December 4, 2017

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on December 4, 2017. 

Members present:                Anna Blackman                   Jeff Geimer

Manny Hadad                       Alise Henry

Jacqueline O'Donnell          Michael O'Hara

Karen Smith-Gulaskey        Steven Weber

Members absent:                 Michele Saporiti 

Also present:                         Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Weber made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 6, 2017 meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. O'Hara and unanimously approved. 

In terms of new tot lot equipment, Ms. Dorney related that using the mulched area is costly and that she has met with a new vendor and is awaiting quotes. 

Ms. Dorney said that the basketball courts are being resurfaced at a cost of $16,000 plus an additional $1,000 to repair the leaning goal. 

Discussion turned to the new recreation center. Mr. Hadad distributed a proposed timeline for a new center, including monthly goals. Mr. Weber suggested using the timeline as a blueprint to move towards a new center.  Mr. O'Hara believes that the Village has other priorities besides a new rec. center.  He suggested reviewing the original plan and discussing it at the January meeting.  Ms. Gulaskey feels that the Committee should wait another year before making any presentation to Council.  Mr. Weber noted the Committee is only soliciting reports and adapting a schedule.  Mr. Geimer said it is too soon to invite the public to discuss a new center.  Mr. Hadad said that the Committee was not part of the process for a new center and would like to make a presentation to Council. It was noted that the cost to upgrade the current center is not financially feasible.  Mr. O'Hara also said the timeline is not realistic.  Ms. Henry suggested going forward with the January timeline and proceeding from there.  Ms. Henry made a motion for the Committee to discuss the timeline in January as laid out and proceed from there. Motion seconded by Mr. Weber and unanimously approved.  Ms. Dorney expressed concern about any proposed budget numbers for a new center. Ms. Dorney said at this time the Council and Village Manager are opposed to discussing a new center as there are other projects currently being considered. 

R.A.C. mtg., 12/4/17, pg. 2 of 2

Mr. O'Hara made a revised motion for the Committee to discuss the previous reports from Ballard & King at the January meeting and proceed from there. Motion seconded by Mr. Geimer and unanimously approved.  Ms. Henry accepted the amended motion and was unanimously approved. 

Ms. Dorney said that the cost of new grass at Bayfront Park will be $300,000.  Mr. Weber suggested installed a safer fence at the bay. Ms. Dorney said the estimated cost would be $100,000. 

Ms. Dorney also related that the lock at the Tot Lot is not ADA compliant and the Village is currently looking into an ADA lock. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.