Parks and Recreation Committee
Minutes of meeting on June 26, 2017
Sadsbury Township Municipal Building
Present: Simon Jessey, Matt Hensel, Deborah Jessey
Absent: Erik Brecht, Lori Brecht
- Meeting called to order by Mr Jessey at 7:00 P.M.
- Mr Jessey made a motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, seconded by Mr Hensel.
- Mr Jessey made a motion to adopt the minutes of the previous meeting, seconded by Mr Hensel.
- Mr Jessey reported that the township had approved the proposed artwork.
- Mr Jessey reported that he had sent out letters to potential sponsors from within the township.
- The Snack Shack has been doing well, and the Committee agreed it was ready to make a donation to the parks budget.
- Mr Jessey reported that AmKor Karate and Russell Dance & Baton Studio have both agreed to perform for the Tricentennial.
- Mr Jessey reported that Hougar Farms have generously agreed to donate straw bales again.
- Mr Jessey reported the Snack Shack doors had been re-keyed, and the bathrooms had new signs.
- Mr Hensel reported on the lack of interest from potential food vendors, and the Committee agreed to offer incentives.
- Mrs Jessey reported that to date, sponsors have contributed $2,650 with another $1,000 pending.
- Mr Walters reported he has spoken to someone about a PA system and will make sure it is provided.
- Mr Walters said that putting on a fireworks display was going to be very difficult, due to the proximity of the airport. The Committee voted to abandon the idea of having a display.
- The committee discussed the ramifications of what appears to be a significant drug problem centered around Bert Reel Park. Given the serious of the matter, the Committee recommends to the Supervisors the installation of a gates at both the main and north accesses to the park, perhaps bracketed with split-rail wooden fencing to make it look more attractive.
- Following the suggestion of a township resident, the Committee agreed to explore the possibility of holding a “trunk or treat” event in Bert Reel Park for Halloween. This would provide a safe place for the children in the Pomeroy area to go trick or treating. Residents interesting in taking part should email the Parks and Recreation Committee as soon as possible.
- The Committee discussed the poor response from vendors and volunteers for the Tricentennial, and considered strategies boost that response.
- The Committee agreed to start promoting the Tricentennial photography competition.
Assignments for next meeting
- Mr Jessey to announce the Tricentennial photography competition at the Supervisors meeting.
- Mr Jessey to contact the media about the Tricentennial.
- Mr Jessey to seek permission from the Supervisors to place orders for Tricentennial services.
- Mr Jessey to ask the Supervisors to consider underwriting the cost of putting on the Tricentennial, in the extremely unlikely event those costs are not met by sponsor income.
- Mr Jessey to talk with Mr Taylor about organizing a meeting with Greg Vietri to discuss the Tricentennial electrical needs.
- Mr and Mrs Brecht will distribute fliers for display in local businesses.
- Mr Walters to continue to investigate a PA system for the Tricentennial.
- Mr Walters to speak with John Rock about a stage for the Tricentennial.
With there being no further business or public comment, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.