March Meeting Minutes
Minutes, South Hero Recreation Commission monthly meeting
Thursday, March 30, South Hero Town Office
Attendance: Invited Guest — Julie Pidgeon
Commissioners — Karin Ames, Thomas Chagnon, Dave Hobbs, Carol Tremble, Mike Wickenden
1) February meeting minutes approved unchanged
2) New Business
A) Basic Points for Application for Student Member of Commission:
Clear statement to applicants regarding duties and responsibilities, which include attending meetings, participate in discussions of projects bringing her/his perspective and sharing information with schoolmates, participate in projects when possible, advocate for recreation projects. Process will be for interested students to submit a short essay.
Karin will compose a draft application form which will be finalized at our April meeting. Julie has agreed to present the concept and application forms to 5, 6, 7th grade students in April. Recreation Commission will review and choose new member in May.
B) The Draft minutes of the Commission meetings will appear on the Town website within 5 days of each meeting.
C) North Hero Recreation has offered an adult dance program. We unanimously agreed to help finance such a program which has been successful in North Hero and we authorize $300-$400 to support it as requested. Carol will coordinate and negotiate.
D) Julie will recruit student volunteers for boardwalk repair on the Rec Path around the pond this Spring. This would apply to their community service requirement. Date to be determined.
3) Treasurer’s Report:
We will have approximately $5K remaining in our budget as soon as the Park and Ride expenses are appropriately moved off of our budget. Anticipated expenses include volleyball at White’s Beach, swim program, trail work, soccer staff among others.
4) Old Business
A) Mike has constructed Swimming Lesson brochures… almost finalized. There will be printed and online (on town webpage) versions
B) July 4 parade had some conflicting directives last year. Director Tom Chagnon will give it one more try, with a presentation to Selectboard with
request for a definite traffic plan in order to avoid tie-ups during and prior to the parade. Hopefully, there will be no glitches this year.
C) Roy Marsh Trail license application from the State Fish and Wildlife Department to the town has been approved for renewal with significant modifications… all mention of a gravel surface (which was included in our maintenance responsibilities in the prior 2 agreements, the first of which was signed by all parties) has been removed. Interestingly, a complete contract to that effect would still be in place had it been signed in 2010. The Commission is concerned about the safety of walkers and mountain bikers with the trail surface in poor condition in some places and was hoping to fix it.
5) Other Business
A) A map of the concept of “String of Pearls” plan was discussed… the “pearls” being the parks and lovely trail loops in our town that number 8-9. These could be (with a lot of continuing effort) linked by trails, “strings”, many of which could be on the rights of way of power lines. No new roadway access is anticipated and short off-trail connections would be mostly on low use town roads. Help in accomplishing this ambitious project might be had through a planning grant or “Safe Routes to School” experts.