AND RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 6, 2002
Approval of the Minutes: Mrs. Kelly moved to accept the minutes of November 6, 2002. Mrs. Zambriscki seconded and the motion passed 7-0, with Mr. Clancy abstaining.
The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on Wednesday, November 6, 2002. In attendance and voting were Bernard Bires, Chairman; Andrew Levine, Vice-Chairman; John Davis, Kathy Kelly, Russell G. Strover, Joel Grosso, Susan Sutton, and Anne Marie Zambriscki, members. Also in attendance was Park and Recreation Director Bill Wert.
Mr. Strover called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
Changes in Agenda
Mr. Strover said that David Michelson-Horowitz, a Boy Scout with Troop 380, would like to present his proposed Eagle Scout Project.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Strover noted that the trees for Roberts Ridge would be planted at the end of November.
Mr. Davis moved to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. Strover seconded and the motion passed 4-0 with Mrs. Sutton abstaining.
Park and Recreation Director's Report
Mr. Wert reported that the park and Recreation department is busy preparing programs for the Winter 2003 brochure. Currently revenues are up 10% over last year at this time and participation is up 18%.
Mr. Wert noted that the Roberts Ridge playground is in constant use, and that parking lot signs have been installed, alleviating the parking problems along Frost Lane and Lower Dolington Road. He has checked with the Police Department and learned that there have only been four accidents at the Frost, Lower Dolington intersection since 1998, but will continue to monitor the parking situation to see if restrictions are needed.
The Newtown Rotary Club would like to donate the money to pay for five picnic tables, four benches and four trash bins at the Roberts Ridge playground to honor founding member H. Stanford Roberts. The tables and benches, made of durable coated metal mesh, will be placed in a mulched area under the large tree near the playground.
Mr. Wert reported that he is working with local phone companies to install a pay telephone at Roberts Ridge and to move the telephones at Helen Randle Park to the outside of the building near the playground there.
Mr. Wert reported that the Clark Nature Center had a small opening ceremony on October 26, 2002, attended by County Commissioner Fitzpatrick, along with the executors of the Clark estate and relatives of the Clark family. He and Mr. Strover have been presented with a number of possible Eagle Scout projects for the property, and will work with the Scouts to complete them. He is also working with the Fairmount Park Commission on possibly taking late night infrared aerial photos of the property for deer population monitoring.
David Michelson Horowitz, a Boy Scout with Troop 380, presented a proposal for an Eagle Scout project at the Clark Nature Preserve. Under the guidance and Supervision of Russell G. Strover, David said that he would like to clear an area in the park for an outdoor classroom. His plan calls for cleaning an already open area in the park, removing debris and weeds, and with the help of the Public Works Department, removing any fallen trees. The trees would then be used to cut logs to form benches to be arranged in a semi-circle. David anticipates that with the help of about ten other scouts, this project could be completed in two to three Saturdays.
Mr. Wert assured the Board that he would help David in the site selection, keeping in mind that a handicap accessible site would be the most desirable.
David said that he would provide all tools and supplies needed, and that the scouts would be supervised by parents and scout leaders at all times. Safety goggles would be used when necessary. He would also need to have the project approved by the Playwicki Scout District.
Mr. Wert said that the completed classroom would be available in the future for boy and girl scouts and possibly school classes
Mr. Strover moved to approve the outdoor classroom Eagle Scout project as presented by David Michelson Horowitz. Mr. Levine seconded and the motion passed 8-0.
Shade Tree Commission
Mr. Strover reported that he would be selecting the new trees for Roberts Ridge Park next week with Mr.Fidler. The trees will be planted at the end of November with the help of the Public Works Department.
Mr. Davis moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:00PM. Mrs. Sutton seconded and the motion passed 8-0.
Mary Donaldson Recording Secretary