May 1, 2017

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on May 1, 2017. 

Members present:                Anna Blackman                   Lauren Cortinas

Manny Hadad                       Jacqueline O'Donnell

Felipe Villamizar                  Steven Weber

Members absent:                 Dan Brady                             Karen Smith-Gulaskey

Michelle Saporiti 

Also present:                         Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

Jonathan Meltz

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Mr. Weber made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2017 meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Cortinas and unanimously approved. 

With the election of Mr. Meltz to the Village Council, the Committee will need to nominate a new Chair/Vice Chair.  Mr. Hadad recognized Mr. Meltz for his seven years of service on the Committee. 

Mr. Villamizar nominated Mr. Hadad as the Committee Chair.  Motion seconded by Mr. Weber and unanimously approved. 

Mr. Hadad nominated Mr. Weber as the Committee Vice Chair.  Motion seconded by Ms. Cortinas and unanimously approved. 

It was noted that the new Council Inauguration is on May 2. 

It was noted that one of the complaints during toss ball/coach pitch is that there are too many 'dads' on the field which is causing confusion among the players. It was also noted that super soccer stars need a designated spot on the field for their program. 

One of the Committee members noted the necessity of a liability release at the dog park.  Ms. Dorney said a signed release creates a liability on the Village. 

Ms. Dorney related that the restroom at the tot lot is ADA compliant. It was noted that the ramp at the entrance of the tot lot is not ADA but will be rectified. 

Ms. Blackman asked about pickleball being put on the racquetball court. 

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Mr. Villamizar asked about the safety of the kids in all of the programs. Ms. Dorney said that there is a strict sign in/sign out policy in all the classes/camps offered. Mr. Meltz said the Committee has asked for cameras for years. 

Mr. Hadad asked how can ideas presented at Committee meetings be relayed to the Village Council. Mr. Meltz said in the past Council has asked that each committee present their concerns or information to the Council. 

Ms. Dorney said the pool will implement loaning out life vests in Shipwreck Cove this summer; this will distinguish weaker swimmers for the lifeguards.   It was noted that the Chamber is looking into sponsoring monthly movie nights.  In the Fall the pool will host a 'Dunkin for Pumpkins' event at Shipwreck Cove.  Ms. Dorney said the Village has an RFP for a Green Market. 

In regards to a new recreation center, Mr. Meltz said Council will need to hear overwhelming evidence from residents that they want a new center. Mr. Hadad felt that residents were opposed to giving the Village a blank check for a new center.  Mr. Weber feels it is up to the new Council to go forward with a new recreation center. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.