PARKS, RECREATION, AND CONSERVATION BOARD

 

MAY MINUTES

 

 

Date:                           May 24, 2022 – The Gatehouse – Habernickel Park 7:30pm   

 

Attendance:                 Present:  Chair R. Brooks, F. Mortimer, L. Kloak, P. Vagianos, V. VanDyke

 

                                    Absent: D. Sayles, W. Ryker, M. Mahmoud, P. Vagianos, A. Chauvin

 

                                    Also Present: Director N. Bigos, Recreation Office Assistant D. Kat

 

Public Comment &     

Correspondence:        None

 

Presentation -

John Otterstedt

“Sem’s Trail”                John Otterstedt is a 3rd grade teacher at Hawes Elementary School. The principal, Dr. Paul Semendinger is retiring this year. There is a stretch of woods behind Hawes school next to the river. They would like to create a trail to honor the principal and would be called “Sem’s Trail”. There is an existing sign from the boy scouts that could be refurbished.

N. Bigos shared that Heather Mailander has given her verbal consent since there is a time crunch and will share the information with the Village Council.  PRC Board voted all in favor.

 

 

Minutes:                      Minutes for April and March 2022 – were approved with motions made by F. Mortimer, V. Van Dyke second motion. 

 

 

Fields App:                  R. Brooks explained this app will be used by sports organizations and Parks and Recreation Department.

                                    The specifications of the app are being worked on. This app will help manage and measure how the fields are scheduled, utilized and maintained.

 

Parks App:                  V. VanDyke explained she is working with N. Bigos and A. Chauvin for a Parks Systems App that will house all of our parks, fields, trails and all points of interest.  V. VanDyke handed out a printout of the Glide App and what it looks like. This app can be used to find out more about the area and provide photos. The next step will be a meeting with N. Bigos and A. Chauvin to discuss in more detail.

 

LEAP:                          N. Bigos explained this program is run at Recreation through the ROID grant. This program has been very successful.

 

Recreational/Special

Events/Summer:         N. Bigos shared the new Graydon brochure. The Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands is hosting a country fair in celebration of 10 years of their involvement on Tuesday, June 9th in the Sensory Garden at the Stable.

 

Joint Meeting

Open Space &

PRC Board

Review:                       R. Brooks shared that they are waiting for the report from Barbara Davis.

 

 

Parks                          Update

 

Kings Pond Park:        N. Bigos – No update.

 

Green Acres

Diversion:                    N. Bigos – No update.

 

Schedler property:      N. Bigos – No update.

 

Health Barn:                N. Bigos – No update.

 

Recreation:                 

Community Center:     N. Bigos – No update.

 

 

Liaison Reports           Village Council – P. Vagianos           

  • No report - absent

 

Board of Ed – M. Mahmoud

  • No report - absent

 

Open Space Committee – D. Sayles

  • No report - absent

 

Fields Committee – R. Brooks

  • R. Brooks reported that the new fields app was discussed.

 

Shade Tree Commission – V. Van Dyke

  • V. Van Dyke reported that discussions about CBD planting and what types of trees to plant.

 

                                   Community Center Advisory Board – L. Kloak  

  • L. Kloak reported they need help at the water station on Monday on Fairfield Avenue for Memorial run. They donate $500.00 to the Community Center. Programs for the summer were handed out.

 

                                    Green Ridgewood – F. Mortimer

  • F. Mortimer reported that conversations were had about Earth Day success. They want to pursue a leaf blower or sound ordinance.

 

Project Pride – N. Bigos

  • N. Bigos reported that Lorraine Reynolds is heading up Project Pride. There are eight new clam shell plant containers in Van Neste Square and all planting will take place May 21-22, 2022.

           

Next Meeting               Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:30 pm

 

Adjournment                9:00 PM

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PARKS, RECREATION, AND CONSERVATION AND OPEN SPACE JOINT MEETING

 

APRIL MINUTES

 

Date:                           April 21, 2022 – Anne Zusy Lounge 7:00pm   

 

Attendance:                 Rich Brooks, Frank Mortimer, Victoria Van Dyke, Paul Vagianos, Bob Lasky, Frances Barto, Fred Jubitz, James Bostler, Pam Perron, Ralph Currey, Nancy Bigos, Pam Perron, Dina Kat

 

Public Attendance:      MC Benintende, Rurik Halaby, Cynthia Halaby, Keith Cook, Shawn Obrien, Maria Gilosa, Dick Gilosa, Steve Gross, John Bareve, Ed Seavers, Jim Schwartz, John Scmenial, Bob Upton, Steve Winnert, Bill Pilla, Siobhan Winograd, Susan Knudsen, Sheila Brogan, Clay Fisher           

 

Welcome and Intro

of PRC Board and

Open Space

Members:                    R. Brooks introduced the PRC Board members.

