November 9, 2015

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on November 9, 2015.

Members present:       Christia Alou                           Daniel Brady                                      

                                    Manuel Hadad                        Jonathan Meltz                      

                                    Jacqueline O’Donnell              Ken Whittaker             


Members absent:        Kendra Borja                           Christopher Fernandez

                                    John Ise


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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

Mr. Meltz made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 5, 2015, meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Alou and unanimously approved.

At this time the new Committee members were introduced.

It was related that the Miami Shores 5K was a success with 244 registered and 50 participating in the Kids Fun Run. It was noted that there are 189 registered for intramural soccer and 26 registered for Soccer Tots. Mr. Estep said that Extreme Sports has signed a one year contract to run a travel baseball program. Currently, there are 55 swim team members. Aftercare has 69 registered and 9 registered for the volleyball clinic.

It was noted that the new exercise equipment is being installed and the new batting cage turf is scheduled to be installed in a week. The new basketball backboard will also be installed within the next few days. The rims are being changed to breakaway rims since rims are not removed any longer on the weekends.

In regard to the new Recreation Facility, the Village is resolving the deed restrictions with the Bessemer Corporation. The Village has a verbal agreement and is awaiting the written contract before proceeding with the new facility. The Village is hopeful to have a community meeting with Ken Ballard in November or December. At this time the goal is to put a new recreation facility on the ballot during the August 2016 county election. One of the members asked if the master plan for the new center included the athletic fields and who is permitted to utilize the fields. It was noted that nonresidents are tearing up the fields. Mr. Estep said that the issuance of ID cards for all residents would be the least restrictive means of enforcing field usage. Mr. Hadad does not believe that ID cards would work well since this would be difficult to enforce.

It was noted that the new recreation center would be built in stages to accommodate the current programming. One of the most important elements to determine will be parking. Mr. Estep said that a site plan will not be developed until the survey component is completed. Momentum for the new center needs to be generated again now that the deed restrictions have been lifted.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.