Charlestown Township Parks & Recreation Board
There are federal trail maintenance guides available at tonight’s meeting.
The June minutes were approved.
Mr. Lawrence discussed the updated draft version of the two club agreements. Changes were discussed:
The nature trail has a wet zone. There is no date yet, but there are volunteers that want to help with repairs. Mr. Lawrence will contact them soon. Mr. Wright will follow up with the landscaper to replace dead trees with a different species (to be suggested by Mr. Theurkauf). The restroom doors and floor (needs sealant) are still outstanding items on a punch list and this leaves a daily cost to the contractor of $100, adding up over these past months of inactivity. No contractors should stage in paved parking areas.
Friday, July 26, 2019, Johnson and Johnson employees will be at the Pickering Trail and Ice Dam Trail to haul stone and Geotech fabric. The trail repair will follow the guidelines in the booklet available tonight. The footbridge area is not as accessible and will not be an area where stone can be dumped, so wooden raised platforms will be carried in and laid across wet zones. Mr. Buck suggested a bed of stones for these platforms too. An August workday, perhaps the 10th, will be for the Pickering Trail that will also receive carry in platforms. September will be for the McDevitt Trail.
Ms. Smith led a few invasive removal days in July with Mr. Beyer and asks the EAC to help next time. She has also asked Mrs. Csete to research work crew availability or other groups interested in doing community service. Some trails are eased private property, and this may be a complication.
Brightside Farm Trail (the mown section) has a 2-plank walkway that the P&R does not feel is at all permanent, with the heavy rains lately. Alix has no problem with it being there. The concert is July 25th from 7-9 p.m., the Malarky Brothers will be playing in Brightside Farm Park.
The club is growing and appears to have about 50 members with 3 coaches. The following items were brought to P&R’s attention.
Mr. Kuhn wants the club to pick a steady schedule and post it in the kiosk. He would the club coaches to be invited to the next P&R meeting.
Mr. Buck has only gotten the one quote from J Mar Fencing for under $18,000 for an expanded garden fence. It will replace a 7-year-old fence with rotting posts. Mr. Buck said a horizontal board with a layer of 14-gauge chicken wire will be extra protection. He is hoping for installation no later than October.
Mr. Kuhn asked Mr. Buck to investigate black chain link fencing since it is almost invisible but will not be ruined by groundhogs. For the August meeting, Mr. Buck should bring to the Board of Supervisors a quote with an overview and sketch of the new fence, have a reason why it needs replacing (age), and have an estimate of the new lifespan of the quoted fence.
Also, Alix stated she had put a new toilet and sink in the budget for the barn at Brightside Farm. Mr. Kuhn told her to also come to the Board Meeting with a quote. Mr. Kuhn said he wants to keep this project separate from what is being done with the bathroom in the house.
Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Kuhn are looking for a new plaque supplier for benches and trees planted as dedications.
There was none.
The next Charlestown Day is on September 14 so there is only 1 meeting between then and now. Please attend the August meeting.
The next Charlestown Day will include a 5k. The planner for this is Go Fox. Early in the day, the route will either circle the Park twice or they will work with the University of Valley Forge and go around the perimeter of the Park and University. Mr. Kuhn and Mr. Lawrence are very interested in resuming talks with the administration.
Mr. Kuhn asked Mr. Lawrence about the dedication of a pavilion for Mr. Rodgers, a former member of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Lawrence will add it into the day’s agenda, after the awards ceremony.
The Parks and Open Space Ordinance was reviewed by Mr. Mount and he has pointed out an error needing editing. The Parks Master Plan is now 7 years old and needs review. The list of undone items has one high response item listed on it, a dog park. The Supervisors stated that many dog parks are surrounding the Township and do not intend on initiating one in Charlestown Township. Mr. Lawrence said for Members to review the Plan and consider reasons/decisions about why or where things are located, such as passive open space, active space, trails, playing fields, etc.
Adjourned at 9:00 p.m.