October Meeting Minutes
Meeting of Recreation Commission, 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 20
Members Present: Carol Tremble, Thomas Chagnon, David Hobbs, Stefan Bumbeck
1) New business:
A) Youth Basketball: Dylan Degree shared his proposal to organize and coach a weekly introductory basketball program for South Hero 1st and 2nd graders at Folsom School. He will reserve the gym for 5 Saturday mornings and utilize curriculum developed for this age group by a national organization. He will make contact with the comparable Grand Isle Recreation program in the hopes of scheduling a game towards the finale. (The rationale for having separate school programs which can combine with a game or two at the end is about preventing chaotic and crowded gym conditions counterproductive to good skill acquisition. This plan will still allow for island community interaction and fun.) This progrqam would also “dovetail” with the fund raiser clinic being offered this month by Amy Sabourin, basketball coach at Folsom School.
The Commission voted unanimously to support this program including paying for gym use if required, purchase of small size pennies (sp?) for player team ID, etc.
2) Old business
A) Whites Beach signs: Since the rediscovery (thanks to Tom Chagnon) of sale agreement and deed which states that the use of the White’s Beach property will be limited to town residents and their guests (when guests are accompanied by residents), and the flurry of reactions to the idea of signs restricting parking at the beach, we decided to await any further deliberations by the Selectboard before purchasing signs.
B) Dave will offer to Steve Berard, school maintenance, the anchors which came with the bleachers.
C) Fall Soccer: The program was very successful this year, with 88 children participating. In addition to the 6 weekly Saturday sessions separated into 3 age groups, were Wednesday evening 3rd-4th grade skills sessions. Since it was difficult at times to manage the large numbers, the Commission will look into some possible rearrangements for next year. It was approved to award $800 to the coach and $400 to the organizer for jobs well done.
D) The selectboard has approved the concept of meeting our maintenance agreement with the state for the Roy Marsh Trail by exploring Grant availability for gravel leveling of portions of the trail (which have exposed railroad ties and tree roots which cannot be removed) as noted in the agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Department.