                                    R. Currey introduced the Open Space members.

 

Discussion:                  

Barbara Davis:            B. Davis shared her professional background and qualifications as well as an overview of the Land Conservancy.  The Land Conservancy can assist with preserving the Village park lands. The Land Conservancy has been hired to update Ridgewood’s Open Space Master Plan and to complete an environmental resource inventory. Green Acres program does incentify land acquisitions for those towns with Open Spaces tax, which Ridgewood is. The purpose of this meeting is to get input from the community. She reviewed all the words or concept that were used in the word cloud which was very helpful to see how many times one word was mentioned. The next step after this discussion will be a second public meeting, final plans will be provided. The Master Plan will be presented to the Planning Board, and when the Planning Board adopts it, the contractor will forward to Green Acres.

 

Public Comment:        Overall Public comments were plentiful, varied and included several groups and residents. Football and Lacrosse inquired about sending their information to B. Davis. Increasing the sales tax for Open Space from half a cent to one cent. We need more pocket parks that are age friendly for seniors. The need to update the skateboard rink at Graydon so the Lacrosse teams can play there during the winter months. The importance to have an outdoor space for adults, a park that promotes wellness and provides socialization. A space that will be used by seniors, their adult children and grandchildren. The global warming aspect needs to be emphasized. The need for more trees, concerned about the flooding of fields and the possibility of having the Valley Hospital property as Open Space. The need for more parks for all ages, global warming needs to be emphasized. There is big issue with scheduling of fields. A bigger population needs more park space including the adult programs. We need turf fields that are not in the floodway. The gardens need funds and help with maintenance. The need for raised gardens so the seniors can garden. The possibility of using the PSE&G easement, Leuning Park, Schedler and church properties for sports. Multi sports field using mini pitch. The possibility of using rooftops for field use and a portion of the train station parking lot as a park. We need more passive parks. Due to Covid-19 and a societal behavioral change, there is a huge demand for more park space.

 

Adjournment                9:07 PM

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PARKS, RECREATION, AND CONSERVATION BOARD

 

MARCH MINUTES

 

 

Date:                           March 22, 2022 – The Stable 7:30pm   

 

Attendance:                 Present:  Chair R. Brooks, F. Mortimer, L. Kloak, P. Vagianos, V. VanDyke, A. Chauvin

 

                                    Absent: D. Sayles, W. Ryker, M. Mahmoud

 

                                    Also Present: Director N. Bigos, Recreation Office Assistant D. Kat

 

Public Comment &     

Correspondence:        None

 

Presentation -

Eagle Scout, Jack

Swartz:                        Jack Swartz presented his Eagle Scout project for Citizens Park. He is looking to bring more beauty to the park that he grew up going to. He is going to remove the logs that are rotting, refurbish the bike rack and the sitting bench. The town will replace the logs with a more protective barrier. There are six bushes behind the backstop, all shrubs to be removed and a new planting installed with assistance from Rohsler’s. Fundraising will start soon, start time will be the end of April. Different suggestions from the PRC for fundraising were given to Jack. He will present to the Village Council on Wednesday, April 6th.

 

 

Minutes:                      Minutes for February 2022 – were approved with motions made by F. Mortimer, L. Kloak second motion. 

 

Joint Meeting

Open Space &

PRC Board:                 R. Brooks expressed the need for the committee to think of alternate property for field/recreational space. Discussions about possible potential areas that can be park space.

 

 

Parks                          Update

 

Kings Pond Park:        N. Bigos – No update.

 

Green Acres

Diversion:                    N. Bigos – No update.

 

Schedler property:      N. Bigos – No update.

 

Health Barn:                N. Bigos reported that a proclamation regarding the process of the “Feed the Front Lines” was read at the last Village Council meeting. There are many programs that are being offered at Healthbarn. The next meeting will be a dinner meeting at the Gatehouse on Tuesday, May 24th with a tour of Habernickel Park.

 

Recreation:                  N. Bigos shared that registration will be open on April 1st for all the summer programs.

Community Center:     N. Bigos reported that Recreation just hosted their first “Seasonal Summer Job Fair”. The event was most successful with a partnership with DECA at RHS.

 

 

 

 

Liaison Reports           Village Council – P. Vagianos           

  • No report

 

Board of Ed – M. Mahmoud

  • No report - absent

 

Open Space Committee – D. Sayles

  • No report

 

Fields Committee – R. Brooks

  • R. Brooks reported that public comment was made about the field conditions and maintenance in Ridgewood. R. Brooks shared how Vets and Citizens had delayed openings due to field conditions after Flood Ida. Schedules had to be moved around but it worked out.

