November 5, 2018

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on November 5, 2018.

Members present:

Anna Blackman 

Jeff Geimer

Manny Hadad

Michael O’Hara

Julian Montero

Lisa Sotir

Members absent:

Alise Johnson Henry

Karen Smith-Gulaskey

Jacquelyn O’Donnell

Also present:

Angela Dorney, Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 

Maurice Johnson, Assistant Athletic Supervisor

Patrick Collins, Resident

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

The meeting began with self introductions of all the Committee members.

Correction to the minutes of the October 1, 2018 meeting.  Page one, paragraph seven; add ‘Bathroom door handle may be lower than ADA requirements.’  Mr. O’Hara made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 1, 2018 meeting with corrections. Motion seconded by Ms. Blackman and unanimously approved.  

Mr. Johnson will order scoreboards for baseball season.  Ms. Dorney noted the following are approved capital projects for recreation:  security cameras for the field house and comm. center, large screen and projector, bathroom countertops at the pool, new doors and new outdoor fence at the comm. center and a new 36 passenger bus.   Ms. Dorney noted that a long jump pad and shot put pad have been installed at Constitution Park for the DCS track team. 

Mr. Hadad gave an update on a new recreation center to new members.  Mr. Hadad relayed an idea to convert the present racquetball court into restrooms, as well as enclosing the basketball courts, which could also provide shade during summer camp. 

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Commission members asked that a copy of the 5 year recreation plan be distributed at the next meeting. 

Mr. Montero suggested looking into offering a cotillion program.  

It was noted that the Commission is looking at improvements/enhancements for the recreation center rather than focusing on a new center.   The Council will ultimately need to decide whether to pursue a new center.  Mr. Montero asked for a list of projects that are needed at the center.  Mr. O’Hara suggested having the Committee help prioritize needed projects and have these relayed to the Council.

Mr. Johnson noted that the soccer program ends in a week. Soccer numbers were up this year compared to last year.  Ms. Dorney said the recreation department generates 71% of revenue vs. expenses. 

Mr. Montero inquired about the travel teams in Miami Shores.  Ms. Dorney said that travel teams pay a fee for field rental space.   

Mr. Collins suggested that additional training is needed for the fundamentals of the different sports, especially for the younger ages.  Mr. Collins also suggested having two practices and one game a week instead of two games and one practice.  

The Eagles swim team is hosting their first swim meet Nov. 10 & 11 with over 180 swimmers participating.  

Mr. Hadad said that a tarp covers the long jump pit and asked if there is a custom fit tarp for the pit since the present one doesn’t fit securely.  Mr. Hadad also asked if a hedge could be installed around the concrete shot put slab.  Ms. Dorney said that a hedge would be a safety hazard for the track team. 

Mr. O’Hara nominated Mr. Hadad as the chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee. Motion seconded by Ms. Blackman and unanimously approved. 

Ms. Blackman nominated Mr. O’Hara as the vice chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee.  Motion seconded by Mr. Hadad and unanimously approved. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.