Town of Hampden
Special Budget Meeting of
Parks & Recreation Commission
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
December 14, 2004
Approved: January 11, 2005
Attendance: Board members present were Chris McDonald, Michael D’Agostino and Larry Forrest. Also present was Sue Gorman.
Bills: Reviewed and approved
Minutes: The minutes from the November 23, 2004 meeting were reviewed and approved with changes. Michael made a motion to accept the minutes with changes. Larry seconded. All were in favor.
Director’s Report: (Sue reported for Jay who was unable to attend the meeting)
Memorial Park-The improvements to the park are moving along well. Jay met with Doug Farmer to go over the improvements so a story could be published in the Times newspaper.
The ski program at Blandford is filling up. Another flyer was sent to the school to allow more signups.
The Yoga program will begin in January. Flyers for this also were sent through the schools and registration is now being accepted.
Soccer flyers were sent through the school to notify various different age levels of the openings still available for several teams. There has been a good response to this with many calls received in the office.
There is a pool committee being formed through Tina and the Rauscher Family to start gathering information to help determine the status of the pool. The board felt it was not necessary to advertise for this committee at this point.
Pool: Chris reported information that he obtained from John Flynn that the paperwork that we have been filing has not been necessary and that the pool needs to be looked at from a different standpoint. It should be looked at from a repair point of view with minimal costs incurred. Larry reported that the Conservation Commission is to proceed with a site evaluation There is no need for filing the paperwork The board would like for Jay to double check with Gary Weiner before proceeding. Larry made a motion to go forward with the repairs per Gary’s approval. Michael seconded. All in favor.
Budget: Chris reported that the budget needs to be submitted by January 10, 2005. This will be tabled until the next meeting for further discussion.
Coach Selection Proposal: Jay left a handout with additions for the current Coach Selection Policy. Larry made a motion to add this information. Michael seconded. All in favor.
Sport Coordinator Proposal: This handout will be tabled to the next meeting for further discussion.
Team Selection: There has been discussion as to the best solution for choosing teams. The board would like this to be discussed at the next meeting. Various questions and suggestions for setting certain guidelines and criteria from the evaluators need to be clarified.
Fall Festival: Michael asked whether or not the Fall Festival would continue in the future. This needs to be decided upon. While it is wonderful for the community it has been very difficult to gather volunteers to make this event successful.
Michael made a motion to adjourn at 8:26 P.P.M. Larry seconded. All in favor
Next meeting: December 28, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.