December Meeting Minutes
Recreation Commission Meeting, December 18 2014
Present: Dave Hobbs, Eoana Sturges, Stefan Bumbeck, Mike Wickenden, Karin Ames
1) Approval / Corrections last minutes – Minutes of the 11/20/14 monthly meeting were read and approved.
2) Public Input – No one from the public was present.
3) Treasury Report
A) The 2015-2016 Budget was presented to the Select Board, was approved and will go to the town for a vote.
B) The current budget for 2014-2015 was reviewed. No changes were made.
4) New Business
A) Teaming up with No Hero Rec, summer 2015 programs – Mike shared an email from Chip Porter of the NH Recreation Committee outlining a proposal to partner with them regarding the summer camps NH offers. The SHRC members felt this could benefit South Hero youth as well as offer an opportunity for building a wider GI community spirit, and will pursue the offer. Karin and Eoana will reach out to Chip and Mary Jo McCarthy of NHRC to set up a meeting in January to discuss logistics, which will then be discussed at a following SHRC meeting.
5) Old Business
A) 2014-15 Ice Skating – SHRC will pursue readiness for offering ice skating near the new VT State access currently under construction near Route 2 at Appletree Bay. This will includes:
i) Lights – Mike will procure
ii) Plowing – Dave will pursue finding someone with an appropriate rig willing to plow
iii) Supervision and Maintenance – Mike and Stefan will provide.
iv) Shelters will be used as conditions allow.
B) Ski Program Waiver – No action was needed at this time.
C) 2015 Soccer program – A proposal for alternate year management and shared revenues was shared with Grand Isle informally with a favorable response. Mike will attend the next GI Recreation Committee meeting to formally propose, discuss as well as build wider GI community spirit of cooperation.
D) Trails in South Hero
i) Robinson Farm to Power Right-of-way – Dave shared landowners support and concerns. SHRC will putsue walking the land in the wet season, tentatively April, with all landowners to discuss viability.
E) review of 2014 summer Swim Program – Lower than usual participation during 2014 was discussed, as well as the high degree of satisfaction in years prior to the past two years. Two action items will be pursued going forward:
i) YMCA – A request for program improvements will be made with a follow-up discussion of running the lessons ourselves if needed. Mike will pursue.
ii) Funding – We will return to fully funding the swim program, adjusting our 2014-2015 budget if needed based on number of participants.
F) review of 2014 Tryathalon – A suggestion was made to include adults. After discussing the significant increase in effort and management balanced with the very low adult participation in the past, the decision was made to continue with the youth day event. The date of August 23, 2015 was chosen. Advertising will be discussed at a meeting closer to the event.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.