 

Shade Tree Commission – V. Van Dyke

  • V. Van Dyke reported that she did not receive the Zoom information for the Shade Tree meeting.

 

                                   Community Center Advisory Board – F. Mortimer  

  • F. Mortimer reported that conversations were mainly about Earth Day and Daffodil Day.

 

                                    Green Ridgewood – F. Mortimer

  • No report

           

Next Meeting               Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Joint meeting with Open Space at Anne Zusy Lounge

 

Adjournment                9:00 PM

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PARKS, RECREATION, AND CONSERVATION BOARD

 

NOVEMBER MINUTES

 

 

Date:                           November 30, 2021 via Zoom 7:30pm   

 

Attendance:                 Present:  Chair R. Brooks, A. Chauvin, F. Mortimer, L. Kloak, D. Sayles, P. Vagianos

 

                                    Absent: M. Mogerley, S. Dani, W. Ryker

 

                                    Also Present: Director N. Bigos, Parks Office Assistant D. Kat, Residents/Siobhan Winograd, Chris Houghton

 

Public Comment &     

Correspondence:        C. Houghton called in to express his concerns about the state of the trees in town. One area of concern is the area behind his property where Hurricane Floyd knocked down a good number of trees. Also, the property that is adjacent to his, where trees were being removed by unauthorized persons. The funding that was going towards tree plantings went to the removal of Ash trees due to Emerald Ash Borer. There needs to be a higher level of focus on our tree canopy.

R. Brooks explained the various committees associated with Parks and Recreation and how they work together. Shade Tree Commission is looking for members, as is Open Space and PRC Board.

S. Winograd called in to ask for help from the PRC Board to get answers from the Village Council in regards to Schedler. She has not received a response from the Village Council to her letter.

R. Brooks inquired about the confusion between SHIPO and the Village Council.

S. Winograd suggested that the PRC Board write a letter to the Village Council inquiring about the plan for Schedler and when it will be re-submitted.

N. Bigos suggested that P. Vagianos schedule a meeting with the Village Council, the Village Manager and all the departments involved with Schedler.

P. Vagianos stated that he will get more information on Schedler.

 

Minutes:                      Minutes for September 2021 – were approved with motions made by F. Mortimer, L. Kloak second motion. 

 

New Department

Employees:                 N. Bigos stated the Parks & Shade Tree Department hired two new employees. Scott Dalheim as Maintenance Worker I and Kyle Zenk as Tree Maintenance Worker I.

 

Board Member

Term Expiration:         R. Brooks stated that D. Sayles and M. Mogerley’s term expires on 12/31/21 and welcomes them to re-instate their terms.

 

Departmental 2022

Budget Requests:       Operating/Capital

                                    N. Bigos stated there are six budgets within Parks & Recreation. They are - Parks, Recreation, Graydon Pool, Community Center, Project Pride and Kasschau Shell.

                                    This year Capital Budget request $1,629,000.00.

 

Parks                          Update

 

Kings Pond Park:        N. Bigos stated that the entire park has been over seeded. The DEP did not approve the observation dock through the permit by rule process. Engineering will now need to submit a new permit application.

 

 

Green Acres

Diversion:                    N. Bigos reported that J. Fricke communicated the consultant that the Village is working with and is in the process of completing the final application for review. It is in the final stages.  

 

Schedler property:      No new updates.

 

Town Garage/

Discussion:                 No Report.

 

Field Remediation

Post Ida:                      N. Maple Turf Field/Veterans Field/Softball/Baseball

                                    N. Bigos stated that all fields are restored.

 

Community Center:     N. Bigos reported that the Elder Dinner was a huge success; a grab and go due to COVID, 180 drinks were distributed.

 

Health Barn:                N. Bigos shared the third Quarterly report. 

 

Recreation:                  N. Bigos reported that the Parks and Recreation department is hosting s’mores in the park on Friday, December 3rd; in partnership with Ridgewood Fire Department in Van Neste Square.

 

Liaison Reports           Village Council – P. Vagianos           

  • No report

 

Board of Ed - S. Dani

  • No report – absent

 

Open Space Committee – D. Sayles

  • N. Bigos reported that Barbara Davis will be at the Council meeting tomorrow evening.

 

                                   Fields Committee – R. Brooks

  • R. Brooks reported that the last fields meeting they discussed spring schedule. The Fields policy is being worked on. It has to be updated and Board of Ed and the Village Council have to approved it.

