Charlestown Township Parks & Recreation Board
The October minutes were approved.
There was no Old Business.
Mr. Lawrence has posted on Facebook and been spreading the need for volunteers by word of mouth. In preparation for next year, he believes there is a vacancy for Mr. Quay’s spot, and probably for Mrs. Assayag. He will contact Mrs. Csete to post this to the website. He suggested mentioning the need to people already volunteering in other Township clubs etc., since they are functioning in the manner already.
Mr. Lawrence stated that the UMLY, GVNC board members, and the bank, are in discussion, plus a few other groups have surfaced to join in the conversation. Therefore, the concerned Citizens of GVNC are in a waiting pattern. This month he believes there is a real need for a grant writer. Vigorous fund raising, to pay down debt, is a hard sell when trying to attract other organizations to discuss partnerships.
Mr. Kuhn said he hopes the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust comes into the picture in a bigger way. But since the GVNC board has not actually disbanded, all talks seem to have stalled. Both Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Kuhn believe a large scope organization needs to take over.
The weather has been wet, but next week the curbing should be done. The electric has been roughed in, and the drains for the sewer are installed.
Mr. Lawrence is still working with the Penn State Horticultural Society and the Penn State Extension. Three needs have been established for the Park.
Ms. Armstrong, Ms. Gaspari, and another party, are interested in starting a local tree tender group. If so, one member would serve on the P&R Board, and also Penn State Horticultural Society would provide materials for the tender program.
Mr. Schlorff stated the season is over; their most successful season as far as membership is concerned with about 825 kids. He had four main items to discuss tonight.
Mr. Lawrence said the club is winterizing since the season has ended.
This item was removed from the agenda.
Mr. Lawrence stated that the reinforced areas, cut throughs, and posts, seem to be adequate.
Mr. Kuhn distributed a map of a 14.3 acre property labeled Marileeceo Energy Company. It contains a cell tower that has become legally unattached to the property itself, preventing the owner from collecting any rent. The owner has approached the Township to see if they are interested in buying it for $400,000 even though it is land locked (having no public access or ability to be used for a single family home).
Members discussed its proximity to various trails, but could not find a reason to recommend pursuing the purchase.
Two Boy Scout troops are requesting projects from Mr. Lawrence. Below is a list of current ideas:
At Mrs. Csete’s request, Mr. Lawrence verified with attending Members that April 12th was an acceptable meeting date for April.
Adjourned at 8:45 p.m.