March 4, 2019


Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on March 4, 2019.



Members present:


Anna Blackman


Jeff Geimer


Manny Hadad


Alise Henry


Jacqueline O’Donnell


Michael O’Hara


Karen Smith-Gulaskey


Lisa Sotir


Members absent:


Julian Montero



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



Ms. Gulaskey made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2019 meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. O’Hara and unanimously approved.



Discussion turned to the recreation center. Mr. Hadad listed the recommendations previously made by Committee members and said financing the projects is the next question. Mr. O’Hara spoke with some of the Council candidates at Unity Day about refinancing the existing pool bond and using some of the money for renovations at the community center. Two of the candidates were in favor of adding capital funds for improvements Mr O’Hara noted the Village has one million in reserves. Ms. Dorney related that it is likely that the slides on Shipwreck Cove will not open this summer due to structural issues. The Village is looking for a second opinion from another engineer on the actual structure. The first engineer gave a quote of $185,000 to fix the existing structure. It was noted that the Village is 20 years into a 30-year bond; the finance department has advised that there would need to be a new bond rather than refinancing the existing bond.



Mr. O’Hara would like to invite the Village Manager to the next meeting to see the best way for the Committee to move forward with the needed Community Center improvements. Mr. O’Hara made a motion to invite the Village Manager to the April Committee meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Henry. Committee members would like to see what funding sources are available for renovations; what would be available in Village reserves to apply or if the existing bond can be refinanced. Mr. Geimer suggested that Committee members attend the budget workshops to express their concerns. Mr. Geimer also noted that the Manager would need to confer with the finance director before any answer could be given to the Committee. The motion was then amended. Mr. O’Hara made a motion to invite the Village Manager to attend a Committee meeting in either April or May to discuss capital improvements for the Community Center and Aquatic Center. Motion seconded by Ms. Henry and unanimously approved.



Mr Hadad inquired about a scoreboard for baseball. It was noted that the Committee would make their annual presentation to Council on May 21.



The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.