PARKS, RECREATION, AND CONSERVATION BOARD MARCH MINUTES
Date: March 27, 2018
reviewed with motions, D. Sayles first, and L. Lembo second motion. All were in favor and there were no questions or changes.
R. Brooks was nominated as Chair by D. Sayles and all were in favor to have him continue in that position. D. Sayles was nominated as Vice-Chair and all were in favor as well.
Recognition Request for Outside Group Recognition - Ridgewood Boys Soccer Booster Association
This group is not part of the Maroons or any other RSA group. They raise money for equipment and stipends for coaches. Last year, they applied to have a summer camp and were denied as this is not a recognized group according to Field Policy they cannot host a camp. The president of this association, Lori Weil met with the Mayor and received permission to have a summer camp; however it was to be for one year only. This year they wish to do a something similar but want to be a recognized group in the Field Policy. They were denied.
If the group were recognized they would basically be able to do whatever they wish, such as holding soccer camps without seeking permission.
The RSA and Maroons agreed to allow them to hold a summer camp this year despite the determination agreed upon last year
They can hold their summer soccer camp but they will not be included in the Field Policy
Recreation Graydon Pool/Summer 2018
N. Bigos presented the results of Graydon Pool’s 2017 season to Mayor and Council. The Mayor lauded last season as a great success! They went on to discuss the pricing structure for 2018.
Pond Ridgewood Duck Pond
The Ridgewood Duck Pond will be revamped this year. The Director of Bergen County Parks, James Kloth has told R. Hache that a resolution has been passed that secured $1,000,000.00 to renovate the park. That will include the relining of the pond and re-establishing the waterway pump to feed the aquifer along with other much needed improvements.
• Rental brought in $44,000.00
• Co-sponsoring classes/events revenue $4,100.00
• HealthBarn donated $1,000.00 and underwrote senior meals/food
• Total of $49,500.00 revenue to Parks and Recreation operating budget
• After our January 2018 meeting, Ridgewood resident Tom Thurston contacted a specialist to review the statistics and facts concerning the turf field at Maple Park. The specialist sent a report to Matt Rogers providing significant information about the turf field. It was ascertained the condition of the field left the Village open to liability if any injuries are sustained. After review of the report and determination the turf field should be closed immediately, the field has been closed by the Village Manager as of March 6, 2018.
• The Mayor and Council have given support and the department proceeded to get proposals – two proposals have been received.
• Funding has been approved and hopes are to begin in May. The project will probably not be finished until early summer.
• All games slated to be played on Maple Field are scheduled as away games.
• New Field – All sports organizations decided they will absorb the cost for an outside vendor to maintain the field.
• There was discussion of setting up a fund in advance to accumulate money towards the next field replacement. It was also mentioned that the Sports Organizations be approached to contribute to the fund. This will be discussed at the next Fields Meeting.
• Phase II is the infrastructure, which is next to be accomplished. It will start with entrance/exit, utilities, parking lot, curbs, sidewalks, sewers and berm conforms. Conceptual paving is estimated at $850,000.00.
• Phase III will be amenities, restrooms and playgrounds. The first playground will be for ages 0 - 2 years of age, the second playground will be for ages 2 – to 10 years.
• Project is estimated at $2,000,000.00 and expected to take about 8 years. There will be separate grants for other phases.
• Phase IV – A turf field will be installed (about $500,000.00)
House - will need to be made ADA compliant, there will be grants and funds for updating house
• The public Wi-Fi was approved in Capital Budget
• A big thank you to D. Sayles for assisting with the administration of this project.
• The priority will be Graydon, D. Hansen spoke favorably about the project
• The funds were approved in the 2016 Capital Budget
• The water fountains will be dual-purpose, they are to be used as a refillable water bottle fountain as well as for normal usage
• Coaches and the Fields Committee will encourage the use of refillable bottles
• Signs will be posted to make the public aware of the new fountains usage
Earth Day Fair Village Annual Daffodil Festival and Earth Day Fair
This event will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The focus and theme for this year is waste reduction and recycling, “It Takes a Village, Let’s Do It Right” and it will be held at Van Neste Square. Apparently, the Village residents are not recycling properly and hopes are to make them aware of the new proper guidelines.
A petting zoo has also been arranged.
The Village Council has approved the skateboard rules and regulations ordinance with exception of paying for membership.
Liaison Reports Village Council – R. Hache (absent)
There are two Girl Scouts who are going to ID the 10 or so trees on Dunham Trail.
Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands
Ridgewood Arts Council
The Stable at 7:30 pm
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