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Town of Hampden

Special Meeting of Parks & Recreation Commission
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
March 15, 2005

Approved March 22, 2005


Attendance: Chris McDonald, Glennice Flynn, Michael D’Agostino, Tina Albano and Larry Forrest.
Also present were Jay Fenlason, Sue Gorman, Beth DeSousa, John Flynn, Deb Read, and Tom Read.

Bills: There were no bills to submit.

U 10 Soccer Team: Tom and Deb Read came in to the meeting to discuss the placement of their daughter, Danae, on the soccer team. They were disappointed with the placement and split between the two teams. They both felt very strongly about switching her to another team. The Read’s appreciated that outside evaluators were used however they weren’t pleased with the results and felt it wasn’t indicative of Danae’s abilities. They made a request to the board that they consider changing Danae to another team. The board explained that the outside evaluators were beneficial and the fairest vehicle for team placement. Evaluations were also done yearly due to the fact that you cannot evaluate indoors and rosters need to be submitted in January. Spring can be difficult fielding teams with the other sports many choose to play. At this time both rosters are full and paperwork has all been submitted in to PVJS. It was explained to the Read’s that nothing could be done at this time and it would involve Danae playing on this team for only just one season.

Pool Committee/Beth DeSousa: Beth met with the selectmen to inform and update them of the plans being pursued with the pool committee. Duane Mosier is going to make copies of the deed and any other paperwork that would be helpful. The Park and Rec board would also like to be involved with the engineer when that time arrives. The Pool committee will also be setting up a restricted fund from fundraising for operations. Sue and Ron Rauscher will continue with renovations at the park. They will check to see if the work is ADA compliant.

Baseball: John Flynn came in to discuss the large numbers on the rosters for two teams and made suggestions for options to combine for three teams. John suggested getting more kids to play by going over lists from last year to find those that have not yet signed up. The board all had suggestions for team breakdown as well as Michael with information on an outside team which may be helpful at some point. The board agreed unanimously that three teams would be beneficial for the Bronco division but the decision still needs to be made on the number breakdown. There will be a Tri town meeting on March 28, 2005 and at this point all teams need to be completed.

The dilemma that has occurred is the quantity of parents that have signed up to coach. The team rosters need to be set first before determining the coaches. Jay is to notify all involved and request from them as to the position requested (head coach or assistant) and their qualifications.

Director’s Report:

Glennice made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 P.M. Larry seconded. All in favor and so voted.


Next meeting: March 22, 2005 at 7:00 P.M.