committee Reports.
Report of Field Users
Council Rock Basketball – represented by Mr. Rob Martin who is the new President of the league, has finished the summer season with ~ 400 registrants. Registration for fall will begin shortly. Mr. Bryer asked if they plan to run programs for older kids and was told that their program goes up until l7 years old. Mr. Bryer reminded Mr. Martin that there are courts available at the high school that CRBA used while the Township courts were being repaired. Mr. Martin will look into it.
Council Rock Holland Baseball – represented by Mr. Pete Spera, has finished the season with a very successful year. Their 12-year-old team went to the States. They will hold their annual meeting in two weeks when new board members will be elected.
Council Rock Northampton Baseball – represented by Mr. Jim Gallagher, has finished their season with numbers similar to last year. Registration for ages 13 and older are up over last year. Mr. Gallagher reported that the rain really held things up during the season.
Mr. Brian Collins, President of the Northampton Legion Program and Mr. Perry Faccenda, Board Member and Coach, reported that American Legion is a separate organization and they too had a great season.
Council Rock United Soccer – represented by Mr. Lew Spiewak, will begin fall play shortly. Play will begin two weekends after Labor Day.
Northampton Girls Softball – represented by Ms. Heidi Steenburgh, said their season was very successful, despite the amount of rain. They will begin their fall season shortly. Ms. Steenburgh asked about lighting fields at the Municipal Park and was told there would be no lights there. Ms. Steenburgh said they would like to erect a building at the Municipal Park and was told to submit drawings to the Parks and Recreation Board. Ms. Steenburgh also questioned if the softball fields had to be rented out in June and July for tournaments and was told that the income from these rentals is very important to the Township. Ms. Opalka said she would try to get the schedule for tournaments out to them earlier.
Northampton Indians Football – represented by Mr. Steve Szydlik, held their summer camp and it went well. Mr. Szydlik added that the new restrooms were a big help. Mr. Szydlik reported that Cheerleading started August 5th and football will start August 31st. Mr. Wade asked if there were any changes to the rules regarding football helmets and was told there were not.
Report of Parks and Recreation Director
Ms. Opalka reported that we had a very successful Summer Camp Program and there is a lot of work to be done regarding policies for kids who require a therapeutic support staff. Ms. Opalka also reported that the Camp Director Jen Fean received compliments on how well the camps are run.
The Summer Concert Series finished with the Grease Band. Betty Satterley does an excellent job with the concerts.
The pool is open until August 30th. Membership numbers are down and even though the pool looks great, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Park Maintenance now falls under Public Works. A new system called Traisr is now being used to submit work orders. It seems to be working well.
Report of Supervisor Liaison
Dr. Rose reported that the new police station is now open and there is discussion about selling the old building.
There were no Citizens Concerns.
Jim Hembree, Secretary
Next meeting – Thursday, September 5, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. Township Administration Building