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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Parks & Recreation Commission
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
May 27, 2004

Approved: June 10, 2004

Attendance: Board members present: Chris McDonald, Michael DíAgostino, and Tina Albano. Also present were Sue Gorman, Tom Crogan, Bob Gomez and Glenn Walulak.

Soccer: Tom Crogan discussed the problem with reaching the numbers to field his soccer team. He felt that when they move to the big fields, Hampden doesnít have the numbers and players are lost to Wilbraham teams. Tomís suggestion was to have the teams join with Wilbraham, once they reach U 10 and above, to attempt to avoid having anyone leave the program. The board expressed a variety of concerns for not supporting this thought from the recent purchase of new uniforms and lack of equal representation from the Wilbraham Soccer Club for coaching and board positions. Tryouts have also been completed in Wilbraham. Rosters need to be in by the end of June, which would not allow much time to make changes.  There was no resolution on this request for this year. Some teams may move, on an individual basis. Tina made a motion to table this discussion for a special Soccer meeting on June 3, 2004 at 8:00P.M Michael seconded. Unanimous

Minutes: Tina made a motion, seconded by Michael to accept the meeting minutes from the May 13, 2004 meeting. Unanimous.

Bills: Bills were reviewed and paid.

Directorís Report: Jay was not available for the meeting but left a report with current soccer numbers from the fall registrations. Many suggestions were made to help form a solution for reaching better numbers for putting the teams together. Many teams are off this season. The Murphy Family has requested that there daughter play up on another team. The board allowed this request since there still is space on the team. Evaluations have tentatively been set up for June 10,11,14 and 15.

Signups for the Summer Activity program have been coming in regularly. The staff has been hired and will have a training day on June 7, 2004.

Memorial Park: Tina presented the board with a draft for renovations to Memorial Park per requests from The Rauscher Family with funds they wish to donate for improvements. Many great suggestions were made to help beautify the park. More information needs to be gathered in order to proceed. Tina will pursue getting estimates.

Buddy Walk/Fall Festival: There still is some lack of communication as to whether the Buddy walk and Fall Festival could and/or should merge this year. Tina will call Lori Isham to gather more information to present at the next board meeting. Should it be necessary, Lori will be asked to attend the June 24 th meeting to clarify information.

Administration Fee: This was tabled until the next meeting.

Coach Appreciation Day: Donations are needed for the raffle. Jay is to make some calls to get items.

Coach Selection: The board felt that criteria and policies from the past were not followed for baseball. Tina made a motion for the Director to make recommendations for coaches but the Board must review the coach selection prior to posting. Michael seconded. Unanimous

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00P.M. Michael made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Tina. Unanimous

There will be a Special Soccer Meeting for June 3, 2004 at 8:00P.M.

The next board meeting is June 10 at 7:00P.M.