Reorganization In 2018 there will be a Director, Parks Assistant Superintendent, Recreation Assistant Superintendent with the elimination of the Deputy Director title. There are 12 committees to be covered, in addition to the job duties for each title. The coverage will be split between the three.
Park Use – Policy discussion about the size of groups, frequency, and the importance to regulate and categorize these groups and have them provide documents. The need for a policy for private use in a public space is important. This is a work in progress between various Village departments.
There are so many events and they are growing in size and number. Many of the events are scheduled back to back. Any group over 200 will require an assembly permit and if they want to serve alcohol, the State of NJ is involved. The State requires an applicant apply with Alcohol Beverage Control Commission and wait weeks to receive the approval. The Village of Ridgewood has an internal form, which is a checklist that is circulated to all departments to give them needed information for each event and requires a signature certifying they have received it.
• The need to cover costs
• Maintenance – many leave without doing so, will need to consider a deposit
Green Acres Diversion Update – T. Cronin advised that the Village has located a piece of property they would like to purchase. The location is confidential and administration is moving forward and hopes to have an answer by the end of the month. The funds are being encumbered for the purchase.
Parks Maple Park – Turf Field Update – New Quote
Habernickel Park – Request for Gatehouse Use/WGR
Lisa Betancourt, as a representative of the Women Gardeners of Ridgewood, was at the meeting with a proposal to create a resource room in one of the unused space in the Gatehouse building at Habernickel Park. They do not have a permanent home for the historical items and information, books and reference materials on a variety of gardening subjects. These resources will be made available to residents and community groups along with the expertise of the club members at designated or arranged times each month. This was introduced and discussed previously at the last PRC meeting.
The Women Gardeners of Ridgewood have provided and maintained gardens at the Stable, Library, Van Neste and Habernickel. They also offer scholarships to Green Kids.
They are a self sufficient group that provides everything at their own expense; they do not receive any funds from the Village. Some shelving, tables, seating and carpeting will be added to create a library resource room working atmosphere. Two families have already volunteered to assist.
Budget/Capital Hearing Dates, March 9 update, March 27 – Final Budget Review/Capital
All of last year’s Capital Projects for the department have been completed with the exception of the water fountains in the parks.
• Pool Renovation –Arbor painting and additional shade umbrella installation
• Stable – exterior side and roof staining
• Tree replacement throughout Village
• Tennis Courts- resurfacing
• Fencing – various projects
• Backstops (3)
• Replace 1997 Parks Vehicle
• Handicap Ramp at Habernickle Park – Community Block Grant
• Utility Trailer for Parks
New Business None
Committee Reports Village Council – R. Hache
The Central Business District needs a facelift. Gary Cirillo was at last month’s PRC meeting to discuss many of the items that were presented to Council. The need for funding to obtain new Christmas decorations and revamp the tree wells was discussed. The continued development of the CBD website is now being done by a Ridgewood High School student. He is doing the website free of charge; he feels it would be a great addition to his resume. The first draft of the website is amazing, very clean and tasteful with beautiful graphic arts.
The liaison from PRC, Mary Mogerly was unable to attend the meeting as she was not contacted by the committee. Open Space Survey was sent out to a sampling of Village residents from the voter list. The survey must be completed by April 7, 2017; Open Space will tabulate the results.
The Alumni Association of Ridgewood High School’s upcoming special event was discussed. The event is taking place over multiple days and utilizing Upper Vets Field with various tents and a multitude of activities.
last year and then Mike Troy asked to run a program. BOE gave him permission but Hoops now say they were still going to be running the program. BOE, not being experienced took the application and now it has become a big problem for all concerned. There is controversy over the spirit vs. the language of the field policy. The Business Administration office handles gymnasiums not the Field Commission. This is to be discussed.
Shade Tree Commission – T. Cronin
The Community Forestry Plan is underway. They are getting ready for the Spring planting. The amount allotted for the planting was reduced to $55,000. Tree Crew will finish the Fall planting. The Girl Scout Gold Star Award is working with the Shade Tree Commission to inventory the tree canopy and establish a nursery at Parks. The Tree Preservation Ordinance is going to Council. This will require residents to obtain a permit before they remove any trees from their property; the hope is that it will prevent them from cutting down trees merely because they do not like their location. The ordinance will also state that the Arborist will have final say on whether a tree may be removed.
Community Center Advisory Board - L. Lembo
Aging in Place presentation was given last week. Housing and transportation were discussed. There is a new treasurer for the CCAB Foundation, Lisa Garvey.
It was mentioned that $29,000 will be allocated to Project Pride and planting new trees in the tree wells will give the CBD the biggest impact for the money expended. R. Hache will discuss this with G. Cirillo.
They are partnering with REAC for the Daffodil Festival and have met on several occasions to discuss. Several hundred guests to participate, highlighting “Water Conservation - Rain to the Drain” and water conservation as theme.
Ridgewood Arts Council - L. Lembo
After the Ed Center show they will be dropping off 8 to 12 pieces to the Community Center.
David Sayles will be the liaison to REAC. The next meeting will be April 23. During the Daffodil Festival/Earth Day celebration REAC is planning to give away trees to the attendees.
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