February 8, 2016

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on February 8, 2016.

Members present:       Christia Alou                           Manuel Hadad                       

                                    John Ise                                  Jonathan Meltz                      

                                    Jacqueline O’Donnell              Ken Whittaker             


Members absent:        Daniel Brady                           Kendra Borja                          


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.

Ms. Alou made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 4, 2016, meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Ise and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep related that the basketball program is in full swing; Aftercare has 69 enrolled, Little Cleats has 30 enrolled, Super Soccer Stars has 24 enrolled and football has 21 enrolled. Baseball registration has begun. Mr. Estep said that Shipwreck Cove will open on weekends beginning March 19. The deck is being resurfaced in house.

Discussion turned to the new recreation center. The architect will refigure the proposed design. Mr. Benton has met with the MS Presbyterian Church. The church does not want to sell the parking lot and will continue to allow recreation to utilize the lot for parking. The Village is looking into a $14-15-million-dollar facility rather than a $20-million-dollar facility. The basketball courts will be the equivalent of high school courts. The Council will make the final decision on the amount of the bond. Each household would pay an additional $172 for a $15 million bond and $242 for a $20 million bond. It was noted that underground parking would add an additional $1.5 million to the cost. Mr. Hadad feels a traffic study is needed for the new center.

A suggestion was made to turn Memorial Park into a dog park and move the memorials to Constitution Park. A suggestion was made to look into a grant to beautify Constitution Park. Mr. Estep said that any public money/grant will allow nonresidents to participate for the same fee as residents unless the city can prove a hardship and then nonresidents can be charged more. Mr. Estep said that eliminating nonresidents would directly affect 1/3 of existing programs. The aftercare program is resident only with the exception of four children who were grandfathered into the program. Nonresidents are needed for new programs to get them off the ground. It was noted that special needs children are not turned away unless they are a danger to themselves or others.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.