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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Parks & Recreation Commission
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
April 22, 2004

Approved: May 13, 2004


Attendance: Board Members: Chris McDonald, Michael D’Agostino, Glennice Flynn, and Tina Albano. Also present were Lori Houle-Isham, Sheila Murphy, and Jay Fenlason.

Bills: Reviewed and Paid.

Minutes: Glennice made a motion to accept the minutes from the April 8th, 2004 meeting. Michael seconded. All in favor.

Buddy Walk: Lori Houle-Isham addressed the Board on the possibility of combining the Buddy Walk with the Fall Festival. The proposed date is Oct. 2, 2004. Lori mentioned a number of possible sponsors and supporters. The action was tabled until the Board is able to get further information.

Director’s Report:

-Jay updated the Board on the progress of the baseball and soccer programs.

2 ½ Override: Chris informed the Board of the possible ramifications of the override’s failure. The board expressed concerns about the cuts that may be directed at the Park and Recreation Budget.

Coach Selection: Tabled until after the budget for 2005 was resolved.

Baseball: Jay updated the Board on possibility of re-sodding of the upper baseball field at Memorial Park. RAH would be willing to pay for the sod and the Highway Department would install it. Jay has notified the Selectmen’s Office of the work to be done. Tina made a motion to recommend the work be done on the field. Mike seconded. All in favor.

Soccer: Chris spoke about the situation with the U-12 and U-13 girls Spring soccer teams. The plan was for the teams to be placed in their age appropriate divisions. However, a mistake was made on the team roster form that was submitted to Pioneer Valley. Glennice made a motion for a letter to be written to the parents and players of the affected teams explaining what had occurred. Tina seconded. All in favor.

New Business: Glennice mentioned that if the Park and Rec. Department were unable to get the tractor working that it might be possible to trade it with the Highway Department for the use of their tractor to do our field work. Jay was to discuss with Dana that possibility and update the Board at the next meeting.

Next Meeting: May 13, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

Mike made a motion to adjourn. Tina seconded. All were in favor.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:07 P.M.