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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Parks & Recreation Commission
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
December 23, 2003

Approved: January 8, 2004

Board members: Chris McDonald, Glennice Flynn, Tina Albano and Michael D’Agostino.

Also present: Susan Gorman and Rick Green.

Minutes: There were no minutes from the December 11, 2003 meeting

Bills: Bills were reviewed and paid

Director’s Report: (Jay was not able to attend the meeting; the following was presented by Chris)

-RAH/Food booth: RAH has requested to operate a food booth at TWB on Saturdays during the basketball games. There was concern as to the mess this may generate. Tina made a motion to allow the food booth on a trial basis, to be shut down if a mess occurred. Glennice seconded. All in favor and so voted.

-Selectmen’s memo: The selectmen sent a memo on the use of ATV and snowmobiles at Memorial Park. They would like Park and Rec to post signs prohibiting this use. The Park and Rec board suggested the signs read “All Motorized Recreation Vehicles Prohibited”. This will be approved through the selectmen’s office prior to being ordered and installed. The signs will be posted on the access road, baseball and softball fields.

-Basketball: The basketball program is doing well. The schedules have been sent out. There are approximately 250 kids in the program. Coach D’Agostino is doing a great job with the kindergarten program.

Budget: The budget was reviewed and the 2.5% pay raises were calculated. The Park and Rec board discussed and approved what Chris would request and present to the selectmen by January 2, 2004.

Soccer Uniforms: PJ Cambo from Advantage Athletic previously brought in uniforms for Jay and Chris to look at for the possibility of ordering for the spring. The uniforms, from Kelme or Diadoro, were very nice quality. The package (shirt and shorts) was reasonably priced. It was suggested that PJ do a presentation at a RAH meeting since some funding will be requested from them.

Park and Rec Philosophy: There was no interest from the ad placed in the Reminder. This Philosophy will be the responsibility of Park and Rec. Board to compile. A code of conduct for player, coach and parent, with guidelines, needs to be in force. The board members need to start collecting information throughout January that they would like to see included. In February this policy could then be put together. A special meeting may need to be scheduled for completion of this if it becomes too time consuming at the regularly scheduled board meetings.

Newsletter: Mike put a wonderful packet together with thoughts for the layout of a newsletter. Distribution for this still needs to be determined as well as how often it will be published.

Old Business:

Pool: Glennice spoke to Tom Couture from Tighe and Bond in regards to his thoughts on putting a pool in at the present location at the park. His concerns were the amount of ground water present and the installation of a drain as well as backwashing the pool. Tom is going to further investigate with other communities with similar situations and get back to Glennice with more information.

Movie Night: The movie night went well but had a smaller turnout. The movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” was rated PG 13. This could have had an impact as well as the hectic time of year.

Next meeting: January 8, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

Tina made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Glennice, Unanimous.

Adjourned at 8:44 P.M.