 

Shade Tree Commission – N. Bigos

  • No report

 

                                   Community Center Advisory Board - L. Kloak  

  • No report        

 

                                    Ridgewood Green - M. Mogerley

  • No report - absent

           

Next Meeting               Tuesday, January 25th/ZOOM

 

Adjournment                9:00 PM

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PARKS, RECREATION, AND CONSERVATION BOARD

 

SEPTEMBER MINUTES

 

 

Date:                           September 28, 2021 at Healthbarn at 7:30pm   

 

Attendance:                 Present:  Chair R. Brooks, A. Chauvin, M. Mogerley, F. Mortimer, BOE Member S. Dani, W. Ryker. L. Kloak

 

                                    Absent: D. Sayles

 

                                    Also Present: Director N. Bigos, Parks Office Assistant D. Kat, Councilwoman P. Perron, S. Antine

 

Public Comment &     

Correspondence:        S. Winograd called in to express her concerns about the large bond from last week’s meeting, the need to develop the Schedler property, especially after Ida and the serious lack of field and play area.

                                    R. Brooks stated that he will respond to S. Winograd.

 

Minutes:                      Minutes for May/June 2021 – were approved with motions made by F. Mortimer, W. Ryker second motion. 

 

Presentation –

Girl Scout Silver

Award/Sarah

Waisnor:                      S. Waisnor explained that she has been a girl scout since first grade. Her troop has done a few projects. One of her most important projects was the girl scout silver award where 40 hours of work is committed to a passionate project. She chose to work with mason bees by creating homes for them. She shared pictures of the mason bee homes that she built out of wood. The bee homes are located at the Stable by the sensory garden, Community Garden at Meadowbrook and at Healthbarn. The fourth home is located at Sarah’s residence. S. Waisnor had the opportunity to teach a youth class at the Healthbarn about the mason bee, their importance as pollinators and their home.

                                    N. Bigos suggested that S. Waisnor participate on Earth Day on April 10, 2022 to share her project with the community.

 

Pickleball

Regulations/Oct:         N. Bigos reported that options were presented to the Village Council to open up the pickleball courts in the earlier hours of the day throughout the year. The Recreation division is looking to open the pickleball courts so they would be open the same amount of time as the tennis courts. The entire PRC Board agreed that pickleball should be open the same hours as tennis. All members were in favor of this motion.

 

Town Garage/

Discussion:                 Skipped.

 

Parks                          Update

 

Kings Pond Park:        N. Bigos stated that Phase III is being finalized within the next few months.

 

Green Acres

Diversion:                    P. Perron will follow up with updates.

 

Schedler property:      No new updates.

 

 

Health Barn/Stacy

Antine:                         S. Antine reported that the Healtbarn is still maintaining Covid-19 precautions. The tents are up outside and most of the cooking is done outside. Programs are thriving and running smoothly. The lease for the Healthbarn is up on January 30, 2022. Negotiations are happening for the next lease that will be for five years. S. Antine reported that the Healthbarn received the Jefferson Prize for the frontlines team. We launched two million dollars last week for 200,000 meals. The frontlines are now the pantries, during Covid 19 the frontlines were hospital workers. N. Bigos reported that the gutters will be cleaned, Mayfair will be fixing the front window and the leak in the kitchen has been repaired. N. Bigos reported that Recreation is partnering with Healthbarn for a few classes this fall. A conversation was had about the poor condition the stable at the Healthbarn is in.

 

Recreation:                  N. Bigos reported that all the fall brochures have been mailed out and all classes are in person.

 

Community Center:     N. Bigos reported that the community center classes are also in person.  

 

Liaison Reports           Village Council           

  • No report

 

Board of Ed - S. Dani

  • The high school has received approval for field clean up.

 

Open Space Committee – D. Sayles – P. Perron

  • A meeting was held with NJ Land Conservancy and consultants. The Land Conservancy is coming back on the 21st and they will be getting a tour of the potential open spaces. The town garage was a big discussion at the last meeting.

 

                                   Fields Committee – R. Brooks

  • R. Brooks reported that the last fields meeting was a week after hurricane Ida. The challenge was to find field space for all the sports teams and recreational sports organizations. The organizations were going against each other accusing each other of getting more field time. There were thirty people calling in due to their dissatisfaction with the condition of Brookside field the night before. N. Bigos reported that the Parks Department reached out to four companies to get quotes for Maple field.

 

Shade Tree Commission – N. Bigos – P. Perron

  • The Village is going to plant 22 trees in the CBD tree wells.

 

                                   Community Center Advisory Board - L. Kloak  

  • No report        

 

                                    Ridgewood Green - M. Mogerley

  • No report - absent

           

Next Meeting               Tuesday, October 26th/The Stable

 

Adjournment                10:00 PM

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