CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD
|Parks and Recreation:||Chris Lawrence, Chairman(via phone), Marylou Forcine, Karen Schlichter, Sue Staas, Laura Assayag, and Tim Hubbard.|
|Additional Visitors and Volunteers:||Kevin R. Kuhn and Michael Stevens.|
The minutes for March were approved.
Mrs. Staas walked the trail and she has volunteers from the Township and Whitehorse Meadows. Next, she will be checking on the Altemose access and might contact the pipeline company, to notify them of the unauthorized fencing on their easement.
The contractor has fallen behind schedule and is not expected to be at the completion point estimated for the end of April. The bathrooms are not near completion, but may actually be dismantled, and rebuilt to Township specifications. The mid May completion date is now questionable.
The new park rules were approved at the April Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Mr. Lawrence stated that the Club may be acquiring used directional field lighting from the Phoenixville Area School District. The lighting should not be a problem, as it was been used in a residential area near the school. Mr. Kuhn suggested club members begin the process of permitting and obtaining photo metrics with the Township Engineer, Mr. Wright. Data should be easily obtained since the units have not been dismantled.
There was a tree that took down some wires, but it was moved, with the electrical work done by H. B. Frazer Company.
This newly formed club is searching for a location to teach beginners the basics of mountain biking.
As long as bikers are aware that they are to yield to walkers on the trail it is permissible.
Mr. Stevens offered to help this group. Wet trails unpaved trails should not be ridden, it is too damaging to them. Park & Rec members felt there were many options, Brightside being the best for the earliest beginner lessons. Horseshoe Trail is a good size since it is long, and the McDevitt and Thompson Trail could suit well also. Members felt it was a good way to get people familiar with the different trails; Mr. Lawrence will contact them about next steps. Mr. Wright is moving the Brightside Trail paving higher on his priority list.
Six food vendors have signed up so far, many political figures are also scheduled to make an appearance. Members discussed the field layout on Charlestown Day.
The Great Valley Community Organization talked with Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Schlichter about being the 2016 beneficiary for Charlestown Day. This organization has after school, drug prevention, sports, senior and alcohol programs, but they are outgrowing their rented building. They are closely associated with not only Charlestown Township but also with the Schuylkill and Phoenixville area. Members thought this was an organization that could raise awareness of Township Park and Rec amenities, like the GVMS Mountain Bike Club. Mrs. Schlichter will invite them to the May or June meeting.
Members are waiting to hear back from Eagle Scouts regarding various Township related projects.
Mr. Lawrence sought Member opinion of classes to raise awareness of the Township trails. A series of three classes, with a small autumn graduation ceremony, in the fall entitled Safety and First Aid on Trails. Trail captain training options were also discussed. Mr. Hubbard will contact a trainer for First Aid.
Mr. Lawrence is completing the paperwork at least to the IRS level. He told Members there will need to be a Board or Officers, he being one, Mrs. Schlichter, and then he invited Mrs. Forcine and Mrs. Staas.
Mrs. Assayag was welcomed as the newest Member.
Mr. Lawrence stated he was contacted by a local yoga instructor about classes in the park.
Mr. Lawrence asked Members about a separate opening day for the pavilions and playground area. Members were unwilling to organize an additional day and thought the spring date would detract from Charlestown Day. Mr. Lawrence agreed it was hard to plan with the delay in construction this month.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.