Attendance: Gene Buckley, Mario Fiorentini, Edith Dlugokencki, Beth Veghte, Ken Jacobs, Kerry A. Philip.
Also in attendance: Vinny Kotowski and Steven Schwartz, Cranbury Soccer Club
The meeting was called to order at
1. Summer Camp 2004: No report was provided.
3. Needs Assessment: Beth stated that the needs assessment form went out in the September newsletter and approximately 50 responses were received. Mario stated that there is no reference for baseball facilities in the assessment form. Beth stated that this was an oversight. Mario stated that it is known that our facilities are lacking and asked for an addendum to the assessment to include baseball. Beth asked Mario to write something up and it will be in the next newsletter as a special addendum.
4. Bike Path: No report was provided.
5. Cranbury Day: Beth stated that Cranbury Day was a success.
6. Millstone Field: No report was provided.
7. Babe Ruth Field: Beth presented a drawing from Brown and Keener for the Babe Ruth field. The Engineer’s are coming in on November 22nd with the design elements. She stated that the plan calls for a pedestrian path around the park, the material of the pathway is being considered at this time. The cost of the land is $750,000. Mario recommended that the bathrooms be connected to the shed building instead of providing porta johns on the property. Beth advised that we are hoping to begin construction in the spring. Beth stated that the pavilion may not be constructed, this will be determined after the park is constructed. The Board recommended that the line item for the pavilion remain in the capital budget.
8. Donation to
9. Senior Fellowship Exercise Class: No report was provided.
10. New Park Ordinances: Beth stated that the Council approved a resolution making the Parks Board a Commission. She handed out copies of the proposed Park rules for board review. The rules will be posted on signs and the signs will be placed within all the parks. The Police have advised that they don’t want to enforce anything until the ordinance is approved. She stated that flyers must be prepared and provided to the Police Department after the ordinance passes so they know which rules are enforceable. Beth advised that the first reading is scheduled for November 8th, the second reading is November 22nd. Beth told Ken to consider charging a fee for using the pavilion for trash removal.
Soccer: Vinny Kotowski, Cranbury Soccer Club, stated
that they have eight active teams at this time with a new team forming for
girls ages 10-11 and a new team for boys in the spring. There are approximately 112 children active
in the soccer club and 65-70% are Cranbury residents. He stated that every team has Cranbury residents
except one, that team is from Monroe and Vinny stated that many girls from Cranbury
play for travel teams in East Windsor because there was no placement for them
here. Field improvements being
considered are lighting, irrigation and a kickboard. Modest dues are collected from each team and
this money will be put towards those purchases.
$7500 to $8000 is available at this time, they would like to purchase a
kickboard with the approx. dimensions of 8’h x 27’w. Beth asked if they have considered purchasing
a kick back net. Vinny stated that they
are concerned about damage to the net and its durability. Vinny stated that they have limited practice
field space and they would like to use
Steve Schwartz then spoke about
Beth stated that she likes the
fact that all but one of the teams have Cranbury residents, but because the
fields are premium she is against anyone outside of Cranbury using the
fields. Vinny stated that the
2. General Budget and Capital Budget:
Ken distributed copies of the
2005 budget and asked what expenses are considered for the capital budget. He stated that money was raised for a bus
shuttle for the summer camp in anticipation of using the pool at the Cranbury
swim club three times per week. Staff
for the summer camp was decreased so money budgeted for CPR and first aid
lessons were reduced in addition to the charge for the nurse. The budget for the summer concert series was
increased $1000, Beth recommended a line item for the movies in the park
($750/movie). She noted that three
movies were shown in 2004. Ken advised
3. Golden Agers: Edith stated that they took a trip to see a
play in November, they also took a trip to
4. Senior Fellowship: No report was provided.
5. Part Time Recreation Director: Job Description
Ken stated that the job description will be site supervisor, someone on site to handle problems and report back to the office. Several people have been contacted about this position, he is hoping to get someone in time to cover the basketball team activities.
6. New Recreation Software: Ken stated that he purchased a software program database management system to track financials and registrations. The Access program was difficult to use and this program is windows based and much easier to use. It was used to track the basketball registrations and summer camp data. The total cost was $9200.
7. Fall Tennis: Clinics/Women’s League
Ken stated that the Women’s pick up league is going very well, all five courts are being reserved. The Kids tennis program should be over, he advised that things went very well (8 participants for 6th-8th graders).
8. Cranbury Hoops: High School and Youth
Beth stated that there are 20 participants for this program. The cost is $20 per child for the whole season.
Ken stated that Fred asked that the playgrounds be
audited by a safety inspector. The
inspector reported that there were many problems, including the newest play
structure. One playground has a
retention wall which is higher than the grass (
Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at
meeting is scheduled for
Kerry A. Philip